You know what I love almost as much as a handmade gift? A gift that does double duty. Combine handmade with something that can be used in multiple ways and this girl’s universe is totally blown—which is kind of why I thought I’d show you how to make a wrap bracelet that doubles as a necklace.
If you’re anything like me, an accessory that can be used in multiple ways will make you feel a little slick and like a total bad ass. Sprinkle that feeling around a little bit and use this tutorial to make a gift for your momma.
For a little bow added on top, Olivia Lin of Atiliay was sweet enough to design a few jewelry tags you can use to package your pretty up all professional like.
Since time always seems to be running short (ie I am the Queen Procrastinatrix), I thought I’d keep this super simple. Easy enough for beginners, this DIY can also serve as a jumping point for those of you who have dabbled in jewelry making before.
I kept my supply list short and sweet:
- sterling silver chain (I had some with heart-shaped links that I thought would be perfect for showing momma a little extra love)
- teardrop beads
- jump rings
Now, if you’ve been around the jewelry making block a few times, you may prefer to attach the beads by wire wrapping. It’s definitely a more secure way of doing it, but since this piece is sort of dainty and I don’t expect anyone to put it on before heading out to garden, I thought the jump rings would serve just fine.
The average bracelet size is eight inches. Since 24 inches is a typical mid-length necklace size, I thought that would be the perfect length for this project. The bracelet can wrap around your wrist three times and the necklace can easily be layered with others.
So, first I attached a jump ring and clasp to one end of the chain. For help on opening and closing jump rings properly, see my simple earrings tutorial, but the picture below shows what your ring should look like when open.
Once the clasp and ring were on the chain, I spread the chain out and measured 24 inches before snipping it. Next, I used jump rings to attach beads every three inches or so. This part can be really tricky depending on the shape of your beads, but they dangle nicely and have plenty of room for movement once you get them on there.
Now a pretty little double duty piece of jewelry is certainly a nice gift. But you can make it even nicer by packaging it up extra special. That’s where Olivia comes in. She made us a set of four jewelry card printables that can be used as jewelry tags. Nice and simple so as not to clash with your gorgeous creation, Olivia’s cards can be jazzed up with some stamps or washi tape or just left as is. Once I had my piece on a jewelry tag, I repurposed a beautiful Birchbox box to step up the presentation game even further.
Download the free jewelry tag printables by Atiliay and be sure to check out Olivia’s shop. She sells a range of paper products and a portion of the proceeds from each item is donated to non-profit organizations in the USA and across the world to support their work in relieving hunger, fighting poverty, helping animals, and more.
This post is part of my DIY Supply Purge Project. I realized that I was slowly being buried alive in DIY supplies that made me squeal but were never put to use. To fix that problem, I’ve made it my mission to use up all of my supplies before I buy any new ones—and to share some fun DIYs with you guys along the way.