DIY Positivity Bracelets

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“In order to carry a positive action we must develop here [pointing to his head] a positive vision.”  –Dalai Lama

This project is fun for many reasons…it’s easy to make, low cost and it makes a great gift for anyone! I like to use these beads in the center with positive words. I wanted to make something to wear to remind myself to stay positive. I hope you’ll have lots of fun making these bracelets and may they help keep you on good vibes.

Materials:

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  • Beads
  • Stretchy String
  • Scissors
  • Clear nail polish

Step 1:

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First determine the size needed to make your bracelet. A simple way to do so is by putting the string around your wrist, add an addition 2 inches in length to leave you wiggle room to tie the ends of the string. Or you can use a ruler/measuring tape. Cut the desired length.

Step 2:

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String the beads in the order you’d like your design to be.

Step 3:

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Tie the two ends. I make at least 3 knots.

Step 4:

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Add a dab of clear nail polish on the knots. This is done to add security to avoid the knots from coming undone. Using glue is not recommended because it will cause the stretchy string to crack. Allow the nail polish to dry.

Step 5:

Finally, cut the lose ends. Depending on the bead size you choose to use, you may be able to hide the knot inside one of the beads by pulling the string and sliding it inside.

You’ve done it!!! Now wear your bracelet and whenever you feel you need to center yourself just focus on your “positivity bracelet” and take a slow deep breath. Peace:)

 

 

How to make a decoupage collage box.

 

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Making decoupage boxes is a fun way for me to release my creative energy with little thought and a lot of just throwing fun items together and making it work. Any type of paper, stickers and photographs will work. Play with it and have some fun!

List of Materials:

  • Box
  • Paints
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • Clear Gloss Finish Glaze
  • Sponge brush
  • Very fine Sand Paper (size p320)

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Step 1: Make a background design for your box. I started out by spray painting the box blue, then I used lace to stencil in a white design to my background.

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Step2: Cut out the pictures you want to use on your collage then glue items onto the box. As shown in third pic.

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Step 3: Pour first coat of Mod Podge onto the collage. You can do this using a sponge for a smoother surface, however, you can also just spread it with your fingers.  It will look messy and as if you have just ruined your project but don’t freak out! It will dry clear  and then you will need to apply additional coats, depending on the thickness you want to achieve. Applying coats and waiting for them to dry is the most time consuming part of decoupaging. Don’t feel like you must finish in one day. I like to apply 3 coats and I make these projects as “in between-ers” when I am working on other time consuming projects . You also have the option of sanding in between coats to smooth out bumps.

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Step 4: Now you are ready for the clear glaze. This will give it a glass like finish and make it shinny and beautiful! It’s up to you if you feel you are finished with your project or you can take it further and add findings!

Hope I have covered everything and most of all I hope you have fun making your box!

Welcome!

Hi, my name is Gloria I will be using this blog to share events that I will be taking part of and also to share techniques for my work! My favorite material to work with are beads. I learned loom beading in high school and I have continued teaching myself other techniques by reading books, magazines and of course the wonderful internet! I am no expert but with this blog I hope to network with other people who, like me, love to create:)