A few months ago one of my best friends daughters was diagnosed with leukemia. Thankfully she is responding well to treatment so far and her prognosis is very good. There was a huge outpouring of support for them and a benefit was planned early on. Aside from attending the benefit and rallying some of our friends for a donation, in true DIY fashion, I wracked my brain for something special I could do for my friend to show my support. Since I was addicted to making bracelets at the time (and still am), I decided to make my friend some DIY cause bracelets. The official support color for leukemia is orange, and since they would be going through treatments for over two years, I figured they could use some stylish accessories. Both of her daughters are girly girls and and love jewelry.
Some of these I’ve done tutorials on before, and a few I have yet to post on. I was in a bit of a hurry to get them all finished in time for the benefit, so I didn’t take the time to do step-by-step photos on the new ones. I will in the next few weeks though.
||Circle Inspiration Bracelet
My friend, her daughter and their whole family have shown amazing strength through this whole process, so I thought the “strength” charm was very fitting.
||DIY Tube Wrap Bracelet
This one was a great stylish addition, easy
to make and great for layering and blending
into a regular wardrobe.
|| T-Shirt Finger Weave Bracelet
I made this bracelet for each of the girls.
For the one going through treatment, I
figured it would be comfortable to wear.
Because they are close in age, it seemed
like a good idea to have them get matching
|| Macrame Knot and Bead Bracelet
I haven’t posted a tutorial on this one yet,
but I will son and will update this post with
the links. I originally tried to make this for
my friend, but I cut the leather too short,
so it ended up being for her daughter.
|| Paracord Bracelet
Tutorial to come on this one soon. I made
this one for the dad. It doubles as a
survival bracelet since it’s about 9 feet of
parachute cord, so I think that made it
I will say, orange is a tough color to find in leather cord. I was able to order it from LimaBeads.com. The parachute cord is a little easier to come by. I ordered mine from Amazon.
My friend’s family still has a long road ahead of them, so any positive thoughts and prayers you can send their way are appreciated. I pray their daughter continues to respond to treatment and they maintain the strength and amazing fighting spirit they’ve had in them since the start of this battle.
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On one of my many trips to Michael’s recently, I ran across these inspiration word circles that I knew would be perfect for a gift I was working on. Using some suede cord and a toggle clasp I already had, this circle inspiration bracelet took about 15 minutes to make.
I practiced on the Inspire version that I made for myself and then made the Strength one for a friend.
- Circle charm
- Suede lacing cord (I used 3.5 times my wrist size)
- Bar and ring toggle clasp (or other clasp)
- Bead glue (optional)
- Cut your cord in half. Take one piece and fold it in half.
- Put about 2 inches of the folded portion through the center of your circle charm. Bring the ends up and through the loop. Pull it tight.
- Repeat on the other side with your remaining cord.
- If you’re using a bar and toggle ring clasp, put both ends of the cord through the smaller ring on the ring part of the clasp.
- Measure to your wrist and tie the two ends together in a half knot where you want the toggle to fit. Repeat on the other side with the bar part of the clasp. Before you tie the knot, make sure to measure to your wrist again to ensure the right fit. I like mine not much bigger than my wrist.
- Pull the knots tight and clip the ends close to the knots.
- (Optional) Use a little bit of bead glue on your knots to secure.
I have a few more circle charms left, so I’ll be coming up with something for those soon. Now if Spring would just come and stay for good, I’d be able to wear all these bracelets!
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It’s me… back with another monogram project. Are you sick of them yet? I’ve got too many ideas and have now had to move on to my first initial. This one was inspired by a lot of Scrabble art I’ve seen floating around Pinterest, most of them combining names and words together. I used to play Scrabble a lot with my grandparents when I was growing up. We’d spend the night on New Year’s Eve and have a little competition mixed in with the party hats and ginger ale. I decided to make this monogram Scrabble tile for my office rather than for the mantle gallery of “H’s” I’ve been working on lately.
- Wood Block (I found an 8×8 basswood block at Michael’s)
- Black Acrylic Paint
- Foam Brush
- Stencil for your letter and number
- Clear spray topcoat or Polycrylic finish
To create my stencil, I used my Silhouette Cameo. I Googled what font is used for Scrabble tiles. For the most part the results came back as various forms of News Gothic – which I don’t have on my computer. I found some free Scrabble-like fonts at Fontspace. I used Tilez. If you’re going to create your own using fonts you already have on your computer, you can look up the value of your letters here.
After placing my stencil where I wanted it, I painted two coats using black acrylic paint and a foam brush. You can see I accidentally went outside the stencil. I thought I was going to have to scrap this one. I think I have something like this happen on nearly every project I do, so frustrating. I pulled out my finger nail polish remover and a q-tip and was able to get most of the paint out.
I removed the stencil and I let the paint dry for about an hour. Then I sprayed 3 coats of the clear poly finish, waiting about a half hour between. It’s a little hard to see in the picture, the finish is shiny but not glossy.
It fits perfectly in my office. I tried to take a good picture of it in my office, but the lighting wasn’t good, so I’ll try again when I have my better camera at work.
Check out my initial decor board on Pinterest.
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