How to Shorten Pura Vida Bracelets

how to shorten pura vida bracelets for small wristsOk, here’s the real problem with having teeny wrists. Nothing fits on them! ?? It’s quite frustrating when you find the cutest little bracelets and watches but they are so lose. Well I don’t have the solution for all the bracelets in the world but I do have a solution for Pura Vida Bracelets

How to Shorten Pura Vida Bracelets




Size It Up

So let’s talk about sizing. First you’ll have to see how much you can shorten your bracelet in order to still be able to get it on.

To do this,  simply put on the bracelet and tighten. Slowly slide the ties until you can roll the bracelet off your hand. Don’t worry about it being a little tight because the new knots you make will move a little. 


The Knot

Now that you have your size, carefully slide the bracelet off your wrist. Now you can make two new overhand knots

You want to make sure that your knots slide all the way down to the base of the bracelet slider thingy ?. Pull the bracelet like you were opening it to its full length and pull pretty tight. This will help tighten the knots and this is where your knot will move just a little. Don’t skip this step because you don’t want your knots to loosen after you have shortened the bracelet. 



Clip It

Now it’s time to commit yourself to your bracelet size. It might be a good idea so try and slip on your bracelet one more time before you cut off the old length. 

Once you’re ready to commit, cut just above the new knots. You should have a little end sticking out.



Burn Baby, Burn

Last step of this tough process, I promise ?. 

That little end sticking out? Burn it with a lighter but only to the knot. Then give it a little tap with your finger to help it cool and set. And that’s it! You’re ready to rock your Pura Vida bracelets on your teeny little wrist. 

how to shorten pura vida bracelets for small wrists

how to shorten pura vida bracelets for small wrists

And there you have it! Now you can wear those pretty Pura Vida bracelets without all the annoying long strings hanging all over the place. ???

I hope you try this out for yourself! It’s a game changer and you’ll be wishing you did this earlier. 




  1. January 17, 2018 / 11:06 AM

    Never thought of using a lighter to seal it!

    • Christine
      May 15, 2018 / 8:57 AM

      Yeah it’s so easy! Or you can use the stove. 🙂

  2. January 17, 2018 / 2:43 PM

    I love how easy Pura Vida bracelets are to style! I don’t have the problem with small wrists, but these are some great tips.

    Renae | renaekarissa.com

  3. January 18, 2018 / 7:15 AM

    I almost never wear bracelets because I have small wrists but with this trick, I think I’ll be getting more bracelets this year! What a great idea!

  4. January 18, 2018 / 7:19 AM

    I’ve always wanted to try out some of these bracelets and this will be so helpful if I need to shorten them! Great post; definitely pinning for later!
    xo, G

  5. the sophia diaries
    January 18, 2018 / 7:43 AM

    oh this is so cool! i don’t wear those kinds of bracelets anymore because i always lose them since i wear them in the shower xD

  6. January 18, 2018 / 8:03 AM

    This is so smart! I’m not a huge bracelet person because I find them annoying when I am typing at work, but I could definitely wear something like this!

  7. January 18, 2018 / 9:57 AM

    I have so many Pura Vida bracelets that are way too long! I’ll definitely have to try this

  8. January 19, 2018 / 7:03 PM

    I’d love to purchase some Pura Vida bracelets to wear.

  9. January 22, 2018 / 11:24 AM

    These bracelets are so cute! Pura Vida is the Costa Rican motto, and I loved seeing these when I visited last year!
    Tori || Victori Media

  10. January 25, 2018 / 12:29 PM

    I don’t really wear bracelets, but this is a fantastic idea for those that don’t want to stay on! I’ll have to keep this in the back of my head!

  11. January 29, 2018 / 9:09 AM

    Ahhhh this is so helpful! My mom and I have the tiniest wrists, and she is OBSESSED with Pura Vida bracelets! She always buys them in bulk on Black Friday and gives them away as gifts all year – but she can’t wear them herself on her little wrists! I will send her this!

  12. Lindsey Choate
    July 18, 2018 / 8:02 AM

    This is so helpful! I hate how long the strings are when I have all my bracelets on my wrist! Thank you 🙂

    • Christine
      July 18, 2018 / 8:20 AM

      I know it’s so annoying haha! I’m glad it helped!

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