collaboration January 21, 2014
I know, I know, this post (as well as the gift ideas) is pretty last minute, but I still wanted to share a few of my gift ideas which are mostly DIY (do it yourself).
I think DIY gifts are always thoughtful and interesting - and I love gifting them as well as receiving them. So here's what I chose to gift a few of my best girlfriends.
Saturday morning, in my PJ's, foggy and cold weather outside - let's do a DIY project and blog about it! :)
(and watch Teen Mom in the background, guilty pleasure...)
Honestly, I'm not the craftiest and most creative person. I like to leave that to my sister. BUT I saw this DIY on the blog Honestly...WTF and I fell in love with these bracelets! It looked easy enough for me to handle, so I thought I'd give it a go. And they came out so cute, I'm excited to wear them! I won't take credit for these, so definitely check out Honestly...WTF for the detailed instructions on how to make them.
These are the items you need:
A flat link chain bracelet, yarn in the color of your choice, scissors, bobby pins, tape
Your first strand of yarn should measure four times the length of your bracelet. Make as many strands this length as you want. In Honestly...WTF's blog she makes 8 strands. My link bracelet is bigger/thicker than hers, so I decided to double the amount into 16 strands.
Tie all the strands of yarn together in a knot leaving out about an inch. Tape the extra inch of yarn above the knot to your workspace. Divide your strands of yarn into 2 equal groups (my groups consist of 8 strands each) and pull each group through a bobby pin. This will help pulling the groups of yarn through the chain links.
You start by pulling the group on the right through the first chain link from underneath (image above). Then, you take the left group, cross it over the right group and pull it through the chain link from underneath (image below). Repeat these steps for every chain link. Each group of strands only goes through each chain link once. You're basically braiding the strands, using the chain links as your third "group", like when you braid your hair by dividing it into three groups.
And this is your result! :) At the end, when you've finished braiding around the last chain link, make a knot using all the strands of yarn. Take off the tape where you started and re-do the knot since it may be a little loose at the top of the braid (that's how it was for me, since it was hard to make the first loops into the chain bracelet tight enough). Cut off the excess yarn at both ends of the bracelet. Et voilà!
These are the three bracelets I've made so far :)
So, if you want to make these really cute and really easy bracelets, definitely check out the blog Honestly...WTF for her detailed step-by-step post. She also added charms to the bracelet - very cool idea! I might do this to one of these, just need to decide what kind of charms I want. We'll see!
Have a great Sunday and have fun DIY-ing!!