Make a Double Wrap Bracelet

Double Wrap Bracelet DIY #HandmadeChristmasGift by Happy Hour Projects, featured @savedbyloves

Need a quick, easy, stunning Christmas gift to make?  This double wrap bracelet tutorial from Adrianne at Happy Hour Projects fits the bill.  It brings sparkly shine that is perfect for the holidays.  I am thinking New Year's Eve accessory!  Head over for the full photo step by step and make a few for gifts this year.

Make Pearl & Ribbon Bracelets

Make #DIY Ribbon & Pearl #bracelets with Twinkle and Twine, featured @savedbyloves

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What lady wouldn't love to get this beautiful DIY handmade ribbon & pearl bracelet in her Christmas stocking?  It is simply lovely.  Twinkle and Twine walks you through the simple process with a great photo step by step tutorial.  There are endless color combination possibilities to fit every woman's taste.

While you are at it, grab some jump rings and turn those pearls into stylish chain maille pearl bracelets:

For even more fantastic bracelets to make, don’t forget about our 50+ bracelet roundup with the best DIY bracelet tutorials on the web, in one spot!

Make Aluminum Can Angel Ornaments

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Make #Recycled Aluminum Can Angel Ornaments #ChristmasDecor #Upcycle @savedbyloves

 Need some great handmade Christmas gifts that won't break the bank?  Today's project is an adorable, virtually free Christmas ornament made from an aluminum can.  I was recently gifted a cute coke can angel, and of course had to hack it.  I came up with a template, which you can download and cut out to trace onto a can.  The smaller winged angel takes only one can, no glue, and is easy to make!  The version with the larger wings takes 2 cans, this Sizzix Angel Wings die, and super glue.

Make #Recycled Aluminum Can Angel Ornaments #ChristmasDecor #Upcycle @savedbyloves

SUPPLIES:

12 oz Soda Can Large Beads for head Seed Beads for Halo Craft Wire 20 Gauge Wire Cutter Jewelry Pliers Scissors for cutting Aluminum Angel template Sharpie Craft knife Needle Tool or Bead Reamer Masking Tape (optional)

Tutorial:

Make #Recycled Aluminum Can Angel Ornaments #ChristmasDecor #Upcycle @savedbyloves

For the larger wings, Cut out the template without the wings, fold can into cone shape then super glue larger wings onto back of angel.

Make #Recycled Aluminum Can Angel Ornaments #ChristmasDecor #Upcycle @savedbyloves

To string your ornament for hanging on your tree, loop a piece of string through the halo and you are all set!

***As always, when cutting aluminum cans, be very careful.  They are not as sharp as I thought they would be when I first began working with them, but obviously they are sharper than paper.

Make #Recycled Aluminum Can Angel Ornaments #ChristmasDecor #Upcycle @savedbyloves

Make #Recycled Aluminum Can Angel Ornaments #ChristmasDecor #Upcycle @savedbyloves

For more projects to make from recycled cans, make sure you check out our 60+ Recycled Can projects roundup!  It will leave your recycling bin devoid of cans, and add to your upcycled handmade crafts for Christmas and year round gift giving.

Halloween Paper Ornament Tree

#Halloween #DIY Tree and paper sphere ornaments @savedbyloves

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Grab a limb from your back yard and you are on your way to creating this fun Halloween tree with paper ornaments.  This project is super easy, cheap and cute. It came about as I was trying to think of a way to use up my Halloween patterned scrapbook paper.

I was going to make them into paper pumpkins, then decided they would cute as ornaments.  Here is how to make your own.

SUPPLIES:

Branch

Black spray paint

Bottle or other vase

Paper

Circle punch or dies in various sizes

glue stick

Craft wire (20 or 22 gauge)

Wire cutters, flat nose and round nose pliers

beads

TUTORIAL:

Spray paint branch and set aside to dry.  Once dry, place in bottle or planter, with pebbles or other filler to steady and hold branch in place.

Make the ornaments like I showed you in this paper sphere garland tutorial.  Instead of stringing them as garland, string them each on their own wire, with a bead at the top and bottom as shown in the image.

