Bracelet or Anklet

Also known as friendship bracelets, these are great as anklets as well.  Thread is the best string to use but yarn or ribbon work as well.  I use ribbon in the video because it is bigger and easier to see but I use thread when I make my own.  The example I show is one of the easier styles of friendship bracelets.

Instructional Video

Step One:  Begin by tying a knot, but don’t pull the thread all the way through the loop.  Instead, tighten it to make a loop on the side (watch instructional video)

Step Two:  Put two of your fingers through the loop and grab the string.  Also pull that through creating another loop without pulling the string all the way through the loop.

Step Three: Continue doing that until you have the length you desire.

Finished bracelet with several colors

Step Four:  When you are finished, you can pull the string all the way through the loop and it won’t come undone.

It is good to note that you can have more than one string at once to make it more colorful.

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Polished Rock Necklace

For a cute and creative necklace, take a polished rock and hot glue a bell cap to the rock.

Simply get a chain and run it through the loop on the bell cap.

There is no “perfect” rock shape.  The stranger the shape, the better.

If you don’t have a bell cap, you can wrap wire around the rock, leaving a small gap for the chain.

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Ribbon Necklace

Ribbon Necklace Photo courtesy of The Beading Gem

What you’ll need:
A chain necklace
An assortment of ribbons

Weave the ribbons through the chain necklace back and forth until every chain link has ribbon running through it.

It’s simple and easy but this accessory can change frequently if you have plenty of ribbons, so get creative!

This even works for bracelets.

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Earring Holder

This is one of the simplest things I will ever post.  Instead of spending money on an earring holder, you can use objects most people already have in their homes.

Step One:  Take out dental floss.  Pull out about 3 feet.

Step Two:  Tie ends of dental floss around two thumb tacks or pushpins.

Step Three:  Hang on wall so floss droops a little bit.

Step Four:  Hang earring holders onto floss.

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Potpourri

When you have a vase of flowers that are starting to die, you can dry them out, add oils, and make potpourri.

Step One:  Dry the flowers by hanging them upside down.  A fun way is by hanging them from a ceiling fan.

Step Two:  Pick a fragrance by mixing oils (some good choices are floral, citrus, herbal, or spicy).

Step Three: Before adding the flowers to the oil, add chopped orris root to the oils (they hold the scent better than the flowers). Then add the leaves and pedals.

Step Four:  Shake concoction once a day for 3 weeks.  After the 3 weeks, it should smell delightful!

Published in: on November 7, 2010 at 5:46 pm  Comments (6)  
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Jean Pocket Purse

If you have an old pair of jeans you won’t wear anymore, you can put the back pockets to good use.

All you have to do is cut the pockets off the pants and sew together 3 sides so the top side is open.  Then sew on string for the purse strap.

On the open side, sew on a button or zipper.  Then decorate the pocket with any trinkets that are lying around.

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