Friday, September 17, 2010

stuff your stockings saturday: anthro-inspired bracelet

I'm so excited to welcome Beverly from Flamingo Toes for our second Stuff Your Stockings Saturday.  She brings with her an amazing tutorial and a chance to make it or win it!  Check out the giveaway at the very end of the post!


Hi everyone, it's Beverly from Flamingo Toes!
I'm so thrilled to be here at Twelve Crafts for Stuff Your Stockings!

Elizabeth has really inspired me this year to make more of my gifts. There's something pretty wonderful about wearing or displaying something you've made, isn't there? It gives you that extra little "oomph"! I think handmade gifts are just the same - they're so much more personal and special.

Over at Flamingo Toes, I love to sew and embroider, make things for my home, and of course, I really love a great jewelry knockoff. In fact, I just did a week of Anthro Necklace Knockoffs. It was a lot of fun and they'd make great stocking stuffers too!

To keep with that theme, I thought it would be fun to do another Anthro knockoff - this time the super cute Willy Nilly Bracelet.

How much do you love that name???

Here's my version:

And here's the inspiration:

This is a great design because you can raid your stash to make up the different layers - pretty much anything goes. See? Willy Nilly. ;)

It's also a super easy bracelet to do.

You'll need:
Assortments of beads. Enough for 3 strands of 3 different beads and 1 strand of whatever you have and want to throw in there.
Scrap of fabric for tie
Stretchy bead cord - I used .7 mm
8 crimp beads
Needle nose pliers

Start by measuring your wrist. Add 1/2" to this measurement.

Then add three inches to that - and cut 4 strands of stretchy cord this length.
(So my wrist is 6 1/2" - I cut 4 10" strands.)

Thread the first style of bead onto one of the cords.

Continue threading your beads until the strand measures 7" (or the width of your wrist + 1/2").

Thread a crimp bead onto each end.

Tie a knot in the cording.

Feed each end of the cord back through a crimp bead.

Using the pliers (Grab hubby's if you don't have any. Manly tools work too.) squeeze the crimp beads so that they are tight around the cording.

Cut the loose ends of the cords off.

Repeat this two other times with two more different types of beads.

For the last strand, gather an assortment of beads. Make one small loop of beads just like the strands you've done, with only 4 or five beads.

Thread them on randomly, or willy nilly (I know. Enough already.) and finish the cording as before.

Cut a scrap section of fabric for your tie. Treat the ends with fray check so it doesn't fray away over time.

Layer the four strands together so the crimped ends are in line.

Knot the fabric around the crimped sections, tying all four strands together.

And you're done!

The possibilities with this bracelet are pretty much endless.  You could do different color combinations or bead styles, or you could do 2 or 3 small strands for the little girls on your gift lists!


If you'd like this bracelet for your very own, we're giving it away to a lucky Twelve Crafts reader!  I'll even adjust it to your wrist size.  So you can keep it for yourself (it will be our secret) or you can get started on your holiday giving with an Anthro Knockoff!  (How cool would that be? The Anthro version is $58!!)

Thanks so much Elizabeth for including me in the stocking stuffer fun! I hope you all enjoyed the tutorial. :)

Thanks Bev!  She has a ton of great jewelry tutorials and other crafty project and ideas that would make great stocking stuffers.  Here are a two of my favorites:



Or better yet . . . go check out her tutorial page to find your own favs.

Now, here's how you can win it:
*Leave one comment for each entry.*

1)  Be or become a follower of twelve crafts.

2)  Be or become a follower of Flamingo Toes.

3)  Link up an idea/stocking stuffer to the stocking stuffer idea page.

4)  Help promote Stuff Your Stockings Saturday by posting the button (code on sidebar) on your blog or on the stocking stuffer idea that you linked up.

5)  Leave a comment committing to make at least one homemade stocking stuffer this coming Christmas.  (Obviously, I won't be stopping by your house to make sure you followed through . . . unless you send me your address and travel money ;) . . . so this is an honor-system commitment.)

Giveaway will be open for entries until Friday, September 24, 2010 @ 11:59 PM (CST).

Craft on!

108 comments:

Julianne said...

This is too cute! I follow TwelveCrafts :)

Julianne said...

the stocking stuffer button is on my blog too :)
vibrant-designs.blogspot.com
Julie

Julianne said...

Oh, I will definitely be crafting some stocking stuffers...the first one will be the magnetic tic tac toe game :)

Julie

Julianne said...

following flamingo toes
:)

CraftyMummy said...

Another great craft! I'm thinking some of my special girl friends might need one of these... Off to write a post sharing your tutorial!

Dawn said...

i follow twelve crafts

Dawn said...

i'll be making stuff for Christmas this year but i'm not as good as you-haven't started yet

Dawn said...

i follow flamingo toes

Mommy Minutes said...

