Have you ever found something in your closet and wondered why you purchased it? I have many times, especially when it comes to beads and jewelry components.

One of my questionable purchases is a packet of round wooden rings.

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I had no idea what I was going to do with them, so they sat in my closet for several years. I occasionally tried to create something with them, but with no luck.

Finally, I realized that I could make a nautical-style bracelet out of them since they look like mini life preservers. I covered the wooden rings with yarn in nautical colors, then linked them together with jump rings.

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This project is not too complicated. You may want to make your bracelet a little longer, so feel free to add more jump rings or yarn-wrapped wooden rings. For the full nautical effect, why not finish the bracelet with a toggle clasp. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did.

Life Preserver Bracelet

Materials

For the yarn-wrapped wooden rings:

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6 wooden rings (I purchased mine from Fire Mountain Gems and Beads)

scrap yarn (I used Lily Sugar ‘n Cream in Red, White, and Indigo)

non-toxic glue (I used Elmer’s® Carpenter’s™  Wood Glue)

scissors

tapestry needle

For the bracelet:

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6 yarn-wrapped wooden rings

2 5mm gold-toned jump rings

2 7mm gold-toned jump rings

7 18mm, 20 gauge brass jump rings (I purchased mine from Fire Mountain Gems and Beads)

1 gold-toned clasp (I used a spring clasp, but as I stated above, a toggle clasp is the best way to go)

flat-nosed pliers

bent-nosed pliers

Instructions

Make the yarn-wrapped rings

Cut approximately 3 feet of yarn. Thread yarn through tapestry needle. Apply glue to a section of the wooden ring. 

Place end of yarn at the beginning of the glued section. Press yarn end firmly onto the ring.

 

Wrap yarn around the glued section until it is completely covered.

Apply more glue to the ring. Wrap yarn around the ring until the glue is covered. Continue in this pattern until the ring is completely covered with yarn. Trim off excess yarn. Put yarn-wrapped ring aside.

Make 5 additional yarn-wrapped rings. Allow rings to dry completely before continuing with the project.

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If the dried glue is visible on any of the rings, wipe it off with a damp cloth.

Make the bracelet

Open an 18mm jump ring. Attach two yarn-wrapped rings to the jump ring. Close the jump ring.

Open another 18mm jump ring. Attach the linked section on one end and another ring on the other end of the jump ring. Close the jump ring.

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Continue in this pattern until all of the rings are connected together.

Open another 18mm jump ring and attach a 7mm to one end. Attach the other end of the 18mm jump ring to one end of the bracelet. Close the jump ring. 

Repeat on the other end of the bracelet.

To complete the bracelet, open two 5mm jump rings. Attach one jump ring to one end of the bracelet and the other jump ring to the other end of the bracelet. Close one jump ring. Attach the clasp to the other jump ring on the other end. Close this jump ring.

(If you are using a toggle clasp, then attach the toggle to one end of the bracelet and the ring to the other end of the bracelet.)

Your bracelet should look like this:

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