Easy DIY Chain Bracelets - The Surznick Common Room

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Easy DIY Chain Bracelets


I've been wanting to make these chain hair tie bracelets from I Spy DIY ever since I saw them and I finally got around to it last week. You guys. This was so easy. Ridiculously easy. I've never been much for making my own jewelry, except for embroidery floss friendship bracelets in elementary school, but maybe I need to rethink my choices.

I made mine slightly different than Jenni, as she is using hers for her hair, while I want mine to be just bracelets.


Here's what you need!
- Elastic hair ties
- Chain
- Jump rings
- Pliers

Note: I purchased my chain from Jo-Ann Fabric. If you're thinking you can get small chain at Home Depot, don't even try it. All of their chain is ginormous and industrial strength. Chain from the jewelry section of a craft store is the way to go!

Here's what you do!
- Create a small length of chain (about half the circumference of your wrist) using your pliers or fingers. My chain was super easy to open and close with my fingers.


- Open the chain link at the end and insert your hair tie. Close the link.


- Put two jump rings over your hair tie. Open the link at the other end of the chain and insert the other end of the hair tie. Close the link. Try to make sure that your chain is flat when you're doing this. If it gets twisted, just reopen one of the links and straigten it out.
- Use your pliers to tighten the jump rings at the end of each hair tie, close to the chain. This will help keep the sides of the hair tie together.


- Wear 'em!

See?! How easy was that?! This project was also super cheap and customizable. I didn't buy any hair ties, as I already have an arsenal of black ones on hand. But hair ties are inexpensive and come in tons of colors. There are also a lot of options when it comes to color and style of chain. Really - the possibilities are endless!


Total cost for chain + jump rings = $7.57. So far I've made 7 bracelets and I have enough chain left to make about 10-11 more. So $0.42 per bracelet ain't too shabby if you ask me!

xo, Sarah

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