Welcome to this month’s installment of Get Crafty! This month, we will be making bangle/bracelet designs using yarn or embroidery floss. This craft is great when you have extra yarn or embroidery floss left over from other craft projects.
Old Bangles – plastic, metal or wood – You can get the bangles at a craft store or a thrift shop. Also, make sure you can get it on your wrist with a little extra room.
Glue Gun or E6000 glue. (You can also use double sided tape but for these instructions, I’m going to use glue.)
Yarn or embroidery floss – Try not to use scratchy yarn since you want it to be soft on your arms. You will use all 6 strands of the embroidery floss.
1. Decide what pattern you want on your bangle. You don’t have to have a specific pattern but it helps. Some bangles have been made using random colors or even multicolor threads.
2. Place a small drop of glue inside the bangle.
3. Place the beginning of the yarn or thread in that spot.
4. Start wrapping your yarn or thread.
5. When you finish a color, trim the yarn or thread with a small tail. Put a small drop of glue inside the bangle and place the end of the yarn or thread right next to the end of the prior wrap of the same color.
6. Begin a new thread the same as you did for step 2 above and continue following the instructions until you reach the end. Make sure the end of the final yarn or thread color is tucked in tight between the beginning and the end of the design.
7. Let sit for about 5-10 minutes to make sure the glue is dry and then try it on and enjoy!
Another idea is to design your bangles to represent the country of your favorite Olympic Team. Here is a list of the countries participating in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. The list is in order of the Portuguese spelling for each country. You can click on the country for more information and a picture of the national flag for that country. Also included is the Olympic Flag, that represents the Independent Athletes as well as the Refugees Olympic Team. This picture shows a slightly different style of bangle.
Another option is to wrap just one color around the bangle and weave a design through the threads. With this design, you will need to use a tapestry needle to weave the design. Instructions for this design can be found here.
An alternate way for creating the bangles is to use thin bangles, embroidery floss, 6mm and 7mm jump rings and a variety of charms. Use the same steps as above. Embroidery floss works better on the thinner bangles especially when you want to add embellishments to your bangle. This website will give you instructions how to construct this bangle.
These bangles are great as gifts for a friend or family member or a way to express yourself when going back to school.
Have fun and Get Crafty!
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