Arm Candy Alert! 🍬 How To Create Stylish Beaded Bracelets

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by Just J Stylin Life
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You see the prettiest bracelet stacks and arm candy all over Instagram and Pinterest, but everything is always so expensive!! So how can you recreate a similar look for less? Create your own bracelets! Making bracelets is actually SUPER easy and somewhat inexpensive.

In this post I show you how easy it is to make your own arm candy for less than you'd spend on a single quality bracelet.

Creating your own bracelets is an excellent way to let your creativity flow and create a style that's all your own. The more variety of beads you have, the greater the possibilities.

If you love this bracelet stack, scroll down to see how to make them! 👇These same steps apply for any bracelet you make.


  • Beads of choice (I suggest glass or metal beads)
  • Stretch Magic elastic cord .5mm
  • Super glue tube
  • Sharp point scissors
  • Tape measure


The first step is to measure the size of your wrist. Use the tape measure to measure the circumference of your wrist with a little bit of extra room. Make sure to allow an extra 1/4" or more to allow for the size of the beads. If you are using larger beads, the length will be longer. I used 4mm beads and added about 1/4" for a total length of about 6 1/4".


Unravel a few inches of cord from the spool. Make sure to keep the string attached to the spool so the beads do not fall off the other end. ❌ Do NOT cut the cord to the length of your wrist!

Add the beads onto the cord until you are about halfway done with the bracelet.


Once you are about halfway done beading the bracelet, lay it flat and measure the length. My total length was 6 1/4" so it took 16 4mm beads with the shell bead in the middle. If you do not have a design in the middle, it will likely be about 20 beads per half based on this length.


Add your center design to the cord. For a design like this, adding beads inside the shell bead, bend the cord and pull it outward to add the middle beads. Then bend the cord and put it through the other hole of the bead.

Finish adding the remaining half of the beads to the cord.


Once all your beads have been strung, tie a knot in the cord and hold both ends of the cord. Be very careful during this step! It is incredibly important to hold both ends so the beads do not fall off. Gently slide the bracelet onto your wrist to make sure it fits comfortably. You may need to add or remove beads to make it fit properly. If so, carefully untie the knot and add or remove as needed.


When you are finished beading your bracelet it's time to tie it off. Tie three tiny knots in the cord, pulling it tight so your bracelet is not loose. DO NOT CUT THE CORD YET!

After tying the knots, pull the cord tight, holding the beads away from the knot. Next, add a tiny dot of superglue on the knot to keep it from unraveling. Wait 10-15 seconds for the glue to dry before letting go. Once the glue is dry, use the sharp point scissors to cut as close to the knot as possible.

Your bracelet is now complete! Repeat these same steps for any additional bracelet you wish to make. The number of beads needed per bracelet will depend on the type and size of beads used. Experiment with designs and have fun.

This was the final look of the bracelets I made. I wore them to Cancun for my bachelorette and birthday trip! They matched perfectly with my pink ombre birthday nails.

And this this how I styled the bracelets. 👆 They were the perfect addition to my pink sequin birthday dress!

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