Why Are Bracelets So Hard To Put On?

Bracelets are a great way to make a subtle fashion statement. But, unfortunately, they are also challenging to put on without help. So why exactly is this jewelry so challenging to get on? 

Bracelets are so hard to put on because you only have one hand to fasten a tiny clasp. Some clasp types and materials increase the difficulty because they’re harder to hold onto and close. Because of the difficulty, getting help to fasten a bracelet is often the easiest option. 

In the rest of this article, I’ll discuss the best bracelet fastening methods and how to apply them if you need to close a bracelet by yourself. So, if you want to learn more about getting bracelets on more easily, read on. 

How To Fasten Bracelets Easier

Struggling to put on a bracelet is a universal experience. It’s frustrating when you finally get the clasp and are about to close it, only for the other side to slip away. Luckily, you can avoid this frustration with a couple of easy tricks, which I’ll discuss below. 

The Tape Method 

First, one of the simplest ways to get a bracelet on is to use tape. Many times when you go to attach your jewelry, the bracelet strings escape, and when only using one hand, this is frustrating. 

With the tape method, the bracelet will better stay in place, ensuring you can quickly clasp it. 

To use this method, you’ll need to acquire some tape. It can be any kind, preferably something that will be gentle on your skin and come off easily. Painters or scotch tape is an excellent option if you have some lying around. 

How to fasten a bracelet using tape:

  1. Tear a small section of tape. It must be long enough to cover the bracelet and a little of your skin on either side. 
  2. Use the piece of tape to secure the bracelet to your wrist. The goal is to stop the bracelet from moving or escaping as you try to clasp it. Typically, taping it on the inside of your wrist is best since it gives the bracelet less room to fall away near the clasp. 
  3. Lay your wrist sideways on a solid surface to pin the bracelet down further. You want the clasp to be easily accessible but easy to keep hold of. 
  4. Fasten the clasp without lifting your wrist. Try not to lift your wrist as you clasp the bracelet. However, you can lean your wrist a little to give yourself more room. 

The Paper Clip Method 

Another excellent method is the paper clip, a great option if you don’t want to waste tape or have sensitive skin. This method is simple and convenient — almost everyone has a paper clip at home. 

To fasten your bracelet using a paper clip, you’ll need a paper clip and your bracelet. While the type of paper clip doesn’t matter, ensure that the metal fits through the bracelet’s clasp. 

How to fasten a bracelet using a paper clip:

  1. Open the paper clip leaving a hook at the end. For this trick to work, the paper clip needs to be unraveled but still have the ability to attach to the bracelet. Be careful not to pinch the hook too close together, or it might get caught. 
  2. Thread the paper clip through the bracelet end. The paper clip will hold onto the end of the bracelet so you can quickly get it to the clasp. 
  3. Wrap the bracelet around your wrist and hold the top part of the paper clip. Your available fingers should move to secure the straight metal and, in doing so, hold the bracelet around your wrist in place. 
  4. Use your available hand to secure the clasp. Once the clasp is securely placed, you can remove the paper clip. 

The Bobby Pin Method 

A bobby pin is an excellent alternative if you don’t have many paper clips. You don’t have to severely bend the pin to fasten your bracelet. Also, it’s effortless, and most households containing females have several lying around. 

To accomplish this method, grab your bobby pin and get started.

How to fasten a bracelet using a bobby pin:

  1. Find the end of the bracelet and thread the bobby pin through. It would be best if you didn’t have to bend or pinch the pin to get it through the loop. 
  2. Place the bobby pin (with the bracelet attached) into your palm. Then, use your fingers to secure the bobby pin in place. 
  3. Wrap the bracelet around your wrist. Pull the chain behind your wrist to the front for the easiest clasping. 
  4. Do up the clasp with your free hand. Once clasped, remove the bobby pin, and you’re done. 

If you’re more of a visual learner, check out this short video that shows how to easily use a bobby pin to put on your bracelet:

The Fastening Tool Method 

Lastly, if you want a less DIY method, you can always purchase a jewelry fastening tool. These tools are incredibly effective and fantastic if you regularly struggle with getting bracelets. 

If you don’t already own one, I recommend Miles Kimball’s Bracelet Helper Tool (available on Amazon). This tool is great because it has a small metal mouth that easily grasps your bracelet so you can hold it to clasp it. Additionally, the tool is long enough to hold in one hand without feeling awkward or difficult. 

How to clasp a bracelet using a fastener tool: 

  1. Grip the end of the bracelet using the fastening tool. Typically, the end of the bracelet is considered the side the clasp clips onto, and it will generally have a looped or circular shape. 
  2. Hold the end of the fastening tool. The hand holding the end of the fastener is the one wearing the bracelet. Gripping the fastener will hold the end of the bracelet in place while you clasp it. 
  3. Wrap the bracelet around your wrist. The rest of the bracelet should travel behind the hand holding the fastener and appear on the other side. 
  4. Use your free hand to clasp the bracelet together. Once tightened, remove the tool and stash it somewhere close for the next time. 

This tool is handy if you struggle with getting bracelets on. However, it’s essential to be careful when using the tool as it can scratch softer metals. So do your best to ensure the fastener doesn’t wiggle around too much while holding the bracelet. 


Ultimately, the main reason bracelets are so challenging to put on is that you only have one hand to do it. Also, you’re working with an item that easily slips out of your hand and has a tiny clasp that requires precision to close. 

Luckily you’re not alone in this struggle, which is why people have developed these hacks to make bracelet-wearing a little easier. 

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