Willy Nilly Bracelet Tutorial

You all know (if you’re a frequent FT visitor) that I love doing knockoffs, particularly Anthropologie . . .

I thought it would be fun to do another Anthro knockoff – this time the super cute Willy Nilly Bracelet.
How much do you love that name???

Here’s my version:

Willy Nilly Bracelet

And here’s the inspiration:

This is a great design because you can raid your stash to make up the different layers – pretty much anything goes. See? Willy Nilly.  ;)
It’s also a super easy bracelet to do.

You’ll need:

Assortments of beads. Enough for 3 strands of 3 different beads and 1 strand of whatever you have and want to throw in there.
Scrap of fabric for tie
Stretchy bead cord – I used .7 mm
8 crimp beads
Needle nose pliers

Start by measuring your wrist. Add 1/2″ to this measurement.
Then add three inches to that – and cut 4 strands of stretchy cord this length.
(So my wrist is 6 1/2″ – I cut 4 10″ strands.)

Thread the first style of bead onto one of the cords.

Continue threading your beads until the strand measures 7″ (or the width of your wrist + 1/2″).
Thread a crimp bead onto each end.

Tie a knot in the cording.

Feed each end of the cord back through a crimp bead.

Using the pliers (grab hubby’s if you don’t have any. Manly tools work too.) squeeze the crimp beads so that they are tight around the cording.
Cut the loose ends of the cords off.

Repeat this two other times with two more different types of beads.

For the last strand, gather an assortment of beads. You can even cut up old necklaces if you have any lying around.
Make one small loop of beads just like the strands you’ve done, with only 4 or five beads.

Thread them on randomly, or willy nilly (I know. Enough already.) and finish the cording as before.

Cut a scrap section of fabric for your tie. Treat the ends with fray check so it doesn’t fray all over the place.

Layer the four strands together so the crimped ends are in line.

Knot the fabric around the crimped sections, tying all four strands together.

And you’re done!

The possibilities with this bracelet are pretty much endless.
You could do different color combinations or bead styles, or you could do 2 or 3 small strands for the little girls on your gift lists!
Wouldn’t this be sweet with some little pearls and charms for those princesses you know?

What do you think? I’d love to know.

Or you can tell me something random.
What is your favorite Elvis movie?
(Blue Hawaii baby)
What did you eat for breakfast?
When was the last time you ate chocolate?
(um. now?)


  • Reply June 27, 2014


    When I have a link to enter, every ” knockoff” piece that I have seen, is interesting! You do fabulous work.
    I haven’t tried any yet. I’m building the stash. Thank you for the inspiration!

  • Reply July 21, 2014


    This is dog-gone darling! I am making one this afternoon with all the beads that I have that I don’t know what to do with. Do you think 1/2 inch larger than your wrist is enough? I have never made any jewelry-I just don’t like tight stuff on my wrist. Need you expert opinion!

    • July 21, 2014


      I think that would be fine Kathy! You’ll have a little stretch with this one so that will help. I would measure out then length you think you want (1/2″ larger than your wrist) and then wrap it around you wrist, see how it feels. Don’t forget that if you are using really big beads that will make it feel smaller. Hope that helps – I would love to see a photo when you’re finished! :)

  • Reply October 6, 2014


    The bracelet is gorgeous!! Not only that but very do-able… even by my very, very beginner status! :-D. Love the tie accent, really makes it an eye catcher. Thank-you so much for sharing your talent and tutorial! All my girls (6) will be thrilled with their Christmas bracelets this year! First though I need to make mine & I know just the beads for my “Willy Nilly” strand!

    • October 6, 2014


      Yay Cyndie, I’m so glad you like them!! I’d love to see a photo when you finish – and what a great idea to make them for gifts! Thanks!

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  • Reply April 1, 2015


    Oh I will be making this!! Will be lovely for Summer. Thank you for the inspiration xxx

  • Reply July 20, 2015


    Time goes by way too fast in the mornings when I should be getting ready for work..

  • Reply April 2, 2016


    Your bracelet is even prettier than the original :D

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