Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Mmm, jelly cuffs.

Hi, peeps!  Check out these pretty cuff bracelets.  They come in several flavors.







What do you think?  Cute?



They are made from these:



Jelly headbands!  Got 'em at the dollar store, two-for-a-buck.

How's about a tutorial?  Note: if you love complicated, messy or highly technical craft projects, this is NOT the tutorial for you.  (In fact, this is not even the blog for you!  Go away.  Now.)  But if you're the right sort, read on.


First, trim away the end bits.



(I know you know I am making something else with those end bits!  That's for another day, though.)

Now let's do three flavors of  jelly cuff.

Flavor one: I took a piece of the elastic that came with the headband, and criss-crossed it to join the two ends:


Just tie one knot on the underside - that's the cuff, done!  Then a bit of ribbon to tie on a decorative button...


...and wahla.



Flavor two: I used three jump rings to attach half a clasp to each end.  So simple!



You can wear it right-side out, as above, or flip it to wrong-side out, as in the photo below:



I kind of love the wrong side, because you get some little bumps from the hair-gripping  feature, and the light catches the filigree in a cool way - it gives the illusion of beveled edges.


Flavor three.  Fold a piece of ribbon in half, and knot a small loop at the folded end.



Thread the ribbon along the edges, like so...




On the other end, add a button or bead and secure with a knot; that becomes your button clasp.



Embellish as before, simply tying something on with a bit of ribbon.  Here I used a big wooden bead.




Yum!  Jelly cuffs!  I think they're quite delish.





Hope you enjoyed this one, I had so much fun with it.  Plus, I've got a few more ideas for jelly-band jewelry waiting in the wings.

And hey - I was just kidding before.  Really!  You complicated crafters are always welcome here.  Just don't breathe on me, I'm scared to catch it!  Nyuk nyuk.


32 comments:

  1. I like them! The jelly headbands are somewhat a little bit strange? But to make these cuffs out of them really works quite cool with the ornaments. I just wonder if there is a kind of paint which would stay on the surface? How about putting a satin ribbon with a contrasting colour below it? Mh... I don't think we have some of these ones on our stores... have to look...

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  2. well well well, mich l-u rock and jelly roll! awesome neat cool-can't wait to search some of these out and scour ur site!

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  3. michelle L, you always keep me guessing... what is that girl gonna do next? and i'm always surprised and impressed! your jelly cuffs are just cool. or should i say, your JCs are JC!

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  4. this is AMAZING!!! just seeing the photo, i thought "i hope she posts where this awesomeness came from"...now i GOTTA make it for myself!

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  5. I'm thinking this dollar store needs to be payin' you for all that you do for their inventory;-) These are wonderful and I love the added charm.

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  6. Out of all the jewelry that you've posted, I think these are my favorite. Simple but gorgeous.

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  7. What a neat idea! I just may have to add this to my dollar store shopping list! Thanks for sharing. And thank you for the sweet comment. I hope you enjoy the nachos! And that you'll come visit again soon.

    Krista

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  8. Oh yummy!
    I love the caramel flavour one, toothache and all.

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  9. You are such a crazy genius-person! These are beautiful!

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  10. Good God woman, you're a flippin' genius! And one could crank these out in short order as party favors for Daughter's Cookie Party. Fabulous. I'm stealing this definitely.

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  11. What a wonderful idea. They would make adorably gifts for a princess birthday party too. Makes me wish I had a girl. I'll have to remember this, thanks for sharing.

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  12. I've never seen these types of headbands at the Dollarama - now I'm going to have to look out for them for sure!

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  13. Great job! My 12 year old daughter loves your blog. I know you didn't use tools with this, but we would love to see a blog on the tools you use the most. Or at least what you need to get started!

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  14. Great style, Michelle. I can't wait to try some of your ideas out. Loove.

    -dani

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  15. Fabulous and wonderfully inventive as usual! I love them!

    Thanks for linking to A Round Tuit again!

    Have a great weekend.
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  16. Hi..i love this super great idea...love love love it..so smart...& how nicely you have converted it into cuff waoooooo..you rock dear for sharing...

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  17. I want one!!! Love the cute button in Flavor 1, and I agree that I like the wrong side out in Flavor 2. I'm crazy for texture and love the nubbies.

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  18. These look GREAT. Love seeing the dollar store re-inventions. (And nice use of the wahla, too, I might add.)

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  19. I'm linking to these next week, but I could link to every post every day. :)

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  20. oooh wow I luv luv these, now that's thinking outside of the box..
    I'm starting a new series for the Holidays, where I share recipes, crafts, tips and tricks.
    Please stop by and share your favorite tips, and links crafty projects at http://passionatelyartistic.com starting nov 3rd.
    Maggie

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  21. Just saw these on dollar store crafts - such a great idea! They look way better as bracelets than as headbands anyway. Definitely trying this. :)

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  22. Bwahaha Until I actually read the post, I thought that first button was a pacifier! lol I should probably not read on too little sleep. ;)

    These look really great!

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  23. Love this idea!! I may make these for my friends for christmas. I'm thinking about forcing a make it yourself christmas!

    I'm going to feature you on sunday on my super surfing sunday post!

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  24. Now I know what 2 do w/those jelly headbands - brava

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  25. How did I miss this? I am going to so make these for my oldest daughter who wears these exact hair bands in her hair.

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  26. Found my way over here from I heart naptime. So glad I did, love your site and LOVE this project, now I have to pick some of these up when I head to the dollar store. Thanks for your ideas!

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  27. Awesome just love ur work...the zippies, the curlers...great work and very inspiring

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  28. awesome idea! Don't the "teeth" on the back of the band hurt your arm? Or would I be able to snip them off?

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  29. WOW oh WOW I thought that is WOW probly off some expensive store!!!! THANKS SO MUCH Ann from Mississippi

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  30. You are so creative and talented!!!!! That is the neatest idea!! PJ Taylor

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  31. I have made jewelry for years, but never thought of this one!! Great idea!

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