Tutorial: Easy, Designer-Inspired Cuff Bracelet
Celebrate New York Fashion Week with a DIY designer-inspired cuff bracelet! This easy DIY was inspired by a $400 Michael Kors cuff and uses an unexpected material - a can. You can completely customize this cuff bracelet with different papers or fabrics.
- Can, on hand
- Duct tape, on hand
- Textured paper, about $1
- Fingernail polish, on hand
- Mod Podge, on hand
- Felt, on hand
- Spray adhesive, on hand
Total: about $1
Choice of can is important. A Hunt's tomato paste can works best since it's not too big and has a seam on both the top and the bottom of the can.
For this size can you will need to cut a piece of textured or patterned paper that is 3 1/16" by 6 5/8" and a piece of felt or similar fabric for a liner at 3 3/8" by 6 5/8". To save measuring you can use a template I uploaded at examiner.com.
Remove the paste from the can and make a marinara. Wash the can.
Remove the top and bottom of the can with a can opener.
Cut the can open along the seam using tin snips. (Careful. Your edges will be sharp.) Bend it open a little so that it will slip over your arm easily.
Duct tape the edges and corners as show below.
Paint the seams with gold fingernail polish or gold paint and allow to dry.
Mod Podge the can and apply the paper. You can stop right here with the paper if you want a plain cuff.
For a Michael Kors inspired coral snake cuff, paint the paper first using fingernail polish or craft paint. (Hot pink fingernail polish will appear coral when painted on black.)
Coat the paper with Mod Podge and allow to dry.
If you'd like a shiny finish, give the cuff a coat of acrylic sealer. Dry it on a broomstick propped between two chairs.
Use glue, Mod Podge or spray adhesive to line the inside of the cuff with felt.
Enjoy your designer-inspired cuff.
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