DIY Wrist Candy: How to Make an Ombre Suede-Wrapped Bracelet

Posted Saturday October 27, 2012 9:14 AM GMT

Characterized by its two-tone appearance, the ombre trend caught on like wildfire in the hairstyle realm, and is now a popular sight with clothing and accessories as well.

Right now, we're decking out our wrists with this nifty ombre suede-wrapped bracelet, created by fellow DIYers at Studs and Pearls.

If you're a fan of this playful piece as well, here's how to make it!

What you'll need:
- Metal bangle bracelet of your choice (I’ve had this rhinestone bracelet from H&M for years!).
- Suede lacing, preferably in a light color (6 feet was enough for my bangle, but it also depends on the thickness of your cord & bracelet).
- Foam paint brush or sponge
- Acrylic paints in the color of your choice (The Americana Bahama Blue & Sea Aqua were received c/o Deco Art, thank you!)
- Scrap cardboard
- Scissors
- Strong craft glue such as E6000
- Tape

How to:
1. Tape one end of the suede lacing to the cardboard, wrap around, and tape down the other end. Make sure the cord doesn’t twist or turn while you’re wrapping; you’re going to be painting one entire flat side of the cord.
2. Begin applying paint with the foam brush. I used short even strokes.
3. While the paint is still wet, add some of the next color. Let dry completely.
4. Turn the cardboard around and repeat on the other side.
5. Don’t forget to blend the paints together to achieve that ombre look. (But don’t over do it, otherwise your colors will just muddle together)
6. Let that side dry, and unwrap the suede from the cardboard.
7. Apply some glue on the inside of the bracelet.
8. Press one end of the suede into the glue, firmly holding it down until it stays in place. Begin wrapping the suede around the bangle.
9. It might take a little trial and error to figure out how tightly you’d like to wrap the suede around the bracelet. I wrapped mine fairly close together, but not close enough so that the rhinestone is completely hidden.
10. While you’re working around the bangle (and determine how you are going to wrap the suede), add some glue to the inside of the bangle every now and then to keep the suede in place. Keep wrapping until the entire bracelet is covered.
11. Add a little glue, firmly press down and then cut away the excess cord.
12. Let the glue dry.

Photo Credit: Studs and Pearls

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