I have a problem. I really, REALLY love bracelets. I've never been a necklace person, but I almost aways have on a few bangle bracelets. Last month my favorite one broke.
It was really thin and small, with turquoise beads and some copper accents. Back when we were in college, my husband brought it back for me from a street merchant in downtown Cancun. Definitely not a pricey piece, but extremely sentimental.
Being the thrifty gal I seem to think that I am, I stopped at Hobby Lobby to get some elastic so I could restring it. Have you been through Hobby Lobby lately? It's like Target and Magnolia Market only CHEAPER. I was quite impressed! It cost me some money...
I wear essential oils all day long, every day. Etsy and instagram have been taunting me with pretty diffuser bracelets, and Hobby Lobby pretty much opened Pandora's box. If you are interested in the cost break down, I bought my beads during a 50% off sale and spent $48 for all of it. I made around twenty five pieces of jewelry in an afternoon.
My favorite pieces were the easiest to make. Hobby Lobby had an entire section of basically pre-made jewelry, all I had to do was attach the pieces together. I love how the black one turned out. I ended up making a few of them. If you have a smaller wrist, just add a knot to one or both of the rope sides. It isn't noticeable and will do the trick.
This brown one turned out super pretty. I ended up gifting several of them as Christmas presents. Also in the ready-made jewelry section were leather earrings. I am head over heals for this rustic casual style of earring. Did you know you can drop essential oil onto the leather to make them into diffuser earrings? It works!
Next up are my lava bead diffuser bracelets. Lava beads are very porous and absorb and release oils and are very popular by us oily gals. The most common size is 8mm. I also bought the 6mm, just to add a little variety to the bangle stack. The glass crystals I mixed with some of them helped to make them a little fancier.
These glass beaded bracelets were really difficult to make... not. They came in a pack of 5-6, already strung and ready to wear! I feel like I'm a fraud by telling you how easy this project was... But seriously, they are so pretty and fun!
I also ordered some unfinished wooden beads from Amazon. They were inexpensive and I wanted to do something a little bit more plain than the black lava beads for my every day style. They aren't labeled, but I would guess they are a 10mm or so. It is WAY chunkier than the other bracelets.
Well, I hope you feel inspired to make some fun jewelry! I promise it's easy. I did not use a single tool for any of these. Buy some clear (or black for the lava beads) elastic string form the jewelry section, and string enough beads for it to comfortably fit your wrist. Tie it with a square knot and you're good to go!
Have a happy day!