Time to get crafty today on Smiles and Sundays with zipper bracelets. These are an easy way to add a little style and “edge” to your favorite outfit. I’ve seen these in stores for over $50 but I’ll show you how to make your own for under $5.
Here are the supplies you will need for both bracelets:
- 7 inch zippers
- clamp end jewelry findings
- jewelry connectors
- fabric glue/super glue
- cord or other embellishments of your choice
- basic jewelry making tools or simple flat and needle nose pliers
For the Green One:
- Unzip the zipper and separate.
- Flip them over, overlapping the centers so the zipper parts are facing out and glue.
- I chose to add a chorded embellishment with nailhead details along the center of the fabric portion. Glue.
- Measure for how long you would like your bracelet to be, use the scissors to remove the excess.
- Align the clamp findings to each end and use the flat head pliers to attach each end.
- Use the needle nose pliers to attach jump rings and connectors.
The next one is even easier! It really highlights how unique the zipper design is. In a basic black and silver, the lacework of the zippper has a great vintage look with an edgy feel. It is super easy! Use your scissors to trim for appropriate length. Then just add the clamp ends with your pliers attach the findings and voila!
The key is to find unique zippers with great colors or add excellent embellishments to really set your piece apart and make it look unique. I was able to find everything I needed at Hobby Lobby. The zippers were $1 a piece and all findings were 50% off. Both bracelets were complete in under an hour.
What crafty shenanigans are you up to this Sunday?