DIY bracelet tutorial – How to make shabby chic bangles
Today we are going to present you a detailed DIY bracelet tutorial on how to create bangles with a romantic shabby chic look. They could be used as napkin rings as well. The beautiful crackle effect adds more interest and make the design really authentic. The project is suitable for beginners thanks to the detailed step-by-step tutorial.
DIY bracelet tutorial with decoupage technique
– unfinished wooden bangles
– 1200 and 220 grit sandpaper
– water-based primer
– acrylic paint – white, purple and vermilion
– a foam stencil brush
– a flat brush
– a one-step crackle glaze
– napkins for decoupage
– acrylic lacquer
1. Sand the unfinished wooden bangle to remove any imperfections.
First with the 220 grit sandpaper, then complete with the 1200 grit. This step is really important for final product, so pay special attention to this step. The bangle surface should be smooth, without any bumps.
2. Apply the water-based primer to the bangle. This will help extend the life of our bracelet and, most importantly, will reduce the “lifting” of the wood after the first layer of acrylic paint.
3. Take white acrylic paint, mix it with a bit of purple and vermilion in approximately the same proportion as in the photo. You’ll get a coral paint.
4. Cover the outside of the bangle with one coat of paint by using the foam stencil brush. The sponge will help you avoiding run-offs and covering maximum surface at once.
5. Similarly sponge the inside with white acrylic paint. Let it dry. You can let dry in a natural way or to use with a hair dryer.
6. Take the crackle glaze and apply with a flat brush to the outer side of the bangle. Try to apply the glaze evenly to avoid stains during drying. Let them dry on a foil to avoid sticking to the surface.
7. When the crackle glaze dries, apply a thick layer of white acrylic paint because we’ll have to hide the first coat of coral paint. After a few seconds you will see that the cracks are already beginning to emerge. Let dry.
8. Choose suitable napkins for decoupage and circle a desired fragment with a fine brush dipped in water. This will allow us to rip it quickly and gently. Remove the upper layer of the napkin.
9. Glue the piece on the bangle by using Mod podge. To prevent wrinkling work from the center to the edges. Hide the napkin edge on the inner side and leave to dry completely.
10. After drying remove the excess edge with sandpaper.
11. Even if you notice wrinkles and irregularities, don’t sand at this stage! You can conceal them with white acrylic paint and the sponge.
12. Then coat the bangles inside and outside with 4-5 thin layers of lacquer by leaving each layer to dry. You can use a spray lacquer as well, but only in a well ventilated room. Matte or glossy surface, you choose for yourself.The varnish shown in the photo is called matte, but in practice it is glossy.
13. Now we can sand our bangles to remove all burrs and achieve perfect smoothness.
14. Then coat them again with 2-3 layers of lacquer.
Easy and fun DIY bracelet tutorial