Upcycled Bangles

 

 

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Do you love bangles??  I do!  Doesn’t matter if they are full on color, beaded, wooden or metallic, those circles around my arm do the trick.  As far as I’m concerned, they make the outfit whether it’s jeans or a dress and heels.

If you’re like me, you have some old bangles taking up space in your jewelry chest.  In this case, I swiped them from my mom.  Well, she actually gave them to me, I didn’t have to swipe them.

Keep in mind that when you add cloth to them, it will decrease the inside circumference, not drastically, but some.

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I made these while visiting my parents, after I raided the rag bag!  Does your mom have a rag bag?  Mine does and it is always a trip down memory lane when I look in it.  When you are raised by parents that grew up in the depression, you learn that saving things is a way of life.  I learned that at an early age and I have implemented that way of being also, much to others chagrin.

For my bangles, I chose a piece of dark denim, a cream colored linen (that used to be on a lampshade I helped my mom cover years ago) some red ultra suede from a sleeve that had been cut off and some embroidery floss.

The first thing to do after selecting your fabrics, is to tear them into strips.  I left the frayed edges for a different kind of look and texture.  Of course the ultra suede doesn’t tear, so I used scissors for that.  There’s really no right or wrong way to do this project.  Just do what you think looks good and go with it!

 

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Select your blank bangle.  Start wrapping and gluing strips to the bangle, making sure to make tight wraps leaving as little gap as possible.  Do this until it looks the way you like it to look.

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I used Aleene’s Tacky Glue, but I’m sure there are many glues that would work. I put a little glue on the bracelet itself and then wrapped the fabric, securing the end with glue also.  Just do whatever works for you.

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Just look around your stash, you might find some really interesting things that could be used to wrap your bangle with.  It wouldn’t have to cover the whole bracelet, it could be an accent much like I did with the embroidery floss.  What about a broken crystal necklace or bracelet.  You could use part of it to add some bling.  Something from your daughters hair accessory drawer?  Take a look in that place where you put all the parts and pieces of broken treasures, that holding place of things that will get fixed “when I have more time”.

 

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I hope you will try giving new life to some old bangles.  I’d love to see what you come up, what fabrics you used and what kind of accents you found.  Do you think you’ll give this a try?  I’d love to see what you create!

 

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