project // wish on a star leather bracelet
I think that wishing bracelets are so simple and pretty. They are usually a thin cord, often with a little charm, and they are made to be worn all the time. The idea is to make a wish when you tie it on, and when it wears off, the wish will come true.
While I don't really believe in the idea of a bracelet making your wish come true, I do like the way they look when they are still on a wrist. So I took inspiration from that for my "Wish on a Star" bracelet. You can make a wish if you want, or you can just enjoy a pretty metallic star!
You will need:
Perle cotton thread
1/8" Hole punch (that will punch leather)
A few notes:
-I found my leather as a small piece near purse hardware at JoAnn. One piece will make lots of bracelets...oh, and use a coupon!
-You don't need to use leather for this project. Vinyl or faux leather will work, as will felt (it just won't last as long).
-Fiskars hole punches will punch leather. What a happy surprise! A Crop-a-Dile is also great for this.
Trace a star onto the back of the leather. A template is included below (print at 100%), but you can make the star any size you want.
Cut out the star with scissors. As long as your scissors are pretty sharp, this should be pretty easy.
Punch two holes in the sides of the star. Be careful to not get too close to the edges!
If you want your bracelet to fall off sooner, use only one or two strands of perle cotton. If you want it to last longer, go with three or four.
I cut a piece that is about 4 feet long, then I doubled it and doubled it again, keeping the loops at each end.
Thread the perle cotton through the holes in the star.
Tie the bracelet on your wrist, or on your friend's wrist! I went with a bow on this one so that I could remove it. However, a knot will work too. If you're knotting it, trim away the ends.
Now your wrist has a bit of sparkle!
Of course, a star isn't the only shape for a bracelet like this. A circle would look like a shiny gold button, and you know me and my hexagons! You can see in my hexagon bracelet how I used fewer strands, and I threaded the perle cotton through a little differently.
Give some stars as gifts, or make one for yourself. They're just fun to wear! And if I could make one wish for you today, it would be that you shine!