What is it? Why, a fancy water bottle strap. One you can customize with any beads to suit your taste. Look:
Perfect for walks in the forest, strolls in the city, fashion-forward day hikes, lost weekends at Comic Con. Here's one modeled by my impossibly cute friend Jane.
A stellar handmade gift for those hard-to-bead-for people! Also a terrific way to use up some of your beady stash.
So let's make one! Find a rubber O-ring, a tiny bit tighter than the neck of a water bottle. (Mine are 15/16" in diameter, 1/8" thick.)
Cut two pieces of skinny cord. Make each piece long enough to go around your chest (like the strap of a cross-body bag). Double each cord around the O-ring like this:
Now thread a whole lotta beads over the doubled cords, as pictured:
Lightweight, large-hole beads work best. If you have trouble stringing your beads over the doubled cord, try my favorite trick in the whole world: those little blue flossers. Use them to pull the cord through, it really works!
Once both sides are strung, tie a knot to join the two halves. Trim the extra.
To add a water bottle, just slip the O-ring down past the cap. It grips and stays like a champ.
Then sling it over your shoulder and go. See Jane go.
Go, Jane, go!
A very practical DIY indeed! The ones we get here are very strappy (not sure if that is the right word to use) and not stylish so this would be great!ReplyDelete
I like these! Someone gave me a water bottle strap at Christmas and it's not nearly as cool as these! And yes, your friend Jane is impossibly cute!ReplyDelete
I'd have to carry around a suitcase full of these so I could sell one to every person who'd be stopping me in my tracks! Brilliant idea!ReplyDelete
I've never seen a water bottle strap. These are brilliant and Jane models it so well.ReplyDelete
Great idea! I'm going to try this!ReplyDelete
I used to always carry around bottles with straps as a kid and would get teased about it a lot. I wish I had thought of a beaded strap then - it would have been so coolReplyDelete
Genius as always! I definitely need to make a few of these. Featuring when my party opens up tonight!ReplyDelete
So perfect and useful.. very smart idea :) thank dear for this fun tutorial !ReplyDelete
Jane! <3 her! And cool idea too, lol!ReplyDelete
what a fun idea - would never have though of it!ReplyDelete
Clever idea, Michelle, especially using the O-ring.ReplyDelete
Such a great idea, perfect for festival seasonReplyDelete
I LOVE the use of the O-ring! You are a genius Mich!! Such an awesome idea!ReplyDelete
Such a novel ideaReplyDelete