Tuesday, August 9, 2011

How-To: Make a Girls Stretchy Beaded Ribbon Bracelet


These shiny baubles are a top seller for my new accessories line Shine! Couture. Little girls deserve a little shine of their own and why not show it off by creating your very own stretchy beaded ribbon bracelet??

What You'll Need

  • Metallic jewelry elastic (can be found at any craft store, walmart or even dollerama)
  • 7 Large 20mm sized beads, we go wild for bright colors and multi-faceted styles
  • Satin Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Lighter (I like using a bbq lighter to keep the flames away from my delicate fingertips!!)

How-To

1. Cut a 12 inch length of elastic and fold over to create one double 6 inch piece. This will make the bracelet stronger.

2. Thread beads onto the elastic one by one. Take 2 ends and tie together fairly tightly into a wreath knot. Triple knot for added durability. A wreath knot is also known as a reef knot or a square knot. A great step-by-step how-to on creating this style of knot can be found on Howcast.


3. Tie a bow over the elastic knot with the satin ribbon. Heat seal the ends of the bow with a lighter to create a fray-proof edge. *Tip - Don't hold the lighter TOO close...test this technique out on a piece of scrap ribbon first to get the hang of it. It's much easier than it may sound!!


There you have it!! A beautiful bracelet fit for your favorite mini fashionista.

8 comments:

Polka Dot Sally said...

Thank you for the great tutorial! I shared on our blog today!

Jennifer Needham said...

Hi - Can you please explain what a "wreath knot" is? Thanks!

itmom said...

A wreath knot is otherwise known as a reef knot or a square knot. Here is a link showing how to tie this knot step by step (even includes a video!!) http://www.howcast.com/videos/51-How-To-Tie-a-Reef-Knot

I hope this helps. :)

Heiders! said...

I love the nail polish in your nails!! I need to know the brand and name of color! :0)

itmom said...

Thank you!!! It's OPI Teenage Dream from the Katy Perry collection. It's my absolute FAVORITE shade. :) :)

Sunshine and Sippy Cups said...

OhmyHECK- this is so perfectly, simply, adorable! Thanks so much for sharing :)

Angela said...

I found you on pinterest. I love these bracelets, but I can't find the beads anywhere. Where did you get them?

Thanks so much!
Angela

angbrimwil (at) gmail (dot) com

itmom said...

We found our beads on Etsy. Check it out..there are tons of varieties of beads at all different price points. :)