Sunday, May 6, 2012

Scrunched Paper Bangles

Hi Crafters!

It's the first Monday of the month and time for the Designer Crafts Connection blog hop.  This month, we're featuring easy jewelry designs.  I can't wait to see the designs this month.  It was a tough choice for me to figure out what to present.  I love jewelry of all kinds and the easier the better.  I finally decided to show you one of the many paper jewelry designs I've made.  This one is a Scrunched Paper Bangle, and not only is it easy, it's very inexpensive to make.  The main ingredients are paper bags and tacky glue!  So, read along and see what I did.

First gather the materials:

Heavy paper bag cut into 4 strips

Tacky glue  - (I used Aleene's (R) Original Tacky Glue (R) and the kind folks there did provide me with   some samples.)

Acrylic Paint

Satin varnish

You'll need scissors and a paintbrush, too.

Measure around your fist and add two inches.  Cut four paper strips this length and three inches or 1 1/2 inches wide.

Glue the ends of one strip together with the print side out.

Glue a second strip around the first with the ends at a different point.  Add the third.  Glue the last one on with the unprinted side out.

While the glue is still wet, scrunch the bangle by pushing in on the edges.  Go all the way around the bangle until it looks the way you like.

Paint the bangles with acrylic paint.  You can use all one color, two colors like these or any way you like.  When the paint is dry, add a layer of sealer. You can also add embellishments like jewels or buttons.

I hope you enjoyed this easy paper bag jewelry idea and that you'll hop around and see what the other designers have for you this month! 

Happy Crafting!


  1. Terry, I LOVE this!!
    Will have to try this with my church girls class.

    1. I'm sure they'll have fun with it. The possibilities are limitless as far as decorating them.

  2. This is a super cute idea for recycled brown paper bags Terry. It really does look quick and easy, and you can customize them!

  3. Terry, I love this! My daughter likes unique jewelry to wear to all the LSU football games and she likes bold! I do believe she will adore these in purple and gold. Thanks for sharing :)

  4. What a great project this would be for a classroom!

  5. How cool and clever! I love how they are endlessly customizable! Fabulous!

  6. Thank you very much is very pretty and easy to made

  7. Terry is very pretty and easy to made thank you ☺

  8. Hey there! I've been reading your site for a long time now and
    finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Humble Texas!
    Just wanted to tell you keep up the fantastic job!

    1. Thanks so much for the encouragement! It's so nice of you to take the time to comment.