DIY Cowrie Shell Stack Bracelets

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Looking for a trendy jewelry idea to make at home? My DIY Cowrie Shell Stack Bracelets are super cool and on trend this season. See how to make them and then check out my Fashion + Jewelry page for more creations. 

Stacked Wood Bead shell Bracelets

Cowrie shell jewelry is popping up all over the place in summer fashion. These light colored little shells look fantastic with flowy beachy dresses. I took my love of natural beads with gold, then added gorgeous beige and gold covered Cowrie shells. These fun bracelets are super easy to make. 

Cowrie shells have such a fascinating history. They have so many meanings, way too much for me to go into here. Here is a quick rundown on them. A certain species of these small snail mollusk shells were used for currency in Asia and Africa. Mostly the shells were worn for jewelry as charms. They symbol good luck, wealth, and womanhood. 

I created four different cowrie shell bracelet versions that look so amazing stacked together. Since they are neutral colored, they would also look great on their own or layered with other colorful bracelets as well. These beauties are super easy to make. All you need is stretchy bracelet cording and a few supplies. Let’s go make some bracelets!

DIY Cowrie Shell Stack Bracelets

Supplies:

Instructions:

LARGE BEAD BRACELET WITH COWRIE CHARMS

Supplies to make shell bracelets

add beads to cording

Start by adding 9mm beads to the stretchy cording while it is on the roll.

NOTE: I found you have more control over the beads on the cord if you start adding beads with one end of the cord still attached to the spool. This also saves cord so you can make more bracelets.

I used 21 beads which makes an 8 inch bracelet. You may need to add more or fewer beads according to your wrist size.

How to tie the ends of elastic cording

To finish the bracelet and tie it off. Trim stretchy cord, leaving 3-4 inches or so at each end.

Pull the beads tight so they are snug together on the cord. Wrap one end of the cording over the other and pull tight. Repeat 4 more times.

Knot cording at end of bracelet

Loop both ends together over one of your fingers.

large knot in bracelet

Tie them into a knot and pull it down tight and close to the other knot so they seem like one big knot. Trim the ends off, leaving 1/8 of an inch of cording. You can add a dot of jewelry glue to the knot for extra strength. I just pulled the knot inside a bead and it was very snug and tight.

Wood bead bracelet

adding charms to wood bead bracelet

Add 6mm jump rings to the Cowrie shells. Attach them with an 8mm jump ring evenly around the bracelet.

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GOLD COWRIE SHELL BRACELET

supplies for gold cowrie shell bracelet

add beads to elastic cord for bracelet

Start by adding beads to the cording the same way as above directions.

Adding a crimp bead on a cord for bracelet

Add a crimping bead to the end of the cord. Feed a gold Cowrie bead through the cord. Loop the cord end back through the crimp bead. Clamp down hard on the crimp bead to smash it flat with a pair of smooth jewelry pliers.

How to add a shell with crimp beads

Trim the other end of the cord down to 3-4 inches. Push the beads down to tighten them and add a crimp bead to the end of the cord. Loop the cord through the other end of the gold Cowrie bead. Feed the cord back through the crimp bead. Make sure the beads are snug and smash it hard with pliers like the first side. Trim the cord end and push it inside a bead to conceal it. 

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Notes

Making elastic bracelets can be very tricky at first. Once you get the hang of this it will become super easy. I had a hard time at first hanging onto the beads while trying to tie the cord. It just takes practice. Good luck! Enjoy!

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I hope you enjoyed my tutorial! These bracelets are not the only jewelry I made with Cowrie shells. I made some fun dangle earrings. I also have an easy but gorgeous Cowrie necklace coming soon too! So stay tuned! 

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DIY Cowrie Shell Stack Bracelets

Cowrie Shell Bracelets

Cowrie Shell Bracelets

Yield: 4 Bracelets
Additional Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Four natural wood and Cowrie shell stackable bracelets.

Tools

  • Beading Pliers
  • Scissors

Instructions

LARGE BEAD BRACELET WITH CHARMS:

  1. Start by adding 9mm beads to the stretchy cording while it is on the roll.
  2. NOTE: I found you have more control over the beads on the cord if you start adding beads with one end of the cord still attached to the spool. This also saves cord so you can make more bracelets.
  3. I used 21 beads which makes an 8 inch bracelet. You may need to add more or less beads according to your wrist size.
  4. To finish the bracelet and tie it off. Trim stretchy cord, leaving 3-4 inches or so at each end.
  5. Pull the beads tight so they are snug together on the cord. Wrap one end of the cording over the other and pull tight. Repeat 4 more times.
  6. Loop both ends together over one of your fingers. Tie them into a knot and pull it down tight and close to the other knot so they seem like one big knot.
  7. Trim the ends off, leaving 1/8 of an inch of cording. You can add a dot of jewelry glue to the knot for extra strength. I just pulled the knot inside a bead and it was very snug and tight.
  8. Add jump rings to the Cowrie shells. Attach them with another jump ring evenly around the bracelet.

GOLD COWRIE SHELL BRACELET:

  1. Add beads to the cording same as above directions.
  2. Add a crimping bead to the end of the cord. feed a gold Cowrie bead through the cord.
  3. Loop the cord end back through the crimp bead. Clamp down hard on the crimp bead to smash it flat with a pair of smooth jewelry pliers.
  4. Trim the other end of the cord down to 3-4 inches. Push the beads down to tighten them and add a crimp bead to the end of the cord.
  5. Loop the cord though the other end of the gold Cowrie bead. Feed the cord back through the crimp bead. Make sure the beads are snug and smash it hard with pliers like the first side.
  6. Trim the cord end and push it inside a bead.

Notes

Making elastic bracelets can be very tricky at first. Once you get the hang of this it will be become super easy. I had a hard time at first hanging onto the beads while trying to tie the cord. It just takes practice. Good luck! Enjoy!

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