How to Make a Bracelet from Decorative Brads

Learn how to make a bracelet from decorative brads!

These brads are too pretty for paper alone!

I recently received some great brads from Lori Whitlock’s new paper line For The Record 2. I think they are so pretty! As a matter of fact, I thought they were too pretty to use. Actually, I almost always think her brads are too pretty to use. So you know what I do? I hang them on this and periodically look at them. How pitiful is that? LOL! After thinking about them for a while, it occurred to me that I could turn them into a bracelet!  Then I could enjoy them often!

For the Record 2 brads

All you need are some needle nose pliers, jump rings and a closure piece to hold your bracelet on your arm.  I used jewelry pieces by Blue Moon beads.

I alternated between the bigger and smaller brads.  What’s nice about making your own bracelet is being able to lay out the design like you want it and being able to add or subtract a brad or a jump ring to make it fit your arm just right!

I opened up the split back of each brad as seen above.

Using pliers, I curved, bent and flattened the prongs until they lay nicely around the jump ring and within the back of the brad.

Lastly, I added a few oval jump rings and a spring round clasp for closure.

The back of the bracelet.

  Use pliers to help open the jump rings so you can attach them to things and things to them.

I love it!

YAY!  All done!  Now I can have my brads and wear them too!

I hope your day is a JEWEL…ry. 😉

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  1. So cute! And easy! Thank you so much for the great idea. I could also see using solid color brads to make simple colored bracelets. I’ve gotta do this!

  2. Joy, I just saw this bracelet and I LOVE it! What a great idea – maybe I will stop collecting and will USE Some of these scrap products one way or another. Question …I have subscribed to you forever and I used to get the email updates when you post. Now I Do not and If I miss you posting something on Facebook I often miss your projects and postings. Is there any way to get back on the blogs’ good side and be able to receive your emails again? I’ve signed up several times…guess I’ll start with that again! Thanks Joy!

  3. This is genius! I also have a stash of beautiful brads waiting for “just the right project” (which means I am hoarding them until they go completely out of fashion). But as of today, I have a beautiful bracelet made with MME Sweetest Thing brads. Thanks for the great idea! I can’t wait to show it to my crafty friends.

  4. This is a wonderful idea!!!! Thank you so much for posting the directions on your blog. I have some brads that I just can’t bear to part with, and you’ve given me a way to use them and still have them for me to enjoy. Thanks!!!

    1. Thank you, Roberta! I’m so happy that you like it. I am so glad to be able to look at these special brads instead of loosing them or having them in a drawer somewhere (or giving them away since I loved them too much!). You might like this decorative brad idea too!

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