Monday, December 29, 2014

Twisted Gold Bow Bangle

Hey there!
As I did my usual before-I-go-to-bed-routine by surfing through the Internet (I'm looking at YOU Pinterest!), I spotted a bow bracelet from Kate Spade.
Here is the link to today's DIY inspiration:
I mean: Isn't that just adorable?!
Gold? Check. A bow? Check. A bracelet? Check.
Read on to see how I tried to copy this and change it into my own version:
What you need:
Gold wire
Jewelry pliers
Hot glue gun
Velvet band in the color of your choice (mine is deep purple)
How to:
Start by cutting two 11'' (around 30cm) long pieces of wire.
Fold each of them in half and create a small loop. Now start twisting till you reach the ends.
Take the ends and create two loops, each facing another direction.
Next, grab the end of one loop, wrap it around the center of both and bend over.
If the ends are too rough, sand them or dip them in nail polish.
Then, bend the other ends with the small loops so that the bangle will fit your arm wrist.
Cut two pieces of the velvet band, pull them through the small loops, dab hot glue at the ends of the band, fold them over and press.
Whenever you want to wear this bracelet, tie the ends of the velvet band together.
Le fin.

Sunday, December 07, 2014

DIY: Fabric Tape Hairband

Yesterday, one of my dear friends celebrated her birthday!
A week ago, I was at a loss what to give her. I asked her and she said that anything would be fine as long as I craft it myself. Despite her hint, I wasn't sure what to do. Thus, she said that she would be delighted to receive a hairband. Knowing this and the fact that her favourite color is purple, I began to make one for her...see for yourself! :

1. Materials: 2 x Fabric Tape (different patterns), scissors, a needle, thread, elastic
2. Start by cutting your fabric tapes. I cut mine at 15,5".
3. Peel off the unnecessary side of the fabric tape.
4. Stick one end of the elastic to a farbic tape. Put the other fabric tape over that part.
5. It should look like this.
6. You can see both sides of the hairband, making it a "double-sided" one.
7. Secure the elastic by stitching the end together.
8. Now you're finished!

After I made this one, I tried another version. I crocheted flowers with purple wool and added an elastic.


Next, I folded a paper bag, put in some chocolates and the two hairbands and closed it with a sticker. To secure it further, I clipped on a mini clothespin.

What about it? Make a few hairbands for your friends next time - it didn't take me a long time to make these and they will be happy to receive something you crafted yourself!