Beaded DIY Wrap Bracelet

Today’s project is a technique that once you try, you will want to do more of in lots of different variations.  Wrap bracelets are really popular right now, and they are so much easier to make than they look.  And best yet, you only need a few components to make your own one-of-a-kind DIY wrap bracelet!

Beaded DIY wrap bracelet - Crafts UnleashedSupplies needed to make your own beaded DIY wrap bracelet:supply2

Beaded Wrap Bracelet at Crafts UnleashedCut about 18 inches of leather cord for every wrap layer you want to make.  For three wraps, I used 54 inches of leather cord.  Find the halfway point of your cord, and tie an overhand knot to make your loop closure.  Be sure that your button fits snugly through the loop you tied – not too tight or too loose.

Thread your needle. You’ll want to double up your thread for strength.  I generally work with about 3 feet at a time, but any length you’re comfortable with will work fine, because you will need to add length a few times as you work anyway.

Tie the thread onto one side of your cord.  I work from left to right, personally, so I tie my thread onto the left cord, and all my directions will work from left to right.  If the opposite works better for you, feel free to reverse your direction – it will still work fine!

Beaded Wrap Bracelet at Crafts UnleashedNow, secure your cord somehow. I like to clip it to a clipboard to hold it steady while I work, but any method of holding it still will work fine!  Now – it’s time to add beads!

You will be working in a figure 8 pattern.  To add your first bead, pass your needle over the left cord, and thread on a bead.  Pass the needle under the right cord.  To secure the bead, you’ll work back toward the left – pass your needle up and over the right cord, through the bead, and under the left cord.

Just continue this motion. Each time you pass to the right, add a bead between your two cords. Each time you pass left, thread it back through the bead hole. Keep your thread taut as you work. Your beads should line right up, secured between the two cords.

Beaded Wrap Bracelet at Crafts UnleashedAt some point (or 2 or 3 points), you will run out of thread.  When that happens, just trim it off, thread a new length of thread onto your needle, and tie the two ends together with an overhand knot.  You can trim off the excess thread – and then continue on!

Beaded Wrap Bracelet at Crafts UnleashedYou can check your length periodically against your wrist.  You will want a finished beaded length of approximately 20-22 inches for three wraps.  The variance will depend on how large a button you are using for your closure (because the closure will add some length) and how large your wrist is.

When you like the length, stop adding beads and weave a few figure 8′s around the two cords.  Tie an overhand knot to secure the end.

Beaded Wrap Bracelet at Crafts UnleashedAdd your button closure. If your button has 2 holes, you can thread one cord up from the bottom of the button, and back down through the other hole.  (If you have 4 holes, do this with both cords.)  Then, knot it underneath. I like to add a dot of glue to help secure it, but that’s totally optional.

Beaded Wrap Bracelet at Crafts UnleashedTrim the ends, and your DIY wrap bracelet is finished!

Beaded Wrap Bracelet at Crafts UnleashedI love the look of three wraps, but you could easily do more or fewer!  I also like the look of small beads that have a little sparkle to them, but stone beads, seed beads, large beads – all will give you a different finished look.  Once you try one DIY wrap bracelet – you will want to see what other DIY wrap bracelet looks you can create!

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About Adrianne

Adrianne is a writer, artist, designer, wife, and mom of 2 kids. She blogs at where the theme is tutorials and recipes that can be made in an hour or less. Her favorite projects are jewelry-making, paper crafts, and recycled crafts. She participates annually in ArtPrize, an international art competition, and she's the author of the book DIY T-Shirt Crafts: 50 Ways to Recycle a T-Shirt (August 2015).


  1. Cheri says

    What am I doing wrong? The beads look good, after finished sometimes the beads start sticking out past the other ones, No longer in line, Too tight maybe?

  2. Tanis says

    Hello. I really enjoy the tutorial. However, I am having a hard time with the addition of the new length of thread. When I knot the new thread to the old thread, I end up getting a knot that is too big to fit through my beads, and I am using 4mm bead. Am I doing something wrong? I’ve ended up tying the old thread AND the new thread to the leather cord and continued from there, which ended up looking so silly. What a mess. Any tips for me?

    • says

      Hmm. I am wondering if you are just using thread that’s thicker than what I did. It’s a snug fit when I added it, but I have never had trouble pulling it through. Other than trying another kind of thread (perhaps a different brand?) then my other suggestion would be another style of beads. I’m sorry it’s not working for you!

  3. Trisha says

    Hi-first thank you for putting out a tutorial- I am new to this and your directions were very easy to follow. I have a question for you- how long does it take you to make a three wrap bracelet? I’ve been at this for 2 hours and am not done yet. I know it has to get easier as I go- at least I hope so! Thnx-Trisha

    • says

      It will get easier as you go! I make a lot of jewelry, this one took me just over an hour if I remember correctly. (Sorry, it’s been since last year since I made one.) But it’s always my goal to have a finished piece in an hour or less – sometimes projects do run a little long, though. Hang in there. :)

  4. ashley thibodeau says

    For the wrap bracelet how long does the fish line have to be? So that I don’t keep running out

    • says

      If you mean the thread, it will depend on a lot of factors. If your beads are smaller, you will use a LOT more than if you are using larger beads, because you’ll be weaving it many more times. For this size bead (4mm), I used around 10 feet of thread, doubled (so 20 or so feet total). But that’s a LOT to try to work with at a time – anything longer than an arm’s length is going to be difficult to keep from tangling while you work with it. You can certainly try it in a continuous length but I got frustrated trying to weave with more than 3 feet at a time because I had to un-knot my thread so many times from where it had gone slack as I used it. It was a huge waste of time for me, until I got a length closer to the length of my arm, and then the weaving went so much more smoothly.



