Friendship Bracelet

Molly’s Sketchbook: Breezy Friendship Bracelets

The best summer project around? Friendship bracelets… So portable, so cute and so easy! And you don’t need to be intimidatingly crafty to make them. In fact, even if you have two left thumbs, these Breezy Friendship Bracelets are perfectly do-able.

Over the past few years, we have featured several knotted bracelet designs here on the Bee (click here to see them all), but this season’s version is the easiest and breeziest. Made with two very simple knots, these bracelets work up so quickly you can make several in an afternoon and a whole armful in a weekend.

The Breezy Friendship Bracelets also have a new streamlined, adjustable closure for easy on and off. And for the first time, I used our 1 mm Chinese Knotting Cord, a durable nylon cord made for, well… knotting! You only need two colors to make a bracelet, but where’s the fun in that? Make a whole rainbow!

Kids can easily get in on this friendship bracelet action. We’re thinking tokens of friendship for the end of the school year and hours of entertainment for summer road trips. But, honestly? We make and wear friendship bracelets too! -Molly


You will also need a lighter and a safety pin.

Finished Size

7 inches around with two 3-inch ties. These bracelets adjust to fit most adult women, but the pattern can easily be altered to fit anyone!


One Sided Wrap Bracelet (Narrower)

Pick two colors: an Under Color and an Over Color.

From the Under Color, cut three 18-inch lengths. These are the Base Cords.

From the Over Color, cut one 68-inch length. This is the Working Cord.

From the Under Color (or any color you like!), cut a 10-inch length. This is the Tie Cord.

Line up one end of the Base and Working Cords and tie them together in a simple overhand knot, 5 inches from the aligned ends. (Do not pull this knot too tight because you will be pulling it out later.) Safety pin the knot to your pants or to another secure location.

Pull the Working Cord to the right side of the beginning knot, while keeping the Base Cords grouped together, hanging straight down.

Keeping it slack, pull the Working Cord to the left over the Base Cords and then bring the Working Cord under the Base Cords and over itself to create a loop, as shown above.

Pull the Working Cord upwards around the Base Cords, tightening it as you pull. Tug fairly firmly on the knot so that it’s snug at the top of the bracelet.

This is a Half Right Knot.

Next you will create a Half Left Knot…

Keeping it slack, pull the Working Cord to the left over the Base Cords, and then crossing over to the right, bring the Working Cord under the Base Cords, and then back over itself to create a loop, as shown above.

Pull the Half Left Knot upwards and to the right.

When the new knot meets up with the previous knot, pull the Working Cord taut so that the little nubs created by the knots are both facing to the right and the left sides are smooth. If you look closely you can see that a small “V” shape is formed by the Half Right and Half Left Knots meeting one another.

Continue in this same manner, alternating a Half Right Knot with a Half Left Knot, while making sure that the knotted edge is on the right and the smooth wrapped side is on the left.

Stop when your bracelet measures 7 inches (or however long you like) from the beginning knot and then tie two Half Left Knots in a row and pull them very tight.

Snip off the ends of the Base Cords a few millimeters beyond the last knot, and cut the tail of the Working Cord to 3 inches. Tie a simple overhand knot at the very end of the 3-inch tail.

Use the lighter to melt the ends of the Base Cords, as well as the knot at the end of the Working Cord tail.

Untie the beginning knot, tie two Half Left Knots and then finish that end in the same manner as the first.

Arrange the bracelet in a circle, making sure it’s not twisted and the two 3-inch tails are overlapping and parallel to each other with the knots facing in opposite directions.

Tie the center of the Tie Cord in a tight over hand knot around the center of the two tails.

Tie one Half Left Knot at each side of this overhand knot using each tail of the Tie Cord. This is the Tie Closure.

Then turn the whole bracelet over and tie another overhand knot on the other side of the Tie Closure.

Snip off the tails of the Tie Cord and melt the ends to create a neat, button like closure.

Pull the knotted tails away from the Tie Closure and the bracelet will close!


Two Sided Wrap Bracelets (Wider)

Pick out two colors, one for the left hand side of the bracelet and one for the right.

Cut each of these into one 53-inch length. These are the Left and Right Working Cords.

From the lighter of these two colors, cut four 18-inch lengths. These are the Base Cords.

