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DIY | Concrete and Gold Leaf Pendant

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Today I am so pleased to share my new project with you: a concrete and gold leaf pendant!!

You might recognise this pendant from my Etsy shop collection. Yes, that is right you can make one yourself with this tutorial or if you don’t have the time, resources or energy to make one: you can also purchase a handmade pendant in the LRS Shop!
I have made a bunch of pendants in 3 different shapes and you can find them all on Etsy.


 

But if you feel like making one yourself here’s the story:

While making my Concrete Planter DIY project, I noticed that I really enjoyed working with concrete, and how easy to use the material is.

This inspired me to experiment and see what else I could make that involves this crafty supply. I really liked to find out if I could use it for something that you wouldn’t usually see in this material and that is how I came up with a collection of concrete pendants!

I found a great silicon mold in the shape of a square with an inward pyramid, that is perfect for this project. And after experimenting a lot, I finally found the best way to turn the concrete into a light-weight subtle pendant.

To give the concrete a more finished and luxurious look, I added a gold leafing detail, accentuating the shape of the pendant.

Are you excited to wear one of your own concrete pendants?

DIY


This project is a part of the LRS DIY it / BUY it collection.
Make it yourself, or buy it today!


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SUPPLIES

– Concrete
– Silicon Mold
– Mixing bowl
– Gold Leaf
– Adhesive (which I forgot to include in the picture..)
– Silver Wire
– Pliers
– 2 Paint Brushes

Optional
– Painterstape
– Mod podge, or something similar to create a protective coating

– Sandpaper

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STEP 1

– Take a smal piece of the silver wire and *push it through the silicon mold, this will be the wire that connects the necklace to the pendant.

*Make sure that the wire is in de middle and will be completely covered by the concrete.

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STEP 2

– Mix the concrete according to the directions on the pack.

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STEP 3

– Pour the concrete inside the silicon mold.
– After filling the individual shapes, shake and tap the mold to remove most of the airbubbels and to even the tops out.
– Let the concrete dry for at least 24 hours, before removing it from the mold.

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STEP 4

– After 24 hours, gently remove the dried concrete from the mold by lifting it sideways, pulling the concrete and the attached wire from the mold.

*If the back of the pedant has sharp edges, you can use a piece of sandpaper to sand the back.

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STEP 5

– Apply a thin layer of adhesive onto the parts that you want to cover with gold leaf.
– You can use painters tape to protect the parts that you don’t want to cover with gold leaf.
– Let the adhesive sit for about 5 to 10 minutes before moving to the next step.

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STEP 6

– Carefully take a few pieces of gold leaf and press it onto the parts that have adhesive on them.
– Apply pressure onto the gold leaf, without rubbing, press the leaf onto the glue.
– Let the gold leaf sit for about 30 minutes.

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STEP 7

– After 30 minutes, use your finger, a dry brush or a cotton swab(this was the only thing soft and small enough to reach all corners) and gently rub over the applied gold leaf. While rubbing, the excessive leaf should come off and the glued leaf will be attached to the concrete.

* In case some parts have not been covered properly onto the concrete, you can repeat steps 5 to 7.

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STEP 8

– Apply a thin layer of mod podge or any other type of sealant to protect the concrete and gold leaf from scratches.

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STEP 9

– Use your pliers to bend the silver wire, creating a circle shape.
– Attach a jump ring and chain for your necklace.

All done!

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I love that not one piece looks the same, giving it a unique quality. And I also made a few others with different molds, so you can also experiment with different shapes and see how they will turn out.

This really is a fun project if you like to experiment with a new material, I highly recommend trying it:)

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Thank you for stopping by! And as I mentioned in the beginning of this post, I also just started to sell some of my favourite DIY products in my own LRS Shop!

They are all products that I created for this blog as a part of a Do-It-Yourself project. This means that you can either make one yourself with the help of my tutorial or purchase the final result in my Etsy store.

 

 

DIY | Embroidered Copper Bracelet

DIY | Copper Bracelet

Take your jewellery making skills to the next level with this surprisingly easy copper bracelet project!

If you have visited the blog in the last month, you may have noticed my copper origami brooch DIY and since the brooch is so tiny and delicate, I had a lot of material left over from that project.

I had been experimenting with copper foil and different thicknesses for the brooch and this time I really wanted to make an extremely simple piece of jewellery that would go with anything, a sturdy bangle bracelet. I added an embroidery detail to give it a more personalised look and also to give you the chance to get more creative with this project.

