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Seems we can not get enough of bracelets around here! Tomorrow on the show I am demoing how to make your own beaded wrap bracelet, and since I want to make sure people understand some of the steps, I have put together a little photo tutorial. Another easy to make bracelet for a handmade holiday gift for your best friend, co-workers or even better... yourself!

When selecting a leather make sure it's not too flimsy, otherwise it will not hold up to the wax twine and beads. For most female wrist I found that seven inches works. So a double wrap is 14, triple 21 and so forth. If you think that may not work for you, measure your wrist with a ribbon first.

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Start with a quarter inch wide strip of leather. Space selected beads to a desired pattern and with a screw punch, punch holes all along your strip. One end should have a single hole for the loop.

1 Start with a quarter inch wide strip of leather. Space selected beads to a desired pattern and with a screw punch, punch holes all along your strip. One end should have a single hole for the loop.

On the other end make sure to do two punches close together for the button. Since you are punching, do several strips at a time.

2 On the other end make sure to do two punches close together for the button. Since you are punching, do several strips at a time.

Take a long piece of waxed linen twine (longer then your piece of leather) and create a loop at one end.

3 Take a long piece of waxed linen twine (longer then your piece of leather) and create a loop at one end.

Secure your loop with a knot.

4 Secure your loop with a knot.

Do make sure your loop will fit over your button, and then trim tail.

5 Do make sure your loop will fit over your button, and then trim tail.

At the one end with only one hole, thread your twine thru from the back.

6 At the one end with only one hole, thread your twine thru from the back.

Take the twine thru the loop, and draw the twine thru the hole from the back again.

7 Take the twine thru the loop, and draw the twine thru the hole from the back again.

Make sure it's nice and tight.

8 Make sure it's nice and tight.

Now wrap the twine around the back of the loop and draw the twine thru the hole from the front.

9 Now wrap the twine around the back of the loop and draw the twine thru the hole from the front.

And tighten it to make sure it's good and secure.

10 And tighten it to make sure it's good and secure.

This is the flip side of the leather, there is a knot, but it shouldn't be a bother when wearing.

11 This is the flip side of the leather, there is a knot, but it shouldn't be a bother when wearing.

Take the twine thru the next hole.

12 Take the twine thru the next hole.

And on the front of the leather, add your first set of beads.

13 And on the front of the leather, add your first set of beads.

And continue all the way down your strip.

14 And continue all the way down your strip.

At the end add your button of choice for your closure.

15 At the end add your button of choice for your closure.

And basically secure it on the way you would on a shirt.

16 And basically secure it on the way you would on a shirt.

Knot off in the back, and trim. If you want, you can add a dab of glue on the knot to make it extra secure.

17 Knot off in the back, and trim. If you want, you can add a dab of glue on the knot to make it extra secure.

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here is the link to the video.

ADDED INFO 12/20/2011

There has been some questions about how to connect short strips to get the length that you need. So I have put together a photo gallery that I hope will help.

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When setting up the spacing for the beads for the entire bracelet, keep in mind end holes on each strip that is being connected.

1 When setting up the spacing for the beads for the entire bracelet, keep in mind end holes on each strip that is being connected.

Loop the wax twine through the end holes.

2 Loop the wax twine through the end holes.

Draw the wax twine tight, and loop through the two end holes again.

3 Draw the wax twine tight, and loop through the two end holes again.

Draw second loop tight, assuring that you have a good connection.

4 Draw second loop tight, assuring that you have a good connection.

Take your wax twine up through the next hole, and add your beads, and keep going accordingly.

5 Take your wax twine up through the next hole, and add your beads, and keep going accordingly.

There will be a stitch where the connection was made. If you select a wax twine that matches the color of your leather the stitch will not be so obvious.

6 There will be a stitch where the connection was made. If you select a wax twine that matches the color of your leather the stitch will not be so obvious.

 

Hope you are inspired to make lots of handmade gifts this year!

 

Comments (30)

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  • where can i find the screw hole punch in this project. beaded bracelets by hosanna houser? thank you

  • Crafter Comment:

    you can get it at Michael's or online here:
    http://marthastewartcrafts.eksuccessbrands.com/Product/Screw+Punch.aspx

  • I'm going out to get the supplies today. I'm going to make these for my girls as stocking stuffers!

  • Crafter Comment:

    I know people are looking for leather... I bought my pieces at a Micheal's in upstate NY. It was a thicker leather, it has a stiffness, that makes it durable to the beading process. I used a ruler and a heavy duty mat knife, or a rotary cutter to cut my strips to 1/4 in width.

