Turn Zippers Into Great Accessories

Turning unconventional materials into wearable accessories is awesome. Today, it’s tackling zippers! Here are 5 simple, beautiful ways to create bracelets, cuffs, and bangles out of metal, plastic, and repurposed zippers.

Materials:
– zippers
– E-6000 quick hold contact adhesive
– velcro or snap buttons
– leather crimps + clasps
– Tools: needle nose pliers, sharp scissors

First thing to do is get your zippers! You can get them for $1 a piece. And if you’re really on a repurposing kick, you can steal one from an old hoodie or that dirty windbreaker you’ve been hanging on to since the late ’80s.

1. Zipper Bangles

These bangles are sweet, and have a definite friendship bracelet vibe.

Use colored zippers for these, in whatever colors you like. Cut close to the zip so that there’s almost no fabric on the sides and measure around your wrist. Cut any excess zipper but make sure it can still zip!

Attach cord ends so that you can add a clasp and loop. Repeat with each color and you’re done!

 

2. Braided Cuff

For this one, you’ll want a zipper with some contrast.

Here is a  black zipper with gold teeth. Cut it in half and then unzip so you have four pieces. Discard one. Clamp three with a leather crimp and braid! Add a crimp to the other end, clasp, and done.

 

3. Denim Bracelet

This one is silly simple!

Get a zipper with a more interesting material like denim. Cut it down to the size of your wrist. Clamp one end and twist. Clamp the other end. Zip or unzip, and rock it!

Found on Brit& Co.

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~ by Colorful Soul on 10/18/2012.

One Response to “Turn Zippers Into Great Accessories”

  1. Love your post these are very good ideas!

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