Summer bracelets DIY When M. came home from her camp with school, she showed me this yellow bracelet she made with 'scoubidoo' strings. One of her friends taught her how to make these and of course I wanted to have a go at it too. Instead of scoubidou string I used strips of fabric for one and leather - what did you think?!- shoelaces in offsetting colors for another one. I believe both resulting bracelets look really nice. The possibilities in terms of material to braid with are endless. So, in case you 're in need of a fun summer project here's a how-to in 16 pictures with a short description below. This is what you'll need for an adult size leather bracelet. Steps: 1. This is the kind of craft you could easily do with kids - have them cut strips of fabric, no need to worry about the strips being straight and regular, and teach them how to braid. With special thanks to my little girl M. for teaching me how to make these...
DIY Ring Base A lot of you have been asking where to get ring bases for the projects here and here. When I can't find them in local craft stores, I make my own adjustable ring bases. Wanna make some, too? Materials: Wire (between 18 and 20 gauge) – I bought this wire from JoAnn's in the jewelry making section. Cut a piece of wire 6 inches long. Once the base is made, use E3000 glue or a brad to attach a fabric flower, button, or other fanciful item to the top of the spiral. The Real Deal: It costs less than $0.25 to make one ring base.
DIY Chevron Coasters Hey guys! So this is a super quick and cheap project that I LOVED making! And, I’m thinking they are a great gift idea for under $5! I love my Chevron Stocking Hangers so much and I wanted to continue the same pattern with another project. Being that I have been using the same boring, black, rubber coasters for years, it was time for a change. Off to Home Depot I went! I purchased these bone colored, 4×4 tiles for a whopping $0.16 each! I also purchased these felt pads for about $3.50. I cut a chevron print, from my silhouette, with contact paper and stuck the print to each tile. When the acrylic paint dried, I used several coats of Mod Podge to seal the print. Finish off with a felt pad in each corner. ummmm LOVE:))) They give me the false sense that I’m all put together in the morning when I sit down to drink my coffee…..I’m quickly brought back to reality when we are making a mad, screaming dash out the door as we are running late for school:) It is nice while it lasts though! ~Ashley
Simple Ear Cuff Tutorial What you've all be waiting for... an ear cuff tutorial! I've been making ear cuffs for over a year, but unfortunately haven't had the time to make some of the insanely complicated designs I've dreamed up. This, however, is a very simple ear cuff that takes only a few minutes to master! Ear cuffs (also known as ear clips, cartiliage cuffs, ear vines, and more) are fabulous for people who don't have pierced ears-- or pair them with other earrings for a "double piercing" look. They are easy to wear, and stay in! All you need is pliers and some wire (the pictured wires are 20ga blue silver plated copper and 20ga enameled copper in various colors). Begin with 3 inches of wire. Fold at one inch. Fold again, creating a little zigzag. Twist the ends into swirls and pinch the swirls until they touch the center wire. You will need a mandel to form the ear cuff correctly. Push the ends down... The tips of the ends will still be straight. Tada! This brown ear cuff fits both ears.
Little Wishes - Beyond Beyond | Beyond Beyond Well, we are dusting off our obligatory black armband over in Beyond Beyond land for one of our most favourite shops ever – Early Bright (mega sad face) they have been the purveyors of some delicious and inspirational bling that is more art than jewellery. And we just want to share one of the most beautiful pieces every a wish in a jar. We used to shake dandelion bushes when we were little in the vain belief that we would get a Barbie dream house, Michael Jackson tickets, the ability to breakdance overnight (although we never progressed beyond being able to do backspins), millionaire moolah, or our favourite wish was that we had been dropped off at the wrong house (sorry parental units) and we were really the offspring of some family with the financial clout of Daddy Warbucks and the Rothschild’s combined. About the author I'm the big kahuna with the whole shebang. Amma = Idiot + Savant.
