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Striped Bangle Bracelets

These chunky, cheerful bangles are so simple, you can wear them the day you make them. Use a basic decoupage process to add bright tissue-paper stripes to inexpensive wooden bracelets.

Photography: Ditte Isager

Source: Martha Stewart



Bangles, 1 1/2- and 1 3/4-inch, and 1 1/4-inch, Tissue paper, in Tapestry, Black, Azalea Pink, Dark Blue, and Orange, Martha Stewart Crafts decoupage,



  • Paper towel or rag

  • White acrylic paint

  • Unfinished wood bangles

  • Small bowls

  • Paintbrush

  • Tissue paper for stripes, cut into 3-inch-long strips (for thin bangle) and 6-inch-long strips (for thick bangle)

  • Martha Stewart Crafts decoupage

  • Craft knife


  1. Whitewash bangle: Dampen paper towel or rag, and dip it into paint. Smooth paint onto the surface of the bangle, inside and out. Let dry.

  2. Balance the bangle on a small bowl. For each stripe, brush one side of tissue with the adhesive, and smooth the strip onto the bangle. Leave the excess tissue at inner edge. Let dry.

  3. Trim excess tissue using craft knife. Brush adhesive over outside of bracelet to seal. Let dry.

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