DIY Ribbon + Chain Bracelets from #MAGICLV

by Alicia on September 1, 2011

Here’s the second DIY I led with with BurdaStyle direct from the MAGIC floor. We did these bracelets on Wednesday, the final day of the show. It was a perfect project to wrap-up with because it was fast and easy. I think we were all feeling a little bit like the walking dead after spending the 4 days running around Las Vegas 20 hours a day.

Photo courtesy BurdaStyle

The supplies are simple: chain + ribbon. We used 11mm gunmetal curb chain M&J Trim, though my all-time favorite chain of this size and style is found at Michael’s. (Seriously, I’m obsessed. It’s branded Bead Landing and on the back says BL CHN ANTQSLV 24IN FG8. I tried to get a large quantity for MAGIC but didn’t succeed.) You can also use this chain from Fire Mountain Gems, but it’s not my favorite because it’s aluminum and I like my chain to have a little bet of heft for this project. When choosing ribbon look for some that’s 1 – 1/2 inches wide and doesn’t have wire edges.

Photo courtesy BurdaStyle

For each bracelet you’ll need about 6″ of chain and 16″ of ribbon. Since 11mm chain is pretty thick you’ll want to use pliers to open the links instead of trying to cut through them. Weave the ribbon through the links. Don’t worry about the ribbon fraying (it will) because we’ll fix that in a moment. When you’re finished weaving you can give each of the links on the end and extra wrap with the ribbon – this will keep the chain from sliding around on the ribbon when you’re wearing it.

Sidenote: Do you guys know about Fray Check? Since my mom is a sewer and all-around crafty lady we always had a bottle of this around my house growing up but lots of people at MAGIC had never heard of it! They were amazed – writing it down, taking pictures even! Really, it was so crazy to me.

The last step it to clip off the (fraying) ends of ribbon at an angle and apply Fray Check. Be sure to leave enough ribbon to be able to tie the bracelet on your wrist, but not so much that the tails wind up in your coffee. (Purely hypothetical.)

One more MAGIC DIY to come next Tuesday: Faux turban fabric headbands!

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Soccer Mom Style September 2, 2011 at 8:28 am

Your Michael’s chain is just right size. Thanks for the tip. My SIL is crafty so she told me about Fray Check and I have a bottle at home. When I used to make my daughter hair bows, I used that (or sometimes a lighter).


alicia September 2, 2011 at 1:36 pm

I remember my mom always using Fray Check on my hair bows, too! We had a whole box of different ribbons in the hall closet.


grace - stripes and sequins September 2, 2011 at 1:05 pm

so clever, fun, and easy! and yes, i use fray check! obvs ;) nice work.


alicia September 2, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Of course my crafty girls know all about Fray Check! I was starting to wonder, though, after the MAGIC people acted like it was, well… magic.


Donata September 6, 2011 at 11:05 am

Hi.I really like all diy you show us,this braceletis so cute I wanna try to make it and wear at once! Bye from Italy.


Alicia September 6, 2011 at 11:38 am

Thanks Donata! Make a bunch- I love wearing lots together.


Suzy October 7, 2011 at 8:01 pm

I loooove these. Can you show/tell me how to tie them? What does it look like & can I tie it by myself? Thank you :-) Suzy


Alicia October 8, 2011 at 9:15 am

Thanks Suzy. I tie them on myself in a soft double knot. It sounds like it would be tricky but I actually find that it’s not too hard. Does that make sense?


delia November 16, 2011 at 3:06 pm

i’ve seen tons of chain bracelets popping up around the blogosphere lately but these are the cutest ones I’ve found by far! I especially like the ones with gorgeous bright ribbon!


Tina May 18, 2012 at 2:17 pm

I made one of these this afternoon and love it.
Mine is a bit different. I tried using a wide ribbon like what you suggested, but I think the size of my chain is smaller, so I wasn’t pleased with the result.
I just used an old necklace I had laying around that I never wear anymore and made two bracelet sections out of it.
I ended up using two really thin pieces of ribbon. One a dark blue and one a more turquoise color and it is BEAUTIFUL!
It does take a little bit of patience using two pieces of ribbon, but it is well worth it.
My favorite part of this? I can use the chain over and over and change the look to coordinate with whatever outfit I want in just a few minutes!
I’ll be using the other piece of chain for my sister-in-law ^_^
Thanks so much for this tutorial, I’ll be using it until my hands won’t work anymore!


Alicia May 18, 2012 at 9:17 pm

You’re welcome Tina! Glad you’ve made some beautiful bracelets :)


Jordansox March 15, 2014 at 3:41 am

elastic braid tape is definitely the most multipurpose available. It can be well suited for waistbands, sleeves, necklines, legbands and a lot more. It truly is shrink resistant and unaffected by chlorine and salt water.


zen July 6, 2014 at 9:33 am

Gr8 project! N i am a big fraycheck fan too :)


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