    I made this bracelet to sell on Etsy. Someone bought it and said the thread came apart along with the bead. I was so embarrased! I loved the bracelet too! I’m wondering what I did wrong. I even used the heavier thread wildfire.

    • Evelyn says

      I had two fall apart so I ended up buying one at a reasonable price so I could try to figure out what was going on.

      What worked for me is adding a spot of glue to each knot and good thread.

      This is what I use: Glue: GS Hypo Cement Thread : Wildfire or K.O.

      happy beading!

  6. Michelle says

    I must be so stupid… I thought I had to cut the leather cord in 3 lots of length…. after doing this I thought to myself… am I suppose to have done that…. was it meant to be 54 inches folded in half and the knot put in to make three wraps!!!! I am a total beginner and feel like my brain has gone on holiday

  7. Marilyn Shay says

    Hello Adrianne, I have tried this bracelet many times and it always comes out twisted. Any ideas on what I can do to stop it from being a twisted mess. I did a three wrap and a single wrap. Same thing happened.

    • says

      Hi Marilyn – it sounds like one of your cords may be longer than the other within the bracelet. If you are using leather that was recently coiled, this can happen. You want to pull your two cords as evenly as possible as you work. A couple things you can try are uncoiling your leather a few hours before you get to work, or even clipping the leather cords to your work surface at the bottom – try a binder clip or a chip clip. The more even they stay as you work, the less twisting you should encounter.

      • Evelyn says

        I’ve experienced twisting as well. My solution is not to pull the thread too tightly. It worked for me so hopefully it will work for you.



  8. Sage says

    Thank you for the instructions, they motivated me to go out and buy some supplies to make some for my daughters for Valentine’s. I’m a complete newbie when it comes to making jewelry, so a very basic dumb question: are you separating each bed from the strings of beads? Part of me says no, because they’re already nicely strung together, but part of me sats yes because how else would you get your needle through the bead hole?
    Thanks again, hope to hear from you soon!

  9. says

    Thank you so much for this really handy tutorial. I made my very first bracelet yesterday and blogged about it on Random Crafting Adventures. The steps were very easy to follow and my bracelet turned out really well. I did have trouble with the technique for tying on a new length of thread (mine kept getting tangled), so I improvised and found a technique that worked for me. I am now busy looking for new supplies so I can have a go at making a few more. I hoping to make a few as little Christmas presents for friends.

    • says

      Adrianne, I had another go at this bracket using slightly different supplies. I couldn’t be happier with the way the bracelet worked out. I blogged about it on Random Crafting Adventures. I’ve achieved almost exactly the look I was going for. Thanks again for the tutorial.

  10. says

    I am SO anxious to try making this bracelet. I want to surprise my Granddaughter with it for Christmas! The instructions are concise and look easy to follow. Even a 75-year-old with arthritic hands can do it. Yay! Thank you, SO much. (Gonna go get the makings, tomorrow!!). ~0;-)

  11. Abby says

    Hi. I just wanna know how did you sew through the leather cord? Isn’t it hard enough to sew through the leather cord? Thanks :) BTW. This is really cool :)

    • Adrianne says

      Hi Abby – you don’t even have to see through! The needle is just to make it easy to pass the thread through the hole in the bead in either direction. You can just wrap the thread around the leather – the holes in the beads are sufficient to hold it all together.

      • Abby says

        Hey thank you so much. I really thought you are sewing through the leather cord. That’s why I had a hard time doing the bracelet. Thank you so much. :) I really adore your work. Have a nice day and once again thank you so much :)

  12. Judy says

    Hello, I am in the middle of making my first wrap bracelet. It is turning out nicely however I have found myself with not enough thread to complete the project. Would you please tell me how to add thread to my bracelet. Thank you for you help… I just love your tutorial.

    • Adrianne says

      Thanks Judy! I tried to show a photo of how it looks when you need to add more thread above – just use an overhand knot to tie a new length onto the old one, and trim the ends down. When you keep adding beads, the extra “tails” should fit into the beads to help conceal where you had to make the addition. Good luck!

  13. says

    Thanks for the tutorial! I’ve been eyeing a gold one up at Club Monaco but have had a hard time justifying the price. I had no idea you could make one so easily!

  14. Rose East says

    Beautiful bracelet I have already made one of your bracelets, can’t wait to make this one. Could you tell me what glue you use?

    Thanks Rose

  15. Nanci Strauss says

    I’m so excited about this tutorial. I’ve purchased all the products necessary, including beads in sizes 4mm, 6mm and 8mm plenty of black leather cord, thread, needles and buttons and plan to spend a day in the park teaching the homeless ladies how to make and sell these.

  16. Lori K says

    I can’t wait to make this! I have three daughters, and they all love new things made by Mom. I might even show them how to make this, LOL. Thanks for the tutorial! Love it!

  17. says

    This is totally gorgeous and I just LOVE it! I definitely need to make one of these and appreciate the fabulous tutorial. Thanks so much for sharing and am pinning this sparkly beauty. Have a great week!

  18. Becki C. says

    Such a nice tutorial ….I love the ease you have in the wording of the instructions so I even feel I can make one. Thank you.

  19. Julie says

    WOW – I made jewelry for several years and then quit, but now looking at all of YOUR great ideas I might get back into it again!!!

  20. says

    This is awesome! I think I might have to try this next week when I’m on vacation, camping. I prefer earth tones and less glitz. I am sure I can find some great earthy beads and use some brown leather. Thanks for the fabulous easy to follow tutorial. :)


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