When it comes to accessories, we’ll be the first to admit that we’re completely obsessed. Depending on our latest, newest, and most stylish pieces, the kind of accessory we like best changes over time, but lately we’ve been completely enamoured with bangles! Of course, there are plenty of stylish, wonderful looking bangles that we could buy in stores but we just get such a sense of satisfaction when we make things ourselves. That’s why we’ve been easily found combing the Internet recently for as many unique and wonderful DIY bangle ideas as we can possibly get our hands on!
Just in case you’re as enamoured as we were with the idea of creating your own homemade bangles, if not more, here are 15 of the very best tutorials and designs we’ve come across so far in our search.
1. Silk thread wrapped bangles with rhinestones
Is your sense of personal style quite girly indeed, so you’re looking for something bright and perhaps a little bit sparkly? Then we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Creative Diaries made these adorable silk thread wrapped bangles in just a few simple steps! We love the way they outlined their rhinestones with ball link jewelry chain to make them look as though they’re framed in gold.
2. Structured zipper bracelets
If you’re going to go to the trouble of making jewelry from scratch, would you actually prefer to make your project an opportunity for upcycling? In that case, we’d suggest taking a look at how Moms and Crafters created these awesome, much thinner bangles that are made from old zippers! We’ve actually made these several times before and quite enjoyed the way we managed to reuse different bags and pieces of clothing that were much too old or damaged to continue using as they were.
3. Resin and seashell bracelets
If you’re going to go to the trouble of making a bracelet or bangle of your very own because you want to show off something that you can really say was homemade, would you rather make something that is entirely from scratch? Then we think you just might be the perfect person to try your hand at these awesome resin bangles outlined step by step on The Soccer Mom Blog! They show you how to suspend little trinkets like seashells or pretty elements like glitter in the resin, as well as how to mould and finish the shape.
4. Tinfoil and washi tape bangles
Are your kids the kind of observant little ones that often catch onto whatever your new favourite thing is and often decide that they love it as well? Then maybe they’d like to make DIY bangles of their own too, right alongside you! Just in case they’re a little bit too small to join you in working with resin or doing silk wrapping, here’s a simple, wonderfully costume-like tutorial from Best Toys 4 Toddlers fir making cuff style bangles from tinfoil and adding some colour and pattern to the look with washi tape.
5. Bright plastic canvas bracelets
Have you always had a slightly more eclectic sense of personal style that you see in some of the options we’ve shown you here so far, so you’re still searching for something that’s a little more unique to both make and wear? In that case, look no further than this completely awesome (and rather bright) bangle idea featured on Crafts Unleashed! They show you how to cute little rectangular canvas pieces and string them together for a bangle that sort of fans out as it circles your wrist.
6. Bead and wire wrapped Boho bracelets
Were you quite intrigued indeed in the wrapping idea we showed you earlier on our list but you’ve actually done a lot of string, silk, embroidery floss, and yarn lately so now you’re looking for something with a bit of a twist so you don’t get bored? Then we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Mark Montano used a simple string of beads and some malleable jewelry or crafting wire to jazz up bangle they already had, adding some pizzazz and texture.
7. Detailed woven bangles
If you’re going to do any wrapping at all, would you actually prefer that it be something that lets you create a lovely pattern and some fine detail that will really impress your friends? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how My Poppet used some yarn and some old chunky bangles as an opportunity to practice a bit of simple weaving! Their tutorial shows you how to create several different dot and dash patterns that give you lots of chances to play with cute colour combinations. This idea is actually a lot simple than it looks; even our kids gave it a try with lots of stylish success!
8. DIY galaxy water bracelets
Were you quite intrigued indeed by the resin bangle idea because you liked the way you say saw sparkles and trinkets suspended in the clear material by the time the project was finished, but you’re wondering whether there might be a more kid friendly idea that’s a little lighter to wear? Then look no further, because Innova Crafts has one of the very coolest bangle tutorials you’ll see all day! They guide you step by step through the process of making a water bracelet that lets you put sparkles, sequins, and colour into a clear plastic tub filled with water in order to make a bracelet that lets what’s inside move around as you go about your day. Once again, this project is a lot easier to make than you might think!
9. Foam sheet flower bangles
If you’re going to make a DIY bangle with some detail or texture to it, would you rather go all out and get very crafty with it indeed? Then perhaps you’d actually prefer to make something like these absolutely stunning and very impressive foam flower bangles outlined step by step on Nice Kazi! Sure, they take a little more patience than some of the things you’ve seen so far, but we think the little blossoms are worth it.
10. Stained and painted wooden bangles
Whether you’re the kind of crafter who is just beginning and therefore prefers to alter and embellish pre-made pieces, or the kind of handiwork expert who has some woodworking skill under your belt, we have a feeling you’ll adore this next idea if you’re any kind of wooden jewelry enthusiast. Check out how Pretty Life Girls used stains and paints to create designs on the outside surface of thick wooden bangles for a Boho chic aesthetic.
11. Beaded velvet wrapped bangle
Are you still scrolling through our list looking for something that’s a little more costume jewelry looking and kitschy, with bonus points if it’s a lot of fun to make? Then we think we just might have found precisely the project for you! We’d suggest taking a look at how Knotty Threadz created this velvet wrapped bangle that also featured lovely golden flat beads woven all across with threads in a contrasting colour.
12. Rolled newspaper bangles
Were you perhaps quite intrigued indeed with the idea of making a fun, kid-friendly bangle from scratch but you’re just not sure that the tinfoil and washi tape idea we showed you before is quite enough of a challenge for your little ones, since they’re pretty darn crafty themselves? Then maybe you’d all get along a little better with this awesome rolled and painted newspaper bangle tutorial featured on Crafting Hours!
13. Lace covered bangles
We’ve talked a little bit about bracelets and bangles that are covered with and wound up in all kinds of materials at this point, but what if you’d like to try that technique out using something a little more delicate and girly looking than the things you’ve seen so far? Then we have a feeling this stunning lace wrapped bangle idea outlined step by step on Pretty Life Girls might be a little more up your alley.
14. Bracelets made from recycled plastic bottles
Did we almost catch and keep your attention when we started talking about the resin bracelets because you really like the idea of making a bangle not just completely from scratch, but also from a hard material that you literally hand crafted… but you’re actually tired of working with just resin, since you’ve been doing so much of that lately? Then here’s an upcycling idea that we think you might get a bit more satisfaction out of trying! Take a look at Innova Crafts to see how they transformed old plastic bottles into colourful handmade jewelry.
15. Fully washi tape wrapped bangles
Do you already have a set of old bangles that you actually quite like the size and width of, so you don’t want to alter them too much or make something that’s very different, but you still think they could use a little bit of a face lift? Then we’d definitely suggest checking out how Pretty Life Girls covered their bangles in fun coloured and patterned washi tape! We particularly like this idea because you can always remove the tape you’ve put on and replace it with another colour or design if you grow bored.
Have you actually made other kinds of homemade and DIY bangles before that you loved but that you don’t see anything quite similar to on our list? Tell us all about how you made the bracelets or link us to photos of your finished work in the comments section!