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DIY Gold Tube Bracelets

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by Erica in D.I.Y.
I have very vivid memories of walking into a bead store for the first time, almost 15 years ago, and being overwhelmed by the million and ten ideas that filled my mind. I was immediately hooked on the concept of transforming simple and unexpected elements into something beautiful and wearable. That moment was the catalyst for my eventual path into jewelry design and craft – my higher calling, if you will. Today’s tutorial takes me back to my first foray into jewelry making, where I’ll show you how to make two delightful bracelets using the same basic component. Get inspired and have fun!

For single, adjustable gold tube bracelets, you’ll need:
 a 2mm x 38mm curved noodle tube bead 2 feet of 0.5mm chinese knoting cord an embroidery needle 2 spacer beads    Start by cutting the knotting cord into 2 12 inch pieces. Thread a gold noodle tube bead through one     of the strands and cross the ends.
    And now, all that’s left is the sliding closure! Similar to our macrame…

DIY Crepe Paper Flowers

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by Erica in D.I.Y.

 I recently spotted a sensational bouquet of paper flowers inside my favorite (and the ultimate)  boutique for creative inspiration, Castles In The Air. A combination of Mexican paper flowers and  those ever so popular tissue paper pom poms, these vibrant and cheerful flowers make perfect    ornaments for any celebration. Plus, they’re incredibly easy to make!


You’ll need:
 6 – 7 pieces of 180 gram florist crepe paper cut into 20″ x 30″ sheets (it’s important to use heavyweight crepe paper for it’s stretchiness and strength) 6 – 7 small binder clips or large paper clips 16 gauge floral wire (last seen here) heavy duty scissors    First, lay out the sheets of crepe paper and fold each one into an accordion. The folds should                measure about 2-3 inches thick and should be creased along the natural, horizontal lines of the            crepe   paper. Don’t worry about the folds being absolutely perfect!     Keep each bundle bound together by a small binder cli…