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Beaded Wrap Bracelet

For a fashion-forward gift at a fraction of the retail cost, try this beaded wrap bracelet how-to from TV crafter Hosanna Houser.

Introduction

Resources: Screw punch available from Martha Stewart Crafts. All other tools and materials available from your local crafts-supply store.

For additional information and photos of this process, visit Hosanna's blog post at The Crafts Dept.

Materials

  • Leather
  • Rotary cutter or scissors
  • Screw punch
  • Beads
  • Ruler
  • Pen
  • Waxed twine
  • Button
  • Glue (optional)

Steps

  1. Step 1

    For a double-wrap bracelet, start by cutting a 1/4-inch by 14-inch strip of leather. For additional wraps, increase the length of leather in 7-inch increments –- 21 inches for a triple wrap, 28 inches for a quadruple wrap, and so on.

  2. Step 2

    Using a screw punch, punch a hole in one end of the strip of leather for a loop and at the opposite end, punch two holes close to each other for a button closure.

  3. Step 3

    Lay out beads in desired pattern next to leather strip, being sure they are evenly spaced. Using a ruler as a guide, measure out placement for punches, being sure there is a hole on either side of each set of beads, and mark with a pen.

  4. Step 4

    Using the screw punch, punch holes along entire length of strip at pen marks.

  5. Step 5

    Create a loop at one end of a long piece of waxed twine and secure with a knot. Be sure that the loop fits over the button you have chosen for your closure and trim the tail of the knot.

  6. Step 6

    At the end of the strip of leather with only one hole, thread your twine through the hole from the back. Then thread the twine back through the loop and again through the hole from the back. Wrap twine around back of loop and thread through same hole, this time from the front, being sure the loop is secured tightly. The resulting knot marks the back of the bracelet.

  7. Step 7

    Thread the twine through the next hole from the back and on the front side of the leather, add the first set of beads to the wax twine. Secure the beads in place by threading the twine through the next hole to the back of the leather.

  8. Step 8

    Continue threading the twine through the holes, stringing and securing your beads as you go.

  9. Step 9

    At the end of the bracelet, secure the button in place as you would on a shirt, threading the twine through the first hole, then the button, and then the second hole.

  10. Step 10

    Knot the twine on the back of the bracelet and trim any excess twine. Add a dab of glue to the knot, if desired, for extra security.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, December 2011

Reviews (8)

  • 19 Sep, 2012

    And I agree with the other lady that Martha kept interrupting the lady that was showing the bracelet & it was HARD TO SEE HOW she finished It!! I love Martha but she is sooo NOT IN TOUCH WITH THE CRAFTERS OUT THERE TODAY. Her punch is OVER $30.00!!!! No one afford that. There was a lady that saw the same show & was looking for the punch, when SHE saw the price, she said, "I give up"" Every time I try to do a Martha Stewart Progect, I cost me an arm & a leg. I Can't afford anything she does!!

  • 19 Sep, 2012

    You can get Martha's leather punch at Jo-Ann Fabrics. It was WAAY to costly. You can go to a Feed Store that handles horses & Tack stuff. They have leather leftovers. I bought some leftovers & I have enough to make 50 bracelets or more & I only pd. 5.00. The Feed Store should also have a leather punch. It is a metal plyer device with a turning head that has multiple little holes for cutting holes in the leather. You may be able to find one at a pawn shop. MARTHA'S STUFF IS EXPNSVE! Good LK

  • 1 Sep, 2012

    I watched the video and Martha's guest never got a chance to demonstrate how to finish the bracelet because Martha WOULDN'T STOP INTERRUPTING. How astonishingly rude!

  • 5 Aug, 2012

    You can buy leather from Tandy Leather at http://www.tandyleatherfactory.com/en-usd/home/home.aspx. Fortunately for me, I have a Tandy Leather store where I live, so I can go there and buy stuff in person. They have a pretty good selection. The big pieces of leather are pretty expensive, but they have bins of small scraps that are much cheaper.

  • 5 Feb, 2012

    I have bought leather pants/skirts at the thrift store, which can then be cut to any size. You can get a lot of bracelet strips out of 1 pair of pants, and it's less expensive than buying pre-cut squares or strips.

  • 13 Dec, 2011

    Loved these leather bracelets, but went out this weekend to get the materials and had trouble finding them! The sheets of leather that Michael's sells seems too pliable and not stiff enough make these bracelets. Also, my local Michael's didn't sell the Martha Stewart Crafts Screw Punch! Checked online with them and they did not have it either...can you please provide some vendors where we can get the correct supplies? thank you!

  • 12 Dec, 2011

    I was so inspired by your "Beaded Leather Bracelet" segment. I just love the look, but where can we purchase the leather. I'm looking for websites as my local area is limited on craft supplies. Thanks.

  • 9 Dec, 2011

    Great look! But where do you get the leather? And what variety of leather?