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.
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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!
- Old Plastic Bangle
- Gold Enamel Paint
- Gold Letter Charm
- 1 Gauge Gold Wire
- Paintbrush (about as wide as your bangle)
Remove any price tags if you bought your bangle. Next, quickly clean it using soap and water.
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.
Paint a second coat of paint on your bangle. Again, allow it to dry.
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.
Cut a small piece of gold wire large enough to loosely wrap around your bangle twice.
Place your charm on the piece of wire.
Wrap your wire around the bangle twice with the overlapping ends on the inside.
- 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.
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.
Be sure to check out all of the other creative upcycle projects my fellow bloggers have come up with!