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DIY Easy, Stretchy, Beaded Bracelets

A girl can never have too many bracelets. I love them, especially pretty, beaded ones that look great stacked. I’m usually surprised by the price of them in boutiques and at craft shows. Rarely do I buy these kinds of bracelets anymore because making them is easier than you might think. Plus they don’t take a lot of beads, so bracelets are a great way to use up some of your leftovers or highlight a few high-dollar beads.

Easy, Stretchy Beaded Bracelets | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Supplies:

  • Beads
  • .5 mm Clear, Stretchy Elastic
  • 2 mm Crimp Beads
  • Scissors
  • Crimper or Pliers
  • Scotch Tape (optional)

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Step One:

Cut a piece of clear elastic long enough to fit around your wrist plus about 2 in. I like to cut the elastic bigger than I need so that it’s easier to work with once all the beads are strung.

Step Two:

String your beads. This is the longest part of the process for me. I often start off with one pattern and tweak it to make the proper length to fit my wrist. Spacer beads are your friend. If you need to add just a little more length, pop a couple of them onto the end of the elastic. I know that I’m done stringing when I can wrap the beads around my wrist and the ends meet.

Step Three:

Put 1 or 2 crimp beads on one end of your elastic. You can use only 1, and your bracelet will be fine. I like to use 2 just in case when I’m really fond of the beads or they are heavy. Then thread the other end of the elastic through the crimp beads, and pull the elastic taut. 

Easy, Stretchy Beaded Bracelets | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Step Four:

Use your crimper or pliers to close the crimp beads. If you’ve never done this before, you smash the bead with the crimper or pliers. Then turn it 90 degrees, and smash it again.

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To make it a little easier, I tape one end of the elastic down with scotch tape and hold the other end in my non-crimping hand. This allows me to keep the elastic taut and beads on the elastic.

Easy, Stretchy Beaded Bracelets | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Step Five:

Thread the elastic through the first couple of beads on each side, and cut off the excess. Your bracelet is now ready to be shown off to the world!

I love layering these with other bracelets. Rarely do I wear just one.

Easy, Stretchy Beaded Bracelets | LulaBelle Handicrafts

That look is a little extreme. Really I just wanted to show off some of the cool beads I’ve acquired the past few months. This is how I usually wear the bracelets.

Easy, Stretchy Beaded Bracelets | LulaBelle Handicrafts

I also like to gift them. Three bracelets in coordinating colors make for a lovely gift.

Easy, Stretchy Beaded Bracelets | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Easy, Stretchy Beaded Bracelets | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Happy bracelet making!

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Halloween Hair Ties

If you follow me on Facebook (which you should!), you’ve already seen a sneak peak of the ultra cute, Halloween elastic that I bought from Sunshine Shoppe. They are now selling many of their elastics in 5 yd. packages, which is great for those of us making lots of hair ties or headbands at a time. Halloween prints are included!

Halloween Elastic

Making your own hair ties is much easier than you might think. Check out my tutorial to learn how. I bought the 5 yd. packages of Halloween prints and coordinating solids to make sets of three hair ties to sell at a craft fair scheduled for October. You could also make these Halloween sets of hair ties to give out as favors if you’re throwing a spooky bash. To finish off my sets, I simply placed them on 3 x 5 index cards. You could also use pieces of a decorative cardstock.

Halloween Hair Ties

Whether you’re making these hair ties for yourself or others, I guarantee that they will be a huge hit. Happy Halloween crafting!

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DIY Elastic Ponytail Holders and Headbands

One of my very favorite accessories is a Twistband. I saw them featured on the Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda a few years ago and ordered them almost immediately. These colorful, elastic ponytail holders claim to leave your hair without any creases after taking them out. I am not blessed with hair that can easily resist the ponytail hump, but that doesn’t make me love my Twistbands any less. I almost always have one of my wrist. If you don’t see one there, it’s likely only because the Twistband is already in my hair.

They are not particularly expensive to buy, so I didn’t immediately set out to make my own. One day I hurriedly left the house without a Twistband (gasp!) and had to improvise on the fly. At that time I was working at a craft store, and Blue Moon had recently released some elastic for making headbands. It was fairly economical, so I bought it. Sadly this type of elastic was nowhere near as resilient as what my trusty Twistbands were made of. The elastic also had a sheen to it that gave the whole thing a cheap look.

Some months later I came across a pin on Pinterest for diy ponytail holders and investigated the source the pinner used to buy her elastic. I was so pleasantly surprised when I visited the Sunshine Shoppe website for the first time. They offer stretchy elastic in a wide variety of colors, prints, and GLITTER! I am and will always be a sucker for anything shiny, so they had me at the glitter. Here’s the best part: the prices are unbelievable. You can get a yard of solid-colored elastic for $.50.

Elastic

Before you invest in making your own ponytail holders and headbands, give Twistbands a try. I really think you’ll find that you love them as much as me.  If you do decide that you want to make your own, I highly recommend you check out Sunshine Shoppe. The quality of the elastic is almost as good as a Twistband. Plus they have an awesome selection. The ladies cut each order by hand which makes it take awhile to receive your elastic, so plan in advance if you order from them.

Once you have your elastic, get out a good pair of scissors. I mean the ones that you reserve for cutting ribbon so that it doesn’t fray, not ones that serve every purpose under the sun and live in the bottom of your junk drawer. For ponytail holders, cut a piece of elastic about 10 in. long. Fold the elastic in half, and tie a knot in the end. Yes, it is really that easy!

Ponytail Holders for the Nieces

To make a headband for an adult, use the same technique but with a 24 in. piece of elastic.

Headband

With the price of elastic so affordable from Sunshine Shoppe, you could easily make a ponytail holder or headband to match every outfit in your closet. Three of these little ponytail holders in coordinating colors and prints make for the perfect stocking stuffer or shower gift. I made my nieces and mother each a set for Christmas last year, and they really liked them.

As always, happy crafting!

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