DIY Brad Bracelet

And who says that brads are just for scrapbooking? What a great way to use up some of those favorite brads that you love to collect and have stashed away for a special project! Today we will show you very simple instructions on how to make a fun bracelet. This is one of those cute, fast, and simple projects that you could have your children or grandchildren make with you.

DIY Brad Braclet/ Cosmo Cricket

First, we will turn a brad into a bead.  Using fine-tipped pliers, curl the ends up like the photo below.

DIY Brad Braclet/ Cosmo Cricket

Depending on your wrist size, you may need 7 to 12 brads. If I were making a bracelet 6″ around I would need 9 brads. A length of 7″ the bracelet requires 10 brads, so that should give you an idea of how many you will need. You can also space them more widely, or use different size brads. The brads shown are 5/8″ in diameter. You will need a one yard length of cording and that should be plenty for your bracelet. The cording that was used for this bracelet is gold cord from the Shimmer Trims.

How to string brads for bracelets


Now to assemble your bracelet! Start by folding the cord in half. Make a loop that will fit over a brad and knot it into place. Take one end through the top eye and then back through the lower eye. Repeat this step with the other side of the cord mirroring exactly what you just did.

DIY Brad Braclet/ Cosmo Cricket

As you add each of your brads, keep the cords loose until you have them threaded on both sides. Pull the cords tight, working both sides together a little at a time. It is easy to get even spacing if you tighten them just until the new brad meets up with the previously threaded brad.

DIY Brad Braclet/ Cosmo Cricket

When you are finished, tie off the cord with a square knot. Trim the excess cord and dab the ends with glue to prevent fraying. This is how your clasp will look when you have finished.

This wonderful idea was found on the Cosmo Cricket blog. I hope you will use up some of your brads and give this fun project a try. You will love the result!

Thank you for visiting and I hope you have a fabulous day crafting!


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Supplies Used (Not Shown)

  • Pliers
  • Glue