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Wool-Wrapped Bangles




If you find yourself with some left over yarn, this is a good project to make use of it. Even if you can't knit, you can make this craft. It's a unique and stylish bracelet decorated with wool yarn. It's simple to make and is a great gift idea.

Tools and Materials
Plain plastic bangle bracelets
Yarn or ribbon
Fabric glue

Wool-Wrapped Bangles How-To
1. Create a ball of yarn slightly larger than a golf ball.

2. Densely wrap the yarn around a plastic bangle bracelet, making sure to neatly keep the yarn aligned, and pulling tightly as you go.
Tip: Work over a table or in lap in case the ball slips out of your hands.

3. Finish by overlapping a few wraps at the point where you started. Glue the strand of yarn in place along the inside of the bracelet with a fabric glue.

4. Hold the glued end of yarn in place with a clothespin and allow to dry. Once the glue has fully dried, snip off the extra yarn.

5. Bangles can be covered in thin decorative ribbon using the same process.

The variegated yarn can be purchased at; the ribbon can be purchased at; the plain plastic bangles can be purchased at (product Nos. BA0006-25, BA0006-26, and Ba0006-21), but you can also recycle bangles of all shapes and sizes from thrift stores or eBay.

The Martha Stewart Show, February 2008



Reviews (21)

  • Mike Taylor 18 Jun, 2013

    By the way these bangles could be used by some companies that I know very well for wholesale jewelry

  • Mike Taylor 18 Jun, 2013

    Found huge assortment of bangles on (jewelry professionals here... FYI)

  • melsue 18 Aug, 2009

    yes, I would like to see how to make these photo jewelry, out of all you make they are the best! Please correct this and submit this how-to!!

  • kathysings 17 Aug, 2009

    Oooops!! There's a mix up of picture and crafts on my end...

    This craft is found under "Photograph Jewelry"

  • gtredshoes 9 Mar, 2009

    Lglucy6, et al., ...whoops.... Slice up a mailing tube. This allows you to create *bangles* of differing diameters and widths and gives you greater variability in the number and size of your items. It is inexpensive and, if you use heavy-duty cardboard tubes and natural fibres, is biodegradable. You may use decoupage medium, or acrylic spray, on the cardboard rings before you begin to wrap, but I believe this will make them a bit less biodegradable.
    Don't forget to have fun! 8-*)

  • gtredshoes 9 Mar, 2009


  • lglucy6 24 Feb, 2009

    This would be an easy craft for a group of elders that I work with, but can anyone think of alternatives to buying actual bracelets...i.e. cutting plastic piping, soda bottles etc., that might make it cheaper to make larger quantities?

  • MEANGEL 24 Feb, 2009

    the craft is looking very good. even i make beautiful crystal baskets with wool and a crystals of salts.
    for more detials you can mail me at


  • kimberleyj 24 Feb, 2009

    Love this idea!

  • nance91947 23 Feb, 2009

    2-22-09 Found huge assortment of bangles, some for $9/dozen at

  • lbuser 23 Feb, 2009

    I found bracelets at 3 places - look for glitter bracelets, deluxe 80's bracelets or hippy bracelets; look for chunky bracelets; and look for bangle set. The best place to find them though is at yard sales and flea markets.

  • lasvegasoleander 23 Feb, 2009

    In my sewing group we used grosgrain ribbons as well as yarn. Swaroski crystals can also be glued on for embellishment. We used wooden bangle bracelets instead which were ordered online. Since many of our group have granddaughters some were making the bracelets as gifts.

  • jsteidel 23 Feb, 2009

    How chic when your bracelet matches your sweater!

  • SnowB 23 Feb, 2009

    cocowholesale no longer has the bangles

  • maureenbme 23 Feb, 2009

    A great project and a great way to recycle.this would also be a good way to use that old sweater unravel the knit and use the yarn. A good place to buy the bracelets is at resale shops and garage sales. If you have sensitive Skin line the bracelet with a soft satin ribbon

  • Kimaroo 23 Feb, 2009

    Plain plastic bangels are not at the cocowholesale link provided ... =-(

  • DonnaGran 23 Feb, 2009

    You could try a Dollar store or a Buck or Two.
    Donna Lee

  • annlenhen 2 Oct, 2008

    Does anyone have a good place I can find plain plastic bangle bracelets?

  • huneebee1976 29 Aug, 2008

    You can also use this same technique for napkin rings.

  • PennyErvin 28 Jul, 2008

    Great idea for some Christmas presents

  • Bridget2958 4 Mar, 2008

    Such a great way to use up extra yarn and ribbon. I can't wait to try it.