Line up one end of all six strands and tie them together in a simple overhand knot, 5 inches from the aligned ends. (Do not pull this knot too tight because you will be pulling it out later.) Safety pin the knot to your pants or another secure location.

Arrange the cords so that the Left Working Cord is to the left, the Base Cords are gathered together in the middle, and the Right Working Cord is to the right.

Create a Half Left Knot with the Left Working Cord by crossing it right over the Base Cords and then left under the Base Cords, coming out over itself.

Slide the knot up and to the left, pulling it taut at the base of the beginning knot.

Next, using the Right Working Cord, create a Half Right Knot by crossing it left over the Base Cords and then right under the Base Cords, coming out over itself.

Slide this knot up and to the right until it bumps up against the previous Half Left Knot.

Repeat these steps, tying a Half Left Knot with the Left Working Cord, followed by a Half Right Knot with the Right Working Cord until the bracelet measures 7 inches from the beginning knot (or however long you want). Make sure to keep the nubs of the knots facing in their respective directions so that the bracelet lies flat.

Finish in the same manner as for the One Sided Wrapped Bracelets, explained above.


My DIY | Heart Bracelet





During my last LA trip I met up with my friend, and phenomenal jewelry designer, Robyn Rhodes, to look at her new line and learn how to turn my heart ring DIY into a bracelet (one that you may have noticed according to my Instagram, I wear everyday). We stopped by some of Robyn’s favorite jewelry supplies spots, then headed back to her studio to DIY! Steps after the break


Wearing: All Robyn Rhodes jewelry, get the wire bow bracelet here 

16 Gauge Half Round Half Hard 14/20 Gold Filled Wire – 5FT

Jewelry Pliers, Round and flat
1. First, at one end of the wire, make two rounded humps by wrapping the wire around the thick part of your round nose pliers 
2. Then squeeze the valley in between with the flat nose pliers to create the heart shape
3. Next, cross the short end of the wire across the longer side
4. Then wrap the shorter wire around the longer side two times and cut off the excess
5. Next wrap wire around a cup to create the rounded part, fit to the size of your wrist
6. To create the hook, bend the other end of the wire so it is doubled up for as least an inch
7. Bend again a half an inch down to create the hook 
8. Wrap the excess around the base of the bracelet 3 times and trim the excess 

How To MAke A fRiEnDsHiP BraceLet

How to Make a Friendship Bracelet

Edited by Emma, Luke, Flickety, Sondra C and 306 others

Two Methods:Making a Traditional Friendship BraceletMaking Other Types of Friendship Bracelets

Friendship bracelets are typically made of thread and are given to a friend as a token of friendship. However, you can easily make friendship bracelets to add to your own collection of accessories, or sell them to make a profit. If you want to know how to make a friendship bracelet, just follow these steps.
Method 1 of 2: Making a Traditional Friendship Bracelet

