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Milagros (miracle) charm bracelet

String a lively bracelet inspired by Mexico
Milagros charm bracelet

The milagros (Spanish for “miracle”) in this lively bracelet come from southern Mexico. These lightweight, roughly crafted charms were once made by milagreros in backyard workshops; today, few people are able to earn a living from this craft. The milagros are shaped in the image of body parts, livestock, fruit, vegetables, and praying figures. Believers pin milagros onto the wooden shrines of saints to ask for healing or protection, or to show gratitude for prayers answered. These icons have become popular outside of the religious realm and play an influential role in the folk cultures of the southern United States, Mexico, Latin America, and Spain.

For instructions on making the bracelet, read below or download the free project PDF above.

Supplies

  • 10–20 18–32 mm milagros with attached jump rings ($3–10)
  • 15 g 6/0 seed beads in five colors ($8)
  • 2 five-hole (or longer) spacer bars ($4)
  • ribbon elastic
  • crimp cover for each knot (optional)
  • chainnose or crimping pliers (optional)
  • G-S Hypo Cement
  • scissors
  • sewing needle

Milagros from Alamo Imports, stores.ebay.com/alamo-imports. Check your local bead store for supplies.

Tip!

Design alternatives

To simplify the bracelet, skip the spacer bars. String just three strands in one color and add one milagro. 

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