DIY Boho Bracelet

Create this DIY Boho Bracelet and make it a fun piece for any wardrobe!

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Here’s a fun tutorial for you to create the perfect Boho style bracelet using beautiful beads from Happy Mango Beads This piece will be a great addition to any wardrobe.

Supplies Needed:

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Step 1:  Begin by cutting a piece of thread at least 36″ in length.  Knot the end of the thread.  Thread the needle.  Make sure as you work, to carefully keep the thread from getting tangled.

Step 2:  Cut the piece of cording to 7″.  Keep in mind if you have a larger wrist you will have to cut the cording a little bit longer.  The total measurement for the bracelet is 7.5″.  This includes the end caps, jump rings, and lobster claw clasp.

Step 3:  Take the needle and sew up through the center of your cording and come out the side. Then you can start the beading process.

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Step 4:  I created a pattern with the beads using a small Brass Ethiopian Bead followed by a Brass Hematite Bead, Turquoise Wooden Bead, another Brass Hematite Bead, and ending with a small Brass Ethiopian Bead as shown above.

Step 5:  When sewing, make sure to leave the same amount of space between the bead sets as you create your pattern.

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Step 6:  Repeat this process until the entire side of cording has been beaded.  Repeat this process on the other side as well, making sure to equally space your beads as you did on the other side.

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Step 7:  I also attached mini tassels to the end of my bracelet. I wrapped gold wire around the tassel after I threaded the larger jump rings through the tassel.  I also added a few extra jump rings before I glued on the end caps.  This entire step is optional, but it adds for a nice detail to your bracelet.

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Step 8:  Using the E-6000 glue, glue the end caps to each end.  Let this sit for a couple of hours or over night to ensure that the cording is really secured to the end cap.

Step 9:  Open up the both jump rings and attach them to both ends of the end cap.  Before closing one jump ring, attach the lobster claw clasp, and then close.

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There you have it!  It’s so fun and cheery.  Enjoy your fun DIY Boho Bracelet!

 

Bar Necklace Tutorial

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Hi!   I’m have a fun and EASY necklace tutorial that won’t break the bank.  Check out just how simple it is to create this trendy modern necklace using these beautiful Brass Ethiopian Beads.

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Supplies Needed:

  • Ethiopian Small Light Brass Metal Beads
  • Needle Nose Pliers
  • Wire Cutters
  • 4 inch Brass Head Pin or Gold Metal Wire
  • 2  3x4mm Oval Jump Rings-14 Gauge
  • 1 4mm Gold Jump Ring
  • 10mm Gold  Lobster Claw Clasp
  • 3 to 4mm Gold Cable Chain

Step 1:  Take the brass head pin and clip off the head pin.  If you’re using gold wire, cut a piece roughly 4 inches in length.

Step 2:  Take your piece and create and eye pin with a loop at one end.  This can be done by using the needle nose pliers to bend the wire at a 90 degree angle and then back over to create a loop.  Just like you would find on an eye pin.  I wanted my own custom size eye pin for this necklace measuring at 1 -5/8″.  Trim the excess wire near the loop you just created.

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Step 3:  Place the Brass Ethiopian Beads onto the wire leaving enough room to make another eye pin at the end. I used about 33-34 beads on the bar.  Repeat the  step 2 to create your eye pin on the other end.  Trim any excess wire.

Bar-Necklace-Tutorial-Artzy Creations 5Step 4:  Cut 2 pieces of gold chain to about 7-1/2″ each.  You can custom size this as you would like.  If you want a longer necklace, which would look great too, just cut you chain longer.  Open up the ends of the bar and attach it to the the two chains.  It should look like this…

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Bar-Necklace-Tutorial-Artzy Creations 2The sheer simplicity and modern aesthetic of this finished necklace will make it a hit for any occasion and only you will know that it didn’t cost a fortune or take forever to make!

Enjoy!

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Mini Tassel Stretch Bracelet

I originally shared this post with Darice.  With summer in full swing, who doesn’t love to wear lots of different jewelry while sporting a really nice tan?  I know I love to wear jewelry and jewelry that’s fun too.  For this project, I thought why not combine bracelets with some mini tassels for a really cute summer look?  This is a fun tutorial because the bracelet comes together in no time and with the tassels, you can customize the bracelet to coordinate with anything in your wardrobe. Let’s get started and see just how easy it is to create this fun DIY tassel bracelet.

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DIY TASSEL BRACELET SUPPLIES:

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Step 1. Cut about 9″ to 10″ of stretch cord and thread the entire 7″ strand of beads.

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Step 2. Once all of the beads are on the cord, tie three or four knots in the elastic cording.  Apply a little super glue on the knots so they don’t come untied.  Let the glue dry.

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Step 3. To create the mini DIY tassel, cut a 1″ to 1 1/4″ piece of cardboard.  Cut two slits.  One in the middle of the top and bottom as shown.