Choose several strands of embroidery thread in a variety of colors. Choose as many strands of thread as you like, as long as you’re using three or more, and pick any number of colors that would look good together in a pattern. If you only use one color of thread, you won’t be able to create a pattern. 4-6 strands will make a narrow bracelet, and 8-10 strands will make a thicker one. The more strands you chose, the wider the bracelet will be.
Measure and cut your first strand. Measure a length of thread slightly longer than the distance from your fingertip to your shoulder and then cut it. This will be long enough for the bracelet to stretch around your wrist to create a pattern. It’s better to cut the string a bit too long than too short.
Use the cut strand to measure and cut the remaining strands. Hold the cut strand up to the remaining strands and cut them to be the same length as this strand.
Tie the strands in a knot and pin them to a stable surface. You can pin the bracelet to your pants, to a pillow, or to another stable cloth surface that you won’t damage. You can also get creative and tie it around your toe instead, but pinning the knot to a surface is your best bet. Pinning is better than taping because the pin ensures that the bracelet will stay in its position.
Spread the threads out. Before you start the system of knotting that will create a pattern in the bracelet, spread out the threads so that the colors are in the order you’d like the striped patterns on the bracelet to be. To make the knotted end of your bracelet less bulky, try not to cross the threads over one another too much.
Make a few short braids in the bracelet before you begin making the pattern (optional). You can start the bracelet by creating three separate threads from the the threads (you can group them in groups of two or three) and then braiding them just as you would braid a three-strand bracelet or braid of hair.
Knot the thread on the far left around the thread immediately to its right. You need to make the “half-hitch” knot to do this correctly. First, move the first thread (the green) over the front of the second (the pink), leaving a loop on the left, to create a figure “4” look. Then, pull the first thread around the second, and thread it through the loop you created and pull it up, until a knot moves up to the top of the second thread.
Hold the thread that you’re making the knot around tightly to make sure that the knot is tight and positioned correctly.
Knot the thread that was on the far left around the remaining threads from left to right. Now, repeat making the “half hitch” knot with the green thread you started with around each of the remaining threads from left to right. Make two of the same knot on every thread before you move on. When you’re done, the green thread you started with on the far left will move all the way to the far right.
Continue knotting the thread on the far left around the remaining threads from left to right. Every thread will end up on the right when you’re done, and you’ll start with a new color of thread every time, unless you’ve placed two threads of the same color together.
Continue knotting the thread until the bracelet is long enough for your wrist. To make sure it fits well, try it on your wrist. There should be enough extra room that you, or the person you want to give the bracelet to, can fit about 2 fingers in next to your wrist.
Braid the ends of the bracelet (optional). If you braided the first few strands of the bracelet, you can do the same before you finish the bracelet. Braid as many strands at the end as you braided at the beginning.
Add charms or beads to the end of the bracelet (optional). To give your friendship bracelet some more flair, thread some small beads or charms onto the strands and then tie them in a knot to secure them.
Tie the second end of the bracelet in a knot. Make sure that the knot doesn’t take up any of the length you need to wear the bracelet.
Trim away the additional string. If you still have a lot of string left over, you can cut it short with a pair of scissors.
Tie the bracelet together. Now that you’ve knotted both ends of the bracelet, just tie the strands of the bracelet together. If you have a friend putting on the bracelet for you, then you can also have the friend knot the bracelet after you put it on if you want it to be really tight.
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Put the bracelet on. Rock your new friendship bracelet, or give it to a friend.

Method 2 of 2: Making Other Types of Friendship Bracelets

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Make a twister friendship bracelet. To make this kind of friendship bracelet, you need to knot one thread around all of the others at once, and then switch to a different color thread after wrapping it around the others several times to create a pattern.
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Make a square knotted friendship bracelet. You can make this simple knotted friendship bracelet using embroidery thread or twine.
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Make a Chevron friendship bracelet. This pretty bracelet is made by knotting the same-colored thread from the outside to the middle of the bracelet, creating a “V” shape with every thread instead of the traditional diagonal line.

I love making jewelry. So, I gathered 30 great DIY bracelets that are not only pretty easy to make, but great fashion statements for your wardrobe.


1.) DIY Hardware Store Bracelets by Thanks, I Made It.

IMG_1016 2.) DIY: Mixed Metal Friendship Bracelets by Life By Appointment.


3.) DIY Rope Bracelet by Inspiration and Realisation.


4.) DIY Thread Tassel Bracelet by Studs and Pearls.


5.) Leather Friendship Bracelet by Trinkets in Bloom.


6.) DIY Painted Tribal Bracelets by A Dismount Creative DIY.


7.) DIY Summer Bracelets by Shelterness.


8.) DIY Braided T-Shirt Bracelets by Henry Happened.


9.) DIY Gold Tube Bracelets by Honestly WTF.


10.) DIY Leather Bow Bracelet by Oh The Lovely Things.


11.) DIY Shower Curtain Ring Bracelets by 36th Ave.


12.) DIY Custom Bracelets by Nubby Twiglet.


13.) DIY Anthropologie Cuff by Artzy Creations.


14.) DIY Fishtail Bracelet by Typical House Cat.


15.) DIY Pom Pom Bracelet by Thanks, I Made It.


16.) DIY Dipe Dye Rope Bracelets by Love Maegan.


17.) DIY Rope Bracelets by Made In A Day.


18.) DIY Bracelets by Tabula Rosi.


19.) DIY Aluminum Can Bracelets by Saved By Love Creations.


20.) DIY Charm Bracelet by What I Wore.

