How to Make Painted Bangles

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Add simple embellishments to create one of the hottest accessories this season.
Paint on a design.
Apply the spray polyurethane.
Add simple embellishments to create one of the hottest accessories this season.

Add simple embellishments to create one of the hottest accessories this season.

Photo: Sloan Howard

Here's how you can add simple embellishments to a basic bangle and end up with a one-of-a-kind fashion piece. Come up with your own motif, or find a designer inspiration. Unfinished wooden bangles are the best to use, but you can also use finished-wood or even plastic bangles.

What You'll Need:
Wooden or plastic bangles
Acrylic paint such as Ceramcoat or DecoArt (Michaels.com)
Paint brushes in a variety of sizes
Spray polyurethane
Fine-gauge steel wool

Step 1: Prepare your bangle
For a finished wooden bangle, rub it with steel wool first to roughen the surface. The paint will adhere better. Study your inspiration, or sketch out your design ideas on paper.


Use steel wool to roughen the surface.

Step 2: Paint your design
Once you’ve settled on a design, paint it on. Let it dry. If you’re applying an all-over color, it may take two or three coats.


You can work freehand, or pencil your design on before you paint.

Step 3: Apply polyurethane
Apply a spray polyurethane. It will add a high-gloss look and seal in your work. Follow the directions included with the brand you choose.


Spray on a high-gloss finish to enhance and protect the painted design.

 

Photos by: Sloan Howard

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Comments (1)

Selva writes: Dear Deana May,

Wonderful. Can we get the details of how to paint the basic wooden bangles.
With Best Regards,
Selva
Posted: 11:43 am on June 27th
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