Diy inexpensive jewelry-recycled braided bracelet tutorial

Summary: In this post, we will show you a way to make inexpensive jewelry-a recycled braided bracelet. Simply collect your old t-shirts and chains from broken accessories and then we’ll start!

LuShae once said that jewelry has existed throughout human history as an integral form of expression, wealth and social status. And up to this present day, this statement still remains true. However, jewelry is not only made out of previous gems or noble metals. It can also be made out of inexpensive jewelry with materials used in everyday life including T-shirts, pants and even handbags. So, I reproduced this post about upcycling a braided bracelet from a very kind Hanna.

Things you’ll need to make the braided bracelet:

Fabric strips from old T-shirt

Different types of chain

Ribbon End


Toggle and T-bar clasp

Glue gun and glue sticks

Round Nose Pliers

Instructions for making this braided bracelet:

Step 1: cut 5 pieces of fabric into strips, 3 about 2~3cm wide and 30cm long and the rest 2 with same width but just 10cm long.

Step 2: take one of the shorter strands and place it on a flat horizontal surface. Heat the glue gun glue a few drops onto the fabric. Twist the starting ends of the 3 longer strips and lay them on the glue, as pictured show.

Step 3: pick a chain strand and fold it in half. Glue it onto the shorter fabric strip using glue.

Step 4: add a few more glue drop and then roll the shorter fabric strip over itself covering everything in it. Wait for it to dry completely. 

Step 5: start the braid with the 3 fabric strips and the chains. Make sure the chains are visible.

Step 6: glue the end of the bracelet just like the beginning.

Step 7: attach a ribbon end on both ends. Finally, add the toggle and a t-bar using jumprings.


Although this design is makes a fairly inexpensive jewelry, the results are amazing and a great way to recycle an old t-shits and some old chains. Such types of braided bracelets have been popping up all over the web so it’s a great opportunity to share it here with you!

Source: By Hanna

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Comments (1)

Feb 08, 2015 at 05:42 PM CANDICE DUBOIS

neat ideal i'll have to give this a try looks easy