Leather Cord Bracelet

These leather cord bracelets are so quick and easy, you can use beautiful buttons or colorful glass beads.

Materials:

  • Buttons or glass beads
  • 1.8m Leather cord
  • Scissors

Button bracelet:

Before you start make sure the leather cord will slide through the button holes!  I’m using 7 one inch mother of pearl buttons and one 1/2″ button as the fastener.  I want the bracelet to be 7″ to 71/2″ long when finished, so I will need to cut the leather cord 36″ long.  Fold the cord in half, make a knot on folded end about 1/2″ in, this end will be your fastener, so make sure your button (the 1/2″ button) will slide through!  To keep the first button in place tie one more knot about 1/4″ from the first knot.  Slide your button through one of the cords.

Slide the button all the way to the knot, tie another knot with both cords to hold button in place!

Add another button, tie a knot until you have all your buttons on and the size you want.

To finish your bracelet, tie one more knot to keep the buttons from being to close to each. Slide the smaller 1/2″ button on, sliding a cord through each button hole, and tie cording in strong knot.

Cut off extra cord.

Button bracelet done!

Glass bead bracelet on a leather is just as easy!

For the glass bead bracelet, cut the leather cord 36″ for a finished 7″ to 71/2″ bracelet.  Fold cord in half and make a knot, with the opening large enough for your last bead to go through (this last bead will be your fastener).

Before you start make sure the glass beads will easily slide on the leather cord!  And the bead that will become the fastener needs to slide on to both cords!

Slide the first bead onto just one of the cords, and make a knot, slide next bead on and make a knot, until you have the size you want!

 

Now for the last bead, slide this bead through both cords knot a strong knot and cut off extra cord!

Done, how easy and quick!

Or try this, make a loop large enough for a bead and tie a knot.  Slide the first bead through both ends of the cord, cut extra tail of cord hiding it in the bead!

Make a knot, add a bead, make a knot, until you have the size you want.

The last bead will be the fastener, so it needs to fit through the loop!  Slide this bead on, make a tight knot and cut off extra cord!

These bracelets would make a great “crafty” project for a tween sleep over or for a birthday activity!

Enjoy and be inspired!

Magazine Beads

Stop… do not throw away that magazine, recycle and make beads.  Yes these beads are just strips of magazine pages rolled into a bead.  Grab some glue and lets make these easy beads.  This is a great project for older children!

Materials:

  • Magazine
  • Tacky Glue
  • Scissors
  • Double stick tape squares
  • Plastic cocktail straws
  • Wax paper
  • Long wooden skewer
  • Clear varnish sealer gloss or satin and paint brush
  • Optional for necklace: jump rings, seed beads, eye pins, needle pliers

Directions:

Pull out pages that you want to use from the magazine, I like finding colorful pages.  Cut pages into long triangles, the fatter end will determine the length of the bead, the longer you cut the triangle, the fatter the bead will be.

Lets make a bead(s), place the side you want seen down and place a double stick square about a 1/4″ from the top (the larger end).  Place a small plastic straw on the top and start to roll, you want the tape to stick and hold the paper not on the straw,  this makes it so easy to slide the finished bead off.

I outlined the tape, see how it is not all the way at the top.  I have found this step makes it faster and easier to make the bead, if you do not have double stick tape, glue will work but you need to keep the bead moving around the straw or it will not slide off.

Now add a line of Tacky Glue and keep rolling to the end.

There will be glue that comes out the sides, with your fingers rub the glue over the bead and slide of straw to dry.

You can make this beads in any size.

Lay the bead(s) on wax paper to dry (do not let them touch each other).  When they are dry I like to paint a coat of gloss varnish sealer.   Slide the beads on to long wooden skewers, paint a coat of sealer, and use a jar to balance the skewer on top to let the dry.

You do not want the sealer to get on the skewer, it will make it hard to get the beads off.  When dry slide off.

Now what to do with all the beads….lets make a necklace.

I’m using eye pins, but you could use wire and roll each end to hold the jump rings.  I start with a small seed bead, then a larger bead, the magazine bead, larger bead, and end with seed bead on eye pin.  With needle nose pliers round the end to make a closed circle.

