Swirl Bracelets – DIY Adjustable Bracelets

Learn how to make swirl bracelets. These DIY adjustable bracelets are incredibly easy to make, making them a great craft for kids, but they come out absolutely beautiful, making them also great for adults.

Two bracelets made of fabric paint. One is red, silver, and white, and the other is black and red with glitter. The text reads "DIY Swirl Bracelets"
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I originally had the idea for these whimsical and stretchy bracelets at a street fair. One of the stalls was selling these beautiful swirly plastic bracelets for something like $20-30 each. The woman managing the stall showed me how they’re completely adjustable. I picked one up and thought it felt familiar. It took me a minute, but then I realized they felt (and smelled) like window cling paint or fabric paint!

So that evening when I went home I took out my fabric paints and sure enough, success! I don’t think I’ll ever know if hers are also made this way, but this has been a fun craft to make. I just love the idea and how easy they are to customize. The ones I made were specifically Valentine’s bracelets to give as gifts. So you can make yours for any occasion or as adorable friendship bracelets.

Who knew you could paint bracelets!

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Process to how to make DIY bracelets with fabric paint, with the title "DIY Swirl Bracelets"

Materials for Swirl Bracelets

  • Fabric paint in various colors
  • Plastic freezer bag or other thick plastic
  • Paintbrush or toothpick

Video Instructions

Instructions to make DIY Swirl Bracelets

Place a plastic freezer bag or the thick plastic on your work surface. You’ll create the DIY bracelets on the plastic.

Choose one color of fabric paint and make two uneven rows of dots. They should be spaced apart the width you would like your swirl bracelet to be. In my case, I made them about 1/2″ to 3/4″ apart.

Painting two uneven rows of dots with pink fabric paint

The length of the adjustable bracelet will be determined by how long you paint on the dots. Therefore measure your wrist and add 1 inch to it. For example, I made mine 6 inches long because my wrist is about 5 inches. This will allow room to adjust the bracelet for comfort.

Choose another color of fabric paint and add dots next to the ones you already made.

Adding dots light pink fabric paint between dots of bright pink fabric paint on a ziploc frezer bag

Continue filling in as many colors of dots as you would like until almost all of the space is filled in.

I personally like to combine different colors and types of fabric paint. In this one I included glitter and metallic paints for a fun effect.

Dots of white, pinks, and purple fabric paint on a ziploc freezer bag

Take the back of a paintbrush and starting on one end, move it in a figure-8 pattern through the paint.

Tip: You can use whatever you would like to make the swirl. I happened to use a paintbrush, but you can use something like a toothpick, popsicle stick, skewer, straw, etc.

Using the back of a paintbrush to swirl purple, pink, and white fabric paint

You can also go back down in the other direction to make the colors swirl even more. There’s really no wrong way to make the swirl bracelets.

Swirling the last of three swirl bracelets made of fabric paint. One is pinks and purples, one is red, white and silver, and the last is red, black, and white

Let them dry completely and carefully peel them off of the plastic.

Tip: Don’t let the bottoms of the bracelets touch when peeling them off. The bottoms will stick together when freshly peeled and won’t be able to come apart.

Peeling off stretchy fabric paint DIY bracelets from a plastic freezer bag

Now your fabric paint bracelets are ready to wear. Simply wrap them around your wrist and allow it to overlap, sticking to itself.

As long as the bottom touches the top, you’ll be able to unstick it. What’s also fun is the fabric paint gives them some stretch so you can play around with the stretchy bracelets.

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Peeling off white, pink, ready and glitter fabric paint swirl bracelet from around wrist

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Two bracelets made of fabric paint. One is red, silver, and white, and the other is black and red with glitter. The text reads "DIY Swirl Bracelets"

Swirl Bracelets

Learn how to make swirl bracelets. These DIY adjustable bracelets are incredibly easy to make, making them a great craft for kids, but they come out absolutely beautiful, making them also great for adults.
Yield 1 Bracelet
Project Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins

Materials
  

  • Fabric Paint (Various colors)

Equipment

  • Paintbrush or Toothpick
  • Plastic Bag

Instructions
 

  • Choose one color of fabric paint and make two uneven rows of dots on the plastic bag. They should be spaced apart the width you would like your swirl bracelet to be.
    Painting two uneven rows of dots with pink fabric paint
  • Choose another color of fabric paint and add dots next to the ones you already made.
    Adding dots light pink fabric paint between dots of bright pink fabric paint on a ziploc frezer bag
  • Continue filling in as many colors of dots as you would like until almost all of the space is filled in.
    Dots of white, pinks, and purple fabric paint on a ziploc freezer bag
  • Take the back of a paintbrush and starting on one end, move it in a figure-8 pattern through the paint.
    Using the back of a paintbrush to swirl purple, pink, and white fabric paint
  • Let them dry completely and carefully peel them off of the plastic.
    Peeling off stretchy fabric paint DIY bracelets from a plastic freezer bag
  • Wrap the swirl bracelet around your wrist and allow it to overlap, sticking to itself.
    Peeling off white, pink, ready and glitter fabric paint swirl bracelet from around wrist

Video

Notes

The length of the adjustable bracelet will be determined by how long you paint on the dots. Therefore measure your wrist and add 1 inch to it. This will allow room to adjust the bracelet for comfort.
Keyword Accessory, Bracelet, DIY, fabric paint, Glitter, Jewelry, Swirl

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