How to make a safety pin bracelet

Add beads to safety pins

I am ever alert for new ways to create apparel and accessories for this DIY fashion blog. Luckily my relatives and friends know that and they often feed me new ideas.

We have relatives staying with us from the UK at the moment. I managed to pin one of them down to show me how she makes these gorgeous ethnic inspired bracelets from safety pins.

I have seen similar bracelets at craft markets but I never realised they were so easy to make.

You need:-
safety pins – I used 60 x 20mm long ones
elastic thread


Take elasticised thread through base of safety pin

You do: –
The hardest part is putting beads onto the safety pins. You can use a single colour bead or mix colours and make a design as we did.

Start by putting the beads on your safety pins and lay them out so you can thread them in the correct order.

Next pull the elasticised thread through the base of the safety pins and knot the thread a few times to make sure it is secure.

Finished ethnic inspired bracelet

I put the bracelet onto a rolling pin to make it easier to work, and took the elasticised thread through the top of the safety pins. Make sure you pull it through the thread through the catch at the top of the safety pin.

Tie this second piece of elasticised thread securely. That’s it! Your bracelet is complete.

I have created links to some older DIY bangle and bracelet projects.

If you have electric cable lying around you could make Scooby Doo bangles. Read that post here – how to make bangles from electric cable. You could make a rope bangle from pieces of rope and cord. Here is the how-to – how to make a rope bangle.

If you are loving friendship bracelets then you can read how to make them here – how to make a friendship bracelet. You can totally restyle old bangles by wrapping coloured fabric around them. Think ethnic or nautical prints. Follow this link to read on that DIY fashion idea – how to cover a bangle with fabric. Use up old beads by making a wraparound bead bracelet – how to make a bead and button bracelet.

For something classier you could buy semi precious stones and make these bracelets – how to make a bracelet from semi precious stones. I make my own charm bracelets too. Here is a post showing how I make them – how to make a charm bracelet.

And here is a last bracelet idea. I knotted beads to a piece of string. This can be worn as a necklace or a bracelet – how to make a knotted bead bracelet.

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