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DIY Painted Tribal Bracelets

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Here’s the DIY I demonstrated in the Teen Vogue lounge at MAGIC– tribal-inspired bangle bracelets. I felt very Martha Stewart (call me!) as I had all my samples ready for each stage of the project.

To start you’ll need some wooden bangle bracelets. You can find them at the craft store or buy them online like I did from the aptly named diybangles.com. I used the 1/4” wide bangles with the flat (as opposed to domed) exterior.


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The first step is to stain the entire bangle and unfortunately I don’t have any pictures of this. I mixed a bit of brown or black acrylic paint with some white paint and water and brushed it on the entire bracelet. Then I grabbed a paper towel and wiped away the paint while it was still wet so the wood grain showed through. I did a slightly different paint mix for each bangle so that none of them are exactly alike but there’s no real science to it.

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To make a stencil for the pattern I used address labels. Just cut a sheet of labels into thirds and then cut each square diagonally to make two triangles. Cheap and easy!

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Stick the triangles onto your (dry or dry-ish) bangle and press the edges down firmly. Paint the exposed wood with as many coats of paint as you like- more coats for a brighter pattern or just one for a subtle, worn look.

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After the paint has dried peel off the triangle stencil stickers.

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The finished pattern!

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Make a stack and wear them all together!