DIY Leather Beaded Bracelets

diy leather beaded bracelet

I’m going to apologize for this, but I’ve been on a jewelry kick these past two weeks. Earrings last week and bracelets this week. I promise next week will bring new and exciting things. Let me get this out of my system first, though.

Okay, moving on. I love leather bracelets, but I never make them. I always feel like other people can make them better than I do, so I just buy them. That had to change, because you can’t get better at something if you don’t try, right?

I chose an easy design with a little bit of wire wrapping, which I’ve written a few tutorials for. It’s pretty straightforward so I’m confident that if I can make these, any of you can do the same. Want to try? Keep reading.

 

leather beaded bracelet materials

Materials needed for leather beaded bracelets

  • beads
  • metal wire
  • jump rings
  • leather cord
  • jewelry clasps

You can find all supplies needed to make these bracelets at any craft store.

 

Wire wrapping with beads

Step 1: thread the wire through the bead

Cut a piece of wire about half an inch longer than your bead on both sides.

Then, slide the bead into the center of the wire.

 

wire wrapping

Step 2: twist two loops into the wire

Using your round-nosed jewelry pliers, create a loop in the wire on either side of the bead. You should have something that looks like the image above.

Then, repeat on the opposite side.

 

Step 3: add the clasps

Cut the leather cord so that, when folded in half and threaded through the metal loop, it reaches around to the other side of your wrist, but not quite to the center. You want to leave some space for the clasps to come together.

Add the clasp to fasten the leather ends.

Repeat on the opposite side.

 

diy leather beaded bracelet

When you’re finished, you should have a bracelet that looks like this.

If you want to get a little more adventurous, try making another bracelet and styling it just a bit differently.

beaded bracelets with leather straps

I made the one on the left second. This one has 4 beads instead of 1 and the clasps are fastened to the side closest to the beads, rather than on the other side of the wrist.

Let me know what you think! I’d love to hear your feedback.

Happy crafting!

DIY Bead String Earrings

DIY bead string earrings

I disappeared last week. Sorry about that. I needed a mini break from all organized activity. Surely you’ve been in the same boat. But I’m back to crafting this week and I have a fancy set of earrings for you to make that’s quick and easy.

These are the kind of homemade earrings that make great gifts.

  1. They look more expensive than they are (but aren’t cheaply made), so that’s a win for both the maker and the recipient.
  2. They’re super easy to assemble.
  3. They go well with all outfits.

Want to make some? Keep reading!

materials for DIY bead string earrings

Materials for Bead String Earrings

  • Bead caps
  • Fancy beads
  • Earring rods
  • Earring hooks
  • Jewelry pliers (not pictured)

Tips for choosing beads:

  1. Choose beads that aren’t exactly the same size. You can see that some of mine are oblong, others are round and some look squished. Some are even textured.
  2. Choose beads with some shine. Beads that shimmer a little bit look so much better in indoor lighting.

I purchased all of my supplies at Michael’s (of course), but you can pick yours up at any craft or hobby shop.

Bead caps at top and bottom

Step 1: Start with a bead cap

Slide one bead cap to the bottom of your earring rod.

Follow that with a string of beads misshapen beads.

Lastly, top with a bead cap.

It’s like a sandwich of beads!

Note: Leave some room at the top of your earring rod. We’re using that space in the next step.

earring loop for hook connection

Step 2: Make a wire loop

Using your round-nosed pliers, twist the excess wire at the top of the earring rod into a loop. Don’t close it completely.

 

beaded earring

Step 3: Add the earring hook

Slide on the earring hook and close your loop.

Repeat steps 1-3 for the second earring.

 

DIY bead string earrings

When you’re finished, you’ll have this fancy pair of earrings! Keep them for yourself or give them to someone you know will love them.

You could always hang on to them and give them as a Christmas gift. I know, I know, it’s August. But Christmas sneaks up on you. You could be prepared for that.

Let me know what you think!

Happy crafting!

DIY Mini Duck Tape Coin Purse

DIY mini Duck Tape coin purse

Do you know what I hate? Searching for change in my car. There are coins everywhere, but I can never seem to find the one I’m looking for when I need it. It’s the one area of my life (not money, my car) where I could certainly improve on organization.

That’s why, for this Make Something Mondays craft, I’m making a change purse.

Why did I choose to make it out of Duck Tape? Great question. A few months ago I made a garbage bag for my car out of Duck Tape and I LOVE it. The material is strong and I can wash it, which is a great perk. I want the same thing from my change purse because money is very dirty.

Interested in making one with me? Follow the tutorial below.

