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DIY Ankle Cuffs

J.Crew Sandals | Anklets by Me

I have decided that anklets are going to be my thing this summer. But not just one anklet – oh, no. Two anklets. Matching anklets. One on each ankle. 

I decided this the other morning. I was drinking my morning coffee, when all of a sudden a pile of jewelry-making items was deposited on the table in front of me. Apparently Francesca had been thinking of making me matching anklets – one for each ankle! – for my birthday, but then realized, ugh, jewelry making, ugh, and decided that she would give me the idea, and then give me the stuff, and then let me go ahead and do the actual making of the things.

(And then, of course, ask me to make her one. You know, after I’d practiced a bit.)

It’s easy, you guys. And cheap. Which is good, because anklets, in my experience, have a habit of falling off, and I’d rather lose an anklet that cost $3, as opposed to $300, you know? (And besides, if you DIY your anklets, you can always just make another one.)

how to make ankle chains as anklets

What You Need:

  • A length of chain (most places sell it by the foot)
  • Wire cutters
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Jump rings
  • Clasp

how to make ankle chains as anklets

What You Do:

  1. First, measure out how much chain you’ll need simply by wrapping it around your ankle (remember: the clasp will add a little extra length). Use the wire cutters to cut it to your desired length.
  2. Use needle-nose pliers to open up the jump rings, and loop one onto each end of the chain.
  3. With the jump rings still open, thread a clasp onto each end of the chain, then use the needle-nose pliers to close the jump rings.

how to make ankle chains as anklets

That’s literally it. But if you’re not a DIY-er, I found a few shoppable options for you below. Just remember to get two 🙂

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