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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Rosette Friendship Bracelets


Wondering what to do with your left over holiday ribbon?  Try making these adorable, modern, chic bracelets!  It's easy to make a group of them at a time to give away to friends or just keep for yourself. 
You'll need:
Hot glue gun
Needle and sturdy thread.  I used upholstery nylon.
Stretch cord
Scissors
Filigree jewelry findings 1-1 1/2" wide.  You can easily get these at the craft store or on line.  Mine were actually "charms" at about 75c each. 
A handful of scrapbook embellishments or pretty buttons to go in the center of your rosettes.
A strand of pearls.  Mine were from a thrift shop, but also available at the craft store.  One 12" strand makes 2-3 bracelets. 
Jewelry clamps or jewelry crimps.  Discovered this after my first bracelet broke 3 times.  That stretchy cord is slippery!  Craft stores have these. 
Oh and I guess a pair of small jewelry pliers.  Or needle nose pliers if you're in a pinch.  (hehe)
Ribbon!  The nice stuff you just couldn't throw away.  1" diameter, or trim larger ribbon down, remove wires if necessary.

Start by making ribbon rosettes.  Take a 7" piece of ribbon and sew a loose straight stitch down the length of one side.  The cut side if you trimmed.  Leave a generous tail of thread on both sides.  Tie thread ends together in one overhand knot and pull, causing the ribbon to bunch up into a circle rosette.  Tie off tightly.  Easy!  Have fun making a handful of these.

Next, take some stretchy cord and secure one end to the edge of your filigree charm, using a jewelry crimp.  Thread pearls onto stretchy cord and tie off other end to opposite side of filigree charm.  
Hot glue rosette onto the center of your filigree charm and finish with a nice embellishment hot glued in the center of your rosette. 
Make a bunch to give to friends or stack them up on your wrist for a statement. 


1 comment:

  1. Gorgeous idea! So quick and easy too and they make great gifts. They'd be great for teen girls to make! Love it! Thanks for sharing.

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