 

Materials to make a Duck Tape mini purse

Coin Purse Materials

  • scissors
  • key ring
  • Duck Tape
  • plastic baggie
  • hole punch (optional)*

You can get all of the materials for your change purse from a craft shop like Michael’s. Or online. Your call.

Step 1: Duck Tape that baggie

Pull a strip of Duck Tape from the roll without cutting it off.

Stretch it around your baggie starting at the top. Using the zip lock part of the bag helps to keep the row straight.

Then, wrap it around the back and cut off the excess.

Repeat on the bottom half.

You’ll see in the next step that I added a solid black strip of tape. That’s totally optional. I just wanted some extra contrast.

 

Step 2: Duck Tape the top part of the baggie

Cut off a strip of Duck Tape the width of your bag.

Tape it to the top portion and fold it inside. Make sure you don’t cover the zip lock (like I did the first time)!

 

Decorative Duck Tape

Step 3: Cut off another section of Duck Tape

This piece doesn’t have to be a specific length. We’re going to make a handle with it, similarly to how we made our lanyard a few months ago.

 

strip-of-duct-tape

Step 4: Fold the tape toward the center

Fold one side toward the center of the sticky side, and then fold in the other edge.

 

Step 5: fold your handle in half and tape it together

Fold that strip in half and seal it with some more Duck Tape.

 

purse made from Duct Tape

Step 6: Punch a hole in it

This is where the hole punch will come in handy, but you can do this with scissors too. Please be careful if you choose that route.

Punch a hole through the bottom of the handle and the top corner of your change purse.

 

small Duck Tape coin purse

Step 7: Insert the key ring

Insert your key ring and you’re done!

 

DIY mini Duck Tape coin purse

Viola! You have a change purse. It’s like magic, isn’t it?

Alright, maybe not magic. But it’s always fun to create new things, especially when it’s functional and cheap.

Let me know what you think!

Happy crafting!

 

 

 

Tin Craft Challenge: Upcycled Soda Cans

DIY upcycled soda cans

This month’s craft challenge is tin… which means that I struggled to think of something fun because so many crafters upcycle soup and tuna cans. Don’t get me wrong, those upcycles are amazing. Don’t believe me? Check them out. Bird feeders, candle holders, garden accessories… the list is endless.

But I wanted something a little more original. I chose to upcycle some coconut water cans, but you can do it with soda cans, carbonated water cans, beer cans… whatever you want. The cans I used are sturdier than the typical drinking can. It takes a lot more effort to smash them, so I’m confident that they will last for a while.

 

A lot of people drink soda. As a result, many of the cans get tossed in the garbage, or maybe the recycling bin. Regardless of your method of disposal, we can still find ways to reuse them instead of throwing them out.

Want to give it a shot? Grab your soda cans and keep reading.

 

upcycled tin can materials

Upcycled Tin Can Materials

  • tin cans
  • lace ribbon
  • spray paint
  • hot glue and gun

 

tin can upcycling

Step 1: cut off the top of the can

Using the can opener, slice off the top of the can like you would a can of vegetables.

 

spray paint prep

Step 2: spray paint

Take your cans outside, or to a well-ventilated area.

Flip your cans upside down. (I laid down paper towns to avoid coloring the pavement, but that’s optional.)

let the cans dry for 1 minute between layers. When they’re completely covered, wait 10 minutes for them to dry.

If you’re using a spray paint besides Krylon, follow the instructions on the can.

 

lace ribbon

Step 3: glue on the lace

Cut the lace to the appropriate size and hot glue it around your cans.

 

DIY upcycled soda cans

When you’re finished, you’ll have some super cute cans. You can use them for storage, as a vase or put them on your desk at work to hold pens and other office supplies. Oooorrrrr you could put them in your bathroom to hold your makeup brushes! So many options.

I can’t wait to hear your thoughts! Leave your feedback in the comments.

Happy crafting.

 

The Craft Challenge

This is a craft made for The Craft Challenge. Don’t forget to check out Emily’s tin craft over at A Pop of Red.

 

 

DIY Scrapbook Paper Gift Box

diy scrapbook paper gift box
Scrapbook paper has become a love of mine in the past few years. It’s so versatile when it comes to crafting. I’m sure you’ve seen a few examples on the many craft blogs out there. Decoupage, origami, decorations… You name it. You can even make gift boxes with it, which is what I’m going to show you how to do today.

It’s really easy and only take about 15 mins. It’s great for holding little trinkets, candy, notes or whatever small objects you might want to gift.

