April 17, 2013

DIY Hardware Store Bracelets





If you follow me on Instagram, you already caught a little preview of these DIY bracelets. I love them so much, I couldn't help but sharing! I stopped by my neighborhood hardware store the other day looking for some spray paint and inspiration. I didn't find the spray paint--nothing quite matched the shade I was looking for--but inspiration abounded. Brass compression sleeves in the plumbing section caught my eye, so I went home with a handful and quickly used them up making a couple of these bracelets.

After clearing out the stock of 1/4 inch compression sleeves at both hardware stores in my area, I hopped the metro to the suburbs to hit up Home Depot with a friend and this rainbow of DIY hardware store bracelets was born. They take only minutes to create, so it's hard to resist making so many!


Tools and materials:
6 inches of 1/4 inch rope
1/4 inch brass compression sleeves (found in plumbing section of hardware store)
Embroidery thread
7mm jump rings and lobster clasp
Jewelry pliers
Super glue



1) Tape the end of the embroidery thread to the end of the piece of rope. 
2) Begin wrapping the thread around the rope.  
3) Continue all the way down the rope, then tape down and trim the thread once you reach the rope end.
4) Slide on the compression sleeves. You can secure with a dab of glue, if you want. 
5) Put a drop of glue in the end caps and secure on each end of the rope, covering the tape. 
6) Once the glue is completely dry, use the pliers to attach the jump rings and clasp to the end caps.





I've been wearing these all the time now, and love mixing up the different colors. I have a feeling these will be in heavy rotation all spring and summer long! For more DIY, be sure to follow Thanks, I Made It on Bloglovin.




48 comments:

  1. these are so cute!!!!!!!! ack love them!

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  2. Such a cute project, I have a feeling I'll be making about 10 of these! Thanks for posting.

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    1. Thank you! It's hard to stop after one!

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  3. Loving this so much for Spring Time!

    Greetings from Mexico,
    Lila&Sirena

    lilasirena.blogspot.com

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  4. These bracelets really are gorgeous! I want one on every color. You are so creative. xx. McKenna Lou
    www.lynnandlou.com

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  5. These bracelets are beautiful! Thank you for the tutorial!

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  6. I love these! I'm definitely going to have to make a couple!

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  7. These are so pretty! I think I need to make a neon one x

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    1. Thanks! That would be perfect for summer

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  8. I am always amazed at how people come up with really creative ways to use hardware in jewelry - and you have some of the best tutorials on how to do this. I posted two finished photos of your bracelets on my Tumblr truemeandyou blog. I also mentioned your Tumblr blog.

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  9. I absolutely love your bracelets! I made similar necklaces. I will have to make some bracelets to go with the necklaces. By the way, for any readers from UK, compression sleeves are called compression olives or rings over here.

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    1. Thanks for the tip for UK readers! Glad you enjoy them : )

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  10. These are really awesome, Erin! I wish I had a whole stack of them!

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    1. Thank you, Mandy! I can't believe how many I've made (they're SO easy) but couldn't resist!

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  11. These are amazing!! Now I know how to occupy myself next time the mister wants to go to Home Depot. I'll be picking up some supplies of my own.

    Sarah
    www.glitterinthequarter.com

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    1. Yes!!! Thanks, so much Sarah, and have fun next time you're at the hardware store ; )

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  12. I love all the colors you chose to use, they look so pretty next to each other. Those brass compression sleeves sure do make great jewelry components! gotta love the hardware store. i just did a bracelet DIY on my blog today too, check it out.
    http://designthrift.blogspot.com

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  13. So pretty, I love all the different colours.

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  14. I love how they have a clean industrial look without being too serious!

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  15. These are so super cute! I love them!!

    Kayla
    www.lovelucygirl.com

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  16. love these bracelets! great for spring.

    aga
    http://shadesofvoguish.blogspot.com/

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  17. OMG these are so cute!! I love how you wrapped the colored thread around them.

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  18. Those look very high end and not at all Home Depot-ish.

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  19. I live across the street from home depot.... Im going tomorrow....wow...

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  20. These are great! I love your creativity with repurposing some simple hardware components into something so clever and pretty :). I'm curious though if you used 1 continuous embroidery thread or if you had to join another piece of thread. If you had to join, how did you do so?
    Thanks!

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    1. Hi Melissa! It's just one piece of thread. One skein of embroidery thread is more than enough to make a couple of bracelets.

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  21. I have a ton of compression sleeves too lol! They're so Holst + Lee, that every time I go to Home Depot I pick up a package!
    xo
    Lia
    Smart n Snazzy

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  22. I totally want to do this as an activity at the family reunion this summer. Thanks so much!!!!

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  23. I can see these wrappings could get really creative with different fibers! Thanks for sharing

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  24. Where do you find the end caps?

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    1. Hi Edith,
      Please look at the materials list in my post, you'll find a link there to where to purchase end caps. I always try to give links for supplies that might not be as readily available in stores.

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  25. I love these! What a coincidence--I have a trip to the hardware store planned for today! Added the compression sleeves to my list!
    Thank you for sharing.

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  26. I love these. I too am in love with using compression sleeves. Have you tried using Chinese knotting cord instead of embroidery thread? I love the way both textiles can give the same bracelet a different look and feel. Best wishes to you! :D

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  27. Acabo de descubrir tu blog y me encanta!I' m from Spain.I love you blog. You do very cute things.thanks for share it!

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  28. Finally! Something, new, different, cute, and fun to do. Easy instructions too! Mega kudos to you!

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  29. I'm heading to Home Depot tmrw, these would make amazing gifts for my friends!

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  30. again loved them! each post I open on your blog i found a new thing! very inspiring.

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  31. Wow! Your branceletes are beautiful! I also make hand made but i'm not as good as you. Please, look for my blog. mosaicoespana.blogspot.com. :-)

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  32. Love this! Thanks for sharing

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  33. ooooh sooo pretty!! now i know what to do with my embroidery threads.. thank Ü for sharing.. :-D

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