June 30, 2010

Summer bracelets DIY

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When M. came home from her camp with school, she showed me this yellow bracelet she made with 'scoubidoo' strings. One of her friends taught her how to make these and of course I wanted to have a go at it too. Instead of scoubidou string I used strips of fabric for one and leather - what did you think?!- shoelaces in offsetting colors for another one. I believe both resulting bracelets look really nice. The possibilities in terms of material to braid with are endless. How about tall beach grass or just hemp cord?

So, in case you 're in need of a fun summer project here's a how-to in 16 pictures with a short description below. I could probably have done with less photos - it's just that I had fun taking pictures...

braided bracelets

This is what you'll need for an adult size leather bracelet. (You might have to adjust depending on the material you use, so make sure to do a try-out before cutting ends.):

- a 52cm long strip of fabric or leather shoe lace
- a second strip of fabric or leather shoe lace of approximately 95 cm
- a big-eyed  needle
- a cylindrical object to hold the loop so your project stays put while braiding (the neck of an Elmer's glue bottle works just fine; when out on the beach, the finger of a helper's hand might do the trick as well)

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Steps:

1. Fold both strands in half and place the shorter one on top of the longer one as shown in picture 2.
2. Start braiding as shown in pictures 3 through 8, making sure to pull the strings evenly - I made my bracelet really tight but you could make a looser version by pulling less on the strings you braid with.
3. Continue like this until you reach the end of the strands you're braiding with.
4. Hide the loose ends in the braid as shown in pictures 10-11, using a big-eyed needle.
5. Tie a overhand knot in both remaining loose ends as shown in pictures 12-14 and here.
6. Put it around your wrist, pull one of the ends through the loop and  (have someone help you to) make a double knot and your bracelet is ready to wear!

This is the kind of craft you could easily do with kids - have them cut strips of fabric, no need to worry about the strips being straight and regular, and teach them how to braid. It's a good exercise for fine motor skills, and because it's repetitive it's very relaxing too. Use the resulting braid as a bracelet, anklet, key chain, headband... Once you've got the hang of it, or if you want to take this project to the next level, slip some beads on the longest one of your strings before you start and braid them in by slipping them down one by one as you go.

With special thanks to my little girl M. for teaching me how to make these...

45 comments:

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Wow, those are gorgeous! Thanks so much for the beautiful idea. I'll be linking.

Anna said...

so cute! they look like a lot of fun. :)

craftydill said...

very cool! i especially love the fabric one :)

bicocacolors said...

happy idea!!!
thank you

Christy said...

cute idea! i love it!

La Tempête said...

I love the leather thong one. So lovely.

cindy said...

i love the bracelet and think your photos are perfect. i'm going to make it this weekend! miss m is definitely her mother's daughter!

blue moss said...

love them!!!! thanks to your miss m.....maybe i can get my girl m to make one with me this weekend
michelle

mari said...

This looks so easy - and I love it when the materials needed are so easy to get ahold of. Great project!
I included on my list of finds for the week over at my blog too, have a great weekend.

http://smallforbig.com/2010/07/vintage_cash_registers_diy_bracelets.html

gwenstella said...

i posted this link on my tumblr and it's spreading like a virus!!! everyone loves this!!!

u should check it out here

ps: check out my craft blog here too!

eef said...

thank you for sharing these! I posted a link on my blog!

eef-ink.com

LOVE TO STITCH BEE TREE DESIGNS said...

Around here they call that a horse tail braid. I used to braid my girls hair like that once in a while for different look! Nice tutorial, thanks for sharing! Cyndi

brnh said...

I had this Klutz book about braids and bows and it called that braid a fishtail. Never thought about using it for a bracelet! Cute idea!

jo so and sew said...

I've been here before... I remember the ruffled messenger bag - cool!

pinellas said...

Very cool variations on what we call 'zippers' here @ our recreation playcamp = )

In all the years I've been teaching this craft,it never occurred to me that you could do it w/ different materials - thanks!