Macrame-Charm-Bracelet-B21.) DIY Charm Macrame Bracelets by Pretty Quirky Pants.


22.) DIY Leather Wrap Bracelet by Ice Cream When The Sky Is Gray.


23.) The Jersey Knit Bracelet by V and Co.


24.) DIY: Vinyl Bead Bracelets by Swellmayde.


25.) DIY: Leather + Climbing Rope Macrame Bracelets by Stripes and Sequins.


26.) Chandelier Charm Bracelet by Honestly WTF.


27.) Leather Box Braid Bangles by Sketch42.


28.) DIY Neon Rope Bracelets by Glitter n Glue.


29.) Criss Cross Bead Bracelet by I Spy DIY.


30.) DIY Crochet Bracelet by Trinkets in Bloom.

There you have it! 30 must make DIY bracelets. I can’t wait to make some of these. Hope you try some of these great DIY bracelets yourself.

Use colorful fabric scraps and plastic or wood bangles to create fun bracelets for any age. Add vintage buttons to your bracelet for a finishing touch of embellishment on this scrap fabric craft. Fabric Scrap Bracelets Materials: Bangle Bracelets (Plastic or Wood) Glue Gun Glue Sticks Fabric Buttons (optional) Fabric Scrap Bracelets Instructions: First cut long strips approximately 1/2 ” x 12″ or longer! Fabric Scrap Bracelets Starting on the inside of our bracelet we are going to glue on an end of our fabric strip! Wrap Fabric Around Bracelets Wrap your fabric around the bracelet pulling it tight! Wrap fabric around bracelet Completely cover the bracelet and finish it by gluing the end of your fabric strip on the inside! Fabric Scrap Bracelets Make a set to wear together! Lightweight, interchangeable and so comfortable! Scrap Fabric bracelets Scrap Fabric bracelets I added some vintage buttons to this one for a little more detail! Vintage Buttons Scrap Fabric Bracelet

Lava Lamp

“Home Made Lava Lamp”

Here’s a recipe to keep your kids entertained on a rainy afternoon:
You will need:

A clear plastic bottle, (we used 1 liter, but you could use any clear drink bottle.)
Food coloring
Alkaseltzer Tablets

Fill the bottle just over 1/2 full with vegetable oil, then fill the rest of the way with water, leaving an inch of room at the top. Add 10 drops food coloring. Place the bottle on a plate or pie tin to catch any drips. Now, add 1/4 an alkaseltzer tablet and watch the bubbles of water rise up through the oil. Add another piece of alkaseltzer after the bubbles have stopped.

This kept both kids quite entertained for the afternoon. Harriet wanted to make more of them but I didn’t want to use up all my cooking oil. She went through about half a box of the tablets, then we put the lid on when we were done and she used the other half the next day. You could also add some glitter to the water to sparkle it up a bit!

75 Kids Activities

75 Kid {approved} Activities
It’s not hard to sit down with your kids and make a list of things to do before the summer ends. (granted, some of these are still INDOOR activities).
And THANK HEAVEN’S for Pinterest, so that my searching for activities was made easy!

UPDATE: Our favorite activities we’ve done multiple times. And we’re still making summer lists EVERY SUMMER. But here’s some ideas to get you started.

(I made the pics mini, because there’s SEVENTY FIVE + of them, but if you click on them, it should show up full size!)

1: Glow sticks in the bathtub. (I had to cover the window with a blanket some days because they wanted to do it when it was still light out!).
2: Writing your ABC’s with licorice strings! Learning and eating a treat could NEVER go wrong! (A fav)3: Photo shoot. Any mom can have a photo shoot with their children, and you can find tips and tricks on Pinterest on HOW to photograph your children.4: Cloud watching. I had to make two. And it teaches your kids the correct name of the cloud.5: Fossil Digger. They have dino bones at the Dollar Tree. Burry them, and get your paint brushes ready to dust away dirt.6: Sponge Finger painting. Cut and soak up ANY sponge. I used makeup sponges I already had.7: Mini rainbow volcanoes. Because science is AWESOME!8: Make a book + illustrations. I folded it and got it ready. They started writing/drawing.
9:Balloon tennis. We got free paint stick stirrers at Walmart and used our ‘personality balloons’ found below.

