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Make your own Retro Vintage bracelets

I am a child of the 60’s and I love all things eclectic, boho, gypsy, hippie, retro, vintage and chic. I recently found some retro vintage inspired bracelets on eBay that can be mixed and matched and I decided I wanted to make my own bracelets. I love to make my own retro vintage jewelry for myself & I plan to make some for stocking stuffers for Christmas. Jewelry making can be affordable and everyone loves homemade.

Retro Vintage Bracelets

Before you start making retro vintage jewelry, you will need to collect the charms. I find mine at thrift stores in our area and some of them are on broken necklaces and bracelets but I take them apart and re-purpose them. I also find my charms on Etsy and eBay. We don’t have a Michaels in our area but anytime I am near one, I stock up on everything I need that they carry for jewelry making.

After you have your charms selected, you will need to decide what type of beads you want to use. I love colorful beads for all things retro, vintage and boho but sometimes I like to dress up and for those times, I always select pearl type beads. I’ve been known to take apart necklaces to use the bead for my bracelets.

You will need to purchase clear beading elastic (1mm elastic cord). This can be found just about anywhere jewelry supplies are sold. If you don’t live near a craft store, there are a lot of supply stores online. You will need some jewelry chain as well for the charms.

Next you will need to select spacers and a clasp. These can also be found anywhere jewelry supplies are found.

Retro Vintage

Now you have to put all of your supplies on your bracelet.

Please see this informative video that explains how to make your own bracelets. I found this video on YouTube when I started making my own bracelets and have used it as a reference since.

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20 Comments

  1. Erin Kennedy

    December 22, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    These are so adorable. Great for me and for gift giving!

  2. Rebecca Swenor

    December 21, 2014 at 6:03 am

    These are some awesome gorgeous bracelets indeed. I will have to check the video out. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Eileen

    December 20, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    I love these bracelets! The combination of chain and pearls is so lovely, I’ll have to try to make some myself!

  4. Aneta Alaei

    December 20, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    I have always wanted to learn to make jewellery. My husbands wife and daughter do this and they make a lot of money. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial

  5. Cassie @ Southeast by Midwest

    December 20, 2014 at 8:11 pm

    I love the look of all of those bracelets! I wish I had the creative talent to think up something like that.

  6. Courtney

    December 20, 2014 at 11:27 am

    Omg wow!!! These are just wayyy too chic!!! Absolutely love them! So pretty :)

  7. Penny Struebig

    December 20, 2014 at 7:13 am

    Wow — these are really cute. It would be fun shopping for the supplies to make them.

  8. Myrabev

    December 20, 2014 at 4:34 am

    oh wow this is so cool, I am a jewellery addict and a pearl lover so this combo gets me into trouble all the time lol

  9. Nina Say

    December 20, 2014 at 1:40 am

    This is so amazing and so crafty! I’m very impressed, they look great!

  10. Michelle Hwee

    December 20, 2014 at 12:48 am

    These are so cool! :) Almost vintage like. If I had more time I would try them out!

  11. Rashell Abril

    December 19, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    These were just super cute. I Like those with pearls.

  12. Michelle F.

    December 19, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Those are some beautiful bracelets. I love all of the charms.

  13. Donna L. Ward

    December 19, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    Oh my goodness – beautiful – and I may give it a try :)

  14. local adventurer

    December 19, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    these look great! i used to be into jewelry making a while back.. but never continued doing it. after making a bunch of pieces i didn’t know what to do with them… bc i knew i didn’t want to start selling on etsy.

  15. Margarita Ibbott

    December 19, 2014 at 9:51 am

    My mom makes necklaces so I’m pretty sure she can make these too. Thanks for the inspiration.

  16. Samantha Angell

    December 19, 2014 at 9:06 am

    Ohh those are so pretty! I absolutely love the idea. They could go so well with so many outfits!

  17. Robin (Masshole Mommy)

    December 19, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Those are absolutely beautiful. What a cool idea to make your own!

  18. Tessa Smith

    December 19, 2014 at 8:03 am

    Oh my gosh, I LOVE these bracelets. How gorgeous!

  19. Tabitha Willette

    November 10, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    These look beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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