Archives for July 2012

Video DIY: Crafter’s Clay Pendant & Bracelet

Martha Stewart Crafter's Clay Jewelry Tutorial

Make gorgeous, custom, boutique worthy jewelry with this easy Martha Stewart Crafter’s Clay video DIY.  Used in this tutorial is the nature kit, which I found at Michael’s.  I showed it to you before in this clay hydrangeas tutorial.  Some basic jewelry supplies and techniques and antiquing with glaze are used with the silicone mold flowers for the final pieces.

Crafter's Clay Nature Kit

Polka Dot Jar Vase/Luminary

Mason Jar Luminary or Vase

Need a great upcycle project for a centerpiece?  This polka dot mason jar vase from Bolevard Pink will add a splash of color and style to any occassion.  Head over for the simple DIY involving a masking techique.  Most will have everything on hand to make one of these.  Put a candle or LED votive instead of flowers for a quick luminary.

Chevron Beaded Pendant DIY

Chevron Beaded Pendant DIYBeading projects can be intimidating.  That is why I am all for the simple technique used to create this modern chevron patterned pendant from How did you make this.  How cute would it be in neon and tan?!

50+ Plastic Bottle Crafts to Make

Plastic Bottle Craft Ideas

Americans discard 35 billion plastic bottles annually. So? So, that equals 1 billion gallons of oil and 44 million cubic yards of landfill every year (source).  Lets stop the madness creatively with this week’s 50+ round-up.  If you have a plastic bottle upcycle to share, email me and I will add it to the list.  Enjoy!

Whimsical Bunting Subway Art Printable

Target knock off subway art with printable and display DIY from Printable Decor

Today at Printable Decor, I shared this Target knock off subway art printable and the display DIY.  The Target original cost $24.99.  Go see how I created the finished piece for under $2!  Submit a printable while you are there, and be sure to follow along on FB and Twitter for daily freebie prints to decorate your surroundings without emptying your wallet.

Video: DIY Beaded Macrame Bracelets With Mod Podge Charms

Beaded Macrame Charm Bracelet Tutorial

Make Beaded Macrame Charm Bracelets

Have you had a chance to play with Mod Podge’s new Podgeable Papers and Shapes?  I used the nature pack to create these cute charms, which I attached to beaded macrame bracelets I made.  This video tutorial shows you how to make the charm ready bracelets and the charms.  Attach a clip to the jump ring to make them interchangeable and swap them out to fit your mood.

Any kind of charm will work, if you aren’t interested in making custom pieces.  Here are a couple of metal charm macrame bracelets:

On to the video:

Macrame Beaded Charm Bracelet Tutorial

Aluminum Can Rose Pendant Sizzix Video Tutorial

AluminumCanRosePendantThis video tutorial walks you through the process of using a Sizzix machine to cut an aluminum can that you will use to create the 3D rose pendant.  This is super easy, and you know I love it because it is an upcycle!  Not to mention how pretty the rose is.  You can use it for a charm, card embellishment, rings and all kinds of jewelry and crafts.  I opted for the inside of the can so my rose would be aluminum, but you can grab a can in any color you could need for your project.

Make Rose Pendants From Aluminum Cans


Sizzix Die Cut Machine

3d Flowers Rose Die

Die with leaves

Soda can

Material to cut leaves (I used a green faux leather case from Goodwill)

Metal snips

Wire Cutter

Chain for stringing pendant

Eye pin

Round nose pliers

Bamboo skewer or toothpick

Needle tool or hammer and nail to punch hole in bottom of rose for eye pin insertion

Super glue or other quick grab glue for aluminum

Material for leaves

recycled can jewelry



Neon Mason Line Bracelets

Neon Mason Line Bracelet Tutorial

Just when I thought I had made all of the bracelets I was going to make for awhile, I found this fabulous neon mason line knotted bracelet tutorial at A Few Good Things.  They used the macrame closure from Honestly WTF that I told you about in my macrame bracelet DIY post.  I can’t wait to try this project.  According to the tutorial, the mason line is available at hardware stores, near spools of chain.

I found some neon mason line on amazon in several colors; 5 spools for just $5.70!  These colors are just perfect for summer.

Lehigh Secure Line NSTPKCC Flying Colors Twisted Twine, 18-by-160-Foot,  5-Piece

Video Tutorial: Braided Bead Bracelet

Modern Bracelet Tutorial

Want to make a simple, modern bracelet with tons of possible variations?  Join me in this quick video tutorial that involves braiding with beads.  You will have a fun arm party going in no time.  I have made dozens of these using different cording and bead shapes/sizes.  Let your imagination run wild and make this project fit your style!  Enjoy my second ever video.

Hope you enjoyed the video.  If you want more bracelets to make, make sure to check out the 50+ (and growing) roundup by clicking the thumbnail:

Upcycle Leather Jean Tag Bracelet

Upcycled Jean Label Bracelet

An eco-friendly, way cheap, super easy and quick, gorgeous  leather bracelet is what you will find in this tutorial.  I originally shared this project at Carolyn’s Homework.  Maybe you noticed the bracelet mania going on here and everywhere.  They are so cute for summer, and can be made from recycled materials to look stunning for little cost.  Time to rip the label off your jeans and transform it into beautiful wrist decor.

   Although I do use my Sizzix to emboss the leather, you can absolutely do this project without it.


Label from jeans

Hole punch and eyelet setter (I use Crop-a-dile in this tutorial)

Metal chain long enough for the bracelet to fit wrist

Jewelry Pliers to open and close jumprings

Jewelry clasp for closure

Sizzix and embossing folder of you choice (optional)

Crafter’s Pick Glue

Paper Rose

Krylon Clear Coat (to seal paper rose)

Upcycled bracelet tutorial


Make a bracelet from Jean Labels

Once the glue is dry, you are ready to wear your new upcycled jeans label bracelet!

Jean Label Bracelet

upcycled jewelry tutorial

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