☩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☩ 30 Minute Tote

Things you need for this DIY:
 faux leather with a decent looking lining
✝ a sewing machine
✝ scissors
✝ a writing utensil (I used a soft pencil so it would be easy to see in the photos, you might want to use something lighter)

Total time:
30 minutes

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So easy kids!

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Using faux leather for this is important. Real leather is soft and will stretch over time. You can do it but the bag would need an internal structure to strengthen it.

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Start by drawing a rectangle 15"X20". Then make two lines 6" and 8" from the top. On the 8" line mark the middle. On the 6" line mark 5" from each side and on the top mark 2" from each side.

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Connect the dots, then round the edges.

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Measure 2" in both directions from the bottom corners. Round.

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Draw a 1/2" seam allowance all the way around and cut out the pattern leaving behind the sections like above. Use the the piece of leather as a template for the second piece.

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Now here's where it can get tricky. I didn't want to pin the two sides together because it would damage the material, so I just held the two pieces together very tightly while I sewed. If you are super careful, this isn't that hard but if you are a little shaky on the sewing machine, you can use double sided tape to keep them in place.

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Done!

☩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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