Preppy Bridesmaid Bracelets Tutorial
It was kind of a dreary weekend in New England. Sticky and hot, but cloudy. Usually I’d be bummed about the gray skies, but this time it ended up being a good deterrent from outdoor fun and gave me an excuse to stay inside, watch terrible E! movies (Like He’s Just Not That into You and The Lake House), and just craft craft craft.
Wise words from He’s Just Not That into You (I saw this three times in the theater, no joke.)
Mr. Rucksack locked himself in the air conditioned guest room to do some work, and I got down to business taking over the entire downstairs with wedding projects I’ve been putting off. And when I say the entire downstairs, I mean it. The office/craft room exploded into a cloud of paper scraps as I used my Silhouette to cut out gold letters for our table signs. The dining room became hot glue gun central. And the living room was jewelry making station.
I moved from station to station like a kid at arts & crafts summer camp, not bothering to clean anything up because I knew I’d have to come back to each eventually. Poor Mr. Rucksack. We now just have a 2 x 2 space for eating on our dining room table because the wedding has taken over all other viable space.
My favorite station was jewelry station. Not only did it allow me to better keep up with the terrible TV I was watching, but it was almost therapeutic. Hot glue guns and my Silhouette almost always induce a bout of Tourette’s-like curse words out of my mouth, but for some reason I can be patient with beading.
Most of what I do falls into the two left side categories of pain and possibility of successful outcome. I just never know which it’s going to be until the very last second. / Image via Conquering Crafts
This time the outcome was actually fantastic, and these DIY preppy bridesmaid bracelets really do look just like the Pinterest version! Hooray—maybe crafting hope isn’t lost!
I’m going to give one of these preppy bridesmaid bracelets to each of the bridesmaids to wear at the wedding—half will get pink & white and the other half will get the navy & white. Flower Girl Rucksack will get one in all pink, obvi.
I used a combination of Pinterest and Etsy as my inspiration, and while I’m pretty sure I’ve seen a tutorial floating for beaded bracelets around on the internet, I didn’t use it. Partly because I couldn’t find it and partly because I’m not really good at following instructions. I usually just see a craft, decide to make it, and then figure it out. This may be one of the reasons that my craft time usually involves cursing and crying.
In case you’re better at following directions than I am, I did take pictures along the way and will do my best to describe the process of making these DIY preppy bridesmaid bracelets.
- quarter-inch glass beads (You can definitely go larger for the beads, but I liked how dainty and preppy the smaller size looked.)
- quarter-inch grosgrain ribbon
- small sewing needle (Check that it fits through your bead holes first!)
- beading string or sewing thread
Step 1: Leaving a four-inch tail, start by sewing a small X into your ribbon. This is important because the grosgrain can separate a little, and if you just make a knot, it will come through the other side. I learned this the hard way after completing a beaded bracelet that completely broke apart.
Step 2: After sewing your X, thread one of your beads onto the side where your knot is. This isn’t essential, but it helps to cover up the ugly knot and tail on your preppy bridesmaid bracelets. Move your needle and thread through the other side about a quarter inch away from your first X (more if your beads are larger), then come back through another quarter inch away from there. Add another bead and repeat.
Step 3: When you pull your thread tight, you’ll be left with the cute ruffles. I pulled every two to three beads and adjusted.
Step 4: Once you’ve reached your desired length, sew another X on the backside of the ribbon and knot the thread on the underside (where the bead is). Leave another four-inch tail and cut on the diagonal.
Step 5: Tie into a bow!
Step 6: And steal one of these preppy bridesmaid bracelets because they’re so darn cute!
I used my own arm as a size guide, and since there’s a long tail for the bow, they’re adjustable and really are one size fits all.
Mr. Rucksack loves them too, even announcing, “You should sell those on Etsy!” He’s so cute. I also think he’s just really happy I found something crafty that I’m good at and doesn’t cause a temper tantrum!
Are you making any jewelry for your crew? And are you as bad at following directions as I am? Do you think you’ll try to DIY these preppy bridesmaid bracelets?