☩DIY☩ Bead Loom Bracelet

Things you need for this DIY:
✝ a small box (a tissue box works really well)
✝ a craft knife
✝ a ruler
✝ thread
✝ a beading needle or beading wire
✝ seed beads

Total time:
15 mins for the loom
45 mins-1.5 hours for the bracelet 

I feel like I'm at camp again.

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First remove the plastic. Then, using the hole as your guide, remove the top of the box along the longer sides, leaving behind the top along the shorter sides.

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Snip the sides of the remaining box top.

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Fold down.

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Using a ruler, cut slits along the edge, every 1/16 of an inch.

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Repeat on the other side.

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You have your loom! It's not the prettiest thing I've ever made, but it works really well.

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Onto bracelet making:

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Get out your beading needle (a very thin needle) or make one using a piece of beading wire (very thin wire) folded in half and twisted at the end.

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Take a long piece of thread (2-3 feet depending on how long/wide you want your bracelet) and tie a bead close to one end. This will be your stop bead, it will hold your thread in place.

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Put the same number of beads on your thread as there are spaces on your loom.

Holding the beads underneath the loom threads, pop each bead into a space and hold them there.

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Then, go back through the beads OVER the threads. Be careful not to go through your stop bead.

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Pull it taut and repeat...

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...like a lot of times.

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Remove your stop bead and tie off the ends. Done! These bracelets take about the same amount of time as woven friendship bracelets but have the added advantage of not needing a pattern.

☩DIY☩ Friendship Bracelets

Things you need for this DIY:
✝ embroidery thread
✝ a safety pin
 

Total time:

a million years 

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So, I have a bit of a problem. I don't really have an addictive personality...except when it comes to crafting/DIYing/Art-ing, which is weird, I know. I saw a tutorial recently for a cool friendship bracelet pattern and decided to make it. Then I made another...and then another...and another. So this is my life now, I guess. The world of compulsive friendship bracelet making is kind of dark but your friends will love you for it. Won't you join me here? Productivity be damned!

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Here are a few easy patterns to get you started. You can find a BILLION more at friendship-bracelets.net.

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The "Chevron". I think it's way better to switch up the colors on each side.

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"#48920", I took some creative liberties.

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I think it would be FINE to wear like 20 at a time.

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☩DIY☩ Slave Bracelet

Things you need for this DIY:
✝ a broken necklace
✝ four jumps rings
✝ some chain
✝ a clasp
✝ pliers


Total time:

15 mins

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I never throw things away, like to a fault. I do however reuse things as often as I can. This is a great project for pack-rats like me. I used a broken piece of a necklace that I've had for YEARS.

First trim your piece of broken jewelry, mine was a little under 3".

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Measure around your middle finger. Add a good amount of slack.

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Take the loop and attach it with a jump ring.

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Measure around your wrist, cut the appropriate length of chain and attach the center of it, like so.

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Add a clasp and done!