DIY Payal (Indian Anklets)

diy payal, jhanjra, jhanranPayal (or jhanjran as they were called in my traditional Punjabi home), are anklets worn by Indian women, and usually have ghungroo  attached to them. Ghungroo are little bell shaped baubles that make noise as you walk. Depending on the number and size of ghungroo your payal could give off a demure romantic chime, or announce loud and clear that you are on your way into the room!

I’ve loved payal since I was a little girl and wore them pretty much religiously until I was about 17 years old. That summer I went to visit some family in London and one of my older ‘cooler’ cousins told me they sound like cowbells. I was young and impressionable, so from that point on I only wore them to Indian parties where the sound of the blaring music would drown out the ‘cham- cham’ of my payal. 

Earlier this year I was showing off my city to a few girlfriends, and while shopping I spotted a pair of beautiful pink and gold stone payal, and my love affair was rekindled. I probably haven’t gone a day since then without wearing a pair, and have been itching to buy more. Of course this leads us to today’s project: DIY payal. 

Th ese are the simplest type of payal you can make, and it took me about 15 minutes to make this set! Honestly, the hardest part of this diy was finding an Indian store that would sell me these ghungroo. diy payal pink chai living

DIY Payal

Supplies
Gold chain
Jump rings
Lobster clasp
Individual ghungroo (try your local Indian shops, if that doesn’t work you can order online)
Jewellery pliers

If you are new to jewelry making projects you can always check out the dollar store before investing in a lot of supplies. I’ve seen a lot of tools there recently, and it’s a great way to test out a hobby before committing.

Stepsdiy payal pink chai livingStart by cutting your gold chain to the length you want you payal to be. I used a pair I already had to measure, If you don’t have a pair, just wrap the chain around your ankle and size it. 

Next, decide how much space you want between each of your ghungroo. I went this 1.25″. I decided to eyeball the spacing all the way around. If you want a more precise look, use a Sharpie to mark the exact spacing.

Now we start adding the individual ghungroo…diy payalStart by opening the jump ring with your plier and slip it through the ghungroo.diy payalInsert the jump ring through the chain at your pre-determined intervals and squeeze the ring closed. Don’t apply too much pressure when closing or the jump ring will loose it’s shape or break.  Continue adding ghungroo until you get to the end of the chain, then add a lobster clasp.diy payalThe lobster clasp finishes the payal on the ends. I would suggest buying a better quality lobster clasp from your local bead store or Michael’s. The dollar store version doesn’t cut it. 

Just like that you are ready to hit the road and rock your new payal with a pair of cute mojris {Punjabi shoes}diy payal

 

Images by: Aziz Dhamani

PS: I also pair my payal with high heels which I think is a perfect evening look!

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9 Comments

  1. May 25, 2015 / 9:51 am

    Such a great DIY! Never thought to make my own payals before. I have a heavy dancer style ones from India that I’m obsessed with and always wear whenever I can. Love your khussas as well.

  2. salmadinani
    May 25, 2015 / 9:42 pm

    I actually love anklets or payal. I don’t know why I stopped wearing them. Love the simple DIY.

    • May 28, 2015 / 6:27 am

      Such a great alternative to ghungroo! Thanks for sharing your find & taking the time to comment :)

  3. July 14, 2015 / 3:00 am

    Hey Raj…, Its beautiful payal having small piece of ghungroo, its stylish and i would also like to wear it.

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