DIY: link ball chain bracelet

After months of being on the waiting list, I finally got an official invite to WhimseyBox, a monthly subscription box service for crafts. I didn’t have to wait because it’s elite or pretentious; it’s just still in start up mode.

My first box arrived last week and I was excited to craft; particularly, because I’ve been in a DIY mood for a few weeks now. I have to admit, I was a little disappointed when I first opened the box (slightly based on the presentation of another subscription box I receive). But after I completed the craft and had materials left over to make 2-3 more bracelets, I decided there was just enough inside for a mini monthly project. Plus, the box itself is totally worthy of organizational projects (sturdy and has an area for labels). Not to mention, it was all delivered to my front door. Definitely worth $15 for a little craft treat each month.

So what was inside? 2 skeins of embroidery thread, chunky chain, ball link chain, and detailed instructions on how to assemble this fun & easy DIY bracelet.

Like any DIY, it’s really all about finding ways of crafting that work for you. Finding my groove with this project was a little frustrating, but once I did I flew through it. To get started, tie your thread on the end of your chunky chain. Next, weave it around the chunky chain and the ball chain pretty much placing the thread in between the spaces of the ball chain.

Keep going until you’ve made it back to the start point. The instructions left this part up to a bit of interpretation, but I basically did a little bit of overlap when it came to my ball chain. I also double knotted the remaining thread with the tail of my first double knot (so make sure you keep a bit sticking out!).

Next, take your remaining thread and cut 18 inch pieces. They suggested cutting 12 36 pieces, but I was afraid I was going to run out of thread if I kept cutting, so I shortened the end braids (this also worked because I made the actual bracelet longer).

Basically, just give yourself some thread to braid and make sure that when it’s on the chunky chain you just finished, that it goes all the way around your wrist. Loop half of your thread to one end and braid. Repeat on the other side.

After you’ve knotted your braids, just strap on your pretty new bracelet.VOILA!

I have to admit, I was pretty impressed with this craft. I’m not an overly ingenious DIY-er and probably wouldn’t have thought this up on my own, so thanks Whimseybox – can’t wait for next month’s box to arrive!

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