Anonymous said...

oh, these are lovely! may i request a clothespin doll tutorial? i've always known how to make them, but i also have always wanted to see the way you would make them, in terms of it's look and style :) thank you very much. oh, and i'd mostly like to see a hair tutorial for them too, thanks!

ceelow said...

That was an excellent project. Will try it with my kids. Keep ink cartridges out of landfills

Michelle L. said...

These are wonderful! I taught a bunch of summer campers this weekend and they loved them. Thank you for the great tutorial.

Lucía P.M. said...

That makes me think when I was a little girl and I couldn't stop doing them :P Actually, now, since I've seen this post, I have unstoppable desires of doing more!

It's the first time I visit your blog, and I decided I'm going to stay :)

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Leah said...

So cute! I used a thick hemp string as the base and some vintage fabric strips I have--they turned out amazing!! It fits my vintagey hippie thing I have going on. Everyone wants a bracelet =)

ika said...

thats so cute..

coolitagain said...

cute idea for hair braiding! unfortunately, my hair is too short to try :(

Lauren @ YoungNester said...

I LOVE these! I can't wait to make my own!

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Barcelets said...

Wow, awesome fashion bracelet. This is suits for summer vacation. I want to wear it while walking in the beac. Lol..

MosaicTree said...

Thanks for this 'how to make'. I've favourited this on my PC! I've not done any makes yet to post on the internet but I do like creating! I'm at www.mosaictree.blogspot.com.

Joan~ girls jewelry boxes said...

'Love the bracelet tutorial, very detailed and with it, I can surely make bracelets just as gorgeous as you have here, thanks a lot.

Iris said...

These are sooo cute!! This is something that you can do with your kids, which I love! My daughter loves braiding and always wants to braid my hair haha. This will keep her hands busy for a while. Thanks for the tutorial!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this iys sooo cool!! I made one out of an old pair of ear phones!!!!

wedding dresses said...

Love it, Indeed, you don't even need to go out and buy new clothes, just DIY with some you already own

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Michelle L. said...

What great colors! And gorgeous photos, too!

Anonymous said...

What a stylish - and simple :) - project! It's like a grown-up version of a friendship bracelet... I just made one in about five minutes with an old brown leather shoe lace and a new black fabric shoe lace. It look very "western" - in fact, I think I'll even add a concho I have laying around. Thanks so much for the clear and easy instructions! Please keep these kinds of projects coming...

Erika said...

These are so lovely! I tried to make one yesterday, here's the result: http://burninginmychest.blogspot.com/2011/07/i-carry-fishbone-braids-round-my-wrists.html

Beaut said...

Great idea, I love the colour of the bracelets. I must try this out tonight.

Thanks for this,
Beaut Vintage

Rockabilly Clothing

Amanda said...

So cute!

I’d love it if you shared this with the Fun Family Crafts audience. FFC is similar to Craftgawker but it only features kid friendly tutorials. Looking forward to seeing what fun crafts you submit!
http://funfamilycrafts.com

Masha ♥ Maksimova said...

I like this. Nice idea! Thank you!
I also share my idea how to make another bracelet.
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ooh said...

Check out our DIY belt bracelets made from your old belts!—http://operationoverhaul.com/2011/09/belt-bracelets-tutorial/

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Dee said...

I was very happy with how mine turned out. I had never tried this technique before. Thanks for the tutorial & awesome photos. They helped a lot!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the idea! I have two beautiful girls that need some creative spirit!

Anonymous said...

Making spring bracelets keeps my children occupied during long summer days. I found easy-to-follow instructions for string bracelets at http://www.creativecrafts4kids.com/how-to-make-string-bracelets.html.

Panda. said...

Hey!
I do it! But.. I have little problem. I don't know, how can I do it a knot in the end. Can you make more photos? Or video on YT?
Please, and thanks :)

Wolf said...

Good Idea, I'll try it!

wicked jypsi said...

These are the coolest looking bracelets - Thank you for the awesome tutorial!!

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