For a fashion-forward gift at a fraction of the retail cost, try this beaded wrap bracelet how-to from TV crafter Hosanna Houser.
Photography: Rob Tannenbaum
The Martha Stewart Show, December 2011
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.
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.
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.
Using the screw punch, punch holes along entire length of strip at pen marks.
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.
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.
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.
Continue threading the twine through the holes, stringing and securing your beads as you go.
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.
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.
Rotary cutter or scissors
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.