Creating the basic shape for this bracelet is incredibly simple and easy to do and the embroidery detail is definitely optional but highly recommended, because I think it goes so well with the copper.

DIY:

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SUPPLIES

– Copper Plate/foil – I used 0.3mm thickness.
– Scissors
– Measuring Tape
– Pushpin or a hammer and a small nail (depending on the thickness of the copper foil)
– Thread and a big needle
– Post-it’s
– Round Glass

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STEP 1

– Use the measuring tape to measure your wrist. This is where you decide if you want the bracelet to be tight against the skin, etc.

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STEP 2

– Draw the length that you measured in step 1 onto the protective plastic on the copper foil.
– Draw a 5 cm line straight up on both sides, this will be the height of the bracelet.

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STEP 3

– Use your scissors to cut the drawn shape out of the foil.

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STEP 4

– Place a round glass on the edge of the bracelet and trace the round edge* onto the protective plastic on the foil.
– Repeat this for the other side of the bracelet.

**This shape will create a playful effect and get rid of the sharp corners.

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STEP 5

– Cut the rounded shape out of the bracelet with your scissors.
– Make sure to get rid of all of the sharp corners. (You can also use a soft scourer to soften the edges)

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STEP 6

– Stick two post-it’s overlapping each other onto the bracelet.
– Draw a grid onto the post-it’s, creating a pattern for the holes.
– Decide the placements of the holes and mark them with a marker. Make sure that you end up with an even number of holes, or else the cross-stitch doesn’t come out even.

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STEP 7

– Place a protective surface underneath the bracelet and use your pushpin* to push holes into the bracelet.
– Make holes in all of the marked dots.

** If the foil is too thick for the pushpin, you can also use a small nail and hammer to create the holes.

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STEP 8

– Use your needle and thread to embroider the bracelet.
– You can make any embroidery design that you like, I went with a simple cross-stitch.

** You can go all out with your embroidery skills: use different colours of yarn, mix and match with stitches or use a simple straight stitch, the possibilities are endless!

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STEP 9

– After you have finished embroidering the bracelet, take the round glass and carefully fold the bracelet around the glass.
– Try to press the copper evenly against the glass.
– Once you have a rounded shape, you can put the bracelet around your arm en ‘squeeze’ the copper around your arm, to create the perfect shape.

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This project has so many possibilities to shape it to your own taste. Here are a few alternative ways to make the bracelet:

– Instead of making it 5cm high, make a skinny version, with only one row of the embroidery detail.
– Instead of making rows of holes, make only a few and embroider through them, this way you can embroider your initials for example!
– Use different colours of thread to make your bracelet even more festive!

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DIY | Copper Origami Brooch

DIY | Copper Origami BroochI guess you can say that I have gone origami crazy! After my origami embroidered book cover DIY, I started to make even more projects with this fantastic technique!

Today I am sharing my new jewellery DIY project with you: an origami swan made out of copper foil.

Copper foil is a material that always seemed way to advanced to use. I would see a pretty pendant or a pair of earrings on Etsy and figured that the only way that I could make something like that would require some serious professional tools.

But guess what, I could not have been more wrong! When walking in a big craftstore here in Berlin (Modulor), I noticed a piece of copper foil and it was actually bendy, pretty and affordable! (I am still confused by the term foil, because 0.1mm foil feels to thick to be considered foil.. oh well:))

After making a couple of different shapes I decided to share my Origami Swan pin with you. It’s easy, it doesn’t require lot’s of supplies and you can turn it into a brooch, necklace, earrings, and so much more!


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This project is a part of the LRS DIY it / BUY it collection.
Make it yourself, or buy it today!


I bought two pieces of foil and started experimenting with it. And it is such a fun material to use!
Here are some things I learned about using copper foil:
– Up to 0.3mm foil is perfectly suitable to be cut with regular scissors.
– Up to 0.2mm foil also let’s itself be cut with a hobby knife, making it possible to create a stencil, etc.
– Once you make a crease, it is almost impossible to remove it, so plan ahead with your design.
– You can use a pushpin to make holes in the thinner pieces of foil, perfect for including hoop rings.