10: Ding Dong Ditch w/a gift. Any neighbor you choose or think needs a pick me up!
11: Teach diversity with eggs. We’re all the same on the inside remember?
12: Teach about the moon phases with Oreos. Then get you each a mug-a-milk 😉
13: Hand shadows and other objects. This also helps my kids be less scared of the shadows in their room at night.14: Plastic sheet cover your homework sheets=dry erase. I use to scan them and print for my children, (which I don’t think was stealing since I bought the book and let my children keep practicing the same page. It was for personal use only, I didn’t sell them or give to other children. Just to clear things up for those concerned in the comments below.
But I’ve found that making it dry erase is a better way to practicing the same page over and save paper and ink!
15: Puppet show. UPDATE: I have now made my own PVC PIPE PUPPET THEATER.16: Shave with daddy. With popsicle sticks of course. (my kids used my pink leg shaving cream:)

17: Play angry birds on the nook. (This was a mandatory pick, obviously by my kids)18: Pick any animal day. Pick ANY animal and teach them everything you can find about it. We’ve done Cheetah and ostrich and even crickets. 19: Play hotel. You can play ANY ‘pretend’ game, but my kids love to put mints or chocolates on their pillows with flowers, and vacuum the room. (I’m soaking up every moment while they’re young enough to think that cleaning is fun).
20: (wow this picture is small). Make Japanese chain cut outs. The kids will be amazed that they’re all connected. (I tried to make the people holding hands, and FAILED. The hearts were easier).21: Create a silly holiday. I got this particular idea from my S.I.L. We made August 20th our annual donut day. You can customize it yourself to anything! Dutch Oven Day, Smore’s etc!
22: Floating raisins. We’ve all done this, but I have to be honest the kids weren’t THAT into it.
23: Blow up a balloon with vinegar and Baking Soda! YES, the kids LOVED this one.
24: Grab your nets and go Creature Catching! We caught a frog, a praying mantis and a dragon fly all in one day.
25: Helping cook. Doing grown up things is funner than kid things right? Of course be cautious in age and working around hot stoves and knives.
26: Make pony bead necklaces! My son loved this just as much as my daughter. (or pasta necklaces, tho ours always break.) And twice we’ve made fruit loop necklaces to bring and eat during church.27: Water paints are cheap and fun (for adults too).28: Lava floor. Dont touch the floor to survive.
29: Dry erase marker mirror faces! She’s doing kissy lips…30: Melted crayon hot rocks. My sister showed me this technique. You bake rocks and then start drawing! Be careful to not touch the rocks though.
31: Teach and learn smallest to biggest. Have them organize objects like toys, blocks and talk about sizes. Most kids dont even learn this before school.32: Go camping :)33: Messless Makeup. I took empty makeup containers and pored in fingernail polish. My daughter still thinks it’s real, and I dont have to clean up any messes.34: Balloon Characters. Draw a face and then name them. (WARNING: your kids will be crushed if these ones pop, tears MAY BE SHED).35: INDOOR Picnic. Make sure to use a NON favorite blanket ;)36: Play School. Learn while playing? okay.37: Make a band. My kids LOVE to make noise. Not recommended while husband is sleeping from working a night shift ;)38: Write and make letters to family members. use LOTS of stickers. 39: Teach you kids about the world.40: Teach your kids about outer space.
41: Exercise. You can be their instructor and try giving COSMIC KIDS YOGA a chance! They’ll love going on a Yoga Adventure!
42: Make an obstacle coarse with crape paper streamers. I used our hallway. They crawl and step over all of it while trying not to touch the streamers.43: Act out a story. You dont need great costumes for this. Our bedtime stories come to life with T-shirts and sweaters. (wolf and lil Red below).
44: Make Dino fossils out of play dough and toy dinosaurs. Imprint and then let it dry.
45: Go to a fish hatchery and feed the fish bread :)46: Fly a kite. We did this a 100 times this summer. We went through quite a few plastic kites. Next year I’ll be making fabric kites (with the left over kite sticks from the broken ones).
47: Make a Japanese Hanging Fish 🙂 A big catch.48: Have a Tea Party. Mini foods and mini cups are a hit with BOYS AND GIRLS.49: Play dress up. See what your kids come up with. WINK~
50: Go geocaching. My kids love ‘treasure hunting’ and BEG to do this EVERY single day. One of our favorite family activities.
51: Blow Wish Flowers. (AKA: dead dandelions). Or go Dandelion picking with baskets.52: Make popsicle stick puzzles. Storing a puzzle in a rubber band is brilliant enough I think. (using a photo is fun too)53: Make GIANT bubbles. Poke a hole in the bottom of a paper cup, or cut off the bottom of a water bottle. Dip. Blow. 54: Go swimming. My kids both did GREAT this year. We over came some MAJOR water fears.55: Color-Trace Leaves. If you haven’t done this before…get to work.
56: Hand Print Art. Elephants, flowers, lions, reindeer, turkeys etc… it’s endless.
57: Ice cube paint. Freeze water and food color in ice trays. Freeze with a toothpick or popsicle stick. Go outside if it’s warm and enjoy some cold painting.
58: Play Mail Man. (with the mail you wrote and decorated earlier)
59: Go on a hike. Or run on a hike in my son’s case… Nature hikes, scavenger hunts etc.
60: Make homemade lava lamps. Thanks to my friend Jess who taught me.61: Mini Marshmallow construction. Give them toothpicks and you’ve got a good hour of down time.62: Make mini bun pizzas. This way your kids can decorate their own.63: Paint and Roll Marbles. (Or in our case, hungry hippo balls)64: Make cookies. Let them do everything but work with the oven. Make matching aprons if your ambitious! (I got the kids aprons at the dollar store;)65: Potato stamps. (A fav)
66: Make a pinecone bird feeder. You’ll enjoy the fruits of your labor all summer while bird watching.
67: Make and Play Play Dough.

