Thursday, July 19, 2012

recycled necklace {friendship bracelet}

Lately I have seen so many cute DIY bracelets going around, and I have been wanting to do one for a while.  I just didn't ever want to buy all the supplies to make them, then only make one, and the leftovers lay in my craft closet forever.  This happens a lot, I always have a bright idea of a project, get the supplies and only use about 1/3 of what I bought.  As you can imagine I have quite a stash of scraps! Paper, fabric, yarn, felt, the list goes on and on.  So to help the cause, I have held off as long as I could to make these cute little friendship bracelets.    I finally couldn't take it any more, but instead of buying chains and hooks, I just went through my jewelry box and used old necklaces that I didn't wear anymore! 

The only supplies I did buy were the colored hemp and the end clasps to hold the strands together.  I also used pliers to close the clasps and scissors. So I only spent about $5. Sweet!

So what you need:
hemp or other string
clasps and rings
old necklaces
This was SO so easy to do, and really didn't take that long to do, I made 4 of these, it took maybe 30 minutes to make each one.  I just worked on them throughout the day and after Cart went to bed I really cranked them out. :) Ok so lets just talk about my old necklaces for a minute, I never actually wore the one in the middle, the one with the shark tooth and feathers, yea, I always try to buy "cool" stuff then never have the guts to actually wear them when the time comes lol, but this time it worked out since I was able to give it a new life ;)

First off, I cut 3 strands of 3 different colors, fairly long, about 14", since I wanted it to wrap around twice, but I have really skinny wrists, so how ever long is up to you.  Then secure each end with the clamp clasps, this is where I used the pliers. 

Then I used a ring to hook through the three clasps and the chain.
I taped the starting end to the counter to hold it in place, then braided the strands together with the chain added to one of the colors.
After I got it braided the length I wanted, I taped the end to keep the braid together while I added the clasps to this end of each strand.
After I got the clasps on, I cut off the excess strands and hooked another ring around the clasps and chain.  I added the original hook from the necklace as well to clasp it together when you wear it.
That's it! And since they ARE "friendship" bracelets, I had to give one to my girlfriends, right?!  I just doodled out their names for a quick tag.  I LOVED making these, for one they were super easy, and didn't take a lot of patience or skill to do, and another, I just love the mix of textures and colors.  

I hope I have inspired you to turn some of your old jewelry into something else as well! :)


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  1. Thank You!!! I may make one today!

  2. Fabulous! I love the look of the hemp braided with the chain. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Visiting from the blog hop - these are too cute!

  4. I'm loving this friendship bracelets! I'm your newest follower from the blog hop, and I can't wait to get to "know" you!


  5. Found you thru the blog hop! Following you! YAY!

    Ramblings of a Southern Belle

  6. What a fun little idea! Love this! And love that friendship bracelets don't just have to be for 13 year olds :-) Hope your Monday is off to a great start!

  7. Really cute!!

    Visiting from Craft-O-Manic Monday!

    - Jaime

  8. LOVE the bracelets! They are so cute! I am pinning them! I am visiting from thee blog hop. I am a little late but wanted to drop by. I am a new follower! I blog over at I hope you will stop by and do the same. I also have an awesome giveaway going on right now with a Cricut Machine! i would love it if you would enter!


  9. Would you believe I just saw these exact looking bracelets while shopping this past weekend and was turned away by the $10 price tags! I inspected them and was like I can just make these myself and then here you are sharing these beauties. Great minds think alike. Love how you used old necklaces, I didn't even think of that:)

  10. These are SOOO CUTE! I love that you used what you had and gave new life to old jewelry! I am totally inspired. :)

  11. How cure are these bracelets?! Love them Kimberly!

    Barbara @ Chase the Star

  12. Love this! Thanks so much for linking up to the CHQ Blog Hop! Hope to see you back next week! Happy to be following! =)