Colored Pencil Jewelry Note from Design Mom: I asked Kate of Mini Eco to create a Back to School themed project for us to try. I think making beads out of colored pencils is brilliant! Wouldn’t these beads be fun for your elementary school-ers to string for a class project? It would also be a fun activity at an art-themed birthday party. Here’s Kate: Lately I have become a little addicted to making (and wearing) colored pencil jewelry. I think the results look great and you, or your child, will definitely stand out from the crowd wearing them! You will need Colored PencilsJunior hacksawFine sandpaperDrill and small drill bitThread (for the necklace)Superglue (for the brooch and earrings)Brooch back (for the brooch) How to: Basic Bead Necklace 1. 2 & 3. 4. Once you have cut a number of beads simply string them onto a length of thread…job done! Tip: These little beads are also make lovely bracelets. How to: Pointy Necklace 1. 2. 3. How to: Brooch 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Ribbon organizer in Crafts for decorating and home decor, parties and events - StumbleUpon Do you belong to those people who have dozens of ribbon reels and are looking for an economical and practical method of storage? In Spunky Junky we've found this great idea where using a slotted tupperware bin and inserting a pair of dowl rods inside (smaller than holes), we can organize and categorize all those ribbons that lurk in no order around our house. The Papercraft Post: Paper Bead Printables: Mexican Paper-Cut Today's Paper Bead Printables are inspired by papel picado - the craft of Mexican punched paper. You've seen those magnificent cutwork banners. I had fun designing these paper beads - working out the connecting "bridges" that keep true cutwork designs together. (But don't look too closely - I did cheat a little!). Yesterday's blog was the Paper Beads Printables Masterclass - so today's post is an instruction-free zone. Here are your beads (choice of Toppers or All-in-One):MexicanToppersPaperBeads.pdf MexicanPaperBeads1of2.pdf MexicanPaperBeads2of2.pdf MexicanToppersPaperBeads.svg MexicanPaperBeads1of2.svgMexicanPaperBeads2of2.svg Here's the co-ordinated packaging:MexicanPaperBeadBox.pdfMexicanPaperBeadCardTopper.pdf MexicanPaperBeadBox.svgMexicanPaperBeadCardTopper.svg So, there you go: Mexican Paper-Cut (look!) Enjoy making your Printable Paper Beads!
How To Make Wire Cages For Round Beads « This Year's Dozen Silly me!! Didn’t know I could make these cages myself. I have been buying them!! Making these wire cages is quite easy. Creating Wire and Beaded Jewelry by Linda Jones. It is turning out to be my most used wireworking resource. My tutorial is based on the results from using 20 gauge wire. Instructions for making ONE Wire Cage to enclose a 12-14 mm round bead. Step 1. Step 2. Slowly start to form a circle by covering the tip loop with chain nose/flat nose pliers, bending the wire as you turn in as perfect a circle as you can. Now start on the other end of the wire. Step 3. You are making the “hook” that will serve two purposes. Step 4. Now fit the other swirl on the opposite side of the bead, like a sandwich. Press flat against the bead middle. Step 5. You can make cages smaller or larger by reducing or increasing the number of revolutions. Wire cages will look pretty on a pendant, bracelet or earrings. I am thinking you could make wire cages for other bead shapes too. Like this:
Lovely Wire Knot Ring Tutorial You can make this lovely ring (or a version of this design) yourself, using just some basic tools, wire and a lip balm! Yes, in this tutorial I am going to demonstrate that just basic beginner tools and a wire from Michael’s can go a long way! Wouldn’t this ring make a great present?? For the purpose of this tutorial I am going to be using the very basic, cheap tools that are available almost everywhere. Instead of a ring mandrel you can just use a tube of a lip balm, like I did. PLEASE excuse the state of my nails in these pictures.. First thing to do is to cut a piece of wire. Next, wrap your wire around the tube of your lip balm. Cut of the extra bits, if any. Now bend the wire coming from your left to aim away from the ring and then bend again to aim it slightly upwards, as shown on pictures below. With your round nose pliers form a little ‘almost loop’, wire crossing above itself on the top side of the ring but not actually touching. Almost done! And it’s done Like this: Like Loading...
Modern DIY Bracelets 28 Jun As a girl, I spent a lot of summer days lounging around making friendship bracelets of one form or another. It started simply with trios of embroidery thread and eventually evolved into more intricate creations involving beads and other such adornments. Lately, all sorts of inspiring DIY bracelet posts have cropped up around the web and it’s made me nostalgic for those uncomplicated summers. So today I’ve rounded up a dozen wonderful bracelet crafts. Dip dyed nautical rope bracelets DIY at …love Maegan. Lester lace bracelets at I SPY DIY. Summer bracelets DIY at Between the Lines. Classic friendship bracelet DIY at Design Mom. 15 minute Mod Podge wooden bracelet at maya*made. Summer kid craft: friendship bracelets at ohdeedoh. DIY braided hex nut bracelet, DIY rope bracelet, and DIY friendship bracelet from Honestly…WTF. Modern friendship bracelets DIY at A Beautiful Mess. P.S. P.S.