How to Design a Bamboo Bracelet

Create a one-of-a-kind bamboo bracelet from bamboo placemat tiles.
hclvr216_4final2

hclvr216_4final2

Materials and Tools:

8 bamboo tiles (from a bamboo domino tile placemat)
7 three-inch lengths of 16-gauge sterling silver wire
2 five-inch lengths of 16-gauge sterling silver wire
side cutter pliers
flat nose pliers
round nose pliers
polishing cloth for silver
furniture polish for the tiles

Steps:

  1. With flat nose pliers, put a 90-degree bend 5/8 inch from one end of a 3-inch length of silver wire.
  2. Make another bend about 5/8 inch further down to form a "J" shape.
  3. Slide one of the bamboo tiles onto the long side of the wire. There are two sets of holes in these tiles, so make sure to have the correct side up.
  4. Make two more 90-degree bends in the other end of the wire coming out of the end of the tile.
  5. Take a second bamboo tile and slide one of the short ends of the wire into one hole. Slightly unbend the other end of the wire to get it into the hole on the other side of the tile. This links the two bamboo tiles together.
  6. Repeat steps #1 and #2 and slide the long end of the wire into the second set of holes in the second tile to repeat step #3.
  7. Repeat step #4 and then repeat step #5 with a third tile to link the three bamboo tiles together with two pieces of wire.
  8. Continue this way with all eight bamboo tiles and seven pieces of 3-inch wire. When complete there should be an open set of holes on each of the end tiles.
  9. Take a 5-inch length of wire and make a 90-degree bend about an inch down from one end.
  10. Make another 90-degree bend 5/8 inches down from there to form a "J" shape.
  11. Slide one of the end tiles onto the long side of wire and make a 90-degree bend to capture it. Make another 90-degree bend 5/8 inches down from there to make a rectangle with overlapping ends.
  12. Bend the longer overlap 90-degrees away from the tile at the middle of the tile.
  13. Use round nose pliers to make a loop in the shorter overlap and wrap the loop around the 90-degree bend on the other side to secure it.
  14. Repeat steps #10 to #13 on the tile on the other end of the bracelet.
  15. With the wire sticking out on one side, use round nose pliers to form a ring, and on the other side, a hook that fits into the ring to close the bamboo tile bracelet. Make sure that one is horizontal and the other is vertical so that they fit together.
  16. Polish the silver with a polishing cloth and the bamboo wood with furniture polish.
Keep Reading

Next Up

How to Make a Faux Bamboo Tiki Bar

Using PVC piping and a genius painting technique, you can create a sturdy "bamboo" tiki hut perfect for entertaining.

How to Plan a Landscape Design

Learn the four steps to creating a scale plan for your landscaping project.

How to Design a Garden With Mums

Make your fall garden glow with jewel-colored mums.

How to Freeze Apples

Save that apple bounty for the months ahead.

How to Distress Furniture

What's old is chic again. Follow these step-by-instructions for achieving a distressed look on furniture.

How to Kill Mold

Killing mold is a dirty job, but the right tools can help you wipe it out for good. Check out these tips for using the best cleaners to solve your fungus problem.

How to Remove Wallpaper

How do you remove the wallpaper without damaging the wall – or yourself? Use these tips to help you decide which option will work best.

11 Fresh Kitchen Design Ideas to Inspire Your Remodel

Trigger warning: fresh content for your Pinterest boards ahead.

How to Freeze Corn

Treat your family to the fresh-picked flavor of corn on the cob—all year long. It’s not hard to freeze this summertime favorite.

Shop This Look

Found a living space you love in HGTV's Photo Library? Get the look in your own home with products from Wayfair.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.