68: Go through a car wash. (And if your in our family, tell scary stories:) This is a new major high-tech car wash in our area…
69: Have a water sprayer fight! recommended outdoors;) (also good to fill up with 1/4 vinegar and give your kids toothbrushes to clean the base boards…Yes I’m aware of child labor laws, but for now…it’s a game to them)70: Scavenger Hunt. (A fav)71: A picnic. A regular one. Nothing’s better than a spot of shaded grass on a hot day.
72: Build a fort! I wanted to post this one for inspiration because my blanket forts weren’t picture worthy. My kids LOVE watching movies in a fort tho.
73: Write and send snail mail to loved ones. (That blue flying eagle is considered snail speed now thanks to the internet).74: Tear drop volcanoes. Put baking soda on a tray. Fill paper cups with vinegar and food color. Use a dropper to create fizzy foam!75: (no pic) Go Dollar Store shopping. Give them each 1-5 bucks and they’re in heaven.

Diy DORM :-Smartphone Projector

DIY Dorm: Smartphone Projector

Nowadays, we can do almost anything on a smart phone: send emails, play games, and even watch movies. Sometimes, however, squinting at the small screen can leave our eyes feeling tired. Rather than watch a movie or show on the tiny screen, why not magnify it via your very own projector? Check out this fun and simple addition to our DIY Dorm series:

What You’ll Need:

Shoe box
Duct tape
X-acto knife (works better than scissors)
Magnifying glass (try a larger lens – aim for 3-4 inch diameter)
Phone stand (or something to act as a stand for your phone)

What You’ll Do:

Duct tape any openings.

1.Cover all holes and gaps in the box using the duct tape. You don’t want to allow any light to enter or leave the box except for where you will place the magnifying glass.

Mark around the lens.

2.Go to the front and center of the box (on the shorter side). Place the magnifying glass there and mark around it so you will know where to cut. I suggest cutting a slightly smaller hole that you can push the magnifying glass lens into.

3.Using your X-Acto knife, slowly cut out the hole you just marked. Patch up any rough edges with duct tape.

Push the lens into the opening.

4.From the inside of the box, push the lens into the opening. Tape the handle to the inside of the box (to keep the lens in place).

5.Line up your smartphone or iPod with the magnifying glass and mark this space. This is so you will know where to place the phone whenever you use it. Place your “phone stand” on the spot you just marked and glue it down (if you’d like it to be permanent).

Phone Stands

6.You’re ready to use your new projector! Turn the screen brightness up to the highest setting on our phone and open the video you wish to view. You will have to place the phone upside down in order to have the picture appear right-side up.

