by Helen, UK
Learn how to make a beaded safety pin bracelet with the step by step instructions on this page!
These funky bracelets have a sort of 80s / retro feel to them. I'd seen them on sale at some trendy market stalls along with other safety pin crafts and jewelry. But I couldn't bring myself to pay money for something I could make so easily myself :-) So instead I bought a couple of supplies and made some. Here's how...
I kept my bracelet simple and only used 2 colors of beads in a simple alternating pattern, but of course you can use as many colors as you like in whatever pattern.
70 large safety pins was enough to go around my fairly-average-sized female wrist, but you might need more or less depending on the size of your pins and wrist.
Open up a safety pin and thread lots of beads onto it, almost to the tip, then close it again:
Repeat with all your other safety pins:
Thread the safety pins onto the elastic cords like this. Notice that I'm alternating the up/down direction of the pins to make them fit next to each other better.
Once all the pins are threaded onto the elastic cords it should look something like this:
You should probably have a bit more spare cord left at each end compared to me, because I cut mine a bit short.
Wrap the bracelet around someone's wrist. Pull two ends of cord to put them under a bit of tension, and then tie them together with a simple overhand knot.
Then tie another overhand knot to finish. It's basically just a "granny knot".
Then do the same thing for the other cord, and trim off the loose ends.
Here's what the finished bracelet looks like:
How did your beaded safety pin bracelet turn out? If you have an questions or comments about these instructions, or just want to say hi, you can contact me with this handy form.
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