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Make a statement cuff bracelet

Oh man, did I love the 80’s.
I was in all of my teenage glory.
Malls,Mall hair, Espirit, jelly shoes,Garbage pail kids and slap bracelets.
The first two albums I ever bought myself in 8th grade were Lionel Richie’s Hello and Cyndi Lauper’s She’s so unusual.
Ahhhh… the good old days.
I now have a super-groovy girlfriend who recently turned 40.She is very hip and stylish. Unlike me who walks around all day in paint-splattered yoga pants.
I am a bit (waaaaay) behind on her birthday gift, because I wanted to make her a  couple of cuff bracelets, but I was trying to figure out how to make it work when memories of the 80’s whacked me upside the head
But not in 1980’s Goonies- style, more like re-made to 2013, it’s totally cool to be 40 year-old style.
DIY cuff bracelet
And this cuff bracelet so easy and cute I had to share!
Make a DIY cuff bracelet
I picked up a pack of slap bracelets from the party supply store, about 1/3 of  a yard of some fancy trim from the fabric store with a large embellishment, and some craft felt that matched my trim and warmed up my hot glue gun. And I love to make jewelry, but this was fun and something different.
FUn way to use a slap bracelet to make a statement ciff
Cut your trim to just a bit longer than the slap bracelets.Measure and cut your craft felt to the width of your trim and length and make it double wide so you can fold it over.
Hot glue it in on both sides.
Glue the raw edge of your trim under so it doesn’t fray.
Once it’s the right length; double check which way your bracelet “slaps” and glue it on the side that curves up.
After it’s glued, take an extra piece of felt and finish off one end. This will be the outside end. It makes it look more finished.
Hot glue your embellishment into the center of the bracelet on the trim and you are ready to slap it on!
I think it looks very cool!
I did one in brown too with a different flower. The fabric store had all kinds of lace and trims, in lots of colors that would work. Each bracelet was under $15 and I have seen them go for triple that!
I think they would dress up jeans or a “goin’ out” outfit for those of you who still are awake after 9 pm.
You gotta love something that came out of the 1980’s.
I think there’s a little left in me somewhere. 🙂
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  1. OH the I love the the brown slap bracelet! Oddly enough I do not remember slap bracelets from the 80’s. Were they an early 80’s or a late 80’s thing? Yep I’m an 80’s girl myself but then I was in high school when the 80’s started plus i was a bit of a “rebel”, ha ha! Barry Manilow, Depeche Mode, The Carpenters, Randy Travis, and Mozart were more my speed, ha ha!

    Thanks for sharing this great idea! Have a wonderful week!!

  2. So beautiful! I would have never thought of using slap bracelets for something like this. Thank you so much for sharing your brilliant-ness! Patti@OldThingsNew

  3. You are soo creative. Oh the 80’s. I remember all of those things plus high top Reboks, plastic charm necklaces, and those bracelets filled with water and glitter. My hubby and I have a mantra we like to say- “We are not getting old. We are not getting old”!;) Happy Valentines Day Jennifer.

  4. Pretty! I love all the sparkly sparkles. I can’t wait for the time when my little one is big enough that I can start wearing jewelry regularly again!! Otherwise I’ll own it for about 1.8 seconds. Heh. And while I’m happy to make her jewelry, she doesn’t have to have ALL of the jewelry! 🙂


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