Monday’s after a holiday weekend are probably the worst. Okay, well maybe not the WORST, but its definitely up there on my list. It seems to hard to get back into the routine and to focus on the job at hand. Lucky for me, my job is to play with pretty beads, make stuff and share it all with you! So here I am today sharing this fun bracelet tutorial.

5ft – 1mm leather
6.5in – 4mm rhinestone cup chain
1ft – 4mm rolo chain, cut in 2 6in pieces

Galaxy TutSteps:
1) String the 2 pieces of rolo chain onto the leather cord, centering them on the string.
2) Carefully positioning the rhinestone chain between the two lengths of rolo chain, weave the leather from the right side to the left into the upward facing link in the rolo chain.
3) Flip the chain over and weave the leather cord into the same links of the rolo chain from the back.  The rhinestone chain should be sandwiched between the leather in the front and the back.  Pull the leather so that it is snug around the roll chain, hugging the outside of the link.
4) Turn the chains over, revealing the front, and repeat step 2 above.
5) Continue weaving the leather into the chain (repeating steps 2 and 3) until you have woven through the entire length of rolo chain.  If there is any additional rhinestone chain at the end, trim it with a pair of flush cutters.
6) Finish the bracelet by weaving the ends of the leather back through the first length.  Tighten the leather just enough so that the bracelet is able to slip over the wrist.  Trim the ends and secure each end with a knot.

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This bracelet is fairly simple to complete once  you get passed the first 3 links.  Getting the chain to line up correctly can be a little frustrating but after those first few steps it will come together quickly.  Be sure not to  pull the leather too tight as you weave it through the chain.  It took me about 20 minutes to complete the first bracelet and about 15 to do the second one.  When I write tutorials, I always like to create one piece first, without documenting, so that I really have a feel for what I am doing.  It makes it a lot easier to know exactly what steps need to be pictured and so forth.

I hope you all enjoyed your weekend and this little tutorial!



The DIY Dreamer


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27 comments on “Galaxy Bracelet Tutorial

  1. Sophies World

    Wow, these are really great for a summer pre-teen project – thanks for the tutorial.

  2. I Gotta Try That

    I love these, so cute! I think I might even be able to make one. :) Hope you will share this at “I Gotta Try That”

    1. Kelsy Post author

      Thanks for the invite! I will hop on over there. You could totally make one. Its not that difficult at all.

    1. Kelsy Post author

      Thanks for the invite Jamie! I’m always looking for new parties to link up to!

  3. Maria

    First of all I want to say how gorgeous these are. I don’t have time to do this kind of craft but it sure is tempting seeing your beautiful creations and tutorials. I’ve just started following with bloglovin. Also thanks for dropping by to my blog and leaving a comment if you hadn’t I probably wouldn’t have found your lovely blog. I tried to reply to your email but you are on noreply, don’t know if you’re aware of it.

  4. Crystal

    This is just gorgeous! Pinning this and liking on Facebook! Thanks for your visit and comment. :-)

  5. Gina

    This is so pretty! Thanks for the tutorial! Saw on the diy dreamer. I linked up a a backpack made from some old blue jeans. I’d love for you to visit my site and let me know what you think. :)

    Gina @ Gina’s Craft Corner

  6. Jamie Koenig

    thank you for sharing this. I’ve been meaning to learn how to make these.

    1. Kelsy Post author

      Of course! I’m so glad you like it.

  7. Tammy

    So pretty. Look like a good mother/daughter summer craft.

  8. beadinggem

    Love this tutorial – the combination of rhinestone and rolo is divine. Will feature and link on my blog!


    1. Kelsy Post author

      Thank you!

  9. Erin Siegel

    Love this bracelet! So cute!

    1. Kelsy Post author

      Is it okay to say I’m a little start stuck? I am a big fan of your work, Erin! Thanks for commenting. :)

      1. Erin Siegel

        You’re so sweet! I’m flattered, really! :) These bracelets are totally something I would make myself and be proud. Nice work!

    1. Kelsy Post author

      Thank you for the invite! I will check it out.

  10. Carla Clark

    These bracelets are so fun! I’m going to do this with my daughter. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Kelsy Post author


  11. Mary Wells

    I love the look of this bracelet. How do you this would do as an anklet and how would you add a clasp?

    1. Mary Wells

      sorry, that should have read “How do you ‘think’ this would do as and anklet” ;)

    2. Kelsy Post author

      Hi Mary! I think it could totally work as an anklet. You would just need to lengthen it a bit to make it work. I’m sure you could add a clasp no problem. I’ll play around with the idea and let you know if it works out.

      1. Mary

        Thank you Kelsy, I will be playing around with it also, as soon as I get the time.

  12. shikha

    Great , tutorial. thanks for sharing. thistutoria is very useful . This is awesome.
    Amazing and well done! That looks awesome . like bracelet…

  13. Kimberly Uy

    Very unique and pretty bracelet. Really perfect with my favorite Korean rhinestones. I would love to do that also. Thanks for that brilliant idea.

  14. maneki

    I love the look of these bracelets! Really cool mix of the woven rolo chain and all those cupchain designs that’s pop up lately. (And I will have to add this to my blog post on what to do with rhinestone chain, a post I began writing before they got popular and it was harder to find really good projects — like this one! — on the theme.)

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