 

 

When all beads are on the eye pins, open and attach a jump to the ends, keep going until you have the length you want.  I made two strands, one with 24 beads and the other with 22.

This necklace cost under $5 and I love the colorful look.

A quicker way to put together this necklace is to string the beads on leather cord or hemp!  Tie a knot to hold magazine bead in place and maybe add some small glass beads or wooden beads, tie the ends together and you a have a one of a kind necklace.  This project is great for older children, they can make them for all their friends!

Beaded Wire Circle Charm

My sister ask my to come up with an unique and inexpensive gift that she could give her girl friends who where putting together a big birthday party for her (one of those birthdays with a big number)!  I came up with the Circle of Friendship beaded charm.  It’s a wire ring wrapped with seed beads that you slide onto your favorite chain and I found a beautiful friendship poem to put with it.

I wish I could give credit to the author of this beautiful poem, but I do not know the author.

Materials:

  • Seed beads
  • 26 gauge wire like Darice brand permanently colored copper wire
  • Small metal ring or washer
  • Wire cutters

I had an old circle chain from another project and liked the larger size ring, but any solid ring will work.  Cut about an 18″ long piece of the 26 gauge wire ( if the wire is too long it’s hard to work with and you can always add more) wrap a few times around the ring, then start stringing on some seed beads (not too many) on the wire and start wrapping around the ring.  You may need to use your fingers to hold the beads in place while wrapping.  I like to go all the way around one time then go back in the other direction one time.

The more times you go around adding beads the larger/thicker the ring will become.  If you use a washer that is already thicker, you will have a different look.

The ring I’m using is only about 3/4th of an inch!

When you have all the beads on, wrap the wire (with no beads) around a few times pushing it down into the beads and cut off what you do not need, pushing cut end down into the beads (making sure the sharp end is not sticking out).  It takes me about 20 minutes to make one charm, making this a fast, inexpensive and unique gift!

Now your Circle of Friendship charm is ready for you to slide onto your favorite chain/cord or give a gift to a special friend.

The 26 gauge wire comes in a lot of colors, it’s by Darice in a 30 yard roll for $2.50 (no coupon) and the seed bead comes in all colors, you can get small packages for $1 to $1.50 (no coupon).  If you are like me and love the 40% off craft coupons from Jo Ann, this project would be under $3.00 (using coupons) and you could make about 10 charms!!

Each charm is different, unique, and worn close to your heart, as each friend is special in their own way and always close to your heart!

Glass Bead Necklace

Shopping in the mall I saw all the fun and colorful jewelry for summer and saw the prices!  I always keep Jo An Fabric and Michaels coupons in my car for these reason, I need to stop and get some glass beads and cord.  Glass beads cost me $3.00 for a bag(a lot of beads!) and leather cord for jewelry $2.00 (it is thin so the beads will fit).

Materials:

Glass beads varies sizes

Leather cord for jewelry, waxed cotton cord, hemp  (bead needs to fit on cord)

Scissors

Directions:

For a finished necklace 32″ to 34″ total length you will at least 3 1/2 yards of cord. The knots take up a lot of cording, so do not cut yourself short by not having enough cord. Cut two pieces of cording the same length (the longer your cording, the longer the finished necklace will be)  cut the cord into two equal pieces (mine are about 62″ each).  Tie the first knot about4” to 6″ down from one end, and slide on your first bead. I like starting with smaller beads, working the larger beads in the center of the necklace.

Now make another simple knot.  If you are using leather cord do not pull super tight when making the knot, the cord will break.

Here is my trick, slide the next bead onto the opposite cord from the first bead (look can you see it!).  Now a knot!

So just check to see which cord the bead ahead is on and use the other cord for next bead.  Keep going….bead – knot.

Keep going until it is the length you want (you will need about 4″ to tie to the other side of necklace).

When your necklace is the length you like, tie the ends (all 4 pieces of cord) together and you necklace is done.  I made two necklaces, one just a little longer than the other.

I love all the different colors, sizes and shapes glass beads have, making this a perfect summer necklace.  I”m making one for all my special girlfriends.

 

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