Grungeboard Bracelet

by Beate Johns

Create a bracelet out of Grungeboard™.


  • One sheet of Grungeboard (5"x 7 7/8")

  • Hobby blade

  • Acrylic paint

  • Hinge fastener

  • Crop-a-Dile™

  • Sanding tool

  • Scissors

  • Dark ink (Walnut Stain Distress ink used here)

  • Blending tool

  • Embellishments


  1. Step 1

    Cut the Grungeboard to the desired width.

  2. The sample measures 1 1/2" wide.

  3. Step 2

    Round the corners of the strip with scissors.

    The Crop-A-Dile™ Corner Chomper also works to round the corners of Grungeboard.

  4. Step 3

    Paint the front of your bracelet. Let dry.

    When using embossed Grungeboard, the front will be the side with the raised pattern.
    If using plain Grungeboard, you can emboss it with an embossing folder before painting.

  5. Flip the bracelet over and paint the back.

  6. Step 4

    Sand the front of the bracelet.

  7. This will remove the acrylic paint from the raised pattern. Clean the dust off the bracelet with a cloth.

  8. Step 5

    Sponge dark ink onto the sanded Grungeboard.

  9. Step 6

    Spray a piece of cloth lightly with water.

  10. Wipe the Grungeboard gently with the damp cloth. The dark ink will come off the painted areas, staining only the sanded areas.

  11. Step 7 (Optional)

    Paint the piece with Pearl acrylic paint for a soft shimmer.

  12. Step 8

    Center a 3/16" hole punch on one end of your strip and punch a hole.

  13. Hint:
    Offset the hole punch just a tad and punch again for a slightly bigger hole. It will make it easier to close the bracelet.

  14. Step 9

    Fold the other end of the strip behind the end with the punched hole.

  15. Step 10

    Keeping the bracelet closed, punch a 1/8" hole through the bigger hole.

  16. Step 11

    Place the screw end of your hitch fastener through the 1/8" hole.

  17. Screw on the top of the fastener.

  18. Step 12

    Close your bracelet.

  19. Add embellishments.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Grungeboard Bracelet. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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Very nice! Were do you gungerboard?
Joan  |  Wed Jun 2, 2010 at 5:15 AM
You can buy grungeboard at Michael's craft stores and many others. You can see more into on grungeboard at .
Nancy S  |  Wed Jun 2, 2010 at 5:30 AM
This is wonderful. I have plenty of grundge to do this and my dd will love doing this with me
lucy  |  Wed Jun 2, 2010 at 5:33 AM
These would make adorable napkin ring holders too! Thanks for the tutorial.
Valorie  |  Wed Jun 2, 2010 at 5:46 AM
Love it! My daughter and her friends will have a blast making these. LOVE Valeries idea for napkin more party presentation idea! THANKS!
Shelly K  |  Wed Jun 2, 2010 at 7:40 AM
LOVE THIS - so folky and quaint - wonderful idea!!
Laurie  |  Wed Jun 2, 2010 at 7:54 AM
Love this! especially for the napkin ring use.
What is the actual lb. weight of "Grunge Board"? 70lb..80lb?
I would hate to purchase card stock I already have. As an art director I have many samples of varies weight paper and card stock.
so using my stash would be ideal. I have the other Tim Holtz products.
Thanks a bunch
Tinalouise  |  Wed Jun 2, 2010 at 8:12 AM
Love this tutorial, Beate! I was supposed to make fake leather bracelets as a VBS craft this year for our Western theme. I ordered all of the supplies to make these with the kids. They will LOVE them!
Lori Craig  |  Wed Jun 2, 2010 at 8:18 AM
This is so darn cute, Beate! What a great idea! Thanks for another fabulous tutorial! :D
Emily Niehaus  |  Wed Jun 2, 2010 at 10:22 AM
Wow!! I need to try this with a Ben 10 or Spidey theme for my 3-year old son grin He has been asking me to get him a superhero bracelet.

Thanks so much!!

Smita  |  Wed Jun 2, 2010 at 10:32 AM
This looks like such fun and I have most of the supplies, but I cannot find the hinge fastener anywhere. I've been to Hobby Lobby, Michael's and a bead store this morning, but no luck. Any ideas on where to find it? Thanks.

Shelia  |  Wed Jun 2, 2010 at 11:27 AM
BRILLIANT!! WTG Beate! Hugs! smile
BevMom/Bev Rousch  |  Wed Jun 2, 2010 at 11:33 AM
Oh my gosh how cool is this bracelet. I love it and plan on making some of my own. Thanks for sharing your very clever idea;)
Jean  |  Wed Jun 2, 2010 at 12:09 PM
Where did you get the hinge fastners?
Jean  |  Wed Jun 2, 2010 at 12:13 PM
This is gorgeous. Wowzers Beate, I love how this turned out -- Superb creativity!
Pat (mspfd)  |  Wed Jun 2, 2010 at 1:53 PM
You continue to amaze - thanks for sharing! Now I have to find the this project.
Maureen in CA  |  Wed Jun 2, 2010 at 4:39 PM
This is brilliant! Now to track down those hinge fasteners....none of my typical sources have them -boo!
Cheryl  |  Wed Jun 2, 2010 at 5:03 PM
I found hitch fastners and grundgeboard at They are on 30% off.

Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Hitch Fasteners - 12PK/Antique Metallics # 2034841
reg. $3.99 sale $2.79

Tim Holtz Grungeboard Basics - 10PK/Plain
# 2082618 reg. $9.99 sale $6.99

Hope that helps!
Ellen Barner  |  Wed Jun 2, 2010 at 5:28 PM
Wow I really love this very nice.
Tina Smith  |  Wed Jun 2, 2010 at 6:40 PM
Oh I love this. but will have to see if I can find a different type of fastener locally to use. My GS troop would probably really enjoy making these.
martha  |  Wed Jun 2, 2010 at 7:29 PM

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