DIY: Lanyard Bracelet

DIY: Lanyard Bracelet

Nothing gets us giddy like a great collection of wrist flair. Mastering the skill of mixing and matching one’s arm candy has become a bit of an art lately. That said, we’ve come up the perfect DIY to tailor a new piece of arm flair to your current collection. Funny enough, it harks back to our days of playing Red Rover and acing games of handball on the blacktop… Today we’re putting a twist on a once-forgotten skill with our DIY Lanyard Bracelet. Check it out…

Here’s what you will need:

DIY: Lanyard Bracelet
Two notes…

  • Your chain should be about 3 to 4 inches. You should be able to wrap it half-way around your wrist.
  • Each piece of lanyard should be at least 2 feet long.


And here’s how to do it:

DIY: Lanyard Bracelet
Once you have woven enough of the lanyard to close the chain around your wrist, tie it off on the other end of the chain so you create a small bracelet that you can slide onto your wrist. (To keep the closure extra secure, we melted the knotted ends using a lighter.) And voila–you’ve got yourself a pretty little addition to your wrist collection!

DIY: Lanyard Bracelet
We adore the sweet little pop of color the lanyard adds. It’s playful, chic, and unexpected. Plus it’s a surefire conversation starter. We constantly wear ours out and more often than not someone will inevitably say, “Is that a lanyard? OMG, I totally made those when I was in summer camp as a kid! Love it!”

Are you going to give this DIY a try? Which colors are you going to use?

Also, do you have another fun DIY that’s a revamped version of something you used to love when you were young? Share it in the comments below.

XO Team LC

P.S. All of the materials used in this DIY can be found at your local craft store (the chain will be in the jewelry supply aisle).

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  • Melissa Panici

    Wow I love this! I would use a brown or tan since that always looks best on my skin. I can’t wait to try this! Thanks:)

  • Deanne Castro

    Nice! I remeber doing these gimp bracelets at camp!

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  • fiorela vorpsi

    i like it but it doesn’t look easy to do :(

  • Valeria Alvarez

    Just love it!!! it seems so easy to do!!!! and here in my country this type of bracelets cost a lot!!!


    <3 Val

  • Simona Tomeckova

    It looks great! I made “”

  • Martin M

    So perfect, Im gonna love it especially with neon colors! Think its gonna look amazing : XOXO from Germany

  • erika heming

    I have so many things of lanyard that ive kept because I hate tossing crafty things so I am so glad this was posted!!

    A great way to mix chic and classic together:D

  • Sabrina Ramirez

    Love it! Definitely trying this!

  • Jackie Kempton

    Love it!..but love that Michael Kors watch even more :)

  • Gabrielle Noack

    Is there any way you can explain your pictures more? Would love to do this but I have no idea what you are doing.

  • Anaiis Anaiis

    Love it. Thanks LC for the great idea.

    xoxo from France 😉

  • Kelby Peachey

    LOL!!! I remember making these at camp many years ago. I remember making these do a spiral and all sorts of fun things. HAHA! So funny. :)


  • My Style Diary

    Love this DIY! Brings back some memories :)

  • Jennifer VG

    Love those kind of bracelets! Chic and Casual :)

    Xo Jenn,

  • Lala

    This is so cute! I love it! Must try!

  • Bev

    I SOOOO remember these bracelets we used to make out of the plastic strings!! Love that you brought it back with some bling! xxo, Bev

  • elisabetta

    oh god!!simly amazing!!i’ve got soooo maaany lanyards!!

  • Ambi s

    Definitely going to give this a try! :-)

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  • candyheyn

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  • Lori Turner

    I used to make these all the time when I was in my first year of high school! In London, we called them ‘Scooby-Doos’!

  • Cesie Alvarez

    I love it! Love how it’s a mix between something that I loved making in Junior High and something that I would totally rockl now!

    Definitely cute and fun arm candy!

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  • Emilie

    haha I remember these were so cool in high school!

    xo Emilie @

  • mrsellieroop

    I used to make these all the time at camp. We would call this “”gimp”” though.

  • Gresly Trejo Valverde

    please someone can tell me how to aks for the lanyard in spanish??? , i’m from Peru and i don’t know how to ask for it at the stores…

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  • Meredeth King

    Gimp bracelet with new ideas! And the method of making it are similar to friendship bracelet, isn’t it? ^_^ Nice idea!!

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    DIY Jewelry Hanger, find out how step by step here!! :)

    Enjoy bloggers xxx

  • HistoryBeauty

    Very cute! I remember making lanyards in elementary school.

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    So cute! Brings me back to the friendship bracelet days!

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  • Sarah Chase

    I remember making these years ago! so fun!

  • Linh Ly

    love the hot pink bracelet! this is so cute! thanks for sharing!


  • Joana Byrnes

    I love the yellow one. It is perfect for my favorite dress. I love your website and thank you for sharing your great tutorial.


  • Cora Anderson

    Im totatly trying this! they look amazing(:

  • Judy Lee

    Love this idea :) and it just so happens that those neon colors are my favorite :)

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  • Kate Noto

    That is so cute I should try that

  • OKatherine

    This is amazing ! Thanks for sharing this ! Perfect for broken bracelets !!!!!

  • Andrea Hofer

    Can you tell me about that watch? Such a cool shape!

  • gabrielle

    where would i buy chain like that?

  • Hafsah

    the interactions are really unclear and hard to follow. Maybe a word description to go along with the pics?

  • Amber Rodelander

    Lauren I love this!! I am 32 lol and I am teaching my 9 year old how to do these bracelets. I love your website :)

  • Lia Puji Lestari

    What a wonderful DIY trick! I think I want to make some soon at home. Keep spreading good vibe, xoxoxo
    I made some of DIY Bracelets too. I’ve uploaded them here :



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