The other day I saw someone wearing a bracelet that looked like this:
I fell in LOVE with it.
And ran to the store and picked up all the necesarry ingredients to make one for myself.
So here is what I did.
First I started with these three items.
A bag of Safety Pins (Walmart $2.00)
A box of beads
(Also at Walmart--and ALSO $2.00--one bracelet uses about 1/2 the box)
And some stretchy beading elastic (Which I already had on hand!)
I decided I wanted a random pattern to my bracelet--so I took my beads and dipped my safety pins into the box and randomly strung each one full of beads.
Which left me with a pile of these:
When I had a big enough pile (around 80 safety pins) I cut 2 pieces (each about 9 1/2" long) of the elastic cording and tied them together with a knot at one end. I didn't make this knot REALLY tight as I wanted to untie it later to tie it to the other side of the bracelet.
Next I started stringing on the safety pins--alternating their orientations so that it looked like this:
If you are making one of these--you may have to tug the elastic cord into the little slot where the safety pin closes--if you have thinner elastic it might just slide in.
Once I had them all strung--I undid the first knot and tied both ends of the bracelet together with two separate knots. I also added a touch of crazy glue on top of the knots to make sure they stayed secure.
And that is it!
A fun, cute, colorful one of a kind bracelet for about $3.00!
Well--it will be one of a kind UNTIL you make one for all of your friends and family members!
Trust me--these are so fun to make--I only started making them last week and I have already given away 2 as gifts and kept 2 for myself!
It looks super cute with smaller beads as well.
So--if you are a friend of mine--please act thrilled and surprised when you are given one of these for your next birthday!
P.S. As I am looking at these pictures--it is pretty obvious that I never could have made it as a HAND MODEL with my TOE THUMBS--but You know what? I think my WRISTS are pretty darn nice looking (minus all the freckles)! I think I could have been a REALLY GREAT WRIST MODEL! Oh well.
Linking to THESE parties.