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Acrylic Gem Cuff DIY

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Let’s get a little crafty today!  I’ve been excited to do this jeweled cuff tutorial and have been looking forward to getting back from my trip just so that I could do it.  I know that sounds silly, but I was literally sitting on the plane thinking about the colors, shapes, and gems I’d use in this project.

I have a few jeweled up cuffs, but I have a really hard time with cuffs in general because they always just fall off my wrist. This issue is especially true for the acrylic ones on the market since they’re not usually too bendable.

acrylic gem bracelet tutorial

While at my local art store, I was searching for foam core board, but stumbled upon this PVC sheet and thought, “BINGO”!  I wanted to do a cool, totally unique bracelet with a snap closure to fit my petite wrists and I got exactly that.  You know when a project is finished and it’s better than you thought it would be?  That’s happened to be with this cuff.  Here is how I did it!

Materials:

Tools:

  • Mallet
  • Craft Knife

acrylic cuff bracelet materials diy lucite gem bracelet workflow

attaching snaps to vinyl

 

ONE cut your pvc sheet to you desired length and width.  I used a bracelet I like as a guide. TWO glue your gems to the bracelet. I used a mixture of these, these, and these. THREE & FOUR using something narrow but strong (like the screwdriver above) poke the pronged snap backings through the plastic, then lightly hammer on the  opposite side of the snap.  Repeat on the other side of the bracelet, making sure the appropriate parts of the snap are on the right sides so you can close the bracelet.

diy lucite gem bracelet

Isn’t the outcome pretty?  I love how expensive it looks on, even though it cost under $8 to make and that there are so many ways to customize it.  I bought some other gems and studs and think I’ll make a thinner version and also a very wide version as well!  I can’t wait to play around with it more!

Have fun with this one and shoot us a photo if you do it!  We’d love to share your project!

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8 Comments on “Acrylic Gem Cuff DIY”

  1. Rachael @AppetitePaper June 24, 2014 at 8:37 am #

    This is adorable!! so creative!!

  2. Lily June 24, 2014 at 11:47 am #

    This is so creative and cute! so much more affordable than some of the schmancy ones out there…

    x Lily
    http://whilemyboyfriendsaway.blogspot.com/

  3. Kathy T. June 24, 2014 at 12:43 pm #

    So cute! I bought some jewels awhile back. This would be a good way to use them!

  4. Kari June 24, 2014 at 4:03 pm #

    What a great idea to make it snap close! LOVE IT!! I totally relate to what you said about being excited to get home and work on your project. I do that, too. It’s even more fun when things turn out better than you imagined:)

  5. Jess Zimlich June 24, 2014 at 5:15 pm #

    You are so, so creative! It turned out great :)

  6. Rachel June 24, 2014 at 10:21 pm #

    You’re right, it does look expensive! It turned out really well.

  7. Yolonda June 24, 2014 at 10:57 pm #

    So cool. I may need to try this DIY this weekend!

  8. onel June 25, 2014 at 2:31 am #

    Love your neon gems! Pretty!

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