#Halloween #DIY Tree and paper sphere ornaments @savedbyloves

#Halloween #DIY Tree and paper sphere ornaments @savedbyloves

Hang your ornaments on your tree and that is it!  I think I will just keep this tree around and change it's decor to go with the seasons.  If you want to see more crafting with nature supplies, there is a 50+ for that.  Click the thumbnail below:

DIY Chain Maille Bracelets

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Recently I had Irina from Irina's Cute Box here to share with you her gorgeous chain maille pearl bracelet tutorial.  My sister fell in love with it, so when we had a night together this weekend, we knew it was time to give this project a go.  They were super easy, and worked up fast.  We are both addicted, and we love our new bracelets.  I have a few designs in mind with some beads other than pearls, and sis wants to make one with glass beads next.

Chain Maille #Bracelet Tutorial at @savedbyloves

Irina's tutorial linked above is super easy to follow.  I want to share with you a few tips I learned in the process of creating these beautiful bracelets.

SUPPLIES:

I used a 6mm pearls with 9mm jump rings and 8mm pearls with 11mm jump rings

Jewelry pliers

OR...

This handy dandy jeweler's jump ring tool for easy opening and closing of jump rings:

I love this thing because you can put it on your finger and still have both hands available for the jewelry work, unlike using pliers to open and close the jump rings.  Well worth the $3.

TUTORIAL:

Chain Maille #Bracelet Tutorial at @savedbyloves

For more detailed description, see original chain maille bracelet tutorial post.  After your first "Nest", make sure you add a jump ring at the bottom to keep the first pearl from popping out (shown in bottom picture).  I ended up adding 2 jump rings there since my beads were smaller in comparison to the jump rings than Irina's.  Even with one, the bottom one popped out of its box.

Here is a variation using copper split rings and black glass beads:

The possibilities are endless.  Your imagination will go wild when you get into this project.  These would make great Christmas gifts.  They are stunning, inexpensive, simple and quick!

Chain Maille #Bracelet Tutorial at @savedbyloves

Chain Maille #Bracelet Tutorial at @savedbyloves

For more bracelet how to's, be sure and visit the SBLC tutorial gallery, HERE.

Don't forget about our 50+ bracelet roundup with the best DIY bracelet tutorials on the web, in one spot!

How to Make Chain Maille & Pearl Bracelet

How to make chain maille bracelet at @savedbyloves

I am so excited to share with you this beautiful chain maille bracelet by Irina from Irina's Cute Box.  Chain maille goes back to medieval times as a metal weaving technique they used to make armour worn by knights.  Now it is a common jewelry technique.  I have always wanted to try chain maille, but have been intimidated by its complex appearance.  This is Irina's first attempt, which encourages me to try out the technique.  Her piece came out beautifully, and I would never have guessed she was a novice.  See how to make your own chain maille jewelry, incorporating pearls!  Take it away Irina...
I'd like to share how I made this chain maille bracelet with pearls.
I made jump rings of sterling silver filled wire (18 ga, half hard). The rings have to be a little bit bigger than beads.
Chain maille bracelet with pearls tutorial
To make first bracelet link, connected 4 rings as it shown on the picture.
Chain maille bracelet with pearls tutorial
Then keeping them in fingers fingers as shown on the image below, I "opened" the rings forming them in a shape of nest. Places a pearl bead inside the nest.
Chain maille bracelet with pearls tutorial
Chain maille bracelet with pearls tutorial
Then, closed upper rings like it shown on the picture...
Chain maille bracelet with pearls tutorial
... and connected them with two more jump rings. This rings are starting next chain maille bracelet link.
Chain maille bracelet with pearls tutorial
Again... opened rings to make a nest, placed a bead inside.
Chain maille bracelet with pearls tutorial
Closed the rings and connected with more jump rings.
Chain maille bracelet with pearls tutorial
And so on until the bracelet is needed length. In the end, I attached a clasp, and the bracelet is ready to wear 🙂
Chain maille bracelet with pearls tutorial
And there are earrings to match the bracelet. 🙂

