How to Make Cuff Bracelets

Photo by Ryn Gargulinski

You love the look for the bold, brazen cuff bracelets and you wish you had dozens of them to match your every outfit. Now you can, and without spending a bundle on them. You can make cuff bracelets out of a variety of materials and in a variety of styles. They will be so fun, easy and inexpensive to make, you can make five for every outfit if you wish.

Look luscious in leather. Find a leather strip as wide as you like and long enough to fit around your wrist with a few inches of overlap. You can use pieces of leather from old clothing, shoes and jackets, or buy some at craft supply or fabric stores. Secure the ends by boring a snap through the leather or a piece of Velcro fastener. Adorn with glued on trinkets or stick with studs.

Tinker with tin and other metals. Sheet metal is a thin, easy material to work with, as long as you make sure to cover sharp edges before wearing. Cut a strip of sheet metal as wide as you wish and long enough to fit over your wrist. Slowly bend the metal with pliers until it fits snugly but comfortably around your wrist. File down the edges and cover the edges with a sealer or thick epoxy so they are no longer sharp. Paint, stain or glue on adornments. Other metals can be used similarly.

Wear wood. Find a thick branch that is wider than your wrist and cut a piece to the width you like. Saw away the inside portion of the branch, leaving just the outer layer for your cuff bracelet. Sand, stain and adorn as desired.

Perfect your look with plastic. Get a plastic bottle about the width of your arm and slice it with a pair of scissors. File down the edges. Adorn with glued-on beads, charms or paint to your heart’s content.

Go for rubber. Using a strip of rubber cut from an old tire, shoe sole or anywhere else you can find one, follow the same steps as you did for the leather cuff to create a striking piece of jewelry.