OH my gosh.. these are too cute!! Go GRAB YOUR STAMPIN' UP! BUTTONS and have fun!!
I got this idea from Jill Olsen's blog, so I grabbed all my SU! buttons, stretchy cord and a beading needle and had fun!
For the one on the left, I followed Jill's directions and for the one on the right I made up another pattern.. see below for details.
.5mm stretchy cord, beading needle and 30 buttons
I had never used a "beading needle" before.. it's great for the stretchy cord! The "eye" is in the middle of the needle - you spread the needle apart and slip the stretchy cord thru it and it shuts around the cord.
Lay your buttons out as shown at left... 10 medium, 10 large with 10 "flower" or small buttons on top of the large ones.
The instructions called for 30 buttons as noted above. I found that I only needed 9 of each size to fit my wrist nicely. I have fairly large wrists, so you may want to stop when you have strung 8 of each size and wrap it around your wrist and then add more as needed.
Cut approx. 26" to 30" of stretchy cord and begin stringing your buttons, leaving about a 3" tail.
here is how I strung them - the cord comes up from the bottom and thru the large and flower button, then back down, then down thru the med. button, back up thru the med. button, up thru the large and flower button, etc.
When you start to push them all together, it looks like this:
After stringing 9 of each size it looks like this from the front:
and looks like this on the back:
Wrap it around your wrist to see if you like the length using 8 of each, 9 of each or 10 of each or more.
then pull it into a circle and tie the cord into a couple knots:
THEN run the excess stretchy cord BACK THRU ALL THE HOLES again, and tie the ends or use a crimp bead. This is where you will find that the beading needle is soooooooooo helpful!
I also wanted to try it with the big buttons being the bottom layer... I don't quite like it as well, but it's just a different look:
For the above 2 bracelets I mixed and matched buttons from the following packages:
Springtime Vintage Big Designer Buttons, Occasions mini, #122301 (available Jan. 4th)
Deck the Halls Big Designer Buttons, Holiday mini, #121002 (ONLY AVAILABLE FOR A FEW MORE DAYS!!! CLICK HERE to order now!)
Neutrals buttons (pg 186 big catalog), #119743
Brights Buttons, (pg 186 big catalog) #119747
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