Boho Home Series: Ribbon Wrap Bracelets

Make your own, boho inspired ribbon bracelets / anklets. These require very basic, beginner jewelry tools.

Hanging Charm Cord / Ribbon Bracelet –

Materials:

  1. Ribbon / Cord Necklace Pack from Michaels (Link: Ribbon Cord Necklace)
  2. Charms – I chose some assorted charm packs from Michaels
  3. Jump rings and lobster clasps (Links: Lobster Clasp, Jump Rings)
  4. Mini Round Nose Pliers (Link: Michaels Mini Pliers)
  5. Scissors

Process:

  1. Assemble all your materials in your work space. I chose a maroon ribbon from the pack, with attached clasps and rings for easy use. I picked a few random charms from my collection.IMG_4497
  2. I decided to have 3 charms hanging on my ribbon with a bigger charm close to the clasp. Straighten your ribbon/cord and pick 3 points on it to attach charms.
  3. Use the pliers to gently open one jump ring and attach all of the cord in, leaving the ribbon free (you can put the ribbon with the cord into the ring if you wish).                             IMG_4498
  4. Gently close the jump ring with the pliers. I found that using scissors to close the rings was easier than the pliers.
  5. Repeat this with 2 more jump rings a little distance away along the length.
  6. Use 3 jump rings to attach the charms into and hang these rings on to the existing ones on the chain.
  7. Attach a slightly bigger charm and jump ring near the clasp (I went with a Gemini charm because it looked so cute and I happen to be one).                                                                   IMG_4499
  8. Wrap the necklace 2-3 times around your wrist. The charm near your clasp will be displayed above with the smaller ones hanging below. I love how it turned out 🙂 

Monogrammed Charm Wrap Bracelet –

Materials:

  1. Assorted ribbon packs from Hobby Lobby – Lace ribbon pack – Hobby Lobby ( I chose the lace one but there are many to choose from)
  2. Charms – I chose monogram letters from the Monogram cameo collection at Hobby Lobby
  3. Jump rings and lobster clasps (See links above)
  4. Mini Round Nose Pliers (See link above)
  5. Scissors

Process:

  1. Select 2-3 pieces of different colored ribbon and make one knot each, at both ends with all 3 ribbons.IMG_4455
  2. Wrap the ribbon around your wrist twice and cut the remaining. Attach a jump ring through the ribbons at the knot (from step 1) using the pliers. Put a lobster clasp through the jump ring.IMG_4457
  3. Connect 3-4 jump rings to form a mini chain and attach it to the other knot (away from the clasp).IMG_4456
  4. Attach a jump ring through your monogrammed charm and thread it through the middle of the entire ribbon. Knot the ribbon around the jump ring. 

  5. You can leave the ribbon as is or add a few more knots along the ribbon for a chunky appearance.

Metal Word Connector Wrap Bracelet –

Materials:

  1. Metal word connectors from Michael’s. (Link: Inspirational word connectors)
  2. Ribbon or cord of different colors
  3. Scissors

Process:

  1. This is the easiest to make as it does not require any tools besides scissors. Select 2-3 pieces of different colored ribbon, cord or both and lay them out. Wrap them twice around your wrist and cut away the remaining.
  2. Thread the ribbon through the connector, positioning it toward the middle of the entire length.IMG_4452
  3. Wrap the entire bracelet around your wrist and make a knot on the under side of your wrist with the word facing you.                                                                                                                           IMG_4454
  4. To make the wrapping easier, you can add clasps and rings (from the first bracelet tutorial above).
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Boho Home Series: DIY Bookends

A few DIY bookends to adorn your shelves with and organize your books. Perfect projects for keeping children out of trouble 😉

Figurine Bookends: You will need 2 wooden blocks, acrylic paint ( I chose gold and brass) and any animal figurines you have ( I had 2 owls in gold; hence the gold paint).

  • Paint the base in a color to match your animals and let dry over night.                                           IMG_3356
  • Use hot glue to attach the animals to the base and you’re all set 🙂

You can even use toy animals to create the same.

Foam board Words Bookends: Get a foam board from the dollar store, scissors, hot glue, 2 wood bases and some sharpies / paints of different colors.

  • Cut the foam board into 3 pieces (one vertical and horizontal to form a chair and a thicker block to stick in the seat of the chair; cut enough for 2 bookends). Glue the pieces together as in the image below using hot glue (scrape off excess bits of foam with a knife).                                                                                           IMG_3360
  • Use bright colored paints to color the board (I used pink, purple and blue; makes everything pop). Let dry.                                                                                                                           IMG_3362
  • Use different dark sharpie markers to pen in your favorite quotes. I went with ‘wild heart, gypsy soul’ on one and ‘travel, free spirit’ on the other. Attach the wood bases to the bottom of the chairs for rigidity.

