DIY Free People Wrapped Quartz Bangle

0.diyquartzwrapbangle_introphotoHello again, friends! I just couldn’t wait to share this chic and easy bangle bracelet project with all of you.

diyquartzwrapbangle_inspirationI am always drawn to rough, organic crystals and gemstones rather than perfectly-faceted pieces, and much of the jewelry available at Free People satisfies that sparkle-lust. I fell in love with this Crystal Flame Cuff by Vega Jewelry, but the $258 price tag was much more than I could afford. I realized I could easily make the same kind of look for a steal – hence this project. (And it’s so, so quick to whip up!!) Here’s how I made my newest FAVORITE bracelet:

You Need*:


bangle with open part at center  /  quartz crystal  / flat suede cord  /  scissors  /  glue for metal/leather (pictured is E6000, but of course it is #$@$ and I had to switch to Loctite Vinyl, Fabric and Plastic Adhesive since E6000 didn’t work AT ALL.)  /  Optional: gold leafing kit (not pictured)

*all my materials, except for the crystal, were found at Michael’s craft store.

How To:


1. Figure out the placing of your crystal. I liked the crack in the middle, and with the space in the bangle you should be able to partially “seat” your crystal in the bangle.diyquartzwrapbangle_step2

2.Squeeze a small amount of glue onto the end of the suede lacing cord.

3. Start by placing the lace into the underside of the bangle, allowing the glue to set for a minute.

4. Hold the end down and wrap around the crystal tightly.

5. Repeat a couple times (I found I liked 3 times around the crystal), then put a dab of glue on the underside of the cord again. Press the cord down until set.diyquartzwrapbangle_step3

6. Trim excess cord.diyquartzwrapbangle_step4

7. Repeat for the other side of the crystal.diyquartzwrapbangle_step5

8. Optional: For a more luxe look, use a metal leafing kit (glue + leafing) to adhere some gold to the top of the lacing, brushing off the excess with a soft brush.  diyquartzwrapbangle_done5

And that’s it!diyquartzwrapbangle_done3

Pretty simple, huh? I have to say, it is a spectacular result!diyquartzwrapbangle_done1

I even made another bracelet, with some dyed quartz and brown suede (that I may add some silver leafing to later).diyquartzwrapbangle_done2

How gorgeous would these look stacked with other delicate bangles and bracelets??!diyquartzwrapbangle_done4 Happy DIY’ing!


14 Comments on DIY Free People Wrapped Quartz Bangle

    • carlyjcais
      1.16.2014 at 7:56 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you, Erin! Yes, it was from Michael’s – it was in a 2-pack with a different style of cuff. It was kind of hidden in the boxes lining the bottom of the jewelry aisle. I was really pleased to come across it – you never know what you’ll find rifling in there! :-)

    • carlyjcais
      1.17.2014 at 6:57 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you, Hayley! I’m kind of going back and forth on it myself – I don’t wear a whole lot of brown – but I could see how nice it would look with some suede slouchy boots and an ivory blouse! So boho chic: exactly what Free People is all about.

    • patricia
      7.18.2014 at 11:24 pm (1 year ago)

      no adored the glitter now to find some leaf its wow n wow ty

    • carlyjcais
      1.17.2014 at 6:56 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Samantha! I’ve had it on the back burner for awhile too – Free People jewelry always lends itself really easily to DIY, I think! :-)

  1. Eunice
    7.18.2014 at 3:49 pm (1 year ago)

    Thank you, this gave me inspiration, and after that these bracelets turned out beautiful… Gotta make more:)

    • carlyjcais
      7.18.2014 at 6:03 pm (1 year ago)

      You’re welcome, Eunice!! Glad you liked them – they’re so easy to make and look gorgeous no matter what :-)

  2. patricia
    7.18.2014 at 11:27 pm (1 year ago)

    wish I knew how to save this

    • carlyjcais
      7.21.2014 at 6:40 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks Patricia! How do you mean? You can highlight all the text and photos, copy and paste into Word or Textedit or something similar to read later or print for your own usage. Hope that helps!!

  3. patricia
    7.21.2014 at 7:37 pm (1 year ago)

    I somehow went back a page to save the patten was days ago now well done & appreciate yr sharing

  4. mia
    3.31.2015 at 8:06 pm (4 months ago)

    Great DIY! I am having the hardest time find nice quartz. Where were you able to purchase your quartz?

    • carlyjcais
      4.08.2015 at 4:40 pm (4 months ago)

      Thank you, Mia! It is really hard to find nice quartz, I agree. I bought mine in bags from Ed’s House of Gems in NW Portland. If you don’t live in this area, some places you could get undrilled quartz are: Ebay, Fire Mountain Gems, or Etsy. I really like Fire Mountain Gems cuz all their stuff is awesome, high-quality, and they give you a free gift with purchase!


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