Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Button & Beads Bracelet

The other day, while I was wasting time on browsing Pinterest, I saw this great bracelet idea. Being the jewelry junkie (and procrastinator) that I am, I knew I had to make one in order to put off the bigger projects I should be working on instead! :) If you have some beads, buttons and can tie knots, you're in luck! You can make one, too!

Here's what you'll need:
One button - I used a "vintage" silver button (does 30 years old qualify for "vintage"?)
Several beads - I used 8 turquoise colored beads in varying shapes
Jute Cord (or "Corde de Jute/Cordon Jute" as it is called at that crafty mecca, WalMart!)

Cut a strand of cord about 30 inches long (Yes, it seems extremely long for a bracelet, but remember you will be doubling it over and tying a few knots. I know this from experience - my first attempt ended up just the right size for an American Girl doll!) Anyway...
Start by threading the cord through one button hole and out the other.

Next, knot both strands together so the button stays in place:

Now start adding beads! I put two beads in each "section" of the bracelet. (After you add beads, you will tie knots every so often, creating "sections" within the strand.)

Keep adding beads and tying knots until your bracelet is long enough. When you are finished, take both strands and tie another knot, leaving a loop to fasten over the button at the opposite end. (If you have long ends they can be trimmed off.)

I love the turquoise and silver color combination - not too "western" for my taste, and still bright enough to be noticed!

That's it...super easy! Now to get back to those BIG projects!...Ummmm...maybe!


  1. Hi Michelle, Nice to meet you. Thanks for stopping by my blog and becoming a follower. I am you newest follower.
    I peeked around at your posts. I love the wine cork trivet and you gave Charles Shaw center stage. I love that wine!
    Look forward to seeing all your crafts.

  2. I love it! This post is so informative and I think my subscribers would really enjoy reading this. I would love for you to come share it at Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways on Frugally Sustainable today. And, I really hope that you will put Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways on your list of carnivals to visit and link to each Wednesday! Here’s the link: http://frugallysustainable.blogspot.com/2011/11/frugal-days-sustainable-ways-1.html

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  3. Thank you for referring me to your blog. I like your bracelet as well. Great minds must think alike! :)

  4. very cute and simple bracelet! Love it:)

  5. I've been thinking about making jewelry lately. This one caught my eye. Great tutorial...thanks!


  6. I so happy that you made it:) Thank you so very much for linking up to Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways:) I'm so happy to "meet" you! I am totally loving your blog and your posts! I really hope you make Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways a part of your Wednesdays! And keep the great posts comin'
    Very sincerely,
    Andrea @ Frugally Sustainable

  7. Super cute! Thanks for linking up with us and hope you join us again this Wednesday! Happy Thanksgiving!