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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Safety Pin Bracelet

Today I'm going to share a tutorial for a safety pin bracelet!
That's right... I said safety pins!!


What you'll need:
100+ medium safety pins
(make sure pins have both top & bottom holes - see photo of pins below)
1 package Seed Bead mix, or a few if you want to mix colors
Elastic cord or clear Stretch Magic
Pliers

Pour beads into a bowl & lay out the safety pins.

Since the beads are so small, the easiest way I found to get them on the pins is to scoop the pin through the bowl of beads and they put themselves on. If you want them in a specific pattern, though, you'll have to put them on by hand.

When the pin is full, close the pin and set it aside. I would say make about 100 for an adult bracelet. You may need more or less depending on the size of your wrist.

Once you have all your pins put together, take the pliers and pinch the safety pin closed so it won't accidentally come open while you're wearing it.

Next, measure your wrist and cut the elastic a little larger than your measurement. Don't make it too tight, otherwise it won't be comfortable and will be difficult to put on. I originally made this for my daughter, but couldn't get her to hold still long enough to get a measurement. So, I used one of her "bracelets" (aka hair elastic) as a guide.
**If you do it this way, make sure to measure the inside of the elastic... not the outside... It makes a big difference.

Thread your elastic through the top and bottom holes of the safety pins, laying the pins in opposite directions but keeping the beads on the outside. I noticed that some of the top holes of the safety pins were too small/bent so I couldn't get the thread through. You won't be able to use these, so either check before putting the beads on, or take the beads off and use another pin that will work. Make sure to set the defective ones aside so you don't keep having to fix pins.

Tie top elastic cords & the bottom elastic cords together to finish the bracelet.
Tie it tight, double knot - do what you have to to make sure it won't come undone.

Like I mentioned earlier, my measurements were just a little bit off...

But, don't worry:
It fits me perfectly!! :)

  Oh yeah, and don't forget to enter the giveaway I've got going on from Shabby Apple!
Giveaway ends November 12th!

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Sandie said...

Beautiful job. I am pinning this one my nieces would love them. Thanks for sharing.

Kara @ Mine for the Making said...

LOVE this idea :) I remember seeing it when you guest blogged about it. This would make a great gift! I hope youll link this up to my fashion linky tomorrow :)

Danie said...

We used to make these back in 7th-8th grade (97'ish) =). Brings back memories!

Cranberry Morning said...

That is so cute. It's also a great idea for a kids' craft, as long as they're old enough to put the beads on the pins and young enough not to fight over them. :-)

Megan said...

Super cute!! I want to make one. So easy and such a brilliant idea. Saw you at fireflies and jellybeans linkup.

Megan
campbellsstoop.blogspot.com

Unknown said...

Thank you for sharing with Blog Stalking Thursday! I have seen these before and though eh, but this one is gorgeous! I love it!

Hannah said...

So cute!! I just love it!

You are using my handwriting font on your logo! It is always so fun to see people use it. My little signature heart is on all your sidebar items. I love that!!

Kimberlee, The Spunky Diva said...

Love the bracelet. I remember making these in girl scouts, but to be honest I had forgotten the steps. Would love to have you come link-up at Finished it Friday! Have a fabulous weekend!
~Kimberlee, The Spunky Diva

Jordan and Jandee said...

I think this will be perfect craft idea for my nieces during the Thanksgiving hullaballoo, thanks for sharing!

Blissful & Domestic said...

LOVE this! I can't believe its safety pins. I am going to feature this on my facebook page.. Thanks so much for linking and sharing.

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Blissful-and-Domestic/201492943207047

Kimberly T. said...

I love these bracelets! My daughter made me one and it's one of my favorites!

Linda said...

What lovely items to choose from Shabby Apple. I like the Versailles Headband. What a fun giveaway, please enter me in your giveaway. I put you on my facebook "like". Christmas is near and what a fun time a person can have shopping your page shop:-)Thank you

Holly @ Bella Nest said...

This is so cute and it looks easy... which is how I like things! Thanks for sharing!

Pati @ A Crafty Escape said...

Super cute and it'd be something fun to do while watching tv!

P.S. I'm giving away 25 free shutterfly holiday cards... come on by! http://acraftyescape.blogspot.com/2011/11/giveaway-shutterflys-2011-holiday-cards.html

Claudia Fabiana said...

Stop by for a look at my Shabby Apple "Little Black Dress" Giveaway! Hope you'll join the fun!

ciao

Anonymous said...

Love it! Very cute!

http://dreamdesigndelight.blogspot.com/

Sabrina said...

