Nostalgic DIY Bracelet

Years ago my grandmother passed away.  I was eleven or twelve years old at the time.  A little while later we went to visit my grandpa and he gave me a necklace that belonged to my grandmother.  It was a broken strand of pearls.  I don’t think they were real but they were nice.  He also gave me some sweaters that had holes in them, but they had really great buttons.  He said they should have gone in the garbage but he couldn’t throw them away.  Neither could I.  I cut the buttons off the sweaters and kept them.  Just under forty years have passed since then.

Two years ago one of my daughters took those pearls and vintage buttons and made a bracelet for me for Mother’s Day.  All she had to get was some strong elastic cord and a clasp.  You can buy both of them anywhere from Wal-Mart to a craft store.  It cost about five dollars to make me nostalgic and misty for the rest of my life. I LOVE it.  I wear it all the time.  Maybe you have some fun heirlooms tucked away because you don’t know what to do with them….or maybe now you do.


Valentine 5 Second Friendship Bracelets

These ribbon bracelets literally take minutes to make.  My kids loved making them, and could basically do it themselves.  More importantly, they loved giving them away!   What’s more fun than a girlfriend with the same bracelet as you?  How about making one for your sports team?  All you need is:

 fun ribbon

sticky backed velcro or velcro and a glue gun

clear nail polish (for fraying edges)

embellishments (if desired)

Measure your child’s wrist with ribbon.  Cut a small piece of velcro and attach ends on opposite sides, front left and bottom right, so they come together.  Voila!