For this tutorial I found that up to 0.2mm foil works the best (thicker than that, and it will be hard to fold the last steps of the swan)

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MATERIALS

– Copper foil/plate or silver foil/plate – Mine was 0.1mm thick. You can also use 0.2mm. (I don’t recommend using a thicker version than that)
– Scissors
– Pin/ Brooch
– Jewellery Glue
– Paper
– Pencil

STEP 1

– Decide the size of your swan. If your are not sure, I suggest looking at the size of your brooch and go from there.
– Draw a square in your desired size onto a piece of paper. (I used a post-it, because the sticky part will come in handy later on. But any kind of paper will work.)

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STEP 2

– Cut the square out of the paper with your scissors.

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STEP 3

– Place your paper onto the copper foil . Cut the square out of the foil with your scissors. Try not to let the foil bend too much. Any crease will be hard to remove from the material.

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STEP 4

– You will now have your square ready. 1 Square is good for two origami swans. If you would like to make more, you can cut as many squares as you would like.

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STEP 5

– Cut the square in half, following the diagonal line.

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STEP 6

– Place your triangle onto a flat surface.

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STEP 7

– Fold the triangle as shown above.

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STEP 8

– Flip your foil vertically and fold as shown above.

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STEP 9

– The basis is ready, now it’s time for the neck: Fold the neck as shown above. The angle of the fold will decide the angle of the neck.

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STEP 10

– Fold te tip of the neck as shown above, to create the ‘face’ of the swan.

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STEP 11

– Add a drop of jewellery glue to the back of the swan and press the brooch or pin onto the back.
– Let the glue dry for a couple of hours before wearing your pin.

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Style tip: Combine the brooch with other pins on a sweater or jacket. I have been spotting many pins and brooches on the runway for next season and I love that they are coming back in style!

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Since the material is fairly cheap and you won’t need much to make a piece of jewellery, this would make a great gift! Bridesmaids, friends, mothers day, you name it! (or keep it all to yourself and embrace the compliments you will be getting ;)DIY | Copper Origami BroochDIY | Copper Origami BroochBeing origami crazy as mentioned before, you can expect more origami themed project on the blog pretty soon.

I will also share another copper foil tutorial this month, involving a thicker piece of foil and an unexpected extra material. Curious? Stay tuned!

 

ADVANCED DIY | Soldered Flower Necklace

ADVANCED DIY | Soldered Flower Necklace

A few weeks ago I already mentioned on Instagram that I have found a new hobby: Soldering!

I absolutely love it! I always thought that it would be too hard to do, and that it would require many expensive tools and supplies. But my Pinterest page was filling itself with many gorgeous glass pendants, lamps, terrariums and many more pretty items. It just screamed DIY, but I still figured that I would never be able to create those sturdy accessories, ‘only factories can make those’..

After googling a bit, I found the amazing simpel and inexpensive solution: Copper tape! This special product is my soldering dream come through. It simply means that you wrap the tape around the edges of glass and use it to attach pieces of glass together. (because you can solder copper together)

Now, I understand that soldering is an advanced technique, so that many of you might be a bit scared to try it, trust me I definitely was one of those people. But after practising on old pieces of glass, it turned out not be that hard at all.

The soldering tutorial that you see here is very simpel and you can alter it to your own taste by using a different flower or changing the size of the glass pendant. It is all op to you!

So here you go, the LRS first advanced DIY Project! And please my dear friends, be careful with the soldering iron, because even though it is an easy to use tool it still gets very hot and we wouldn’t want you to hurt your precious hands!

 

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SUPPLIES

– Soldering Iron
– Flux
– Solder
– Pieces of Glass (I used the glass of a broken picture frame)
– Copper Tape 5 mm wide
– Glass Cutter (I used the old fashion one)
– Scissors
– Cutting Board, or something else to protect the surface
– Ruler
– 2 small Jump Rings
– Necklace or a Necklace Chain

– Tiny Flower

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STEP 1 – Cut a triangular or square shape out of a simpel piece of paper in your desired pendant size.

Place the piece of paper on your cutting board and put the piece of glass on top.

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STEP 2 – Use your glass cutter and ruler to cut the glass. Cut two pieces of glass.

**Here is a website that explains how to properly use a glass cutter in case this is your first time.

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STEP 3 – Dry your flower. (use your favourite drying method, I actually tried the microwave trick for the first time) Place the flower between the two pieces of glass.

