DIY Braided Chain Bracelet

I’ve been arm-partying my brains out on the blog lately with all these bracelet DIYs, and I think this will be the last one for a while as I move on to bedazzling other clothing items.

Because going out with a bang is the only way to go, this braided chain bracelet is probably my favorite DIY I’ve done all year. It’s simple to do and the result is (in my opinion) adorable.

You’ll need:

  • Embroidery floss
  • A chain (I got mine at A.C. Moore)
  • Jewelry clasps
  • Masking tape
  • Pliers

  1. Start by cutting three equal lengths of thread (enough to braid around the chain twice). Get a segment of chain long enough to wrap once around your wrist using pliers to separate the chain links. For the thread, you can use three strands of the same color, or switch it up. I went for a citrus color theme and used orange, off-white and yellow. Tie the end of the thread in a knot around the end of the chain.
  2. Secure the ends to a table with masking tape. This makes braiding a lot easier.
  3. You’ll then start braiding the thread next to the length of chain, looping each strand through a link in the chain when it is on the side of the braid closest to the chain. Continue this until you reach the end of the chain.
  4. Secure with a knot, attach a clasp to the last chain link using pliers, and then tie the thread in another knot on the other side of the clasp.
  5. You’ll now repeat the braiding process going down the other side of the chain.

When you reach the end, knot the thread and prevent fraying by dotting with hot glue. Secure a clasp on the end using pliers and you have yourself a fun new bracelet!

I layered mine with two of the braided bead necklaces I posted a few weeks ago (see the tutorial for making them yourself HERE) and this nautical rope bracelet from Sailormade. I thought the dark blue balanced out the orange and yellow nicely.

If you make your own, I’d love to see! Share a picture of your braided chain bracelet with me on Facebook or Twitter!

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