Custom Metal Initial Tag DIY

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Today, Lindsay for the adorable, funky, fun blog Shrimp Salad Circus is here to show you how to add a personalized metal tag to any necklace!  This is a fantastic way to customize that cool piece you scored at the flea market, into a one of a kind gift.  I love the tips and tricks Lindsay shares in this metal stamped tag DIY.  Go visit her blog for some beautiful tutorials, free printables and all kinds of DIY and craft inspiration.  Thanks for stepping in today, Lindsay!
Hello, and happy Thursday, Saved by Love Creations readers! I'm Lindsay of Shrimp Salad Circus, a pretty little piece of the internet where I blog a steady stream of DIY, inspiration, and other tidbits to make every day happier! I'm so excited to share a little project with you guys while Johnnie's away and am thrilled that she invited me to be a part of SBLC!
I know it seems early to be thinking of holidays, but this tutorial will be perfect for any gifting occasion, so use it for the next birthday gal in your life, okay? I don't know about you, but I'm a big fan of the little things - the small details that make some more wonderful. When life gets busy, you don't always have time to make everybody's gifts from scratch, but you still want them to feel special and valued, right?
With just one little extra detail that costs very little in terms of time or supplies, you can add a handmade, personalized touch to any gift to show somebody that you really care. Plus, it'll totally look more expensive with this little finishing touch! Read on, and I'll teach you how to make and add a little metal initial tag to the clasp of any store-bought necklace or bracelet.
What You Need:
  • Metal Disc - I used 10mm brass blanks.
  • Metal Letter Stamp - I used 1.5mm.
  • Metal Hole Punch
  • Hammer
  • Bench Block
  • Black Acrylic Paint
  • Jump Ring
  • Necklace or Bracelet
1.   First, you'll need to punch a hole in your metal disc so that you can attach it to your necklace later. If you bought discs with the holes already in them, then you can skip this step. I like to get them without the holes so that I can use them for lots of different purposes.
2.   Place your disc onto the bench block. The bench block is important because it absorbs the shock of the hammer and keeps the stamp and disc from bouncing so that you can get a nice, deep impression with the stamp. Take your letter stamp, and make sure it's facing the right way!* You don't want an upside down 'a' going on your pretty gift, do you?
Place it in the very center of the disc, holding it low and firmly. Hit it right on top with the hammer with three solid smacks - hard, but not too much.
*Read down to the very end of this post for my little secret for never stamping upside down!
3.   You should have a little letter engraved into your disc now. It's pretty, but you'll notice that it's a bit hard to see. We're going to use paint to cheat a patina to make the letter really pop.
Dip the corner of a paper towel or rag into the top from the paint bottle so that you have a little smudge of paint. Wipe it into the letter, rubbing the towel across the disc to get it into all the grooves in the letter. Now, using a clean corner on the towel, lightly wipe the excess paint from the top of the disc so that the only paint left is inside the letter. Leave it to dry for a few minutes.
*Note: Alternately, you could use a permanent marker to get the patina finish. That process is explained here.
4.   Use a jump ring threaded through the hole in the disc and the clasp on the necklace to attach them together.
*Bonus: I promised to share my secret for never stamping upside down, right? This is a much bigger stamp (6mm) than the one from the tutorial, but I wanted to be sure you guys could see what I'm talking about. When you get a box of stamps, lay them all out on a table so that the bottom of the letter is pointing at the table. Use a white pencil to write that letter on the top side, like the 'r' in this photo. Voila. Never stamp until the side with your letter written on it is facing up, and you'll never stamp the wrong way again!

Guest Post: Beaded Hoop Earrings

DIY Beaded Hoop Earrings by The Silly Pearl

Today I am thrilled to have Steph from The Silly Pearl here to share with you a fantastic beaded hoop earring tutorial.   She is a multi-talented crafter for sure, but I especially love her jewelry tutorials.  She was in the handmade bridal jewelry business before her twin girls came along, and her experience shines through her projects.  Might I just add that I am all over these earrings.   Thanks Steph!

Hello! My name is Steph from the blog The Silly Pearl, where I write about crafting, thrifting, cooking (and a teeny bit of gardening!), along with my 5 year old twin girls. Thank you so much to Johnnie for having me today on your blog. I was so honored when she asked me to guest post for her this week.

Hope you are having a great Labor Day weekend! Though ironically, my tutorial today doesn’t take much work at all! I’m going to show you how I made these Beaded Hoop Earrings.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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  • An assortment of beads. This depends on the look you’re going for. I have a large focal bead in the middle, so I have two of those. Then I have three other types of beads, symmetrically strung on either side. I got all my beads at a local bead store, but you can find similar beads at Michaels or Jo-Ann.
  • Two pieces of jewelry wire cut to 6 inches each. I used Beadalon 24-gauge round wire, available at Jo-Ann. I would not go any thinner than 26 gauge or thicker than 22 gauge (too thin…it might break with wear, and too thick…too hard to work with).
  • Something cylindrical in shape, like a spool. This will be your template for bending the wire into a round shape. The finished diameter of the earrings is about 1.5 inches, so if you want bigger/smaller, then use a bigger/smaller template.
  • A pair of ear wires. I purchased these from Michaels as well.
  • Jewelry making tools: Flat nose pliers, Round nose pliers, and Wire cutters.

