Three Fast, Easy Cuff Bracelet Makeovers – Tutorial

by Rena Klingenberg.

Three Fast, Easy Cuff Bracelet Makeovers Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Give one cuff bracelet three different looks with these quick, simple makeovers - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg.

Give one cuff bracelet three different looks with these quick, simple makeovers – tutorial by Rena Klingenberg.

These cuff bracelet makeovers can be temporary or permanent. They’re easy to add to the bracelet, and fast to remove when you’re ready for a different look.

Here’s how to create these stylish looks:

Cuff Bracelet Makeover Tutorials

For these projects, you’ll need a cuff bracelet – either handmade or purchased.

I’m using the cuff we created in my Rustic Cuff Bracelet tutorial:

Brass rustic cuff bracelet with patina finish

 

Makeover 1: Boho Brooch Cuff

Cuff bracelet makeovers - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

To create this rustically romantic look, I’m using a strip of raw-edged cotton fabric lace and a brooch salvaged from a sweater.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • A brooch that’s a good size for the top of your bracelet.
  • A piece of lace that’s long enough to wrap around your bracelet as many times as you wish, plus about 8″ (20 cm) extra for tying it onto your cuff.

Supplies for Boho Brooch Cuff makeover

Thread one end of your lace through the back of your brooch, underneath the pin:

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Slide your brooch to the center point of your lace strip, and place the brooch on top of your cuff bracelet:
Cuff Bracelet Makeovers - Boho Brooch Cuff how-to

Holding the brooch in place with your fingers, turn the bracelet over and tie the ends of your lace into a firm knot on the underside of the bracelet, to secure the brooch in place:

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Now turn the bracelet right side up again, and then wind each end of your lace around the cuff as many times as you wish.

When you’re done winding the lace, tie the ends together in a nice firm knot underneath your bracelet.

You may want to leave long tails of lace streaming out from your bracelet:

Boho Brooch Cuff Bracelet Makeover

Or you may prefer to skip the long tails of lace:

Boho Brooch Cuff Bracelet Makeover

Either way, this is a fast and fun way to transform a plain bracelet into to a lacy boho cuff!

 

Makeover 2: Rustic Artifact Cuff

Rustic Artifact Cuff Bracelet Makeover - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

To create this archaeological look, I used a rugged faux-turquoise donut, a small wooden bead, and a strip of leather cord.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • A donut that’s a good size for the top of your cuff bracelet.
  • A small bead (optional) that will accommodate two strands of your leather cord at once.
  • A leather cord that’s long enough to wrap around your bracelet 5 or 6 times, plus about 12″ (30.5 cm) extra. (See my tutorial on how to straighten and distress leather cords.)

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We’re going to start by using your leather cord to create a lark’s head knot through the hole in your donut. Here’s how:

Fold your leather cord in half lengthwise, and thread the folded end of the cord through the hole in your donut.

Then thread both ends of your leather cord through the folded end of the cord:

Rustic Artifact Cuff Bracelet Makeover - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now tighten your lark’s head knot firmly around your donut, and then thread your small bead through both ends of your leather cord.

Your small bead should now be resting against your lark’s head knot:

Rustic Artifact Cuff Bracelet Makeover - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Place your donut on top of your cuff bracelet, and pass the leather cord ends under the bracelet, so they extend out of the other side of the bracelet:

Rustic Artifact Cuff Bracelet Makeover - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now take the leather cord ends and thread them up through your donut:

Rustic Artifact Cuff Bracelet Makeover - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Pull the leather ends to anchor the donut firmly against the cuff bracelet.

Now wind the cord ends around the cuff a few times, underneath the donut:

Rustic Artifact Cuff Bracelet Makeover - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg
Then wrap one of the cord ends around the cuff one additional time, so that one cord end is now above the cuff, and one is under the cuff.

Pull the cord ends tight and tie them together in a rugged knot at the bottom of your donut; trim the cord ends to a nice length:
Rustic Artifact Cuff Bracelet Makeover - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Enjoy this “rustic artifact” style on your cuff!

 

Makeover 3: Burst of Color Cuff

Burst of Color Cuff Bracelet Makeover - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

To create this colorfully fun look, I’m using buttons and a piece of black Artistic Wire, 24 gauge.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • Buttons or beads in a color scheme that’s a nice contrast to your bracelet.
  • Wire that will fit through the holes of your buttons / beads. You’ll need enough wire to wind around your bracelet several times, plus about 6″ (15 cm) extra to anchor the wire ends.

