Crafts and DIYs!

How to Make a Cuff Bracelet: The Basics

Here is an example of a basic cuff bracelet:

Materials:

  • pony beads-3 colors of your choice (If not using pony beads, be sure to choose beads in which the holes are big enough to fit the string through multiple times.)
  • stretchy string (“stretch magic” or fishing line works best in my opinion) 🙂
  • Scissors
  • Cuff pattern (if you don’t have a set idea prior to beginning,you can find them at: kandipatterns.com)

*Most if not all of these items you can purchase at Michaels or Walmart.

Make sure you have all of the materials you need to begin your project. Here are some pictures of what you’ll need before starting.

Instructions:

1.

First, measure out your string using your arm. It can be longer if you’re doing a thicker cuff.

2.

Next, cut your string to the desired length.

3.

Begin sliding your beads onto your string as you would a single bracelet, following a pattern of black, blue, brown. Continue this pattern until you reach an amount of 32 beads (if you’re making it for a bigger wrist,use more beads as long as its an even number). Then tie it off. You should have a short and a long string after you tie it.It should resemble this:

Cut off the short end and LEAVE the long end attached. It should look like this:

4.

Slide 1 bead onto your long tail string (the long string you left attached). It should be the same color it falls on top of.In this case, it would be the black bead because its the first color that comes on the bracelet:

5.

Now that you have your black bead on, put your string through the next bead beside it. In this case it would be the blue bead:

6.

After your string is through the blue bead, put your brown bead on, since it’s the next color. Continue this pattern until it looks like this:

7.
As illustrated above, you can see that the string is hanging, so what you want to do is put your string through the bead that is in “up” position in order to continue the pattern we’ve been doing (you’re putting a bead on, and putting the string through the next “up” positioned bead). Essentially all you’re doing is repeating steps 4-7.

8.

When you’ve gotten your preferred thickness, tie off your bracelet and cut.

Your finished product should look like this. All there is to do now is wear and enjoy!


How to Make a Japanese Lantern

Here I’m going to show you how to make a Japanese lantern out of 16 popsicle sticks, wax paper, hot glue, and black paint. This project is very easy and only takes about 15 minutes to do. The hardest part about this project would probably just be gluing the popsicle sticks together.

This is a fairly cheap project as well, but looks great with a tea light, candle, and works great to trap flames blown around while melting wax melts. For this project you need 16 popsicle sticks. Double that number if you’re going to make a taller lantern (so 32 sticks for a taller one). Sooo, with all of that being said let’s get to it shall we?

So, here’s what you’ll need for this project:

Ready?! Okay!

1.

Take 4 sticks, and glue them together to make a square. Continue this process until you have created 4 squares like the pics below:

2.

After your 4 squares are complete, begin to paint them all black or whatever color you prefer. Wait until that side is dry and continue painting the other side of the squares.

After they are painted, you should have something like this:

3.

Next, you want to take 1 square at a time and lay it on the wax paper to trace around it. After it’s traced, cut your square out. Repeat this process for all of your wooden squares. Here’s where your handy dandy pencil and scissors will come into play.

4.

After you have your wax squares cut out, glue them to the back of your wooden squares (if you have a recommended front and back make sure you determine this before gluing the wax paper on).

It should look like my pics below:

5.

Okay folks, we are ALMOST there…I promise mkay? Alright, so after you have your 4 squares with wax paper attached, you can now begin gluing the squares together to create a box. (You want the glued wax paper facing the inside when you glue the box together–but you probably already knew that…)

When you’re finished it should look like this:

Tada! Now you have a nice, yet inexpensive Japanese lantern to show off to your friends and family!Comment on this page and let me know how yours turned out or anything different you may have done!

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