SHOW+TELL: Saint Patrick’s Day Bracelets

ididntforgetstpatricksday_1We’re not happy unless we’re making things- which means we have a whole slew of projects from the time before A-i-M. We thought we take time now-and-again to share some of these projects from the DIY vault. We’ve touched them up a little, so they should still be new to you, even if you’ve been following us forever.

One night, a couple of years ago I looked up and realized it was the day before St. Patrick’s day, and I was fresh out of green and orange. (Orange is required in our family.) I do NOT like to be pinched, so I dug through my random craft supplies and came up with a couple of ideas.

In typical fashion, some things worked better than others; and a few whiskeys later, I had two serviceable bracelets (read: pinch protectors.)
I wanted to include this Show+Tell from our vault because I think it’s a perfect example of using a problem as an opportunity to make something. It wasn’t all pretty, but it was pretty darn creative.

I will be sporting one or both of these buggers next week, so don’t expect to catch me unawares.

The first bracelet is just a large paperclip, embroidery floss, and a drop of glue.
(1) Bend the paperclip around, and in, and around, and in, and over and over to make the clover shape. (The orange drawing on the entry above shows how it works.)
(2) Attach a knotted end of embroidery floss to the stem with glue, and wrapped the wire in floss.
(3) Cry as everything comes unwound everytime you move your fingers.
(4) Yell at someone for “getting in your light”. (Could be roomate, husband, or pet.) This is an important part of the process.
(5) Realize you are going to have to start all over again. Pour glass of Irish Whiskey to get in the spirit.
(6) Repeat steps 2 through 4. Tie lots of knots.
(7) Have more whiskey to reward yourself for getting the clover wrapped.
(8) Relearn friendship bracelets. Take a trip down memory lane.
(9) Tie the thing to your wrist. It better be sturdy cause you are never going to try that again.
The second bracelet is a better project for the sane. It is simply a piece of ribbon, some contrasting floss, and a pretty button.
(1) Cut ribbon to a length that will tie around your wrist.
(2) Place in embroidery hoop (if you have one).
(3) Make small, somewhat even, stitches across the ribbon till you get to the middle.
(4) Sew the button on.
(5) Continue stitches. Make a knot at the end.
(6) Thank the good St. Patrick that it was easier than the other bracelet.

Wow, that was a lot of talking. I’m exhausted.
Now for Saint Patrick’s Day!