Friday, May 6, 2011

Shabby Chic Bracelets

A couple of weeks ago I promised that even though I was going to bring more focus to my sewing projects that I'd still share crafting projects with you.  And I try never to go back on a let's get the Mod Podge out and craft!

If you've just had a manicure I suggest you get out some rubber gloves because this one is going to get a little messy.

Here's what I used for this project:

I always forget one thing for these supply photos (sigh)
in this case it was scissors, they'll come in handy
when you need to cut your lace~

1) Tear or cut your napkin in half.

2) Take one large, tacky, gaudy, and quite ugly bangle and smother it with Mod Podge

3) Smoosh one of your 'half' napkins on top and wrap it to the inside

4) Don't worry if at first it looks crazy messy, because now you're going to start smoothing it out, tearing away excess paper, and adding to any spaces that are bare

5) And if you've ever Mod Podged before, you know what's next....throw another layer of the stuff right on top of your newly smoothed out napkin

getting messy!
6) Now, you can leave it at this and just let it dry and you'll have a perfectly nice new bangle in the morning, but I wanted to add something extra special....crocheted lace!!  Cut a length of lace to go around your bangle plus an extra inch or so.

The lace should start to stick right onto the Mod Podge.  Add a little to the ends so that you can make a nice fold in the lace and lay it down.

Really Messy

7) Once you've got it secured you can add another layer of Mod Podge on top of the lace, making sure to secure the edges of the lace down.

Please ignore my brush, it was the only one I had left.
This will work much better if you use a normal sized
smaller sponge brush.
8) Prop your bracelet up on something and let it dry for a few hours.  Check out my handy dandy dryer I pull out whenever I'm Mod Podging (Styrofoam and toothpicks) :

You can see, I did some smaller bracelets too using a contrasting peachy napkin as the base.  These are the same napkin's I've used for everything from covering pencils to coasters and picture frames to Easter Eggs .  I left one of the smaller bracelets without lace just to add something different to the mix.

Voila!  Some shabby chic bracelets!

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What do you think?  I love it when something so ugly turns into something sooooo pretty!

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 and enter your comment.  There aren't many entries yet so your odds of winning
 an Etcetorize blouse and matching bracelet are very, very good!

As always, check out the linky party page.  So many great ideas, just a few clicks away!


Anonymous said...

Nice little project-I love those little bangles in the background. (last photo).
Question-Is the inside of the bracelet scratchy from the glue?

Etcetorize said...

I was a little worried about the scratchiness factor too, but they're fine. You could glue some nice velvet ribbon to the inside to make it extra soft though. That would feel quite nice actually~


I love this Mod Podge smart..very the detail :)

WobiSobi said...

LOVe these~!!!

Evelin said...

Really really lovely! I've been planning to make something very similar myself - hopefully you're the force that makes me move :D

Jessica said...

These turned out so pretty! I have a bangle I need to recover. Thanks for the inspiration. :)

Ana Paula said...

Amei teu blog!!! amo costurar,já estou te seguindo,acho que sou a primeira brasileira por aqui...


Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

I love handmade jewelry! your bracelet turned out beautiful!

Delighted Momma

Sweet Floweret said...


I just started a linky party this past Tuesday. It was a great success with over 50 link ups! I would love it if you would participate next week! It's called $10 Tuesdays and it's for things that cost less than $10 and take 20-30 mins (ish) to complete. I love inexpensive and quick projects and I'm guessing others will too ;) Thanks so much for considering.
PS. I'm GIVING away 50 button pony tailers this month! Come visit and claim yours ;)

Etcetorize said...

Thanks for all of the lovely comments everyone! Ana... Receba a Etcetorize!

Anonymous said...

I was going to ask about the inside too, but then I know from other projectes I've done, the paper all overlaps so you wouldn't feel anything on the underneath side.

Love the paper you used and the crocheted edging gave your braclets a special touch. Thanks for sharing your project with us.

Fonda @Southern Scraps said...

These are gorgeous!

Unknown said...

So,so cute!! I love projects like this. Fairly easy and cheap!!!! Thanks for sharing.

Sonja said...

Very cute! Love it!

Fabric Bows and More said...

Cute idea! Come and join my linky party:

Screaming Sardine said...

Love this. I made a bracelet a few days ago, and now I'm hooked on making them. I'll be trying this one for sure! Thanks for posting it in an easy to understand tutorial.

You're more than welcome to link up at the Sunburnt Cow link party.

Tracy All Thumbs Crafts

Funkytime said...

such a great idea!!!!

Curtains in My Tree said...

Oh I like the bracelets very much I wear bracelets everyday

Agy said...

Never thought of modge podging bangles! Thanks for the tip. Found you via Blue Cricket Design :-)

Jennifer Juniper said...

I like the layering and how many different things you could do with different materials!

c.w.frosting said...

Very very chic upcycles! Isn't mod podge amazing?

-caroline @ c.w.frosting

Unknown said...

This is a great idea for turning a tired old accessory into something cute. The lace is pretty, but I love the pattern on the napkins alone, too.

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

so fun! love the fabric and lace together

Thanks for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday! Hope to see ya again this week :)

Miss Kait said...

So simple, and so creative!! Love this!! Such a great idea. Definitely going to have to make some of my own with my scrap fabric laying around!

Jaclyn | One Thousand Oaks said...

This is great! I have been wanting to do something like this! I would love if you linked this up to my Make it for less party! It goes on every Monday at

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