It’s fast approaching Valentine’s Day, but I support love being celebrated every day. Let me show you how to make a wood heart bracelet that you can wear year-round.
The star of this project is a wood heart bead. Did you know that wood heart beads are a thing? What will they think of next?
This is a creative craft that you can definitely put your own spin on!
Materials Needed To Make a Wood Heart Bracelet:
wood heart beads
bead kit/bracelet-making kit (your kit should include stretchy string, clasps, beads, etc.)
stain or paint (if you’re choosing to color your wood heart)
pliers (optional, but helpful)
How To Make a Wood Heart Bracelet:
Step 1: Decide how you want your bracelet to look and prep if necessary.
The wood heart beads have no finish on them. Do you want to paint your wood heart beads? Stain them? Leave them natural? Seal them so they are glossy?
Do any of that BEFORE you start beading.
You’ll also want to decide if you are just using the wood heart beads and how many you’ll need or if you want to incorporate other beads into your bracelet design.
Step 2: Start beading.
I chose one wood heart bead surrounded by square gold beads. You can make your bracelet look however you want. Go wild! Let creativity rule the day.
The pros might string their beads onto the stretchy string with the help of a needle. I didn’t find that to be necessary with the bead kit I own. I have one that’s for kids, so that should tell you something!
If you’re not sure how many beads you need or how long your bracelet should be, you can always use another bracelet you own that fits well as a size guide. Or do like I did and just keep holding it around your wrist until it seems about right. Ha!
Helpful Tip: The wood beads might have a little sawdust stuck in the beading hole from when they drilled the hole through the wood. If your string isn’t going through the bead, then use a toothpick or a needle to clean the sawdust out of the hole.
Step 3: Secure the beads.
When my kids make bracelets, they just tie the two ends of the stretchy string together and call it good.
If you want to elevate your bracelet a little, then I’d recommend knotting each end of the bracelet and securing the knot with a clamshell bead, which should be in your kit. Then attach jump rings and a lobster clasp. There are a ton of how-to videos on how to do this, but the beading kit I have also has one on its product page.
Step 4: Wear your bracelet with pride!
You’ve made a unique bracelet! Go forth and enjoy it!
Other than some friendship bracelets I made when I was a kid, this is the first bracelet I’ve ever made. It was so much fun. Plus, I like to make things I can wear. I can see why people get into jewelry making.
What else could you do with these wood heart beads? I’m still dreaming up ideas but here are a handful of ideas off the top of my head.
Attach to a canvas for wall art
Beaded hair tie
Please note: I don’t think the holes on these beads are big enough for twine to go through easily. You need to use something thinner like stretchy string, wire, or embroidery floss.
How would you use these wood heart beads? If you do make something using these beads, I’d love to hear about it. You can always comment on this blog post, email me here, or reach out via Instagram or Facebook.
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