Cell Phone Charm

Fold a 10 inch plastic string in half and place your beads of choice on it.

Tie a knot, leaving about 1 -1 1/2 inches at the end.

Place the plastic string through the loop on your phone (almost every cell phone has one specifically design for charms such as this).

Tie one final bead at the end of the plastic string so the charm won’t go through the loop and fall off the phone.

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Ribbon Laced Flip Flops

Ribbon Flip Flops

What you’ll need:
Pair of Flip Flops
Thin Ribbon
Super Glue
Craft Knife

Step One: Using the knife, make evenly-spaced slits across the plastic straps

Step Two: Cut ribbon into 4 pieces of the same length

Step Three: Weave the ribbon through the slits

Step Four: Use super glue to hold the end of the ribbon in place

Step Five: Tie the ends of the ribbon into a bow.

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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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Published in: on November 17, 2010 at 12:39 pm  Comments (5)  
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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.

Published in: on November 11, 2010 at 12:19 am  Comments (1)  
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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.

Published in: on November 7, 2010 at 5:34 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Charm Key Chain

What you need:
plain metal key ring
charms
beads
stuffed stickers
small stuffed animals
metal jump rings
thread

Step One: Cut holes in stickers. 

Step Two: Place jump ring into each hole in the beads, stickers, stuffed animals, etc.

Step Three:  Sew jump rings to particularly loose items.

Step Four:  Use pliers to open jump ring when necessary.

Published in: on September 21, 2010 at 11:51 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Ribbon Watch

I have a lot of ribbons laying around my room (mostly from the ones Aerie gives me every time I shop there).  A ribbon watch is a good way to make use of those extra ribbons.

Instead of using the band that comes on a watch, I like to string ribbon through the ends of the watch to make it more decorative.

All you need is an inexpensive or an old watch and ribbon of your choosing.  Make sure there’s enough to fit around your wrist.

Step 1: Detach the watch from it’s original band.  Most watches have a spring bar.  Just push it together like a toilet paper roll.  If no spring bar exists, cut the band from the watch.

Step 2:  Carefully thread the ribbon through the back of the watch to form a new band.

It’s simple yet makes a huge difference!

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Published in: on September 14, 2010 at 10:07 pm  Comments (1)  
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