Burst of Color Cuff Bracelet Makeover - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Start by winding one end of your wire once around your cuff bracelet.

Then, on the underside of your bracelet, anchor the wire end in place by twisting it in artistically messy way around your first wrapped strand of wire:

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Now wrap your wire once or twice around the cuff again, and then string one of your buttons onto the wire.

Arrange the button where you’d like it to be on the top of your cuff, and then wrap your wire around the cuff again:

Burst of Color Cuff Bracelet Makeover - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Continue wrapping your wire around the cuff and adding buttons, until you’ve wired all of your buttons to the top of your cuff:

Burst of Color Cuff Bracelet Makeover - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Now wrap your wire once or twice more around the cuff; when you’re done wrapping, the end of your wire should be on the underside of your cuff.

Make an artistically messy twist that anchors this end of the wire to the last strand of wire you wrapped around the cuff.

Burst of Color Cuff Bracelet Makeover - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Enjoy wearing this colorful party on your wrist!

 

Thoughts on
These Cuff Bracelet Makeovers:

If you don’t tie or anchor these “makeovers” too tightly to the cuff bracelet, you can carefully slide them off the cuff and re-use them later.

Boho Brooch Cuff Bracelet Makeover - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

These makeovers take such a small amount of supplies that you may already have everything you need to make your own variations of these ideas.

They’re also a great way to use up your scraps or odds and ends!

Rustic Artifact Cuff Bracelet Makeover - tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

On the “Burst of Color” makeover, create extra pizzazz by choosing some buttons that are a complementary color of your cuff.

I chose a purple button and a purple-ish blue one because purple is the complementary color of my yellow brass bracelet.

Burst of Color Cuff Bracelet Makeover - Tutorial by Rena Klingenberg

Do you have a favorite of these three cuff makeover designs?

My fave is the Rustic Artifact Cuff, with the turquoise donut and leather cord.

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Comments

  1. They’re all neat ideas, but my fave is the lacy boho cuff with the brooch (which wouldn’t surprise anyone who knows me!). That is a good way to use up bits of things.

  2. What a great idea!! I think sometimes we’re too “close” to the work to see these creative ideas! Thanks so much for sharing,

  3. Totally cute. I really like the second cuff. And these are so simple, too. Love that!

  4. so pretty I love these

  5. Great! Love the first one

  6. I love love these pieces. Gorg!!!

  7. Love these! Especially the archaeological look. Thanks for all the how-to’s!

  8. I love these! They are so cute! Makes me want to go dig through my old jewelry lol!

  9. Leslie says:

    Awesome! I love the ease of changing the look!

  10. My favorite is number two – I love the turquoise and the leather together.

  11. Beautiful. I love that this doesn’t have to be permanent and you can change out the bracelet to go with whatever you’re wearing. Great idea!

  12. Great vision, great style, great work.

  13. I really like the cuff bracelet’s makeovers…customizing it for various occasions. Great idea! I agree with you the Rustic Artifact Cuff is my favorite too!

  14. Cute! I love how easy it is to change them!

  15. Found you by way of Eat Make Grow. What a clever way to make the same item look new each time you wear it. I love it. Thanks for sharing.

  16. All lovely and pretty ideas of design. You’re creative.

  17. love the button version

  18. The pictures are fabulous. The content is wonderful. Thanks so much for your tutorials. They are a cut above the rest. Linda

  19. All of them turned out great. i think I like #2 the best. Thanks for sharing with us!

  20. These are all so beautiful and unique! My favorite is the boho one!

  21. I like the boho chic one. I like the color combination. Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects

  22. So pretty! I love all of them!

  23. What a great idea! They are so pretty. I like every version but especially the lace one. Thanks for joining us at Transformed Tuesday.
    Hugs,
    Peggy

  24. they are all inspiringly gorge but the second version is my favorite. Thanks for sharing.
    p

  25. This is stunning! Thanks for sharing at March Madness

  26. I spotlighted your post tonight for centerpiece Wednesday! Karin

  27. Love the lacy boho cuff – so totally cool. And I agree with Laurie – sometimes we are too close to it to see the possibilities. Good job Rena!

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