This Instructable will take you through the process of creating a handsome cuff bracelet from leather and a metal ruler that looks great on both men and women.  The total cost for the Ruler and Leather Cuff Bracelet should be right around 10 dollars for all the materials and you'll end up with enough materials left over to make a several more bracelets provided you buy a few extra metal rulers.  This is a quick project that can be finished in less than an hours and doesn't require many tools.  Enjoy!

  • Leather Belt -  Can be found for only a few dollars at your local thrift store.  Try to find a belt that is 100% leather as opposed to one that only looks like leather and is actually composed of several layers of various materials.
  • Small Metal Ruler - Check out your local tool store or craft store.  You'll want to find a thin ruler that will be easy to bend.
  • Rapid Rivets - Available from Michael's Crafts.  They sell two different packs, one pack includes just the rivets and one pack includes the rivets and the set tool.  If you don't have the set tool make sure to buy the pack that has it.
  • Button Snaps - Same deal as the Rapid Rivets, you can buy them at Michael's Crafts and they sell a pack that includes just snaps and a pack that includes the set tools.  Again get the pack that has the set tools if you don't already have them.

  • Drill and Drill Bits
  • Hammer
  • Ruler
  • Utility Knife
  • Saw for Cutting Metal
  • Rapid Rivet Set Tool
  • Button Snap Set Tool
  • Large Pipe Clamp
  • Flat Screw Driver
  • Wooden Template of your Wrist

Step 1: Measuring Your Wrist

The first step to making a great bracelet is measuring your wrist and there are several ways to do it.
  • Flexible Tape - the simplest and most accurate way to measure your wrist, simply wrap the flexible tape around your wrist and where it meets is the diameter of your wrist. This is the method that is pictured and you can see that my wrist measures roughly 7 3/4" in circumference.
  • String and Ruler - Wrap string around your wrist and mark where the string meets.  Next hold the string against a ruler and measure from the end of the string to the mark you made, this will give you the a measurement of the diameter of your wrist.
  • Old Bracelet or Watch - If you have an old bracelet or watch that fits particularly well you can lay it out and use it as a relative dimension for the bracelet you are making.

Tip - No matter what size your wrist ends up being it is always a good idea to add a little bit to your measurement so that your bracelet fits comfortably.  if you make your bracelet exactly the size of your wrist it will feel really tight when you put it on.  A good rule of thumb is to add about 1/4" for girls and about 1/2" for boys.  Also it's important to consider the width of your bracelet, wider bracelets feel tighter than thinner bracelets, so if you're using a belt that is particularly thick to make your cuff bracelet you may want to add some extra length to ensure a comfortable fit.
<p>Thank you I like it a lot and going to try it!</p>
<p>I know you posted this a long time ago but I would like to say thanks for this wonderful idea anyway.<br>I really like it.</p>
<p>Hi Akdil,</p><p>I'm glad you enjoyed the Instructable and I'm very impressed with your finished project, it looks awesome. Great work and thanks for posting!</p>
<p>thanks for the tip on the pipe clamp! I have been trying to bend a ruler evenly for a while!</p>
'I wore bracelets made from rulers, before it was cool'
<p>That is the most manly bracelet I have ever seen. Thank you so much for sharing and congratulations for Winning .</p>
<p>I really like this bracelet, all my belts were fake leather so I bought a small swatch from michaels with the snaps, and I think it looks great thanks for the 'ible!</p>
<p>I study mechanical engineering and listen to rock and similar.... I can't think of better jewelry I could posibly wear! :D</p>
<p>That is so beautiful. It's not easy to come up with jewelry that a man would actually wear, but I think some would not hesitate with this one.</p>
<p>Nice looking bracelet and a great tutorial. You got my vote. </p>
I am going to try this for my son. It looks cool <br>
Thanks deadon451, I'm glad you like the project and I hope your son thinks it's cool too!
Thanks for all the great compliments everyone, I'm glad you all enjoyed my Instructable!
This is quite fantastic. I love it!
can't find leather bits around where i live, just a fake leather fabric
I think i will be watching garage sales for an old ruler or 2.
nice idea! can be hady to have too
Nice work.
Wow really nice instructable, just not sure if i can sacrifice my only metal ruler. Again fantastic.
Nice work! For clarity you may want to change &quot;diameter&quot; to&quot;circumference&quot;in step 1.
Thanks for catching that for me DMeyeer111, the change has been made :)
nice work looks awesome
super slick ;)
looks awesome

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