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Step 4. Wrap the embroidery floss around the piece of cardboard 4 to 5 times and then carefully remove the tassel from the cardboard.  You may have to bend the cardboard a little bit to remove the floss, so make sure your piece of cardboard is flexible.

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Step 5. Tie a contrasting piece of embroidery floss around the DIY tassel to secure it.  Do this a couple of times.  Trim the excess thread.  You may also want to secure the thread by putting a little dab of super glue onto the knot as well.

Step 6. Open the jump ring using the round nose pliers.  Slip the top of the tassel through the jump ring and leave it open.

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Step 7. Hook the DIY tassel with the jump ring onto the bracelet and close the jump ring using the round nose pliers.

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I think you’ll agree that this is a quick way to create a fun DIY tassel bracelet that you can customize to match any summer outfit!

Enjoy!

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Easy DIY Turquoise Earrings

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I’ve had a love for all things Southwestern since I went there on a summer outdoor adventure trip in high school. We traveled by van all over the Southwest, up the coast of California and then back to the Midwest. It was one of those trips that leaves life long impressions on one’s heart and one that has helped shape me into the adventurer I am today. My Mom bought me a large Southwestern sweater blanket for Christmas many years ago knowing how much I love the Southwestern look. That sweater must be at least 15 years old by now, and I still love it to this day. It’s big, bulky, comfortable and colorful. It has leather ties that wrap around big Native American influenced buttons.

For years, I’ve had little luck finding earrings that have the same southwestern feel, that compliment this sweater. In my opinion, when it comes to beads, nothing says southwestern better than Turquoise, so when I saw these silver feathers, I knew immediately that these two materials would make the perfect pair of DIY earrings to go with my favorite sweater. These really are a simple pair of DIY earrings that go together in no time. Let’s get started.

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Step 1.  Take the head pin and slide any bead combination onto it, including your turquoise bead.

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Step 2.  Take the round nose pliers and bend the wire to the left at a 90 degree angle.

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Step 3:  Bend the wire back around to the right side.  This will make a loop.  Leave a slight opening.

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Step 4.  Slide this onto the feather charm.

Step 5.  Close this loop by using the round nose pliers to wrap around the head pin.  Trim off the excess wire with the wire cutters.

Step 6.  Open the jump ring with the round nose pliers.  Slide the feather charm, that includes your turquoise bead, onto the jump ring.

Step 7.  Slide the jump ring through the bottom hole of the french earring wire.  Close the ring.

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There you have it!  A great accessory to add to any wardrobe, but especially one that is influenced by the Southwest.  I can’t wait to wear these DIY earrings with my sweater.

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Enjoy your new DIY earrings!

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Easy Turqouise Memory Wire Bracelet

Thick and chunky bracelets are so fun to wear, but not always the most affordable.  Here’s a bracelet that is not only easy to make, but is easy on the pocket book too.

If you’ve never made a DIY memory wire bracelet, you will find that they’re lots of fun and you can use any variety of beads.  Let’s get started!

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EASY DIY MEMORY WIRE BRACELET SUPPLIES:

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Step 1. When making a DIY memory wire bracelet, I always recommend cutting a little more length than what you need.  You can always cut off the extra when you get to the end of the bracelet.  Cut about six full wrings worth.

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Step 2. Bend the end of the wire with the round nose pliers, so it makes an L or at a 90 degree angle.

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Step 3. Bend the wire around to create a loop.  This will prevent your beads from falling off.

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Step 4. Slide all of your beads onto the wire.  I chose a somewhat random pattern.  However, you can come up with any combination for putting your beads onto your memory wire.  Try your bracelet on as you go to see if you like the look.  If you don’t, it’s very easy to thread them off of the wire and to start with a different combination.  I usually make all of my memory wire bracelets five solid wraps around my wrist. I like the big chunky look and five seems to be the perfect number for me.

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Step 5. Try your new DIY memory wire bracelet on.  See that it wraps the 5 complete times plus the end and beginning halves of the bracelet.  Trim the excess off.  Bend the wire to make an L or 90 degree angle.  Create a loop to finish.

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In no time, you have a great fashion statement that you have made and you can personalize it in so many different ways!

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Simple Snowmen Rings and Made From Pinterest

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 My two daughters are so excited for all of the holiday festivities, but one thing they love the most is snow and snowmen.  We moved up to the Pacific Northwest from Southern California a year and a half ago and we ALL love the fact that we have an occasional snow day or two.  Last year, our very first snow day happened the Friday morning before our Winter Break.  My girls couldn’t believe their luck.  They were up at 5:30 making not just any ordinary snowman, but a snow girl that had a necklace and a snow dog as well.  I will never forget that day.  My girls squealed with delight and we all played in the snow for what seemed like hours.  Well, we also just had our first  snow day of this season, over Thanksgiving Break and we were once again having family fun in the snow.   Since it was just a dusting of snow and not very packy, we couldn’t build a snowman.  My daughters were a little disappointed.   I thought, what if I could make them a snowman that would last … since the snow doesn’t last very long in the Pacific Northwest and neither do the snowmen.  So, I created these rings for my daughters so Frosty could last just a little bit longer for them.  🙂

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Here’ What You Need:

  • Adjustable Ring With Glue On Pad (You can get them here)
  • Black Sharpie Marker
  • Orange Sharpie Marker
  • White Nail Polish
  • Clear Coat – optional

Step 1:  Apply one coat of white nail polish to the top of the ring and let this dry.  Apply a second coat.

