Let's Craft: Fun and Funky Bracelets

by Jessica Begum

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Let's Craft is a special feature full of great crafts, inspiration and DIY projects that are perfect for any Modern Mom!

This project comes from, Jessica Begum, the crafty momma behind the blog Hipster's Tea Party.

Check out her tutorial for how to make fun and funky bracelets:

"Wondering what to do with your left over ribbon? 

Try making these adorable, modern, chic rosette friendship bracelets! 

It's easy to make a group of them at a time to give away to friends, or just one to keep for yourself."

Supplies

- Hot glue gun

- Needle and sturdy thread.  (I used upholstery nylon.)

- Filigree jewelry findings, 1-1 1/2" wide.  You can easily get these at the craft store or on line.  (Mine were actually "charms" that cost about 75 cents each.)

- A handful of scrapbook embellishments or pretty buttons to go in the center of your rosettes.

- A strand of pearls.  Mine were from a thrift shop, but also available at the craft store.  (One 12" strand makes 2 to 3 bracelets.)

- Jewelry clamps or jewelry crimps. Discovered this after my first bracelet broke 3 times - that stretchy cord is slippery!  Craft stores have these.  

- You probably want a pair of small jewelry pliers.  Or needle nose pliers if you're in a "pinch" (hehe).

- Ribbon!  The nice stuff you just couldn't throw away.  1" diameter, or trim larger ribbon down.  (Remove wires if necessary.)

- Stretch cord

- Scissors

Directions

Start by making ribbon rosettes.  Take a 7" piece of ribbon and sew a loose straight stitch down the length of one side.  The cut side if you trimmed.  Leave a generous tail of thread on both sides.  Tie thread ends together in one overhand knot and pull, causing the ribbon to bunch up into a circle rosette.  Tie off tightly. 

Easy!  Have fun making a handful of these.

Next, take some stretchy cord and secure one end to the edge of your filigree charm, using a jewelry crimp.  Thread pearls onto stretchy cord to your desired length. 

 

Then secure other end to opposite side of filigree charm:

 

Hot glue rosette onto the center of your filigree charm, and then finish with a nice embellishment hot glued in the center of your rosette.

Make a bunch to give to friends or stack them up on your wrist for a statement!  So modern chic, you'll look like you stepped out of the Anthropologie catalog!

Planning to try this at home? We'd love to see how it turns out! Send us photos of your crafty efforts and we'll add them to our photo gallery!

Jessica Begum is a crafty momma of two living on the west side of Los Angeles.   Her blog Hipster's Tea Party is mostly mom and kid friendly crafts, partly ideas for more ambitious projects, and a sprinkle of art and recipes thrown in just for fun.  As well as being crafty, she is classically trained in fine art and loves to paint with watercolors and oils.  You can join her in a craft, see her paintings, or get inspired at www.hipstersteaparty.com

 

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