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Monogram letters: This one’s my favorite. Get some wood letters from the craft store, spray paint, hot glue and wood cutouts (you will need 4 rectangular pieces).

  • Spray paint all the different pieces and let everything dry for 24 hrs.
  • I used a darker blue sharpie to add some random designs to the letters.                                        IMG_3368
  • Glue 2 rectangles in a chair like pattern (90 degree angle) and let dry. Do this for the remaining 2 pieces as well. Stick the letters to the center of the base rectangle and dry.

 

Boho Home Series: Doily bowls

I love how doilies pretty up the most boring place. And they don’t have to be used just under cups or plates. You can do so much with them…. make fun lamps, pretty bowls for your odds and ends… candle holders etc.

What you need:

  • A lot of doilies (different colors, shapes and sizes. You can find them at Michaels, antique / vintage stores)
  • Matte mod podge
  • Cling film
  • A glass bowl
  • Gloves
  • A thick brush
  • A plastic plate and bowl

What you do:

  • Turn your glass bowl face down and cover it with cling film.                                                         IMG_3138
  • In the plastic bowl, mix matte mod podge with equal parts water. Mix evenly.
  • Use the brush to cover the entire doily in this mixture. Lay the doily over the bowl and spread it all over the base of the bowl.                                                                                       IMG_3154
  • Leave to dry for 24 hrs.
  • Gently and carefully peel off the doily and it will retain the shape of the bowl. You can do this with any size bowl.

Currently I’m storing my washi-tape rolls, headphones and stamps in it… And random coins and toothpicks 😛

 

Boho Home Series: Unisex Leather bracelets- beaded / braided / cuffed

Learn to make different types of bracelets in the bohemian style using leather (or cord if you wish).

Braided Bracelet:  Braiding is the easiest way to make unique bracelets.

You will need: A pack of 3, 1mm leather cord from Michaels (they have different color choices), Hot glue, cord closures (this is the one I got but in rhodium instead of silver; Michaels Closures), Round nose pliers for jewelry

What you do: 

  • Wrap the cords from all colors around your wrist twice to get the right measurement. Cut the cords.
  • Leaving an inch from one end, bunch all cords together to create a knot.                                  IMG_3151
  • Place this end between your ties and start braiding (for those who do not know to braid, please follow the simple video below; I found it on a random google video search but it helps simplify and explain braiding).                                                                        IMG_3155
  • Once your cord is braided till about an inch is left on the other end, pick up your closure set. Add a drop of hot glue inside the closures and place the ends in. Press firmly till the glue hardens.                                                                                                                 IMG_3153
  • Use the pliers to gently squeeze in the hook on the closure so the other end doesn’t slip out.

Feel free to embellish with beads or sequins in the middle of your braids 🙂

TUTORIAL FOR BRAIDING

 

Beaded Bracelet: This takes a little more work and patience. You will need leather cording (1mm thickness) and wooden beads with big openings (the cord should fit twice inside the bead, I got mine with a 10mm thickness).

What you do:

  • Measure the cord twice around your wrist and cut out the length (you will need 2 cords).  Form a knot on one end of both cords.
  • Attach one bead through one of the cords (the gold one in my image) and push it all the way to the knot.IMG_3185
  • Pass the free end of the white cord through the bead gently pulling the 2 cords so the bead is taut against the knot.
  • Put both ends through the 2nd bead and push it up against the first.
  • Attach the third bead through the free end of the white (alternating from the previous step with the gold). Push the free gold end through the bead and pull the cord so the bead lines up against the previous one.
  • Repeat the above steps with 15-20 more beads until you have about 5 inches left on your ends.IMG_3192
  • Make a loop by knotting the one of the cords and cut off the excess from both (make sure your loop is big enough to slide over the first bead but not too big for to it slip out).

 

Leather Cuffs: They look great, especially with shirts and boots on and you can ad your own flair to them.

All you need is some leather – from old belts, sections from old jackets / pants or just buy a bag of leather scraps from the craft store, hot glue, snap on fastener kit from Michaels (you will find it in the thread / knitting section. This is what I purchased; it’s a kit and shows you how to attach the fasteners: Snap Fastener Kit),

What you do:

  • Dig out your old, worn bracelets or scraps of leather you have and wrap them around your wrist for accurate measurement. Cut out your leather making sure to leave on an extra 2-3 inches. You can cut them in whatever shape you like – rectangle, diamond, oval etc.
  • You can cut a few slits within the cuff with a blade to add some dimension or just leave it plain. (I made some slits with an X-Acto knife starting from one end till an inch before the other end).                                                                                                                       IMG_3181
  • Follow the instructions on the fastener kit and attach them. Make sure to accurately mark the spots on both ends for the fasteners prior to adding. (You will attach the sharp pronged circle on the inner side of your cuff, put the bigger corresponding circle with the protrusion on the outer side and use the tool to press the 2 together. Do the same on the other end with the smaller snap closing smaller circle. The instructions on the kit are detailed and have images to help).