Step 2:  Take a black Sharpie marker and apply two dots for the eyes and four dots for the mouth. Take your orange Sharpie marker and make the nose. Let the marker dry and cover with clear coat if you like.

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They’re simple to make, so I went ahead and made the entire package of 12.  I decided that not only did I have enough for my girls, but we had enough to give all of the girls in Lily’s Kindergarten class, a ring for the holidays.  I absolutely loved how these turned out.

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But, even more than that… I loved that my daughters loved them.

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I had to include this picture too because my youngest daughter Lily, was just so excited when I had her try them on. She just couldn’t contain herself.

So, if you’re looking for a fun project to make with or for your kids, this is one they’re sure to love.  Besides making these for your kids classmates, they would also make great stocking stuffers.

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Anthro Inspired Flannel Wrapped Bracelets

Flannel, also known as Tartan Plaid is in again this fall/winter season.  I thought,  what better way to incorporate it into my wardrobe than making some bracelets that will easily accessorize any look, whether casual or dressy?  My inspiration was Anthropologie and all of the various fabric wrapped bracelets that they’ve shown lately.  This DIY wrap bracelet is very easy to make, even if you’re a beginner.  I like the fact that not only are they easy, but you can quickly create them.  By the way, these would also make great gifts for friends and family for the upcoming holidays.

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FLANNEL DIY WRAP BRACELET SUPPLIES:

Step 1:  Measure out the chain to roughly 16″.  You will want enough chain to wrap twice around your wrist and still overlap while it is twisted.  When you measure, if you feel this is not enough length, go ahead and an extra chain link or two. Also, if it ends up a little short, you can always add an extra jump ring or two for additional length.

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Step 2:  Cut your piece of flannel to roughly 1/2″ in thickness by 36″ in length.  It’s always good to have extra, especially because your tying some knots and wrapping the flannel.  Next, tie a knot at the beginning of the chain.

Step 3:  Wrap the fabric through each link of the chain.  As you’re feeding the fabric through each link be cautious of how you’re wrapping it and try and minimize the fabrics fraying as best as you can.  It will fray a little bit, but I think this adds to the look of the bracelet.

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Step 4:  Using the round nose pliers, open the 10mm jump ring and attach another one to it.  Loop the two jump rings to the last link of the bracelet (the one that has the knot in it -as pictured above.) Next, open a 7 mm jump ring and loop the lobster claw clasp into it. Before linking and closing the 7mm ring, insert  the 10 mm ring, and now go ahead and close it. Repeat this process on the other end of the bracelet except you won’t need to add a clasp.  If you find you need more length, add another jump ring or two.  It’s really pretty easy to adjust the length to where you need it.

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Make several DIY wrap bracelets so you can stack them.

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There you have it!  A quick, fun, and easy DIY wrap bracelet to make that will add a little fall fashion variety to your wardrobe.

Enjoy!

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Easy Bungee Cord Bracelet

I always like to take unexpected materials and see if I can make jewelry out of it.  I found this bungee cord in two great color choices and I just knew I had to give it a go.  The bungee cord is super easy to work with and I really love the ease in which this bungee cord bracelet DIY comes together.

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Bungee Cord Bracelet DIY Supplies:

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Step 1:  Take the two different bungee cords and near the end, create a loop.

Step 2:  Your loop should look like the second photo.

Step 3:  Reach down into the center of the loop, grab the other ends and pull them through the loop. When you pull them through, be sure to only pull them far enough to create the next loop. Be sure to pull them snug enough.  Next, reach back through the loop you just created and repeat the steps.

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Step 4:  Repeat until you have a knotted bracelet long enough to wrap around your wrist. For me it was about 11-12 times.

Step 5:  Once you have the bracelet the length you want, cut the bungee cord, leaving about 2 inches of extra length. Take the new cut ends and pull them tight through the final loop. Trim both ends. Take the (2) bungee cord ends and glue them into the end caps.

Step 6: Use the jump rings to attach the toggle and ring and now you have a finished cord bracelet DIY.

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This turned out great!  I love how this cord bracelet DIY resembles a nautical rope bracelet, but with a modern edge to it.  The other nice part is that this bracelet is chunky.  Who doesn’t love a chunky bracelet?

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I hope you have fun making this super easy cord bracelet DIY and enjoy wearing it!

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