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STEP 4 – Take the copper tape and tape all around the two layers of glass. (it’s a bit like the wrapping a gift technique)

**Make sure that the tape ends up smooth, any bump will show in the end result!

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STEP 5 – Now comes the fun and harder part: soldering!
– Put flux on the copper tape.
– Using your solder, solder all around the pendant, covering the copper tape completely.

** In case this is your first time using a soldering iron, here is a very nice clip on how to use a soldering iron for beginners.

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STEP 6 – Cut two small strips of copper tape. We will use this to attach the jump rings.

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STEP 7 – Fold the small strip of copper tape through the jump rings and attach them to the top of the soldered pendant.
– Add flux and use your soldering iron and solder to attach the jump rings to the top of the pendant.

 

And that was it!! You survived it all! Hurray!

Now, let’s show your fancy advanced DIY necklace off to the world!

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Getting the soldering vibes? After I made this necklace, I went on to more advanced projects like this glass lamp:

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Soldering opened up a whole new DIY world to me, and I hope that you like it too!! Please let me know what you think or show me your soldering projects in the comment section!

DIY | Tassel Necklace

DIY | Tassel Necklace

I can’t really remember when tassels officially got back in style, but I am a big fan!

I have already made a tassel earring project in the past, and I have been wanting to use the tassel trend for something new for a while now. That is how I came up with this necklace. I made it as a part of my first L1 Fashion Collection. And completely forget to share the tutorial with you!

I have been wearing it pretty frequently and it is still holding strong, and looks like new! (I know it is not really subtle to be complimenting your own designed pieces, but hey, sometimes you just have to give yourself a little credit ;))

The necklace really goes with everything thanks to it’s length, but I urge you to redesign this DIY to your own taste, because it is so much fun! You can make the tassels in any color that you like, and play around with different types of beads to really give it that personal detail.

You will only need basic jewellery supplies, except for the center piece, that is something that you can choose. You can either get it from an old piece of jewellery or find it in a craft store.

Have fun!

DIY:

 

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SUPPLIES:

– String for the tassels
– Beads of your choosing
– Center piece of your choosing (or a big jump ring to connect the chains)
– Chain
– Crimp beads x2
– Jump Rings x 6
– Transparent thread/wire
– Pliers
– Scissors

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STEP 1 – Decided the length of your necklace by taking the piece of chain and draping it around your neck. Mark the length and use your pliers to cut it in that length.
– Next, cut a small piece of chain (around 4 cm) of each end of the long chain.

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STEP 2 – Secure your center piece with the pliers and jump rings to the long piece of chain. Attaching a jump ring on each side.
– Attach the the smaller chains to the bottom of the center piece with jump rings.DIY | Tassel Necklace

STEP 3 – Take your transparent thread and slide the beads onto the thread.

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STEP 4 – Push the end of the thread inside the last bead. Keep in place while sliding the crimp bead onto the folded thread. Use your pliers to crimp the bead.
– Repeat this for the other end of the transparent thread.
– Attach the short piece of chain onto the transparent thread loop with a jump ring.

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STEP 5 – Collect your material for the tassels and decide the thickness. Cut bot of the tassel basics.

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STEP 6 – Roll the top of the tassel and secure with a similar color thread.

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STEP 7 – Pull the  jump ring from the necklace ending through the top of the tassel and close with your pliers.
– Repeat this for the other side.

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STEP 8 – Cut the tassel in your desired length.

All done!


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3 MINUTE EARRING DIY | Hoops to Squares

How do you turn your dollar- or euro- store earrings into trendy square-shaped ones? Easy! Just use a set of pliers and nail polish and three minutes later: you look fabulous!

Here’s how:
Supplies:
Hoop Earrings | Pliers | Nail Polish

1. Buy cheap earrings (mine only cost 6o cents!) Or find some old ones from your Spice Girl fandays. 
2. Measure the hoop en hold the pliers on 1/3 of the earring. Start bending the material and try to make a sharp corner.
3. Place the pliers on 2/3 of the earring. Bend the material again.
4. Place the earrings on a flat surface and bend them if necessary some more to make a nice even shape.
5. Take your nail polish  and apply it on the earrings. First do one side, let it dry. Then turn the earrings over and paint the other side.

All done!

DIY | Sweater Clips

When I was in New York, I visited the Wiliamsburg Flea, which is always so much fun! And I found these beautiful vintage clip-on earrings that just had to find it’s way into a new DIY project. 
Because I realized that people don’t really wear them anymore, even tough there are so many pretty old ones that I am sure every mother and grandmother have saved for their children. 
 
