How To Make A Braided Wrap Bracelet!

Hi Friends! Today I am going to show you how to make a braided wrap bracelet using burlap and lace ribbon from Offray. I am also using a cute red and white polka dot to give this bracelet a punch of color.  Since this bracelet is designed to wrap and is long it can be used as a necklace too!

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Both of these ribbons are exquisite, you can really feel the quality when working with them. This burlap is quite soft so it is perfect for wearing next to your skin. The lace trim is actually sewn to the edges of the ribbon which was a nice surprise because I thought it was printed when I ordered it. I really makes for a nice texture and is so easy to work with.

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You will need:

Directions:

Step 1. Measure loosely around your wrist/forearm 3 times and add 5″. Cut a piece of each ribbon that length. The additional length is needed because braiding the ribbon will make it shorter. Slit the wide ribbon into 3 pieces leaving them connected at the top.

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Step 2. Lay the narrow grossgrain ribbon over the middle strip.

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Step 3. Add a drop of glue to secure the red ribbon and neatly pleat in each side so you have a 1″ wide ribbon stack.

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Step 4. Attach a ribbon end using nylon jaw pliers.

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Step 5. Braid the 3 strands keeping the red ribbon with the strip of burlap with no lace.

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Step 6. When you get to the end trim the ends flush.

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Step 7. Gather the stands neatly and add the other ribbon end. You can use hot glue to keep the ribbons together while attaching the ribbon end. Only use a small amount, it is the strength of the ribbon end is holding the ends together, the glue is just an aide.  Add a toggle clasp using split rings (do not use jump rings as they tend to slip off of the ribbon ends.) If your bracelet is a bit too short you can add a couple juprings between the split ring and toggle to extend it as far as you need but it should be pretty close.

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Step 8. Trim any long raveled strings from the bracelet. The bracelet will have a soft fringe on the cut edges giving it a country-shabby chic look. It is a fun casual summary piece of jewelry that can be worn as a necklace or bracelet with blue jeans or a sun-dress. Plus it is quick enough to make for all of your girlfriends! For a different look you can reverse the bracelet and it will be a plain burlap braid (see images below.)

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I hope you enjoyed this easy jewelry project! You can find the ribbons I used from Offray and I thank them for sponsoring this blog post. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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Paracord Possibilities!

Did you miss me yesterday? Well, I’m telling you the lazy days of summer are not LOL! OK, I have to be honest, they are a bit lazy because I have had time to whip up these beauties using my hubby’s stash of parachute cord:

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The best thing is that my kids love making these too! I’ll be showing you a paracord bracelet with a feminine twist later this week, maybe even tomorrow if I have my act together;) Paracord is very easy to work with, it is strong which means our paracord creations can be undone in a survival situation and you have several feet of rope at your disposal and the cord is durable, it won’t fray if you burn the ends and it has a bit of “slip” to it so it is great to learn knot tying and macrame techniques. It is also easier to handle then braiding cord for young jewelry makers. Also, it is rugged and manly, boys won’t mind a “survival” bracelet, key-chain or zipper pull! Now that I have sold you on the power or paracord here is a quick tutorial to show you how to make a paracord ball key-chain:

When you are buying paracord don’t go to the craft store unless you want to get ripped off.  Go to a military supply store where it is much cheaper (100 feet for about $7 vs. Joann 16 feet for $2.49) Joann also sells the little balls we just made for $3 each. Aren’t you glad you saw this before you bought one;)

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So if you want to make a necklace leave an 8″ tail when you make your ball. After the ball is made hold the cord around your neck to determine the length you want and cut both ends to length.  Burn one end (remember this is a adult only job and use the blue part of the lighter flame so you don’t discolor the cord) and quickly attach a small ribbon end. I am really excited because I have a use for all of the small ribbon ends I have leftover from the Blue Moon multipacks I buy, I always use up the larger ones but not the little ones, yay!

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Attaching the clasp is another adult job, not that is is dangerous but if you are anything like me you will be using language you do not want your children to hear when attaching the small barrel clasps and split rings. Why barrel clasps and split rings then, you ask? Here’s why, A split ring is like a jump ring on steroids, it has two wraps of wire (like a teeny key ring) so there is no open area or weak spot. If I used a jump ring on the ribbon end chances are the thin metal loop would wiggle it’s way through the split in the ring. Also where the split ring attaches to the swivel loop on the barrel clasp you want the thickness of the 2 wraps to keep that from slipping off as well. Why a barrel clasp? Well, honestly I don’t care for them very much but I always seem to have a ton of them, they come in jewelry grab bags and finding kits and I am pretty sure they breed and multiply in my storage box when I am not looking. Also the barrel clasp is very small, easy to close and plain so good for these unisex necklaces. I highly recommend investing in a pair of split ring pliers if you plan on using split rings very often, or if you need to open key rings a lot to save wear and tear on your fingernails. I bought mine at Joann with a coupon, it was the bead buddy brand and it was only $10 regular price. No need to spend a ton. They are worth their weight in rescued fingernails! 😀

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So here is the way I attached the clap to the necklace, sorry about the above tangent…

  1. Burn ends of cord and attach ribbon ends with nylon jaw pliers.
  2. Attach split rings to each ribbon end.
  3. Open loops on barrel clasp by twisting with small pliers (the same way you open a jumpring) and attach to the split ring, close the loops and make sure they are secure.

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I explain how to attach the ball to a key ring in the video. To finish the key ring trim the cord 1/4″ from knot, burn ends and press into knot to secure by melting. If you notice some of the white core of the cord showing you can touch it up with a permanent marker. Classy.

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I think I will get some white and dark green cord and make 2 toned necklaces in girl scout colors and school colors too. I love the look of the neon cord too, a very “in” trend in jewelry and fashion this year not to mention that nautical inspired jewelry is very hot right now, I think I need to find some anchor clasps and charms! Oh the possibilities of paracord!

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Let me know if you have any questions and til next time happy crafting!

Tutorial: How to attach ribbon ends

Howdy folks! With all of the wire wrapped pendents I have been making lately I needed a simple way to showcase them. I am going to sell them at a craft fair but I would rather sell a necklace than just the pendent on it’s own. Also I did not want to put anything on them that would detract from the pendant. The answer: Ribbon!

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So with ribbon you can just tie the ends together with an overhand knot (I do when using crinkled seam binding), make an adjustable knot or in the case of this velvet ribbon I used ribbon ends and a clasp. They are inexpensive (a 36 pack was a couple bucks at Joanns), they look elegant and they are easy to use.

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Here is a video to show you how:

I really like how you can use any clasp you like with the ribbon ends and you can use any ribbon you have that is moderately thick, not so good for sheer ribbon unless you were using a double strand I think as the teeth need something to grab. Also I found a new tree pendant tutorial to make this simpler tree, I’m not sure what one I like better, on this pendant you start by wrapping 6 strands or wire at the top and adding beads for leaves then twisting the trunk together.

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Well, that’s all for today! I am looking forward to working in my studio today after 2 days of the kids home from school due to the snowstorm. I might even get around to filming the original tree of life pendant tutorial that was requested:) Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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