As promised – I redid my bracelet, and this time used all the correct materials AND then some…But it was way easier. I am actually so horrified by my last attempt that I am moving that post to DIY: FAILS.
Anchor charm – Art On – 70 CENTS!
Rope – Any craft store, $1 for 1 foot
LARGE crimping beads. Its important you find ones that have a hook to attach beads or clasps too. I finally found mine at a jewelry supplies store on Queen St W, pack of 8 for $3
Circle Attachers – set of 100 for $2
Measure rope by wrapping it once around your wrist. Repeat with another piece of rope (so you have 2 in total)
Take one of the pieces of rope and bend it in half to create a loop. Place the crimping bead over the loose rope ends, press the crimping bead shut. The ends should join together and the anchor should be attached.
Loop the second piece of rope and wrap it under and through the first piece of rope’s loop. Visit A Blissful Dream’s version for a visual reference!
Once the two pieces of rope are looped together, secure the loose ends of the second rope with another metal crimping bead, press the crimping bead shut. This is where your anchor will hook.
I am so so sorry for the delay in posting. I am now officially done for the school year! And between celebrating (read: drinking) and catching up on sleep (read:hungover) I wasn’t quite able to get cracking on the DIYs I have been dying to try.
Yesterday I did this one for my mom. I couldn’t decide if I loved or hated it. But I think I have now fallen in love.
Of course I chose the most difficult shape. For my good knowledgeable-in-Canadian-geography pals, you can (hopefully!) recognize my shape, it is the island of Newfoundland. This is where my momma was born and where half my family still resides. I made it for my mom 🙂 I think it would look good at our family cottage.
Thank you and credit goes to Jojie for the fabulous idea.
Piece of wood, mine was about 1 inch thick. Size depends on you. I picked mine from a scrap collection my dad has. I recommend doing this as you can find cool shapes or a distressed look. Otherwise Home Depot my friends.
String – I used thick industrial-like string, but embroidery thread would work as well (and you can choose cute colours!), try Michaels
Nails, mine were 1 inch long, Home Depot, pack of 100 for $10
A print out of the place you wish to use! Try searching for the image on Google Images.
After deciding upon your location, find a good map image of it, in the size you want, and print it out.
Cut out the map
Either outline the map lightly with pencil onto your wood, or lightly tape it to the surface
Start nailing! This is the hardest, most trying part. You want your nails to be half a centimetre apart ideally. This requires patience. Don’t hit your thumb either!
Once you have your nail outline, remove your map. Pick a place to put your heart (ideally the middle). Trace or free hand draw your heart, and again, start nailing!
After the nailing is finally complete, take your string and go to town. Tie it around your starting nail and go! I didn’t really have a method to my madness but I know Jojie did. You want to hit every nail, and connect it to the heart, you will be going around nails more than once, and maybe for more than one round. Make sure the string stays taut.
What city/town/province/country/state/planet tugs at your heartstrings?
Guess what? I think my presentation in my curating class went well today. So I rewarded myself with a DIY. Feeling generous and lovey-dovey, I gave it to my BFF Nicki. This is her photo of my button love gift to her. (Am I done school yet you ask? No. Should I have taken the time to work on my other 2 major projects due in a few days? No.)
For this DIY, I basically followed the same steps as in DIY: Button Love, however I tweaked it a bit – I painted the buttons instead of painstakingly searching for like-coloured buttons. I painted the already white paper with white acrylic paint just to give it an overall painted effect. The frame is from Ikea, $3, originally black, but I also painted it white for a softer look.