DIY Pearl and Ribbon Bracelet

I know it’s been a while since my last post, and I apologize!

I recently completed this fun DIY project that I found on Pinterest.  I love how versatile this project can be.  You can make a bracelet or a necklace or whatever  you fancy.  You can also use whatever color ribbon you have on hand or choose, and I also found a couple of different shades of pearls that I am eager to try next!  I think this is so fun because it creates a very classy statement piece, but it’s very customizable and affordable.  For the same price as buying a completed bracelet, you can have the materials to make several.  I hope you enjoy!

This is all I needed for the project, plus a pair of scissors 🙂

I measured the ribbon, but I should have cut it longer. I wrapped it around my wrist twice and then about doubled it, and it wasn’t as long as I needed. I would recommend cutting it extra long… you can easily trim excess if you need to, but you can’t add more!
I tied a trial bow to see how much ribbon to leave on the end. I then tied a knot with just a little more than needed ribbon for the bow on the end. I then threaded the clear cord through the knot so that it stays put and then through the needle. The biggest problem I ran into with this project is that the cord wouldn’t fit through the hole in the pearl bead when it was threaded through the needle. This is because you’re then trying to fit the cord doubled up plus the needle through the bead. Instead, I had to unthread and rethread the needle every time, which was a hassle! Maybe try a thinner cord or beads with a bigger hole, but it is doable this way.

Here’s a more close up shot

Basically, you will weave the ribbon in between and around each bead. This was actually a lot more difficult than it looked! It’s a bit tough to get the ribbon not to slip, especially since the pearl beads are so smooth and round. In between each bead, the ribbon will be doubled, and then weaved underneath the pearl bead. Be careful to thread the cord through the *middle* of the ribbon, or it will be lopsided! Also, try to make each doubled section as close to the same size as possible.

Once you reach the end of the alloted space (make sure that there is enough ribbon at both ends to tie the bow!), tie another knot and thread the cord through the knot and tie a knot in the cord on the other side of the ribbon knot.

Viola!

I know it’s not perfect, but this was my first try!  Ideally, I would have had the pearls go throughout the entire bracelet up until the bow, but like I said, I cut the ribbon a bit shorter than I should have.  I plan on making a few more of these with the materials I already bought, so I’ll be sure to post photos of them when I have them!

I hope you enjoy this project!  Please feel free to share photos if you try this project, I’d love to see them!  Also, I would love any ideas you have for other DIY jewelry projects!

XOXO

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Here is the pin that I used as inspiration.  I, unfortunately, have been unable to find the original source for the image, but I want to give credit as well as I can.  Theirs turned out a lot better than mine!

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Update:

I found this awesome tutorial that is really helpful and shows step-by-step instructions for a very similar bracelet AND for some variations.  Check it out for more information! http://www.twinkleandtwine.com/2012/10/tutorial-ribbon-and-pearl-stretch.html

Perfect Pearls

Pearls… the classic piece  that ought to be found in every proper girl’s jewelry box.  Pearls can be used to dress up or down, they match nearly everything, and they are the perfect classic accent when you want to feel either sophisticated OR fun.  They can be conservative, sexy, understated, or bold.  In short, pearls are the best accessory!

Please keep in mind that pearls, as is the case with most things worth keeping, are quite expensive.  However, it is entirely possible to own pearls for everyday wear that are much less costly.  Honestly, one of my favorite pearl necklaces cost about $18 at Claire’s.  Obviously, those aren’t REAL pearls, but who cares?  They get the job done, and I don’t have to be concerned about them breaking or losing them.  I do think that every woman should strive to own a real set of pearls as an adult, but I think it is perfectly acceptable to wear the less expensive substitutes in the meantime!

Pearls are one of the single most classic accessories a girl can sport.  Every time I wear them, I feel instantly more sophisticated and put-together.  Though probably not the best match for sweats at home, pearls can match just about everything else.  They come in different colors, strands of different lengths, bracelets, earrings, and are being paired in jewelry with different styles of late.  I’ve collected some photos that I think show the versatility of pearls while also showcasing some of my favorite looks!  Hope you enjoy, and please feel free to share some of your favorites in the comments, too!

Strands of different length
It doesn’t get any more classy!
Amazing pearl and lace DIY bracelet! (Click the photo to link to the tutorial!)
Chanel + Pearls = Perfection
Pearls… the perfect accessory for a wedding gown!
Love pearls!
Pearls come in a variety of shades… these are just a few!
Pearls can be sexy, too
Pearls are not just for jewelry! Blair Waldorf turns them into a perfect headband!
Mixed materials
Pearl chandelier!