Keep reading to learn how to make your own.
materials needed for scrapbook paper gift boxesDIY Gift Box Materials

  • Scissors
  • Template
  • Glue stick
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Embroidery thread

You can ignore the hole punch. I’m not sure what I was thinking there.

 

scrapbook paper gift box template


Step 1: print the template above

Click on the image of the template above to expand it to size. Then print it.

If you’re using regular light-weight scrapbook paper, you can print it directly onto the paper.

paper gift box template
Step 2: copy the template onto the scrapbook paper

I used cardstock scrapbook paper (thick paper) so I can’t print the template directly onto it. If you’re in the same boat, use your cut-out template to trace the template onto the scrapbook paper. Then, cut it out.

 

folded scrapbook paper
Step 3: fold your scrapbook paper

Use the dotted lines on the template as a reference for where to fold. Make those folds on your scrapbook paper like in the image above.

DIY gift box out of paper
Step 4: glue the tabs to form the box

The sections you folded have created tabs. Fold both sides inward and glue the tabs to the inside of the box. As you can see, the largest sections have become the top and bottom of the box.

DIY scrapbook paper gift box
Step 5: tie it together

To keep the box closed, tie some embroidery thread or ribbon around it and fasten with a bow.

Now you have a uniquely patterned gift box to hold gifts or for storage. So cute!

Please leave your thoughts in the comments! I’d love to hear your feedback.

Happy crafting!

 

DIY Beer Magnets

DIY Beer Bottle Magnets

I don’t know about you, but I like beer. Craft beer in particular. I also like upcycling so, I save my beer caps to use for DIY crafts. This time around, I’m making beer cap magnets.

It doesn’t have to beer caps though. It can be any bottle cap. I’m sure you drink soda, flavored water or specialty beverages that come in glass bottles, right? You can save those and make your own! It’s really easy. Seriously, it takes longer for the glue to dry than it takes to finish the magnets.

Want to try it? Keep reading.

 

beer magnet materials

Beer cap magnet materials

  • magnets
  • beer caps
  • super glue

You can find all of these items at the craft store. You can even buy blank beer caps there.

Super glued magnets and beer bottle cap

Step 1 (and only): Glue the magnets to the bottle cap

Glue one magnet to the back of the bottle cap and glue the second magnet on top of the first one.

Let it dry. My super glue requires 24 hours.

 

DIY Beer Bottle Magnets

It’s a quick and fun craft. These make the best quirky gifts too. If there’s a beer (or soda) lover in your life, collect the caps from their favorite brands and get to work. They’ll love it, I promise.

Let me know what you think! Which brands would you choose?

DIY Upcycled Travel-Sized Pencil Case

DIY duck tape pencil case

Upcycling is a wonderful thing! It prevents your old stuff from getting thrown away and it gives me more craft projects to work on. Everybody wins.

As you can see from the title, this pencil case is upcycled. A week or so ago I bought a new makeup brush and it came in that plastic holder. I figured I’d be able to use it for something, so I kept it. Turns out, it makes a pretty sweet travel case for my drawing pens and pencils.

I’ve been drawing for a very long time and have accumulated quite a few tools. A few months ago I made an organizer for all of them (image below). I have a small obsession. Don’t judge.

DIY upcycled artist travel case

It’s great and I love it… when I’m at home. But when I’m traveling (I always take my sketchbook with me) I need something more compact. I can’t drag this thing all over creation.

I decided to use the makeup brush holder as a pencil case. But it needed some flare. Some Duck Tape. It’s cute, durable and quick. Perfect.

Want to make one? Keep reading!

 

diy pencil case materials

Pencil Case Materials

  • Scissors
  • Duck Tape
  • Makeup brush holder

 

Step 1: cover the flap and strip with Duck Tape

I know it’s hard to see in the first picture because the material is clear, but I lifted the flap of the brush holder and stuck the Duck Tape to the back of it.

Then, fold it over the other side.

Cut off the excess tape.

Do the same thing with the strip across the case that the flap folds under to close the case.

 

duck tape design

Step 2: tape the remainder of the case

Pull out a nice long strip of Duck Tape and stick it to the back of the case. Try to get it as straight as you can. I have no secrets for success here. You really just have to eyeball it.

Then, fold it around the front and under the strip.

 

DIY duck tape pencil case

Look at that! A travel pen/pencil case with some flare. It fits about 4 regular sized pens (the ones pictured above are pretty skinny). That’s plenty for me. I love it and I will use it every time I travel.

Let me know what you think! Leave your thoughts in the comments. I look forward to hearing from you.

Happy 4th to my American followers!