Sunday, November 15, 2009

Making Velvet Christmas Bracelet

Here's how to make your own Velvet Christmas bracelet.

What you'll need to get started:

A tape measure
Wide velvet ribbon
A needle and thread
A silk Christmas flower of your choice
A hot glue gun

Start by measuring the distance around your wrist using the measuring tape. This can be tricky since you only get to use one hand, but be as accurate as possible. Add 1.5" on to your measurement and cut a piece of velvet ribbon to that length. Fold the ends of the ribbon under 1/2" on each side and whip stitch them into place to make the edges of your bracelet look nice. If you prefer not to sew you can just leave the cut edges of the ribbon exposed or tack them under using a hot glue gun.

Next, cut a small piece of the self-stick Velcro. Attach one side of the Velcro to the bottom side of one of the ends of the bracelet, and the other side of the Velcro to the top side of the other side of the bracelet so that when it is wrapped around your wrist the Velcro can connect and close the bracelet. One of the nice things about using Velcro to close the bracelet is that it makes it easy to put on and take off yourself if no one is around to help you.

If you would prefer, rather than using Velcro to close the bracelet you can buy a pretty clasp and sew the ribbon to the clasp. Just be sure to take into account the width of the clasp when measuring your ribbon so that your bracelet is not too large for your wrist.

Take your silk flower and cut off the extra foliage and stem. Attach it to the center of your bracelet using hot glue. If you would like you can add silk leaves or additional flowers as you see fit. That's it! Now you have a pretty velvet Christmas bracelet that can make any outfit look festive and it only took a few minutes to make. Try wearing it with a basic black dress for an effect that is almost like wearing a pretty wrist corsage, or wear it with a pretty white shirt and jeans to dress up a casual outfit.


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