  • Bought the screw punch. Wonderful tool!

  • I love these bracelets. I have been trying to figure out how to do these for awhile. I went to my local Michaels and the leather they had there seemed really thin to do them. I searched online at Tandy Leather Co. but that was so confusing on which leather bulk to buy. I finally looked on ETSY and searched Leather Supplies and found a sight that sells already made blank bracelets. All you have to do is decorate. They seem to be made with tooling leather. Do these look like they would work Hosanna?

  • Crafter Comment:

    Hi Beth-
    i am not sure what you found but tooling leather would certainly work, since it is a stiffer leather and would hold up again the beading process.

  • I went to a local Western Boot and Saddle Maker store. They have bins of scrap and remnant leather. They cut from a remnant for me 2 pieces 42 inches long and 1/4" wide. It cost me $4.00. I got some of the scrap to practice. A handful of scrap was $1.00.

  • I found my Martha Stewart "Screw Punch" on Amazon.com....received it within 2 days of ordering.

  • Another idea is to recycle old belts. Either from your closet or from a Thrift Store. They don't cost much and you can get several bracelets from one belt.

  • I ordered some leather from this etsy seller: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ValueBeltsPlus. I got 10 1/4x22 inch strips for $7.50. He even offered to punch holes in it, but I hadn't decided the spacing yet. It is for belts, so it probably a little thicker than used on the show but I think it will work. I don't have the punch tool, but am using a bookbinding awl to punch the holes.

  • [...] how to make beaded leather bracelets with this DIY project from The Crafts [...]

  • Thank you very much for answering my question about how to join multiple strips together. Merry Christmas to all of you!

  • Where can I find beads like the ones that were used (especially the rectangular ones)?

  • Crafter Comment:

    Hi Carolyn,
    Here is the link to those beads. I found that in general from most of the strands I got there, I was able to make three bracelets.
    http://www.beadsandpieces.com/tube-square-silver-plated-beads-3x8mm.html

  • thank you for the additional directions--bead on!

  • many thanks!

    happy holidays!

  • Ideas where to get the little buttons?

  • Where can I find the waxed linen or twine on a website?

  • I've been able to make a few bracelets and they turned out great. But what kind of glue do you use to seal the knots. Also is there something I can do to prevent the linen twine on the back side from catching on the beads?

    FYI--Tandy Leather does have 1/4" leather laces--I've tried the Premium Latigo Lace, they also have leather lacing called Kodiak that I haven't tried yet (it comes in black, saddle & gold). Thank you for the tip on the Beads and pieces website--they have a nice selection of beads (they are also located the San Francisco Bay Area-where I'm located ). This has been a great project.

  • Crafter Comment:

    Cythia - wax twine in small spools can be found at Micheal's.
    But I suggest the shop i have linked above, The Caning Shop.
    http://www.caning.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=OTH-K
    The spools are huge and will last a very long time, and they have a great color selection.
    hosanna

  • Crafter Comment:

    Carolyn - button can be found at all the craft/notion stores. All of the ones I used on the project came from my button bin that I have been saving from anything and everything for ages.

  • Crafter Comment:

    Valerie - I am happy to hear you are getting good results. for glue, a little super glue will do the trick.
    For the twine catching, I have not had that issue at all, and have checked with those who have received them, and no one seems to be having that issue, so many the twine needs to be pulled a little tighter on the back side. Also, the more you wear the bracelets the more the twine conforms to the shape of you wrist, and it stays closer to the leather.

    And thank you to everyone with sourcing tips and suggestions for leather!

  • Crafter Comment:

    Hi Cynthia,

    We suggest the Caning Shop for waxed twine (you can buy online from them!): http://www.caning.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=OTH-K

    Thanks!
    Laura

  • Hi Hosanna,

    I'll be making more of these great bracelets for friends and family but wonder if you can add a few pictures of what the back side of the bracelets should look like.

    I had a little issue with the twine catching a bead where they cross over--maybe my spacing is too far a part--what is the suggested spacing?

    Thank you for all the great tips and this wonderful project.

  • Crafter Comment:

    Hi Valerie-
    I still have not had any issue with the twine catching on the beads. I did the spacing between 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch. Just make sure it's pulled tight.
    good luck!

  • Thank you so much for these beautiful bracelts and the great directions! I just bought the MS punch at Jo-Ann's and can't wait to make them for Valentine's Day gifts for my daughters.

  • what tool did you use to cut the leather? I hesitate using my sewing scissors

  • Crafter Comment:

    I use a mat knife or a rotary cutter that i have set aside for leather.

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