Balmain is 1 of my favourite brands. Sadly, I don’t own anything from the brand (yet) except this Balmain inspired statement cuff, which I did a DIY tutorial for 2 years back. (Not quite the same thing) I do like that cuff, and get a lot of compliments on it, but one thing that bugs me is it fits around my wrist quite snugly (that was the intention) and I can’t get it out of my head that that looks unflattering on me (big bones and not the thinnest girl on the block). I don’t know about you, but I find that the best way for me to distract from my bigger build is to wear bigger stuff to provide a flattering contrast. Often, I can’t find what I want in the shops so I decided to create my own bracelet which is chunky and loose around my wrist.
It’s super simple. All you need is a looooot of cord which you wind into circles, some glue and a clasp to join the ends of the cord. You could just glue the ends of the cord together but I like being able to adjust the size of the bracelet, hence the clasp 🙂

What you need:

  1. A lot of cord- I used leather but pleather works if you a vegan. Or rope!
  2. Magnetic clasp which has a bail large enough for the cord to fit into
  3. Glue – Here I’m trying Power Tag which I’ll be reviewing soon as I’m looking for a replacement for E6000 (read my review here)- it’s the go to glue for most craft bloggers but have you ever smelt it? It sounds downright toxic! AND it has a warning about potentially causing cancer…

What to do:

Apply a little glue to the end of the cord then push it gently into 1 end of the clasp. Leave to dry

If you’re new to this, you may want to add some scrap paper below so you don’t ruin your nice floors.
Once it’s semi-dry, repeat with the other end of the cord.


Wind it on and you get an eye catching cuff 🙂


Written by Zen