Thursday, June 6, 2013

Thursday Tutorial: The Tiny Flowers Bracelet

I have to be honest with you guys, I have been sitting on this one for a long time. In fact, one of the outtakes from this tutorial is a shot of a severe snowstorm happening outside my window. Yea, that long. So I apologize for being a crafty but lazy blogger. Anyway, since summer is coming I thought it was still a good time to share this tutorial for my tiny flowers bracelet!


I love flowers and florals. It was quite an obsession for me for a bit that I had a floral print version of everything - skirts, purses, pants, jewelry, tea cups - you get the point. So of course I had these little colorful flower beads that I've been trying to figure out what to do with. Well a bracelet tutorial was obviously the answer. There might be a DIY earring tutorial coming in the future too (I say maybe because I just thought of it - ah the power of blogging!). 

So long story longer, here a DIY jewelry tutorial for a pretty floral bracelet. Enjoy!

Tiny Flowers Bracelet Tutorial:

Materials:

  • Little flower beads (I got mine over at the Plaid Barn)
  • Round nose pliers
  • Flat nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Some chain
  • Looped end eye pins
  • 2 jump rings
  • Clasp

Instructions: 


  1. Measure the size of your wrist with the chain. You're going to want to loop it around twice before cutting because we're using two lengths of chain in this bracelet. 
  2. When you find a comfortable size cut the chain. 
  3. Fold the chain exactly in half and connect the two loose ends with e jump ring. I added the second jump ring to the other side here to keep track of the ends, but you can do that later too. You should have what looks like a big chain circle.
  4. Start treading your flowers. Stack the colors you like on the eye pin.
  5. Take your round nose pliers and grip the the eye pin close to the flowers. Loop one end of the eye pin around the nose of the pliers to create a loop.
  6. Open this loop a tiny bit so that you can squeeze the eye pin onto one chain in your bracelet. This saved me from using a million jump rings, but you can do that instead if it's easier. 
  7. Once your flower is on the chain, grab the eye pin loop with your flat nose pliers and wrap the rest of the wire along the base until you can't wrap it anymore. 
  8. Take your wire cutters and trim the eye pin.
  9. Continue doing this down the bracelet until you have as many flowers as you want. I recommenced alternating with the chain rows so that the flowers are staggered. I made sure that all my flowers on the second row were a little lower on the chain than all my flowers on the first row. 
  10. When you have as many flowers as you want, open one of the jump rings again and add the clasp. 


Ta-da! You're all done! Now wear your new DIY bracelet with pride, cause it rocks.


Thanks for checking out this tutorial! Remember you can nag me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or even Instagram if you have any questions. Or you can absolutely just leave a comment right here. :)

3 comments:

  1. Really pretty and colorful! Love how you used 2 of them for maximum impact. Pinned and will share on my FB page!

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    1. Aw thank you! I'm glad you like it :)

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  2. Very clever idea. I had over a hundred of these little flowers and wondered what or how I was gonna use them, now I know. Thanks for posting such a clever way to use them.

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