1. Wrap one piece of wire around the spool, so that there is an equal amount of length sticking out, if that makes sense. Then 2. Pinch the wire together so it’s the same circumference as the spool. You’ll be left with a little less than 1 inch of both the ends.

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So when you remove the wire from the spool, it will look like this, with two kinks in the wire.

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3. Now you’re ready to start threading on the beads. Use your fingers to gently straighten one of the kinks, enough to allow the beads to thread on. If you’re using a focal bead in the middle, thread that on first. Then 4. Thread on the small beads on one side of the focal bead, until there are enough beads to reach the kink. Next, 5. Repeat the same pattern on the other side, again straightening out the kink a little bit so you are able to thread on the beads.

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So when you have all your beads threaded on, it will look like this. For the next few steps, get your round-nose pliers ready…now I’ll teach you how to wire wrap, but you’ll be wrapping both those end strands (instead of just one strand as usual). To see a better tutorial on wire wrapping than I could ever do, visit BeadStyle Magazine’s wire wrapping tutorial, or check out the last few pages of every paper issue.

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6. Grasp both strands with the round-nose pliers. Then 7. Twist your wrist to one side, bending both wires at 90 degrees.

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8. Using your fingers, grab both the ends, and loop it around the top of the round-nose pliers. Then, 9. Wrap the wire under the round-nose pliers, remove your pliers from the loop, and insert only the bottom point of the round-nose pliers into the loop.

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10. Now we’ll start wrapping the ends around the base of the loop to secure the loop. Grasp both ends with flat-nose pliers while you still have the round-nose pliers inside the loop, as described in step 9.

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11. Wrap the wire around the base of the loop (there should be a teeny length of vertical wire at the base of the loop, where you formed the kinks earlier, which is where the wire will wrap around).

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12. Keep wrapping a few more times until…

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13. You are left with a short length of the wire ends. Next you’ll use your wire cutters…

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14. …to cut off these ends as close to the base of the loop (i.e. where your wrapped wire is) as possible, without snipping anything else!

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15. Then use your flat-nose pliers to flatten and tuck in those ends so you don’t have anything scratchy or pointy sticking out. 16. You can also use the flat-nose pliers to neaten-up the loops, which you want to try to make as uniform as possible but it doesn’t always happen! It’s ok…it looks rustic, right?

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16. Finally, take your earring wires. On the left in the picture below is a closed one. Usually with ear wires, you can open the loop to slide on your finished piece. Slide open the loop with your flat-nose pliers, like you would open a jump ring (see the BeadStyle Magazine link above for another tutorial on how to open jump rings with a sliding motion, which you would also use to open the earring wire loop).

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Repeat for the 2nd earring, and you’re done.

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You could also make a pendant…instead of using earwires, just thread a chain through the loop.

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If you enjoyed this tutorial, I hope you’ll stop by my blog, The Silly Pearl, for more! I not only make jewelry, but enjoy almost every other type of craft.

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Again, thank you so much Johnnie for having me on your lovely blog today!

-Steph-

DIY Neon Paper Beads

Make How to Make Paper Beads & Macrame Bracelet with #goastrobrights at savedbylovecreations.com Make Paper Beads & Macrame Bracelet with #goastrobrights at savedbylovecreations.com

These simple quilled paper beads are made with AstroBrights paper.  They are super easy to make, inexpensive,  and one pack of AstroBrights would make 5 bracelets for every wrist in the United States (that is just an estimate).   This tutorial shows you the process of quilling the paper strips into the cylinder beads.  Goosebumps shimmer texture spray was used to seal and give texture with a quick spritz.  Use your beads in your own designs, or use my macrame charm bracelet video tutorial, like I did here...

Make Paper Beads & Macrame Bracelet with #goastrobrights at savedbylovecreations.com

Supplies:

AstroBrights warm assortment

Glossy Accents

Quilling tool

Cutting mat

exacto

straight edge

*If you have the Cuttlebug Daisy Kit, you don't need the mat, exacto and straight edge - just use your die to cut the strips for the beads.

TUTORIAL:

Make Paper Beads & Macrame Bracelet with #goastrobrights at savedbylovecreations.com

How to Make Paper Beads & Macrame Bracelet with #goastrobrights at savedbylovecreations.com

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?!