Thursday, January 19, 2012

DIY Painted Bracelets


If you follow me on Twitter or are a fan on Facebook, you may have seen some sneak peek pictures I posted of this DIY project I was working on yesterday.  Originally, I was just going to do one...but when I saw how great the results were, I couldn't help myself!  I ended up transforming 3 of my old bracelets into colored confections - perfect for adding a pop of color to my arm parties! 


Normally, I wouldn't wear them all at the same time (but for the purposes of picture-taking).



Polishes (left to right): Sally Hansen Mint Sorbet, China Glaze Shocking Pink, Zoya Paz


Steps to recreate
  • Choose an opaque or creme nail color that has good coverage - neons & pastels are fun for spring!
  • I used some jewelry I already owned, but you can find affordable options at Forever 21 (like this one) or Target.  You could also try this on a necklace or earrings.
  • Start with just a little bit of polish on the tip of the brush and begin to coat the stone with your paint, being careful to avoid the prongs. (don't worry if you get some on the metal, you can remove later with a pointed q-tip & some nail polish remover).
  • Continue until all the stones are covered with 1 light coat.  Let dry for 15 minutes.
  • Repeat with a second light coat on each stone.  (If your first coat covered well enough & you're happy with it, you can forgo the 2nd.)  Let dry for 20 minutes.
  • Cover each stone with a small amount of clear top coat (to protect the paint & give it some shine...if you want a matte finish, you can skip this step.)
  • Let dry for at least an hour before adding to your stack!

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34 comments :

Mandy said...

I love this idea!!!

Neris / Fashion Fractions said...

YAY for posting this! they turned out amazing :)

xxx,

Fashion Fractions

Megan, The Frugalista Diaries said...

love the mint creme one! that's something new and fresh...but you can't go wrong with the bold colors too!

Crystal said...

This is such a great idea! Thanks for posting!
xo~Crystal

Doux Rousse said...

Whoa this is awesome! Thought they were Spike the Punch!

XO,
Doux Rousse
www.douxrousse.com

Really Petite said...

This is so fun! I may even try it. Love the colors you picked too :)

Megan Muller said...

Such a creative idea. It'll spice up any plain bracelet you get on the cheap side and make it look like you paid a million bucks for it!

Meg
@MissMegasaurus
www.glamoroushustle.com

E_StyleGirl said...

They look great! I've done this!! You should try OPI's line for this, I bet you'll love it!!

WebHauteJas said...

love this idea!!! great way to make use of old polishes & old jewelry too!!

Lindsey said...

Love this! Thank you for sharing!

Marissa at Style Cusp said...

This is such a great idea! And they came out so well, lady. I will have to try this :) They remind me of Spike the Punch!

xxx

Karen said...

I like this! I actually like wearing them all together. :)
~Karen
http://fashionboardconfessional.blogspot.com

Allison said...

I just did this with a necklace after seeing Tom Binn's collection. It's a great project!

jennifer {fabfatale.com} said...

love this! thanks so much for sharing!

ChiChi said...

TOTALLY cute! I love those colors too!

allierica said...

LOVE this idea! totally trying it!

Alyson said...

LOVE this. Totally need to jump on this bandwagon, especially for spring with lots of fun colors. F21 is calling my name...

JustPatience said...

Love the colors. Great DIY.

www.justpatience.com

rroosh said...

I can't wait to try this! thanks for posting it

Fashion By Alicia said...

Great idea!! These are easy but so fabulous.

Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl said...

Just found you on Twitter and I LOVE your blog!! I especially love this DIY post!!

xoxo
Cathy, your Poor Little It Girl

http://poorlittleitgirl.com

K said...

I LOVE DIY and this one was really great!! thanks for sharing hun!

love K

Justine said...

Such a great idea! I saw your tweet yesterday and was interested in what was to come today! I am going to have to give it a try!

xx
Justine

http://www.sobeanie.blogspot.com

TaraMixandMatch said...

This is awesome! They came out so perfectly, and it's even better that you can now have bracelets the exact color you want!

~Lara~ said...

OOH!!! I think I'm gonna have to try this! :) What a fun/great/interesting project!!!

Jennifer said...

What a great idea! Thanks for sharing :)

xo Jennifer

http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

Erica said...

So easy & they look awesome!

http://www.theprettyfactor.blogspot.com

Just Another Shopaholic said...

I love this!! You did such a great job.

Emily said...

Great idea - and I love the colors you chose!

FAshiOnistA ErA said...

loveeeee the bracelets!! so great!!lets follow eachother :))

xoxo hanz
www.fashionistaera.blogspot.com

Lena's Blend said...

Wow, that came out pretty great.

www.lenasblend.blogspot.com

Alex Elizabeth said...

Hi! Jumped to you from Kimberlee VDW-- I love this idea! Definitely going to try it.

LyddieGal said...

These look so great - I have to try it!

Chic on the Cheap

smk053078 said...

I came across your blog from another site. So glad I did! This DIY project is FAB! Absolutely love! Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to your future posts!
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