Instead of tossing old bangles make them something beautiful to wear. That is exactly what this diy gold monogram bracelet is!

DIY Gold Monogram Bangle

Yay! It’s time for another Thrift Store Upcycle Challenge!! I’ve paired up with an amazing group of talented ladies to bring you a monthly thrift store challenge. Each month we will create a new home decor piece from an item(s) we’ve found at a thrift store, yard sale, resale shop etc. There is no budget or specific theme so we are free to let our creativity run wild! You can see previous Thrift Store Hop projects or keep reading to find out how to make this gorgeous DIY gold monogram bangle.

Meet the Hosts

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Amanda | The Kolb Corner     Chelc | Inside the Fox Den     Erlene | My Pinterventures

Kim | Made in a Day     Sara | Twelve on Main     Debra | Shoppe No. 5

Shirley | Intelligent Domestications     Marie | DIY Adulation     Lindsay | Crazy Organized

Michelle | Our Crafty Mom     Julie | Live From Julie’s House     Colleen | Life on Kaydeross Creek

Maureen | Red Cottage Chronicles     Pili | Sweet Things     Sherry | Savvy Apron

Ann | Duct Tape and Denim     Dru | Polka Dot Poplars

Megan | C’mon Get Crafty     Jennifer | Hydrangea Hippo

You can also follow our board on Pinterest for more upcycled decor inspiration!


You’ve been there: you’re at the store with your kid and she simply has to have that awesome item she’s just laid eyes on. Most of the time you say no and move on with her pouting until she sees the next thing she just Has. To. Have. Occasionally it is a small trinket, a 25¢ bangle for example, and you say yes. I did this at the thrift store the other day and purchased a cheap (and frankly kind of ugly) red bangle. Once we got home and were putting away items. I tried to hand her the new bangle. Guys, I kid  you not, she looked at me, crossed her arms, and said, “I don’t want that bracelet.” Ahh, such is life with a 4 year old. Instead of tossing it I decided to make it something beautiful to wear. That is exactly what this gold monogram bracelet is!

 

Instead of tossing old bangles make them something beautiful to wear. That is exactly what this diy gold monogram bracelet is!

 

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Instead of tossing old bangles make them something beautiful to wear. That is exactly what this diy gold monogram bracelet is!

Materials

  • Old Plastic Bangle
  • Gold Enamel Paint
  • Gold Letter Charm
  • 1 Gauge Gold Wire
  • Paintbrush (about as wide as your bangle)

 

Instead of tossing old bangles make them something beautiful to wear. That is exactly what this diy gold monogram bracelet is!

Step 1

Remove any price tags if you bought your bangle. Next, quickly clean it using soap and water.

 

Instead of tossing old bangles make them something beautiful to wear. That is exactly what this diy gold monogram bracelet is!

Step 2

Cover your work surface with newspaper and paint your first coat of paint on your bangle. Remember to paint the inside of the bangle as well. Let dry.

 

Instead of tossing old bangles make them something beautiful to wear. That is exactly what this diy gold monogram bracelet is!

Step 3

Paint a second coat of paint on your bangle. Again, allow it to dry.

 

Instead of tossing old bangles make them something beautiful to wear. That is exactly what this diy gold monogram bracelet is!

Step 4 (Optional)

You may need a third coat of paint depending on the color of your bangle. This one was red so I opted for a 3rd coat.

 

Instead of tossing old bangles make them something beautiful to wear. That is exactly what this diy gold monogram bracelet is!

Step 5

Cut a small piece of gold wire large enough to loosely wrap around your bangle twice.

 

Instead of tossing old bangles make them something beautiful to wear. That is exactly what this diy gold monogram bracelet is!

Step 6

Place your charm on the piece of wire.

 

Instead of tossing old bangles make them something beautiful to wear. That is exactly what this diy gold monogram bracelet is!

Step 7

Wrap your wire around the bangle twice with the overlapping ends on the inside.

Tips:

  • Make sure that the wrapped wire is loose enough for the charm to slide some.
  • Before you wrap your wire ensure correct way. You don’t want to put your bangle on and find that your letter is backwards.

Step 8 (Optional)

If the ends of your wire don’t quite overlap you will want to bend the tips towards the bangle. This will prevent them from poking you during wear.

 

Instead of tossing old bangles make them something beautiful to wear. That is exactly what this diy gold monogram bracelet is!

Instead of tossing old bangles make them something beautiful to wear. That is exactly what this diy gold monogram bracelet is!

Instead of tossing old bangles make them something beautiful to wear. That is exactly what this diy gold monogram bracelet is!

Instead of tossing old bangles make them something beautiful to wear. That is exactly what this diy gold monogram bracelet is!

Isn’t this such an improvement? The thrift bangle has been transformed from something I wouldn’t look twice at into something stunning. Plus you can’t beat the 25¢ price tag since I already had all of the other elements. One last tip before you check out the other great makeovers below: if your bangle is larger, like an inch wide or more, you will want to choose a larger charm. The delicate charm is perfect for this size but would be swallowed up by a larger bangle.


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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
  • Shirley Wood

    My grand daughter is 7 and subject to change her mind like that. You made it look completely different and I love the monogram.

  • MICHELLE JAMES

    Marie-I love this! Your daughter is a trip! I so remember those days! Glad you put it to good use!

    • Thanks, Michelle! I’ve definitely resigned myself to knowing my life will never be boring. Lol

  • Maureen/Red Cottage Chronicles

    Oh, I love this! Makes me want to go buy a bunch of plastic bangles! I never would have thought to make such a pretty little charm bracelet like you did! I have to ask. What did your daughter think of the “after”!

    • Aw, thank you! She was hilarious after. Her eyes got really big and she said, “Mom that beautiful!” Of course, then I told her that I made it out of the bangle she didn’t want and she says, “It’s mine?! Thank you so much!!” I didn’t have the heart to tell her that I actually made it for me. I guess it will be hers again until she gets tired of it. Lol.

  • How funny. Just wait until she becomes a teenager and does that…lol. You did a great job in reinventing it to something you can wear.

    • Ugh, I know. So not ready for teenagers lol.

  • Your daughter should be friend of mine, Marie. It’s difficult to go shopping because anything they see it worth taking it home… Your bangle looks classy now! Does it hold the paint well? I have some ugly ones here and may try that.

    • Thanks, Pili! They do hold the paint well as long as you use enamel paint. Also, don’t skip the cleaning step. That helps as well. 🙂

  • Debra Pashkowsky

    Aren’t you glad your daughter didn’t want the bracelet? It looks fantastic.

    • Thanks, Debra! I was glad but then she fell in love with the makeover. Now she’s absconding it. lol

  • Kids are so funny! I bet your daughter wants to wear that bangle now!

    • Haha, she totally does Amanda! They are definitely a trip!