I follow twelve crafts!

Mommy Minutes said...

I follow flamingo toes!

Mommy Minutes said...

I have decided to make this a "handcrafted" Christmas this year, so I will surly be crafting some stocking stuffers. Any chance you have any ideas for preschoolers or toddlers?

Mommy Minutes said...

I'm grabbing your button now!

Sarah said...

I will be making at least one stocking stuffer this year. Just need to figure out what it will be. Hoping to actually make some new stocking too!

Amanda said...

I follow Twelve Crafts!

What a fantastic idea and great tutorial! Thanks!

Annette W. said...

I would love to give this to my sister! I follow you!

Annette W. said...

I plan to make a couple Christmas gifts this year...I'm sure at least one will fit in a stocking!

The Answer Is Chocolate said...

So awesome and how fun of you two to team up! I already follow both of you amazing ladies!

Debby said...

Such a cute bracelet. I follow
Bev at Flamingo Toes.........she is a sweet friend and very talented.

Debby said...

I signed up to follow you as well. Love the stocking ideas. I have 6 grandchildren, that's lots of stocking stuffers.

Debby said...

I love this bracelet. So many neat colors and contrasts. Love love love it.

Debby said...

I will be making things for my grandchildren's stocking this year. I love to have something homemade to give them. Most likely some hair accessories.
Now for the boys, I need ideas.

Livin' the Yeh Life! said...

This sis SO beautiful! I commit to making something homemade!

Julie said...

I am of course a Twelve Crafts follower! (and loving your giveaways!)

Julie said...

I am a Flamingo Toes follower too!

Julie said...

I am pledging to stuff my stockings with handmade items this year! Thanks for the inspiration!

Laura said...

I follow twelve crafts :)

Laura said...

I follow Flamingo Toes.

Laura said...

I will definitely be making coffee cozies for everyone under the sun for Christmas.

Laura said...

I'm going to link up right now.

Laura said...

And I will definitely add the stocking suffer button!

Lyndee said...

Another project on my to do list! I am a follower of 12 Crafts.
lyndeehenrichsen@yahoo.com

Lyndee said...

I WILL make a bracelet for my daughter for Christmas!
lyndeehenrichsen@yahoo.com

Mindy said...

I follow Twelve Crafts!

Mindy said...

I follow Flamingo Toes!

Mindy said...

I love this bracelet so much! Whether I win it or not I'm definitely making it for my daughter and daughter-in-law for Christmas! What a beautiful stocking stuffer.

Traveling Thrifter said...

I follow! and I hope sooooo much that I win!

Marcia said...

These projects are enjoyable to read about. Perhaps I need to make one of these bracelets as a stocking stuffer.

Princess Mia said...

i follow twelve crafts till christmas

Princess Mia said...

i follow flamingo toes as well
im_not_a_princess@hotmail.com

Shannon said...

I hope to make all these stocking stuffers. They are so cute! mamatkins@hotmail.com

Chelsi said...

I really like this-it's beautiful and so easy. Might have to be my go-to for my daughter's birthday party gifts. I am a follower of twelve crafts till Christmas.

Chelsi said...

And, I will make a stocking stuffer this year. I love making gifts for people--so much more personal.

cjameliamom said...

I follow 12 Crafts!

cjameliamom said...

I am now following Flamingo Toes also!

cjameliamom said...

Well, I am committed to making your baby doll carrier for my daughter this year. I love it so much! Just need to get started on it, but definitely by Christmas! :-) So maybe I'll also make the wipes for her too since I think those are adorable also!
Thanks for all the cute, CUTE ideas!

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

I make jewelry and I really like this idea. I will have to make some.

Lana said...

I now follow 12 Crafts.

Lana said...

I follow Flamingo Toes.

Lana said...

I will definitely be making some homemade stocking stuffers this year!

Jennifer said...

I became a follower of Twelve Crafts

Jennifer said...

I became a follower of Flamingo Toes

Jennifer said...

I am committed to creating on stocking stuffer gift for Christmas this year. Hoping in fact to make most of our gifts this year.

Jennifer said...

Linking up a stocking stuffer idea/tutorial to the page also.

Nicki Smith said...

I will be a follower of this blog!

Nicki Smith said...

I am a fan on Facebook

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

I like your bracelet better than your inspiration. So pretty. Thanks for the tutorial.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Count me in I'm a follower.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Etcetorize said...

So cute! I saw you over at So Very Cheri and had to come see your project. Love it. I'm now a follower and have added your button over at Etcetorize.blogspot.com. And you know I'm handmaking all my stocking stuffers! Can't wait till your linky party opens~

Annette @ Designs By A Rose said...

I'm a follower of Twelve Crafts! Found you over the weekend doing a google search. Really cute stuff!

