Making your own charms for a charm bracelet can be lots of fun and also a great way of adding new charms if your budget won’t allow you to buy any new ones. There are lots of different ways to make charms and if you are feeling brave enough, or want to challenge yourself, you could even try making the bracelet itself.
If however, you’d prefer to start off small, but still want to handmade look, then you could always look at ChloBo Charm Bracelets and add your own charms to an already well made bracelet.
What Type of charms Are You Designing?
Once you have an idea of the material your bracelet will be, you will need to attach your charms to it. You will need the same or similar colours and materials. A gold bracelet with silver charms may sound nice, but it might not work in practise.
Consider the size of the bracelet, that will enable you to be realistic about the size and amount of charms you can have without overloading the bracelet or making it look bad. If you don’t put on enough charms, it will look bare and unfinished. Put too many on, or charms that are too big then they can risk damaging the bracelet itself.
A good place to start is to add between 4 and 6 charms and to work your way up from there.
Charm Bracelet types
There are lots of different types out there, it really depends what you are looking for. There isn’t one that is better than the other; however each bracelet will alter the look you are trying to go for. Some materials will also look better, or may look fancier than others. The basic types are gold, silver, silver or gold plated, string and leather.
Who is it for?
If you do decide to make a charm bracelet, you might be considering making it as a gift for someone. Charm bracelets are great because you can personalise them for the person you have in mind. You can choose colours and materials they like and you could also use charm that makes you think of them. You can even add charms that are of a sentimental value to the wearer.
If however, you are unsure of what to put on the bracelet, there are plenty of craft shops that sell packs of charms for a relatively decent price. You can sometimes mix and match. Most charms have a meaning behind them. It’s up to you to decide if that particular charm works for you. Here is a list of a few popular ones and their meanings.
- Hearts- Hearts are always a good way to go as they can be interpreted in so many different ways. Giving a heart charm to a loved one shows your love and affection.
- Angels – You don’t have to feel spiritual or religious to consider an angel charm. Not only do they look nice, they also mean protection. A great gift idea for a loved one if you want them to know that you will protect them.
- Crosses- Going down a slightly religious route, crosses are quite popular for showing faith, but have also more recently become more of a fashion accessory. It is up to the wearer on how they want to interpret that.
- Daisies- daises can be seen as quite childish and innocent, so a great charm for a child bracelet.
- Dice- meaning luck or that the person likes to take risks. This is slightly different to the four leaf clover charm, which symbolises good luck. This is also similar to the horse shoe charm, but the horseshoe must have 7 holes for luck.
- Dog- giving someone a dog charm can be interpreted in one of two ways, either the person likes dogs and wants to be reminded of this, or alternatively you are telling them that you see them as a loyal person.
- Fairies- Symbolises mischief and youth
- Gardening charms – any charms with a garden related theme, from plant pots, to trowels. Anything garden related is a great addition to a green fingered enthusiast.
As you can see, this is just a small list of the many, many charms out there. Once you have a bracelet, or make your own, the possibilities are endless. If you get bored of a charm, or decide you don’t like it, you can swap it out for another one. If however you find that making a charm bracelet isn’t for you, but you do want one, then you should consider taking a look at ChloBo Handmade Jewellery as their handmade bracelets set a great base to work on and add your own charms.