What a great idea!
I have to go get some pins so I can make some :)
I am a new follower coming from Think Pink Sundays.
Thanks for sharing.

Jane said...

Cute! I've seen these floating around but I didn't realize they were THAT easy. It turned out gorgeous!

Stopping by from Think Pink Sundays!

Tips from the Heart said...

Thanks for sharing on my Follow me Fridays! Such a cool and fairly easy and enexpensive way to create a neat piece of jewelry!
-Robyn from http://tipsfromtheheart.blogspot.com

Unknown said...

How adorable I love it! It'll make a great, and affordable, Christmas gift!

New follower, stop by and visit me :))

http://thereforyoumelissa.blogspot.com/

-Melissa

Anonymous said...

Love this one Lindsay! Thanks for linking up!
Ellie

Krista said...

Love this idea. It came out great!

newyearsresolutionexercise said...

Love this idea.I will have to try it some time.
http://newyearsresolutionexercise.blogspot.com/

Meredith from A Mother Seeking said...

I used to make these all the time when I was a kid. I loved them. I need to do this again-- you have inspired me! Thanks!

Meredith From A Mother Seeking Come find me on my blog, A Mother Seeking...

Meredith from A Mother Seeking said...

I used to make these all the time when I was a kid. I loved them. I need to do this again-- you have inspired me! Thanks!

Meredith From A Mother Seeking Come find me on my blog, A Mother Seeking...

Meredith from A Mother Seeking said...

I used to make these all the time when I was a kid. I loved them. I need to do this again-- you have inspired me! Thanks!

Meredith From A Mother Seeking Come find me on my blog, A Mother Seeking...

Jill said...

Gorgeous bracelet Lindsay! I love that the beads 'put themselves on' the pins!! How helpful of them!~ :)

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a great week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success
http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

Kara Henry said...

So cute! I love how casual and yet not casual this is and funky, yet you could wear it with just about anything.

Marie said...

Super cute! Very creative!

Marie
mylilpinkpocket.blogspot.com

Jamie @ DIY Home Sweet Home said...

Love this. I remember making them when I was little. Thank you for linking up to More the Merrier Mondays.
Jamie
http://diyhshp.blogspot.com

Andrea @ Frugally Sustainable said...

I.absolutely.love.this.

Everything about it is amazing:) This post is so informative and I think my subscribers would really enjoy reading this. I would love for you to come share it at Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways on Frugally Sustainable this Wednesday. And, I really hope that you will put Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways on your list of carnivals to visit and link to each Wednesday!

Warmly,
Andrea @ Frugally Sustainable
Here's the link: http://www.frugallysustainable.com

Kate @ craftwhatever said...

OH I got a huge smile to see this over at Skip to My Lou! I remember making one of these when I was in 6th grade!!!! I remember seeing one at Limited Express (what it was called back then...) and not having enough money for it. So, my sister and I made our own!!! How FUN to see this again. : )

Unknown said...

Really creative project! My nieces would love one of these for Christmas! Really appreciate the tutorial! I would love for you to share this at my party tomorrow too!
http://theshadyporch.blogspot.com/

Brit said...

This is awesome! Love it, can't wait to make one for myself :) Thanks for sharing.
Britney
www.jandmseyecandy.blogspot.com

Jennifer said...

Way cute and awesome tutorial!!
Thanks for sharing at Show & Share!

Laura @ Laura's Crafty Life said...

I used to make these all the time when I was a little girl! So fun. :)

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Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

How darling!!! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!

Alida - Radcrafter said...

This is waaay cute and I love the tutorial.

Love to invite you to join my Thingamajig Thursday party going on now...http://radcrafter.com/2011/11/thingamajig-thursday-party-3/

Alida

Unknown said...

Love it! I used to love making these as a kid.. such nostalgia! Yours came out beautiful and I may have to borrow this idea for my Girl Scouts for a mother's day gift project!
Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party.. can't wait to see what you share next!

andrea@townandprairie said...

Yes, I used to make these in college! So much fun and always interchangable! They always looked awesome. Love your white one! andrea@townandprairie

Jamie said...

I featured your awesome bracelet in this week's Make Yourself Monday! Please feel free to grab a Featured button on my left sidebar. :o)

Thanks for playing!

Jamie
For Love of Cupcakes

Unknown said...

This takes me back to the old days back in HS. I use to make these all the time. Thanks so much for the flashback...like they say what is old is new again. I just love this!! Thanks for the great tutorial and for linking to Strictly Homemade Tuesday!

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