Annette @ Designs By A Rose said...

I'm also a follower of Flamingo Toes!

Annette @ Designs By A Rose said...

...and I am definitely making handmade stuff this Christmas!

REd Head said...

I like the knock off SO MUCH BETTER!

Brittany@Love Stitched said...

I love your bracelet! Great job! I am visiting from IT'S SO VERY CHERI!

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Looks like I'm going to be making one or more of these for Christmas. Thanks for the instructions....I like the whole idea of this blog that I've become a follower. Lead on. :-)
Su-sieee! Mac
This and That. Here and There. Now, Sometimes Then.

gilchrist said...

I'm a follower.

gilchrist said...

I'm also a follower of Flamingo Toes. :)

henktracy said...

Oooh, I like your version WAY more.
Also I didn't know about fray check, so now I have another product to hunt down.

The beads look so well together.

Thanks for sharing!
Tracy

Moe said...

Oh this is gorgeous! I am a new follower :)

Stopping by from All Thingz Related!

kim said...

hey-new here from flamingo toes! i am a follower of ft!

kim said...

i am now a follower of twelve crafts now! great stuff!

kim said...

i will definately be making stocking stuffers! in the process now of a necklace!

Jennifer Juniper said...

I really love this bracelet! Great layering and texture :)

Mandy's Creative Corner said...

This is so beautiful! Thanks for the tutorial =)

I'm a new follower!

Margie said...

The bracelet is very cute, but I think the best part of this post is your pictures. Your photography is absolutely breath-taking :)

The Cannary's said...

I am a new follower and I love the bracelet tutorial - thanks!!

Ashley said...

very cute! My sister would definitely LOVE this bracelet! Thanks for the idea =)

d said...

I definitely commit to make more than one homemade stocking stuffer this coming Christmas. Its just so hard to decide which fun project to do!
fbfandc at gmail dot com

Teri said...

I'm a follower of Flamingo Toes!

Thanks for the super cute giveaway, I just love Anthro copies.

Barb said...

It will certainly be a homemade Christmas this year!

Jami said...

I though yours WAS the inspiration piece!! Just lovely!
smiles~

Tammy@My Party FIle said...

I am visiting your site for the first time, and will definitely be back - so much inspiration! I'm loving these bracelets and bookmarks - thanks for sharing!

Martha said...

I am now a Twelve Crafts follower. Great stuff!

Martha said...

I'm a follower of Flamingo Toes! Love all the ideas.

Martha said...

I am making a lot of Christmas gifts this year. Our family decided last year that gifts from the heart are more important than expense. You have some great ideas.

Keely said...

I commit to making many of my gifts this year. Easy commitment to make because it's so much fun for me also.

Yvette said...

Thanks for the tutorial, I rushed home today to make my own version with some leftover lace that I cute off a dress and my beads. I mentioned your blog on my site, napualaniscloset.blogspot.com.

Julia said...

i follow flamingo toes!

Julia said...

i follow 12 crafts!!

Rebecca said...

I loved this post!! I'm now following Twelve Crafts! Thank you for sharing....take care, Rebecca

Rebecca said...

And, I'm now following Flamingo Toes!!

Rebecca said...

And I definitely will be making some great stocking stuffers for this Christmas---thank you for the tutorials! Rebecca

nellana said...

I just started following 12 crafts till christmas.

nellana said...

I follow flamingo toes also!!!!!

nellana said...

I will be trying to make some stocking stuffers for Christmas. Just not sure what yet.

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

Cute and simple and a perfect gift for so many. Thanks for linking up to Beyond The Picket Fence's Under $100 Party!

Patricia P. said...

Beautiful bracelet! I follow Twelve Crafts.

Patricia P. said...

I follow Flamingo Toes.

Anne said...

I am a follower of twelve crafts

Anne said...

I follow flamingo toes.

Anne said...

I plan on making at least one stocking stuffer, a necklace for my daughter (my friend is going to teach me) thanks!

Aunt Peg said...

this is a really great tutorial! I would love to feature it on our blog with your kind permission. AND ALL CREDIT (plus links) WILL BE YOURS! This is fabulous!

Sandy said...

This is a great project. thanks for sharing. I am a follower of Flamingo Toes and will be a follower of you too if I can find the button:)

AH said...

I subscribed to Flamingo toes

AH said...

I subsrcibed to twelve Crafts!

AH said...

Make crafts this year?? ABSOLUTELY! And this bracelet is at the top of my list! Thanks!

Mrs Woo said...

I didn't even realise this was a contest!!! I just thought, wow! What a gorgeous bracelet!
Woo Hoo! New follower! x

Mrs Woo said...

and I'm subscribed now too!!! xoxox

Sis-O said...

I definitely want to craft Christmas gifts. Thank you.

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