October 30, 2011

DIY Skull Charm Bracelet

Did you see my inspiration board of skeletal jewelry yesterday? Those pieces feel perfectly festive for Halloween, or maybe year-round if that's your jam, so I thought I'd DIY my own version to wear during this holiday season. I used a bead that cost me $1.50 and cord I had on hand, so I saved $145.50 compared to the bracelet on Boticca.com. Yeah, yeah, so mine isn't made from rose gold, but the effect is there.

Okay boys and ghouls, er, girls... how-to after the jump!

Tools and Materials:
String or cord
Skull bead

Time: 5 minutes

Cost: $1.50

Cut a length of string or cord that is long enough to wrap around your wrist twice, with the ends meeting.

Slide bead onto string. Tie the right end of string in a knot around the left end of the string so that the knot can slide along the left side of the string. You want the end of the string to come out of the knot like the picture below.

Repeat the sliding knot on the other side, by tying the string to the left of the bead in a knot around the right side of string.

When you slide the knots to each other, the overall size of the bracelet increases.

Put it on, adjust to fit your wrist, and trim down the ends. Heat treat with a lighter or use a no-fray glue on the ends of the string to keep the ends neat.

Hope you all have a happy Halloween with plenty of candy. I'm already maxed out on candy corn and mini Reese's cups (by far the superior Reese's product with their chocolate-to-peanut butter ratio).


  1. A very cool DIY and perfectly timed for Halloween!

  2. Amanda8:51 AM

    sooo easy but it looks so cool!

  3. its so simple to do! I have a lot of necklaces done like that, and i love them. But no-one with skulls, yet.

  4. So easy and gorgeous!!! Love the bead you found!!
    Twitter: @smartnsnazzy

  5. Love this! I rock my "gothic" pieces all year round...especially my bullet bracelet!

  6. So cute! Where did you get the bead?

    - Sara @ Gameday Stylist

  7. I just discovered your blog and I LOOOOOVE it! I'm your newest follower and I'm having a blast looking around at your projects and tutorials... I totally want to make all of them! : )

    -Mel the Crafty Scientist

  8. Thanks so much guys, and welome Mel! Love having you all! @Sara I got the bead at a bead store on the same block as M&J trimmimg. Lots of choices.

  9. Ooh, I love skull jewelry that is still 'pretty.' Tomorrow I'll be wearing two silver bracelets my mother got in Greece in her twenties. One end of each is a fist and the other is a skull.

  10. Anonymous12:37 PM

    I love this E! perfect for Chi Omega

  11. Anonymous8:55 AM

    love it!


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