** Most phones will continue to flip the image so it is right-side-up. Locking the orientation usually fixes this problem. Find out how to do this on the iPhone here.

7.Just turn off the lights and – voila! – you’re all set to go. A darker room will show a clearer image.

Fancy technology? Maybe not…but plenty of fun just the same! You may have to play around with the project and figure out what works best for you and the specific materials you have.

Try out this project for yourself and let us know how it goes! Do you have any tips to share? Post a comment below!


Ribbon Bookmark
Here’s a great quickie project that you can do with craft scrap that you probably already have in your house!

All you will need is:
ribbon (length depends on your book size)
1) button
1) hair elastic

You can do this by hand, but if you have amateur sewing skills like me and a machine, this project can make you feel that much fancier.

Take your hair elastic and fold your ribbon end over it.
Stitch (I used a zig zag stitch for extra strength)

This is a great time to use a zipper foot.

7/20/13 Addendum: I now know (thanks to my lovely readers) that its not a zipper foot. Sorry kids! {Have I mentioned what an amateur seamstress I am!?} I was just trying to make my point apparently. But kudos to you girls for reading the whole post and not just looking at the photos like I usually do! You’re such grown ups!

Cause Lord knows I’ll probably never be using it for its intended purpose.

Easy, right?

Measure the ribbon by closing the book with the ribbon inside. Bring both ends to the front cover and cut, with a inch or so of space (for the elastic to reach over to the button.)

Take the cut end of ribbon and melt it near (not IN) a lighter. This will melt the end just enough to keep it from fraying.

Sew your button onto the nekkid end and viola….

Cute bookmark!

Unfortunately, this is how I’ll be using mine

As you get further into your book, the elastic will stretch to accommodate for the pages building up between the ribbon and cover.

Craft Always

created at: 03/27/2013

My parents are both science teachers: which means they always ruined the secrets to magic tricks, they forced me to identify every tree by leaf and bark type, and we always created our own versions of ‘science-y’ toys. We used to cook our Easy-Bake Oven meals with foil and a light bulb, and created our own slime with cornstarch and food coloring.
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And, when we wanted our own shrinkable art, did we get the sweet pre-printed HeMan or Strawberry Shortcake sheets? Nope. We freehanded it on blank sheets of plastic, and copied the designs from coloring books. (Luckily, neither of my parents could draw, or else we might have had hand drawn versions of those, too.)

The process is simple. I don’t know what kind of Shrinky Dinks are available, if any, but I’ll always be able to make some on my own… I guess my parents actually taught me something. Nuts.

– Clean #6 Plastic
– Permanent Markers
– Scissors
– Aluminum Foil
– Oven and Tongs or Oven Mitt

1. Obtain a piece of #6 plastic (polystyrene). Most clear containers at salad bars, delis, and grocery stores will work. Just flip it over and look for a “6” inside the recycling arrows. If you ask nicely, they’ll usually give you a fresh one.

2. Cut any excess plastic away to make a flat sheet (use both the top and the bottom), and recycle the excess.

3. Draw or write your desired image or text on your plastic canvas using permanent markers. The total image will shrink to about a third of its original size, and five or six times its original thickness. (My parents, of course, would make us measure before and after, and figure how much it had changed.)

4. Pre-heat your oven to 350°, and place a rack in the lowest position. Create a “tray” out of the aluminum foil by bending up the sides. Technically, you could cover a baking sheet with foil, but the thinner surface allows for more direct heat and quicker shrinking.

5. Place your art in the tray, then use the tongs or an oven mitt to place the foil on the bottom rack.

6. For the first minute your art will curl up all crazy-like, but soon, it will flatten itself out. If you have an oven door through which you can see, then just keep an eye on it. If your door is solid, open it just slightly (as you would do when broiling) after 90 seconds. Total time for a large piece (5-6” starting size) will be about 3 1/2 minutes.

7. Using the tongs or oven mitt, remove the tray. At this point, it’s still plyable, so if you want to flatten it more, or add waves or bend the corners, do so CAREFULLY within the first ten seconds.

8. Now, you can do as you please. It’s still cut-able, sand-able, drill-able, glue-able, and plenty more. Attach it to jewelry, make a luggage label, or even a guitar pick!