Paper Punch Charm Bracelet
You might remember that I have had a long play date with jewelry made of paper. I have always used paper (usually torn) and paint, so today, I am using only paper for a creative change.
If you have never made paper jewelry, consider:
- it is very lightweight
- the jingles from dangling pieces bumping together is very soft, so not annoying if you don't like that sound
- it is inexpensive
- available paper designs are probably better than most of us can paint
- it is unusual and fun!
This is what you need to make a paper charm bracelet:
- chain link charm bracelet
- 140 lb. watercolor paper
- scrapbook paper of your choice (I went with a citrus color palette, loving the warm colors)
- Mod Podge for paper with flat paintbrush, or paper adhesive of your choice
- Dimensional Magic: clear
- Fiskars 1" round punch
- Fiskars 1/8" round hole punch
- 3 yards 1/8" satin ribbon: color to match your paper, mine is orange
- 10mm round beads to match: mine are hot pink
This is a great project to use up leftover scraps!
Start with a chain charm bracelet. Buy one or make one with chain and a toggle clasp. If you are making your own, wire wrap the toggles on or use two oval jump rings on each toggle piece.
Punch 30 1" watercolor paper circles. Punch 60 1" scrapbook paper circles. My bracelet has 30 paper charms. Of course, add or subtract as you wish.
Mod Podge a scrapbook paper circle on each side of each watercolor paper circle. Punch a hanging hole in each one.
Apply Dimensional Magic to one side of each charm. Let dry overnight. Repeat on the other side.
Look what I did with the hole pieces I punched out! Just set them in the wet Dimensional Magic.
Pin or tape bracelet to work surface. Making the chain immobile, makes the assembly process way easier. I use a fabric covered piece of foam, and it works perfectly.
Cut a 1 1/2 yard piece of ribbon. Knot one end of ribbon to first link.
String ribbon through first link. String paper charm onto ribbon, close up to chain. String ribbon back through same link.
Repeat in each link. To make your bracelet fuller, put more than one paper dangle in some links. Knot ribbon to last link. Trim excess ribbon.
Attach a few beads if you like. I put 7 beads in my bracelet. Cut a 6" length of ribbon. Knot one end. String bead on ribbon.
Knot ribbon to chain.
Change color palettes and punch shapes to design a bracelet you will love.
Use your Vitamin C!
Posted by Kim at 8:31 PM