{DIY} DANNIJO Inspired Cuff Bracelet

When Benjamin Franklin said waste not, want not, he must have been talking about the benefits of hoarding miscellaneous embellishments. What our collection of leftover trim, broken jewelry and other assorted DIY remnants takes up in storage space, it saves in the accessories budget. With just about every loose rhinestone we had, the uppers from a long-since discarded pair of sandals, a velcro hair roller and some duct tape, we now have this DANNIJO inspired cuff bracelet:

DIY DANNIJO Inspired Cuff Bracelet

Like most accessory lovers, weve had a few DANNIJO pieces on our wishlist for a while. But sadly, theyre so out of our budget that we really cant even afford to say DANNIJO, much less purchase one of these beauties. (Sigh.)

DANNIJO Cuff Bracelets

But like any determined gal on a budget knows, when you cant buy you must DIY. So thats just what we did. If you want to make one of these DANNIJO inspired cuffs for yourself, there are endless design possibilities to explore when it comes to the actual embellishments you can use. There are a few basic supplies youll need to make the actual cuff (theyre listed below), but when it comes to how youll embellish yours, we recommend starting by sorting through the contents of your jewelry-making supplies first.

DIY DANNIJO Inspired Cuff Bracelet

So you know were serious when we say were packratsthe turquoise stones above actually came from a pair of embellished thong sandals, circa 2004.

DIY DANNIJO Inspired Cuff Bracelet

When Id worn them to the point that even my super-talented shoe guy could not repair them, I cut off and threw the uppers in a Ziploc bag just in case there was a way they could be repurposed. Four years later (yes, Ive boxed up and moved pieces from dilapidated sandals somewhere around 5,000 miles over four years, and this probably makes me a certified hoarder), we finally found a way to reuse the stones.

We had all of the supplies on hand, so our bracelet cost exactly $0.00 to make. But even if you are not a horder, you can still pick up supplies for and make your very own DANNIJO inspired cuff for pennies, relatively. (Assuming you have supplies 8 10 at home, youll wind up spending about $30.00.) Heres what you need:

  1. velcro hair roller
  2. roll of gold duct tape
  3. A tube of E6000 clear adhesive glue
  4. Assorted loose embellishments (We love these from M&J Trim)
  5. Assorted sizes of Rhinestone trim (We used this one and this one)
  6. Loose rhinestones
  7. Chain (We used this one)
  8. Nail Polish (We used Essies Geranium and Deborah Lippmanns Daytripper)
  9. A pair of scissors
  10. A pair of tweezers

First, cut your roller open in a straight line and remove the top velcro layer.

DIY DANNIJO Inspired Cuff Bracelet

Then, wrap your gold duct tape around the roller, folding the tape over on the top and bottom and at the ends. The duct tape isnt wide enough to cover the entire roller, so youll need to do one strip on the top half and one on the bottom half. Dont worry about the seam, were going to be covering that up.

DIY DANNIJO Inspired Cuff Bracelet

Next, youll start adding your embellishments. We added some of our rhinestone trim around our turquoise stone first because were more is always more kind of gals. Yes, we embellished an embellishment.

DIY DANNIJO Inspired Cuff Bracelet

Now go to town adding your embellishments to your cuff.

DIY DANNIJO Inspired Cuff Bracelet

DIY DANNIJO Inspired Cuff Bracelet

DIY DANNIJO Inspired Cuff Bracelet

DIY DANNIJO Inspired Cuff Bracelet

If you want to make your rhinestone trim or any of your loose rhinestones colored, just give them a light coat of nail polish. This way you dont have to buy individual packets of all of the colors.

DIY DANNIJO Inspired Cuff Bracelet

Keep gluing your goodies onto your cuff, until youve covered the seam from the duct tape and until youve had enough. (Or, until youve run out of room whichever comes first.)

DIY DANNIJO Inspired Cuff Bracelet

DIY DANNIJO Inspired Cuff Bracelet

Believe it or not, we had a little leftover sparkle when we were finished with our cuff. So we used E600 to attach a large rhinestone on top of a leftover piece from our sandals.  Then we glued a clip-on earring back to the back of each rhinestone to make these earrings in under three minutes. We were on a roll.

DIY Turquoise Statement Earrings

Waste not, want not is right!

DIY DANNIJO Inspired Cuff

xoxo,

mk & Gwynnie

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Comments

  1. LOOOOVE this!!! I was just thinking that I need to get back in the swing of making things.I too packed up all the chain and rhinestones I possibly could to bring to our temp living space. I think you two just inspired me to unpack a few!

    • Meredith & Gwyneth says:

      Thank you!!! How is your move / temporary housing going? We have LOVED following your house design decisions on the gram!

      xoxo,
      mk G

  2. Look at you go! I love it. I totally have moved ridiculous things in my craft stash too. If it fits in the bin- it goes! :D

  3. only you could make a bracelet out of duct tape and a roller and then make it be one of the coolest bracelets i have seen.

  4. What a great tutorial! Im certainly going to put this on my list of things to make.

  5. Beautiful! Very creative ~

    xo
    Pat

  6. Clever girl! Smarts and style, plus an irresistible dog. Win-cubed. :D

  7. Me again! I just had to share this on my blog ~ http://gypsyheartandsoul.blogspot.com/2013/09/diy-bracelet-and-blogger-feature.html

    You are just so talented and this bracelet is amazing!

    xo
    Pat

    • Meredith & Gwyneth says:

      Oh my goodness, you made our day! Thank you so much for sharing this on your blog! We are headed over to FB to post your link right now!

      xoxo,
      mk G

  8. LOVE and you truly have me inspired!

    PS I have hoarded boxes of fabric scraps (small small scraps) for years from apartment to apartment and over state lines and back, so I feel your pain on that one.

    • Meredith & Gwyneth says:

      HA! Yes! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE hearing how many other people have hoarded supplies (ok, scraps) like we do! Thank you so much!

      xoxo,
      mk G

  9. This bracelet is drop dead gorgeous.you are so incredibly talentedand I think I had a pair of those embellished sandals!!!

  10. You are BRILLIANT!!! I was thinking about saving some embellishments form sandals that had seen better days too!! NOW Im TOTALLY saving them :)

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