    I made one more brown one with the fasteners and added 2 rows of snap openings to make it tighter if I need to.                                                                                                                   FullSizeRender (1)

  • I made 2 black ones with some spare black leather but this time I used fabric adhesive (available at any craft store) instead of the fasteners just to try something different. This doesn’t work as well but it is easier to stick on and attach to your wrist (perfect for temporary cuffs).

Boho Home Series: Recycled Bottles into Vases / Lamps

Instead of tossing your glass bottles into the nearest recycle bin, why not do something fun with them? This post explores glass painting as a way to revamp all your old glass odds and ends.

You will need:

  1. Glass Paints – See link (Joanns Glass Paint Set)
  2. Gold Lead – Link (Joanns Gold Lead)
  3. 1 glass jar / bottle
  4. Thin paint brush
  5. Pre-designed template (optional)

What you do:

  1. Wash the bottle with warm soapy water (add a drop of dish washing liquid to the bottle and gently scrub. Rinse well with warm water). Let dry completely.IMG_2086 - Copy
  2. Use the gold lead to draw your design (I got my design from Pinterest, they have a lot of options to choose from) on the outside of the glass, making sure the lead flows smoothly (you can put the design template to the inside of the bottle and tape it to keep it secure; draw over it with the lead on the outside).
  3. If you make thicker lines in some places, use the brush to make the lines thinner. Let dry for 24 hrs.
  4. Use the different paints to color in the design. The color comes out bright from the tube (see image below) but it dries a little darker, smoother and opaque to give a nice glossy sheen to the glass. The paint bottles have a nozzle allowing the color to flow out smoothly.        004
  5. You can either directly add color from the tube (see image below; image was taken from google search as a reference) or put it on a pallet and use a brush to put the color on the design. Make sure there are no bubbles when the paint comes out. If you have bubbles on the glass, use a safety pin to gently pop it. Let dry for 24 hrs.                  bevel1ill2
  6. To mix different colors together, add the 2 colors to the design or on a palette and gently blend the section where they meet using a brush (pop any bubbles that form with a pin immediately).
  7. If you accidentally put color on the gold lines, re-paint the lines with the gold lead, using a brush. Add gold dots below the lines for extra embellishment. Let everything dry for 1 day.
  8. Once dry, you can add flowers and use it as a centerpiece or place candles inside to make the colors shine brightly.

I had a spare piece of glass from an old broken frame that I washed, cleaned and decorated in a similar manner but using black leading instead of gold. You can either put it in a frame and display or leave it as is but place it somewhere unaccessible by children or pets.

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You can also purchase embellished stickers on a roll (Link: Michaels – Bling on a roll). I used some spare gold bling designs and pearlescent gem stones to decorate old wine bottles. These make excellent gifts for friends or sweet centerpieces. Just add some contrasting flowers to brighten up your room or long fake twinkly candlesticks to use as a soft-light lamp (See link Flameless Candlesticks).

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Boho Home Series: Flag Banners (Indoor / Outdoor)

Finally got done with a few more DIY projects. One of the first that I completed, also the easiest, was the flag boho banner.

Give your home or patio a festive, casual look with this super simple, colorful fabric flag banner. All you need are scraps of old fabric and a whole lot of patience.

Materials:

  1. Old colorful fabric squares 
  2. Scissors
  3. Hot glue
  4. Paper & Pencil
  5. Twine

Process:

  1. Choose the fabric pieces you want to use. Try to mix in different colors and patterns together.            IMG_2488
  2. Draw a triangle template on paper and cut it out.
  3. Use the template as a base to cut out triangles from your fabric.                                                 IMG_2490
  4. Arrange the different triangles in the order you like.
  5. Unravel your twine and keep it taut and straight by holding the edges between 2 heavy objects.
  6. Place the twine on top of a fabric triangle, leaving one inch from the edge. Add hot glue to the twine and wrap the edge of the fabric over it.                                                       IMG_2521
  7. Repeat this for all triangles, leaving about 2 cms between each triangle. Let everything dry. Get some pins or tape and find a nice place to hang your banner.          IMG_2522

You can also use tassels, pom-poms or fabric strips as embellishments between each triangle. Make multiple strands of these and join them by collecting and tying the ends together to create a wall display. 