So instead of wearing them in your ears, why not use them to fancy up your wardrobe? You can use them on your buttoned up blouse(which are really in style right now!) or on a cardigan because it’s still pretty cold to wear your dresses without them.
 
Make your own Sweater Clips:
DIY:
1. Supplies: 2 Pliers | Clip-On Earrings | 2 Small chains | 2 Small Jumprings
2. Attach one of the jumprings to the earring. Just find a big enough gap where the ring fits trough, this can also be in clip-on part.
3. Attach the chains to the ring. (you can hold the chains in front of your blouse to see how long you want them to be, if needed, shorten them with your pliers) And close the ring with your pliers.
4. Repeat step 2 and 3 with the other earring. 
 
That’s it! Now go and show them off!
 

DIY | Leather Rings

Always wanted to wear a ring that’s: comfortable, pretty, adjustable, matches with everything and can be made in under 5 minutes?
Well, today is your lucky day, because I have ring tutorial for you that is just all of the above.
 
My sister mentioned that a friend gave her a leather ring and that it was the most comfortable thing she ever wore. And I immediately loved the idea of making something that’s so simple, yet fashionable.
I started to design some options and decided to make a DIY out of this one. I hope you like it! 
Have fun crafting!
Supplies:
Leather | Thread | Hole Punch Maker | Scissors | Nail Polish* (*optional)
Instructions:
1. Cut the leather into small strips in the size of your finger
2. (*optional) I wanted the leather to be in a different so I applied two layers of gold nail polish on the leather.
3 Use your hole puncher to punch a hole on both ends of the leather strip.
4. Use the thread to make your pulling it through both holes. Ty a knot to secure.
 
all done!
 

HOLIDAY DIY | Pearl Necklace

Here’s an easy necklace DIY that won’t take too much of your time during the Christmas holidays and will be perfect to wear with you little black dress. Or you can make a last minute one as a cute hostess gift :)

I always wanted to have a pretty pearl necklace that would look classy but also playful. So I designed this three strand pearl necklace with a big pink and white bow at the back!

Here’s how:
1. Supplies: Pearls | Ribbon | (jewelry) Thread | Jewelry glue | Pliers | Jump Rings(x6) | Fold Over Connectors (x6) | Ribbon Connector (x2) | 
 2. String the pearls onto three seperate cords.
3. Cut the cords, making sure that they are long enough to cover your neck.
4. Attach a fold over connector to one of the ends of the cords, by tying a knot. Repeat this on all the strands and at both sides of the cord.
5. Take the attached fold over connector and make sure that the thread is pointing inwards, Use your glue on te connector and use your pliers to fold it closed. Let the glue dry. Repeat on all connectors.
6. Apply a dot of glue on the inside of your ribbon connector. Place the ribbon on top of the glue and squeeze the connector tight, using your pliers.
7. Attach the jump rings, to the fold over connectors. Attach the bead strings to the ribbon connector using the just attached jump rings. repeat this on the other side.

all done!

DIY | Fancy Stretchy Pearl Bow Bracelet

With the holidays in sight, it’s time to start crafting fancy items! 
 
I always love to make my own accesories and outfits for christmas and new years eve, remember my dress last year? Well this year I am starting a bit earlier, so I’ve already been pretty busy with new festive tutorials! And not just accessories, also home decor items!
 
Today will be the first holiday tutorial: a fancy stretchy pearl bow bracelet, that only takes minutes to make! It’s the perfect bracelet to wear during christmas and new years eve. And of course any special occasion after that :)
 
Here’s how:
DIY Supplies:
Ribbon | Pearls/Beads | Stretchy Cord | Decorative Split Pin
1. Measure your wrist and cut the stretchy cord in the size of your wrist + a few extra cm, so it’s easy to tie it later.
2. String the beads onto the cord until you can fold it over your wrist. Make sure that the beads are covering all parts and there’s still enough stretch to take it off.
3. Tie a knot into the cord. 
4. Cut the excessive cord of.
5. Take your ribbon and cut a 15 cm piece. Fold the outsides like in the picture.
6. Tie a piece of stretchy cord around the middle part, securing the loose bits in the middle. Tie a knot in the cord and cut the excessive pieces of.
7. Use the split pin the cover the cord in the middle and fold the ends of the pin around the cord.
8. All done!