DIY Painted Wood Bangle Bracelets

Learn how easy it is to create these statement bangles. They can be customized to match your wardrobe and would make great gifts!

Last week we had our last bit of winter here in Florida. It got all the way down to the 30s and today it’s feeling much more like summer again (or what Floridians simply call winter). So for those of you who are longing for spring time and warmer temperatures, here’s a fun, bright tutorial that will add a bit of spring color to your wardrobe. Because even if it’s chilly out you can still stack these fun painted wood bangles on your wrist!

These painted wood bangles are so fun! They would be the perfect accessory for summer and I can't wait to make them!

Time: 30 minutes + drying time
Supplieswood bangle bracelets / wood stain / foam brush for applying stain / craft paint / small paint brush / washi tape / gloss finish / soft paint brush for applying gloss finish

Apply wood stain with a foam brush to transform unfinished wood bangles.

Step 1: Use a foam brush to apply wood stain to all sides of an unfinished bangle bracelet. Brush in the direction of the wood grain. This is a little messy. If you get any on your hands you can use nail polish remover to get it off.

Use a paper towel to remove excess wood stain to create stained wood bangles.

Step 2: Use a paper towel to remove the excess stain. Let it dry 1 hour (or according to the direction on the stain label if you’re using a different one).

Thin washi tape arranged in small rectangles make the perfect stencils for making confetti painted wood bangle bracelets.

Step 3: Use washi tape to make your stencils making sure the edges of the tape are smooth and firmly adhered to the bracelet.

To make the color blocked bracelets shown in the first image I placed the tape on the bracelets vertically. If you do this, make sure you paint away from the edges of the tape to prevent the paint from bleeding. If it still does, use your nail to carefully scrape away the excess paint.

Love these painted wood bangles! Who knew there was yet another use for washi tape!

Step 4: Paint the bracelet. You will most likely need to apply2-3 coats to achieve a solid color. If you’re as impatient as I am you can use a hair dryer to quickly dry the paint between coats. Carefully remove the tape before the final coat of paint is dry then allow it to dry completely.

Seal painted wood bangle bracelets with gloss decoupage finish to make them shine.

Step 5: The final step is to apply the gloss finish with a soft brush. This will give it a nice sheen and help prevent the paint from chipping.

I adore this DIY painted wood bangle. Can't wait to make a set! (click through for full tutorial)

Note:
To make the polka dots on the polka dot and color blocked bangle, I made tiny stencils by punching holes into stencil material using my 1/8″ hole punch and placing them on the bracelet in a polka dot pattern.

Love bangles? Learn how to make your own fabric wrapped version in my previous video tutorial.

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Leave some love:

  1. I love this craft! The confetti/sprinkle bangle is just amazing!

    thank you for sharing!
    x, Jordan Taylor
    petiteMODERN

    • Thanks Jordan! That one is my fave too!

  2. Oh these are so great Sarah! I want a whole arm of these!

    • Thanks Rachel! I thought you’d like them!

  3. So gorgeous, Sarah! I’ve included these in my “Links I love” for this week: http://therusticwillow.com/links-love-2272015/

  4. Mildred Jones Reply

    Good job. very creative!