Boho Home Series: Decorative Rocks

We have a surplus of rocks around us. Why not grab a few and decorate them to add some color to your environment? You can use painted rocks to create a little bit of whimsy in your garden, use them as paper weights, give them as gifts, paint and then stick them to a canvas for your unique art etc…

Materials:

  1. Gather some rocks – flat, round, irregular, different colors, big, small…whatever you like.
  2. Acrylic paints – Your choice of colors
  3. Paint Brushes – Get fine and thick brushes
  4. Sharpies – Assorted colors

Procedure:

  1. Clean your rocks thoroughly. Let them completely dry.
  2. Decide on your designs for the rocks. I went with some creatures, some quotes and some mandala designs.
  3. To paint a cat, paint the entire stone black and let it dry. Draw 2 triangles on the top of the rock for ears.
  4. Use a thin brush to paint almond shapes close together for the eyes.
  5. Draw 2 oval shapes under the eyes and a little curve under the ovals for the nose and mouth. Add eyebrows, eyes and whiskers and you’re done. 

  6. For a fish, I painted an irregular rock with metallic gold. Use a black sharpie to draw an eye and 2 fins (one up, one down).
  7. Use the red sharpie or paint to draw random designs on the body. Repeat the same with different colors to get multiple fishes and place them on a blue board 🙂 

  8. For a mandala stone, paint the rock black and let dry. Use the back end of the brushes as well as the bristles to make big and small dots on your rock. I added some medium sized red dots with the back of my brush, by dipping it into the paint. Make smaller dots around the big ones with either the same or different color. Let dry. 

  9. Repeat this for different colors. You can do different designs and swirls using toothpicks as well. Let everything dry completely. 

    As  you can see, I kinda fell on the blue section and it smudged. Had to do a lot of fixing. I did a few word stones with sharpies and a few dots. There’s a lot you can do, so go crazy 🙂 Add them as decorative accents to your garden or as paper weights for your stacks of unread paper.                          IMG_2562

Boho Home Series: DIY Dreamcatchers

A dream catcher is a traditional, handmade hoop with a woven net within. 

The original web dream catcher of the Ojibwa was intended to teach natural wisdom. Good dreams are clear and know the way to the dreamer, descending through the feathers. The slightest movement of the feathers indicated the passage of yet another beautiful dream. Bad dreams, however, are confused and confusing. They cannot find their way through the web and are trapped there until the sun rises.

(I love how a random google search brings out the most random and interesting results). 

Today’s post is about….Surprise…Surprise…A DIY on dream catchers.

What you need:

  1. A metallic or wood hoop (available at Joanns, in the sewing section)
  2. Any old rags or spare fabric you may have laying around
  3. Hot glue
  4. Scissors
  5. Thread
  6. Twine
  7. A whole lotta patience 🙂

What you do:

  1. I had some old purple /turquoise fabric pieces laying around, so I used those. Cut all your fabric into thin strips (thickness of your finger and as long as you can). You will need enough to cover the hoop completely and for hanging at the bottom.
  2. Add a little hot glue to the tip of one strip and wrap it around the hoop as a starting point. Keep wrapping the strip around the hoop and close to the end of the strip, add some glue to seal it. 
  3. Attach the next strip partially over the first and glue it together. Wrap all the strips around the hoop until it is completely covered.                                                                     IMG_2479
  4. Attach one strip to the top of your hoop, as a hanging loop. Make 2 knots and cut off the excess ends.    IMG_2480
  5. Use some twine or thread to make a knot on one end of the hoop. Keep looping the thread all through the hoop, in a zig-zaggy fashion, to get a random looking web. You can add a few beads through some of the loops before winding it around the hoop.
  6. Secure the final loop with a small knot and a dot of glue.
  7. Take the strips you have for the bottom of the hoop and tie one around one corner and make a knot. You can cut off the excess ends or let them hang.                                     IMG_2483
  8. Keep doing this for all strips evenly. Cover the entire bottom of the hoop. 
  9. You can make a few knots in the strips towards the bottom of the strip, to give a chunky feel. Find a suitable place to hang 🙂

I made 2 more, smaller ones using suede string from the leather section at craft stores. I had some spare lock / key charms and beads that I attached to the middle while looping. I also added feather accents by gluing them to the suede string. I connected both together to make one long dreamcatcher.

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I got this gorgeous, huge one from the dollar store. It was so colorful, I couldn’t resist. You can also add crocheted designs to the centers of your dream catchers by knotting their ends securely to the hoop using string. Makes it easier than looping string all around the hoops.IMG_2421