How to Make DIY Alex and Ani Inspired Bracelets

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I’m loving Alex and Ani bracelets right now, but they are far too expensive for me to actually buy. After taking a look at how they’re made, I figured it wouldn’t be too difficult to make something similar using just a few tools and inexpensive items from Michael’s Craft store. Best of all, they’re so easy to make! Take a look below for my tutorial.

photo 3(1)Two of the bracelets I made, each of which took less than ten minutes.


  • Pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Memory wire, preferably silver-plated, sterling silver, or stainless steel
  • Charms
  • Beads (optional)

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If you don’t already own a pair, you can buy the pliers and wire cutters in a set with a few other jewelry-making tools for under $10. I already had a set, and the memory wire, charms, and beads weren’t too expensive. Michael’s is currently selling memory wire for around $3.49, and charms individually and in sets of three for $1.99. Beads are priced differently depending on the type you purchase.

First, cut your memory wire so that you have a loop that circles around 1.5 times. These bracelets are expandable, SO if you have small wrists you can always make the loop a little smaller.

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If desired, string beads onto the wire as shown.

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Now it’s time to create the loops on either side of the wire. Start by bending the wire downwards so it forms a 90 degree angle:

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Now curl the wire upwards to make a loop.

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Feed the other end of the wire through the loop so that the bracelet forms one bracelet instead of a coil. Take your remaining loose wire end (the one you just fed through the loop) and bend it to a 90 degree angle as well, this time forming the loop around the first wire so the bracelet becomes expandable. Add charms to the bare part of the bracelet as desired.

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These bracelets are very easy and quite inexpensive to make. Enjoy, and feel free to comment below with any questions or pictures of your own creations!

Sara Laughed

Author: Sara Laughed

I'm Sara, a blogger, programmer, and American abroad. I live in the Netherlands my boyfriend and our 11 plants, and in this space blog about my life, discoveries, and mistakes. Follow along here or on social media!

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  • My 7 year old grandaughter just loves her Mommy’s “Alex & Ani” bracelets. So thius is something I’m going to surprise her with since they don’t make them for the wee ones. Thanks bunches

  • Sara I love your positivity. You exude with it. You look like you live a happy life. I am very economically minded woman. I like your ideas. Appreciate your blog. Thanks I find it very interesting that you live in the Netherlands. I live in Pennsylvania