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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

DIY Bling Crutches

In June 2013, I fell and got a really bad tibial plateau fracture. I had to have surgery, and I've now got 2 plates and around 13 screws. I spent 3 months down on bedrest (no weight bearing at all) and used a walker. At the end of September, I was able to bear weight on my leg, but I had to relearn how to walk & use my leg. In November, I finally started using crutches and am still on them. I will most likely have to change to a cane within the next couple of months, then hopefully be walking without help soon!!

I've been trying to keep a positive attitude once this happened, and the thought of having to be on crutches for so long started to wear on me. So, since I still have a ways to go, I decided to make my crutches a little! Having sparkly crutches did just the thing to be a little more willing to go out in public, and it surprisingly boosted my confidence a little!

So, this tutorial is for anyone on crutches who just want to make to make those boring, old crutches shine - and not have to spend a lot of money or time doing so.

DIY Bling Crutches at #bling #makeover

Crutches (or walker, cane, etc)
Darice 18 Row Silver Bling on a Roll
Darice 18 Row Black Bling on a Roll 
E6000 or other strong glue (that will stick to metal)

I love that my crutches look like I spent hours and tons of glue, but honestly it really took me about an hour and not much glue at all! Darice's Bling on a Roll makes blinging anything quick and easy with a beautiful result (check out my Bling Frame tutorial)!

I received Darice's products for my Bling Frame project, and had plenty of leftover to use on my crutches. I didn't have enough of black roll to cover them completely, so I split it up with silver.

DIY Bling Crutches at #bling #makeover

Attaching them is easy! Measure around the crutch bar and cut the Bling on a Roll. Cut all the pieces at once so you can be sure you have enough! Add some glue to the back side of each end and down one line in the center. 

Carefully wrap the bling around so the seam/edges meet on the inside part of the crutches. Hold in place for a minute or two until the bling stays in place. Repeat until your crutches are covered. Let dry overnight, and then you're done! Super simple, and they are so fun!!

Here is my awesome x-ray for anyone who wants to see what a mess it is:

Would you like to comment?

  1. Ouch! I wish you a speedy recovery. Cute crutches!

  2. Wow, I love your bling-ed out cructhes! I'm so glad that you are's just such a super slow process!

  3. ouchie! At least your crutches are stylish now

  4. I love your crutches! What a fun thing to do to them. I'm so sorry that you are going through all of your troubles. Though. That's no fun at all. Good luck with your recovery. Kathleen @ Fearlessly Creative Mammas

  5. I love that you blinged your crutches! You're so creative!

  6. Love your blinged out crutches! I was on crutches and none weight bearing for almost 2 months following hip surgery. I know how much it stinks. Hope your recovery goes OK...I know for me that was such an up and down emotional process. Hope you are doing OK through it all.
    Take care,

  7. Love the blingy crutches - how fun! It sounds like you are getting better slowly but surely - it is amazing how much a positive attitude helps:)

  8. OMG I feel your pain! I slipped in a public restroom in Mexico in Feb of 2012 and crushed my tibial plateau. I had surgery (in the states) and was off my feet for 4 months and I thought that was bad enough! My Xray looks very similar except I only have the pin on the outside of my leg. You have a long road ahead of you, but hang in there. It's been 2 years next week and I'm just now getting back to a normal gait. Take care!

  9. I feel your pain! I recently fractured multiple pelvic bones and dislocated my hip. I had to have surgery and am now non-weight bearing. I decorated my crutches and it definitely made them more exciting!

  10. Thankyou for this tutorial and sharing your experience. I broke tibula and fibula and have a rod with 4 screws. Not only is the pain and immobility hard to cope with but so is the boredom!!!!!!! This is a cute uplifting project that can be done on our bumms! Hope your healing continues to go well.


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