Grommet Wrap Charm Bracelet (Tutorial)

by Rena Klingenberg.

Grommet Wrap Charm Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

The charm bracelet in this tutorial has a bit of a rugged look, thanks to the grommets, multiple wraps, and swivel clasp.

Grommet Wrap Charm Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

A strip of grommet tape in leather or other fabric makes a fun, flexible base for this bracelet.

(Although it’s called “grommet tape”, it’s not the sticky kind of tape.)

Grommet Wrap Charm Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

And the charms are a perfect way to use up lone earrings, orphan beads, and leftover components from other jewelry projects.

Grommet Wrap Charm Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Although this is a cool style for adults, it’s also a great item for teens and tweens to make and wear!

Supplies:

  • A strip of grommet tape that’s long enough to wrap around your wrist as many times as you like.
    Make sure the grommets are close enough to the edges of the tape to fasten jump rings into them.
    My grommet tape is made from suede.
    It’s 3/4″ wide x 1 yard long (19mm x 914mm).
    The grommet holes’ diameter is about 5/32″ (4mm).
    Sources of grommet tape: Fabric stores, craft stores, Etsy, and other online sources.
    Other names for grommet tape: Grommet leather band, leather grommet tape, leather grommet trim, leather eyelet tape, eyelet tape, twill eyelet tape, leather band with grommets.
    Here’s what I used:

    Leather grommet tape for Grommet Wrap Charm Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

  • Clasp – I used a swivel lobster clasp to go with the grommet tape’s rugged sort of look; but many other clasp styles would also work.
    Here’s the clasp I used:

    Swivel clasp for Grommet Wrap Charm Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

  • A variety of charms or dangles to hang on your bracelet.
    I used mainly orphan beads, earrings that had lost their mate, and leftover goodies from previous projects.

    How many charms do you need?

    Measure the circumference of your wrist and add 2″ (51mm) to that measurement.
    Example: For a 7″ wrist, add 2″ = 9″.

    So for the 7″ example wrist you’d want the first 9″ of grommet tape to have a charm in each grommet hole – except for the first hole, which is where the clasp will go.

    I needed 8 charms to fill up the first several inches of my grommet tape (leaving the first grommet hole open for the clasp).

  • Jump rings large enough to fasten onto your grommet tape.
    I used 12mm jump rings.
  • Flat nose & chain nose pliers – to open and close your jump rings
  • Scissors – if you want to trim the length of your grommet tape.

How to Make a
Grommet Wrap Charm Bracelet:

Start by gathering or creating the dangles (or charms) for your bracelet.

I decided to stick to a color palette of oranges plus blue-greens.

Here’s what I used:

Bead dangles and charms for Grommet Wrap Charm Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

While choosing your charms, you may want to use a wire-wrapped briolette bead (similar to the one in the photo below).

You can make one using my easy tutorial Briolette Wire Wrapping Techniques.

Briolette Wire Wrapping Techniques - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

And if you need to make a wrapped headpin loop for a bead charm (like the one in the photo below), you can learn how in my tutorial, How to Make a Wrapped Wire Loop.

Bead with wrapped wire loop for Grommet Wrap Charm Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Set out a jump ring for each charm, plus one for your clasp:

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Use your flat nose and chain nose pliers to twist open your jump rings.

(If you’re new to using jump rings, see my quick tutorial, How to Open and Close Jump Rings.)

Thread an opened jump ring onto each of your charms:

Charms with jump rings for Grommet Wrap Charm Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Spread out one end of your grommet tape:

Grommet tape for Grommet Wrap Charm Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Skip the first grommet hole for now (later we’ll attach the clasp to the first hole).

Pick up your first charm, and thread its jump ring through the second grommet hole.

Then use your flat nose and chain nose pliers to twist the jump ring shut again:

Attaching charms to the grommet tape - Grommet Wrap Charm Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Then pick up your second charm, and attach it to the next grommet hole:

Attaching charms to the grommet tape - Grommet Wrap Charm Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Keep adding more charms:

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. . . until you’ve attached each charm to a grommet:

Attaching charms to the grommet tape - Grommet Wrap Charm Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Thread one of your jump rings onto your clasp:

Attaching a jump ring to the clasp - Grommet Wrap Charm Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Then thread that jump ring through the first grommet, and twist the jump ring shut:

Attaching the clasp to the bracelet - Grommet Wrap Charm Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

(You may need to use scissors to trim off any excess fabric at this end of the grommet tape, so the clasp’s jump ring can move easily at the end of the tape.)

When the charms and clasp are attached, the grommet tape should look like this:

Grommet Wrap Charm Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Your grommet wrap charm bracelet is finished!

How to Put the Grommet Wrap Bracelet on:

Wrap it around and around your wrist, starting with the empty end of the grommet tape, and ending with the clasp end.

Then fasten the clasp into one of the grommets at the empty end of the grommet tape.

You can either keep any excess length at the empty end of the grommet tape (which makes the bracelet adjustable) – or you can use scissors to trim off the excess length.

Grommet Wrap Charm Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Grommet Wrap Charm Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Grommet Wrap Charm Bracelet - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

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Comments

  1. Another fabulous piece of jewelry Rena! I just love your work 🙂

  2. Wow – that is beautiful!! I would definitely wear something like this. Usually the charm bracelets are one that I don’t like, due to what they hang from…this is amazing! 🙂

  3. This is beautiful and looks comfortable, jangly and easy to individualize – three things I love in jewelry! I didn’t know, until now that such a thing as grommet tape existed. This is definitely something I’ll be playing around with very soon. Thanks for the inspiration and enlightenment.

  4. This is gorgeous!!!! I love this beautiful job Rena!!

  5. Thank you for the lovely feedback on this bracelet! I only recently became aware of grommet tape – and the minute I first saw it, I knew it needed to become a charm bracelet. 🙂

  6. That’s pretty cool! Thanks for sharing it!

  7. Very cool!

  8. What a beautiful piece of jewelry. It looks like a Have a project to do with my daughter very soon.

  9. This is such a cool way to use a bunch of favorite pieces in one bracelet! It looks awesome.

  10. Wow, this is soooo cute!

  11. I think this is such a cute gift! Or you know one to make for myself! I love this idea!

  12. What a fun bracelet!

  13. Jann Olson says:

    This is so fun and I love all of the colorful charms!
    hugs,
    Jan

  14. These are so cute!!!

  15. This is such a cute bracelet and you make it look so simple to make.

  16. I really love the boho look of this bracelet. So cute!

  17. I went to the fabric store yesterday to check for grommet tape and sure enough, they had it in 3 different colours. Then I checked the price…$8.00/m – and that was on sale for half price off!!! What??? Needless to say, I left the store without the grommet tape…sigh.

  18. Hi Leslie! I purchased my grommet tape from Etsy seller “Recycled1967” for U.S. $1.80 per yard plus $2.60 shipping. Hope this helps! 🙂

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