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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)

Supplies for Easy, Stretchy Beaded Bracelets | LulaBelle Handicrafts

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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Marble Magnets Revisited

I sat down to crank out a bunch of marble magnets and thought it might be a good idea to reference my first ever blog post here on LulaBelle Handicrafts. It features marble magnets as made with Sarah Ortega’s instructions. Her tutorial is great, but I realized that my current method is a little different than hers. Mine is geared towards making a lot of them at once. You know that I like assembly line crafts, especially for when you are making them as gifts or maybe even to sell. Keep on reading to see how I made them this time. I’ll let you be the judge as to which method is better for you!

Marble Magnets | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Supplies:

  • Paper
  • Clear, Glass Marbles with a Flat Side
  • 1 1/2 in. Circle Punch
  • Mod Podge
  • Paintbrush
  • X-Acto Knife
  • Magnets
  • Amazing Goop

Step One:

Pick out your paper. I am notorious for hanging on to paper scraps. Let’s be honest. Scrapbook paper ain’t cheap, so I do my very best to use as much of every piece as I can. I rifled through my stash and chose lots of lovely leftovers. I am intending to sell my finished magnets at an upcoming craft fair, so I thought of my magnets in groups of four and chose coordinating papers for each set. In the past, I’ve also used old maps. I’ve seen other folks use photos. You choose what you prefer.

Step Two:

With your paper selected, use a circle paper punch to cut our your pieces. I used a 1 1/2 in. punch because it was roughly the size of my marbles.

Marble Magnets | Step Two  LulaBelle Handicrafts

This is where I diverge from Sarah Ortega’s tutorial a bit. Using a punch is much quicker for me than tracing the shape onto a piece of paper and then cutting it out.

Step Three:

Match up each circle of paper to a large, glass marble.

Marble Magnets | Step Three LulaBelle Handicrafts

I started off using glass marbles that I had bought at Dollar Tree, and I discovered that many of them were chipped or cracked. Essentially only half of each bag was usable. Unacceptable. I decided to try looking for them at Michaels because although theirs are more expensive I was confident that the quality would be better. I was not only correct, but I also lucked out and got them on sale for $1 per bag. If you haven’t shopped for glass marbles before, look for them in the floral design section, and make sure to buy the large ones with the flat back.

Step Four:

Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge to the flat back of the glass marble with a paintbrush.

Marble Magnets | Step Four LulaBelle Handicrafts

Adhere a paper circle to the marble. Make sure to press the paper and marble together to get a good bond. Don’t be alarmed that the marble looks cloudy.

Marble Magnets | Step Four Cloudy LulaBelle Handicrafts

When the Mod Podge dries, it will be crystal clear again. Once you’ve Mod Podged all your marbles, leave them alone, and allow them to dry.

Step Five:

After the marbles finish drying, use an X-Acto knife to cut away any excess paper from the edges of the marbles.

Marble Magnets | Step Five LulaBelle Handicrafts

Depending on the size your marbles, you may not even need to do this step.

Step Six:

Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the paper on the back of the marbles to seal the paper and make sure that it is well attached to the marbles.

Marble Magnets Step Six  | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Allow the Mod Podge to dry thoroughly.

Step Seven:

Place a small dot of Amazing Goop in the center of the back of the marble. Press a magnet onto the Amazing Goop.

Marble Magnets Step Seven | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Once you’ve attached a magnet to the back of each marble, store the completed magnets in a safe place for at least 72 hrs. to allow the Amazing Goop to cure. I know that seems like a long time, but it is necessary. If you try to place your magnets on the fridge before the Amazing Goop has had a chance to form a permanent bond, you’ll find your beautiful marble laying on the floor.

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