Actually I have a little secret. Yes you can make a Pandora like dog bracelet for a little under $15 (I made 2 for $29.65). BUT, I had enough beads left over for 3-4 more bracelets!
This is a great gift idea or you can make them for yourself in different colors like I did. Of course you can do them in other themes too but since we are all dog crazy here on this site, I figured y’all would enjoy making a dog bracelet the most.
So why did I decide to make these? I am known as the ‘bracelet queen’. I love bracelets and wear them all the time. I make most of them myself. These aren’t ‘hand-crafted’ by me but they were designed by me, so that counts, right?
I got all my stuff from Amazon.
I ordered a bag of silver charm beads. It looks like they sent 2 bags so I’m not sure if that was intentional or not.You can get them here: Silver Beads
I couldn’t find any dog charm beads in this bag although I did find this paw bead. At least I think that’s a paw. Is that what it looks like to you?
But there were plenty of cute beads to use in the bracelet. I also ordered several special dog beads.
The Chihuahua bead is now is out of stock BUT they have another Chihuahua bead that is in a darker pink for the same price and you can get that here: Chihuahua Bead. The only other difference between this bead and the bead I bought is that this bead has a clip that will easily fasten onto the bracelet (or anything else, such as a zipper pull). My bead hangs off of a small silver cylinder bead.
You can check out all the dog beads here: Dog Beads
You can get the Paw Print Bead here: Paw Print Bead
You can get the Dog Bone Bead here: Dog Bone Bead
I ordered a bag of colored glass beads and you can find them here: Glass Beads. They came with a silver bracelet to use so that’s what I used to make one of the bracelets. The beads were good quality. I did have one problem bead where the silver lining came out but it was easily fixed with a drop of super glue.
I ordered another silver bracelet to use for the other bracelet. You can find the one I ordered here: Silver Bracelet. It got good reviews and looks high quality for the price. It also came with 2 glass beads.
You unscrew the bracelet at one end to get the beads on it.
TIP: When ordering the bracelet blank, if you want the bracelet full of beads, then first measure your wrist and order the bracelet that is 2-3 inches longer than your wrist. My wrist measures 6 inches so I ordered an 8 inch bracelet. The beads are bulky so you need the bracelet to be bigger than normal.
To Design Your Bracelet:
First lay out your bracelet and your silver beads where you think you want them on the bracelet.
Put one of your special beads in the middle of the bracelet to be your focal point.
Now fill in with your colored beads.
You may have to play around and change the order a few times to get it to where you like it. But that’s the neat thing about making these bracelets. Very easy to change the design around.
Here are the finished bracelets modeled on my wrist (ignore my dry winter skin, LOL)
Pretty aren’t they? And look at all the leftover beads!
Now I wish I had ordered more silver bracelet blanks! I found this pack of 5 for here: silver bracelets and just ordered it to make the other bracelets. I’ll probably give those as gifts.
So, what do you think of this easy dog bracelet idea? Is it something you’d like to try? Leave a comment and let me know! Also if you do make this Pandora styled dog bracelet, please leave a photo in the comments for us all to enjoy.