DIY: Heavy Metal Bracelet

This was another one of those projects that came from an “inspiration trip” to the hardware store.  Sometimes I’ll stroll the aisles of Home Depot, pretending that I’m in the craft store.  When you’re looking at everything as though it could be a potential craft supply or jewelry hardware, your entire mindset changes.  Try it sometime.  Anyway, I’m having a major moment with bracelets.  As preppy / sparkly as my taste typically runs, I’ve been craving tough chic hardware pieces (like my bullet cuff, remember her?)  I’ve been piling them on, rolling up the sleeves of my striped tees, and going a bit edgier  than usual.  Maybe something’s in the air this Spring.

{the other bracelets I’m wearing are from BaubleBar and Diament Designs.}

This bracelet is very easy to make… requiring about 10-15 minutes of your time… and $10 or so dollars in material costs.

What you’ll need:


Start by threading on a jump ring, and attaching two of your hinges, through the holes – as shown below.

Once you’ve attached the upper holes together, attach the lower holes.  Your hinges should look like the below.

Keep going… and your bracelet will look like this!

To finish things off… double up two pieces of embroidery floss (about 15″ long.)  Weave through your first hole…

And then through the second…

Flip over, and tie firmly.  Repeat on both sides.

And voila – your hinge bracelet is ready to go.  I like to tie the embroidery floss in a little bow.  The contrast between the bow and the edgy hardware is fun.

Leave a Comment


  1. Donatella M says 4.2.12

    too funny! today i posted about a bracelet made with hardware store bought items too!!! 🙂 have a great Monday! Love yours a lot!

  2. LOVE it and this is one I can actually do!  Thanks for sharing – your ideas always amaze me 🙂

  3. Natasha Fatah says 4.2.12

    What a great idea, and I love the use of red thread, softens it a bit with the different textures.


  4. christin says 4.2.12

    you are a genius. and i seriously mean that. i would never think of any of these amazing DIYs. 

  5. The Curvy Girl says 4.2.12

    LOVE LOVE and LOVE this! I might have to start spending more time in Lowe’s and Home Depot out of the plant section!!!

  6. Tereza says 4.2.12

    This is really chic, I love it.

  7. RealGirlGlam says 4.2.12

    This is such a creative, unique idea. I love how it looks and SO simple!

  8. Alyson -- TAGG says 4.2.12

    Coolest idea!! Thinking this could also be so fun with hot pink or cobalt blue floss. You have the best idea for re-working items! 

  9. mildred77 says 4.2.12

    Great inspiration ! will have to try this! 

  10. Pamela Castillo says 4.2.12

    That looks awesome!!!!! 

  11. Viviana Carmona says 4.2.12

    Fabulous bracelet! Can’t believe it’s so easy to make!

  12. Lia says 4.2.12

    This is fantastic, Grace!

  13. Sarah says 4.2.12

    This is great, Grace! I’ve been into edgier pieces lately too and I think it’s because the fashion this spring is SO girly that it’s nice to offset the sweetness, you know?

  14. Stylista Diaries says 4.2.12

    I recently found your blog and I am in LOVE. You have inspired me to do more crafty things, even though I convinced myself I can’t do any DIY project without screwing up. You make them so easy and simple! Love it!


  15. Sam E Penner says 4.2.12

    What a cool bracelet!  I love the rocker chic vibe of it!

  16. [email protected] says 4.2.12

    Love it!  Home depot + Grace = creativity.  Would have never thought of this.  

  17. such a great DIY bracelet! =) love the industrial vibe…

  18. This is super cute!! Love it!

  19. Alexa says 4.2.12

    Super cute. I am so into gold lately. It just seems a nice compliment to everything!

  20. Molliee Martin says 4.2.12

    I would never think of this! what a fun idea!!!

  21. Sarah Sequins says 4.2.12

    I love that bracelet! I look at hardware stores as craft stores, too. There’s a great book that came out in 2006 called Hardwear by Hannah Rogge. I think Mr. Sequin has it in his collection. 🙂

  22. Meghan says 4.2.12

    damn girl, you’re so crafty. love how this turned out 🙂

  23. Bettina says 4.2.12

    Love how crafty you get at Home Depot… who would’ve known home depot would foster such craftiness!

  24. Jenni says 4.2.12

    That looks really cute! Just one question — I see a little clasp in your picture, but I don’t see it used in your bracelet. Do you think it is possible to use two of those clasps to fasten the bracelet instead of the embroidery floss? Just thinking through another possible variation.

    • graceatwood says 4.2.12

      Oh my goodness – good eye! You made me realize I put the wrong photo up. Originally I’d planned to use a clasp, then I changed my mind! You could definitely use clasps… I just liked the idea of simplifying it with floss!

  25. Katie S. says 4.2.12

    Love this DIY!! So creative, as always! One question…what color are you wearing on your nails in these pictures? It’s fabulous!

    • graceatwood says 4.2.12

      Thank you so much, Katie! It’s POP Beauty, in Tangerine Taste. Here’s the link to buy, if you are interested… 🙂

  26. summer briley says 4.2.12

    What a clever/beautiful idea!!

  27. you are brilliant!! Love this one…xo

  28. This is amazing! I love lots of metal/gold bracelets – perfect arm party you have there!

  29. Jenny Bevlin says 4.2.12

    I love this! What a great idea. I love how edgy that bracelet looks

  30. Erica & Lauren says 4.2.12

    LOVE IT!!!! xo

  31. Lisa @ Elembee, Etc says 4.2.12

    What a fun idea! And I love your nail polish!

  32. Great and creative idea!!!!

  33. Kara Endres says 4.3.12

    This is SO COOL! I’m definitely going to do this one- it looks easy enough for a beginning jewelry maker like me 🙂

  34. The Life of Clare says 4.4.12

    loving this!  What a great idea!  I can’t wait to get to the hardware store and pick up things for a bunch of ideas that i have!

  35. Ashley Aspinwall says 4.5.12

    LOVE this DIY! Can’t wait to try it! Its all about a chunky gold bracelet : )

    xo SideSmile

  36. TheShoppingGoddess says 4.29.12

    When I saw this, I was like “Genius!!” So I ran to my local hardware store and grabbed 1 package of brass hinges, because I’m too poor to buy any more. So for the other half of the bracelet, I actually used silver chains, as my recent obsession is mixing metals. Please check out my blog!!

    I’m trying to get more views/followers/etc… but it’s not going very well 🙁 

    • graceatwood says 4.30.12

      It looks great! If you want to email the photos to [email protected] I’ll post them to my reader DIY’s photo album on Facebook, with a link back to your blog.

  37. Mlh says 8.24.12

    Please tell me where you got your fox/cat bracelet! I love it!!!!

    • graceatwood says 8.28.12

      It’s an old one from BaubleBar!!

  38. Kaitiwilliams says 9.4.12

    so cute<3 love love love this idea!

    • graceatwood says 9.4.12

      Thank you!