I’ve been in the crafty mood lately and realized I had a TON of DMC embroidery thread from my DIY Crystal Head Wraps and Macrame Bracelets. I thought I’d try my hand at a different type of bracelet. A rhinestone chevron friendship bracelet to be exact.
I decided on 3 colors of thread and cut 25″ strips, 4 strips of each color (12 strips total). It made for a wider bracelet in the end so you could easily cut it down to 6-8 strips for a thin version. Here a great tutorial from the lovely ladies at Honestly WTF, but I’ll take you through my experience as well.
Once you’ve cut your strips and tied a knot, be sure to leave at least 4 inches at the top. Better to have a little extra than not enough.
I suggest finding a book or box top that you can tape your work to. This way you can sit and work on your bracelet all over the house.
After you get past the first 3-4 rows things get a lot easier. I messed up a few times in the beginning but was able to untie a knot or two and get it right.
Once you’ve run your chevron pattern as long as you see fit, knot it off, braid it and knot to secure.
The last thing I did was glue on a strip of rhinestone trim and stitch it on with some of the embroidery thread.
Lastly, I looked up ways to tie the bracelet on my wrist but the simplest thing is to tie a double knot…
It all started with some beautiful trim and ended up as a beautiful headband for a 20′s-style ensemble for my best friend’s 30th birthday party. I thought I’d share the three quick and easy steps it takes to make your own headband.
Trim 16″ – 20″
Elastic 3″ – 5″
Two Safety Pins
Wrap the trim around your head to find out how long you need your trim to be but leave about 3″ – 5″ off for your elastic. I found out my head is 21.5″ for where my headband would sit so I cut my trim to 18″ and the elastic to 4.5″ inches. Before sewing I suggest connecting the elastic to the trim with a safety pins. Try on your headband-to-be to make sure you like how it fits. Shouldn’t be too snug or too loose. Once you have it right, move onto step 2.
Sew on the elastic to the trim with your needle and thread.
Sew on the other side.
I’m so happy with how my headband turned out. It was perfect for the speakeasy party but I can’t wait to throw it on with a pair of jeans and a sweater to make the everyday a little bit brighter.
Cheers to champagne, chocolate cupcakes, sparkle and my best friend, Angela.
I am so glad I had a chance to get crafty this weekend. I was so looking forward to trying out my samples of Varathane Wood Stain sent over from the lovely people at Rust-Oleum. They sent me Weathered Gray and Ebony. I knew I had the perfect box that was sitting in my craft storage area just waiting to be used. I’m sure most people use Wood Stain for actual home DIY projects but why not use it for small craft projects too?
You will need:
- Wood Stain
- Stir Stick
- Soft Cloth
- Protective Gloves
- Paint Brush
Ever since I came upon the DIY Clay Petal Vase that Kate of Centsational Girl made, I’ve been wanting to try it. But as I mentioned to Kate, I had an idea to make the clay flowers for a bird bath for my patio. Here’s how I did it.
- Modeling Clay
- Liquid Nails
- Pot Base
- Acrylic Paint
- Spray Sealer
Break off a piece of the clay and move it around in your palm to create a ball.
Press and pull apart with your fingers to create your petals. I made five larger sized petals, four smaller petals and a tiny ball for the center.