Wednesday, 7 May 2014

How to make an elastic bead bracelet



Being a girl of 19 (going on 90) if I want to hang out with my friends, more often than not it involves ‘pre-drinks’, the whole idea of which brings me out in a stress rash. However, I have developed the perfect solution. I bring along a craft. My friends have long ago realised that I am already a gran, so they are totally accepting of such behaviour. My project of choice to entertain my drunken chums with, and to occupy myself with while girls want to talk in depth about their love lives (a conversation I never like to hold for too long, believe me) and the boys race pints, is bracelet making. The joy of making bracelets is that you and your friends get to wear them after the pre-function to the actual function - which is never as good as the pre-function, let's be real. Some of my pals have even kept their bracelets to remember the fun night. Or try and remember...


The project calls for very few materials, which means that you can completely make these bracelets sitting crossed legged on someone else's kitchen floor while your peers are playing flip cup - not that I'm speaking from experience. You'll need a piece of strong but thin jewellery elastic, scissors and beads. I have a hand full of beads stocked up that I've collected from old bracelets, packets that come with new clothes and craft shops. I'm basically a bead womble.


First, measure round your wrist with the elastic then add about one or two inches. Be generous, because sometimes tying the knot at the end can be a far trickier business than you imagined. Especially after a shot. Cough, cough.

Then, simply thread your beads onto the elastic until it reaches wrist width and then tie a double knot. A triple knot. Maybe, a quadruple knot, just for good measure. You can never be too sure and no one wants your bracelet snapping on the dance floor.


And, now have fun and enjoy your bracelet! I recommend them because it means that you don't decide to write '#jolo' on your arm in permeant marker pen. Which seems like a good idea on Friday night but, on Monday morning, not so much when you have to wear a long sleeved top to cover up your shame as it still won't wash off.

22 comments:

  1. I loved making these growing up, so much fun :) xx

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    1. And they are even more fun now! Believe me xx

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  2. Oh my gosh, I remember making these when I was younger and I am so tempted to whip one of these out next time there are pre-drinks (although that won't be soon because of exams :( boo, hiss)
    Anyway, love this idea!

    Sydney

    sydneymakesthings.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Good luck in your exams, Sydney. And when you are finished I hope you and your friends make a bundle of these bracelets and have so much fun!

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  3. I made so many bracelets like this when I was a kid, I haven't done it for ages though - what a cute idea to take them to make with friends. I'm all about embracing granny-life, I'm not a drinker so never understand all the time spent on pre-drinks and all that jazz. x

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    1. I recommend making some now too! Just as fun as when you were little, I promise. Granny life is the best life. My friends are all off out tonight, and I'm staying in to knit. Wild. x

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  4. You're the sweetest xxxxx

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    1. Oh, Beeta, you're too kind xxxxx

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  5. I love making bracelets with the girls, it's so much fun. It's also really relaxing to just sit and thread beads on a string or maybe it's just me that finds it comforting to do so. #jolo so needs to be a thing now x

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    1. It is really relaxing, I couldn't agree more. I think #jolo is now a thing. I wish I could buy hashtag beads! x

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  6. tipsy crafting! I highly recommend it.

    I have also decided that a black marker leg tattoo was a good idea - the next morning, not so much.
    Still better that an actual drunken tattoo though.

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    1. Crafts and cocktails. Could not recommend it more.

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  7. these look fab! maybe you should bring these along to the blogger meet up :) hehe...sounds like a plan if you ask me :) xxxx

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    1. I must make a few for the meet up! I must! I am so excited xxxx

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  8. Love this and your blog! I just voted for you in the company blog awards! Would love if you could help me out by voting for me in the teen category!
    www.stylecastle.co.uk
    x

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    1. That's so kind of you, will do, honey! x

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  9. Great post! I have just found and voted for your blog through the cosmo website. I am now following!
    http://bellamomento.blogspot.co.uk
    xx

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    1. Wowee! That's super exciting! Glad you liked it. I'm still pinching myself xx

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  10. I think 'bead womble' is the perfect phrase to describe you haha :) xx

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