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Saturday, March 12, 2011

diy | $185 Bracelet for $5

Would you rather spend $185 for this version?
Or $5 for this DIY version?
Thought so.

I picked up the parts for both bracelets at the local hardware store for $10. The twine was the most expensive part and there's plenty left to tie up many a roast chicken. The DIY directions didn't give much in the way of specifics, just twine and small hex nuts. Uh, there are a lot of different options for twine....
I went with Wellington Cabled Cotton Premium Multi-Purpose Twine and 10-32 diameter hex nuts (vs 8-32 or 6-32). Picked up both gold & silver colors for variety. Just 15 cents each! 
Some helpful hints when braiding. First, anchor the twine with something - a wine bottle works nicely. And a helper nearby or a third hand is handy. Especially if you've had a glass (or two) of wine. Always on the lookout for process improvement, Nikki threaded more than one nut at a time, which helped when trying to keep tension.
I think it turned out pretty nicely. Gotta figure out how to seal the ends because I can't tie it on by myself. Otherwise, perfection!
Hey, maybe I have a 2nd career as a hand model? Ok, that's Nikki's hand. Don't you love her ring?

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26 Comments:

At March 12, 2011 at 10:24 PM , Blogger SingleMamaAdventures said...

Love them, really cute. I have no crafting myself but aways have wanted to make my own jewlery. You should sell on etsy and ebay.

http://singlemamatalesitall.wordpress.com

 
At March 13, 2011 at 5:44 AM , Blogger Romina Garcia said...

Love them - this is genius!
Awesome blog!
Following you from Bloggy Moms.
You can find me at:
http://rominagarciamartyrhood.blogspot.com/

 
At March 13, 2011 at 7:47 AM , Blogger Kathy said...

What a fun blog! I love the name! I found you on Bloggy Moms and am now your newest follower. If you would like to visit I'm at www.mydishwasherspossessed.blogspot.com I look foward to more of your great ideas, thanks!

 
At March 13, 2011 at 9:02 AM , Blogger Stacey said...

Love this idea and am dying to try it out!! Great blog. I'm a new follower from bloggy moms.
http://supermamawannabe.blogspot.com

 
At March 13, 2011 at 9:46 AM , Anonymous Nikki B said...

Steph,
Thanks for letting me do this with you..it was fun (not even counting the wine!) and I got a few comments on Friday about my chic new bracelet!

Have you seen this project "ten on ten"...it looks really fun....I look forward to your post on April 10!!!
http://rebekahgough.blogspot.com/

 
At March 13, 2011 at 11:20 AM , Blogger DP said...

New follower too.

What a great project. Very stylish and cute! I will have to try it out sometime :-)

DP
Hip Chick's Guide to PMS, Pregnancy, and Babies

 
At March 13, 2011 at 11:40 AM , Blogger Tracy said...

Stopping by from Bloggy Moms to visit and follow - looking forward to your visit @ www.havingfunsaving.com
Love that bracelet!
Take care, Tracy

 
At March 13, 2011 at 11:53 AM , Blogger Susanna said...

Wow, look at your new followers! Since I am not creatively inclined, how about I be your first bracelet customer? :) I'll take a silver one...

 
At March 13, 2011 at 12:36 PM , Anonymous Kay said...

I'll take a silver one too! Really cute idea...another reason to visit Home Depot!

 
At March 13, 2011 at 2:07 PM , Blogger Our Banana Moments said...

Hello there, stopping by from Bloggy Moms!

http://www.ourbananamoments.com
http://www.facebook.com/ourbananamoments

I look forward to following your blog.

Marsha.

DIY versions are always the best.

 
At March 13, 2011 at 4:52 PM , Blogger Jennifer said...

Following you from bloggymoms. Would love if you followed my journey: diaperderby.blogspot.com

 
At March 13, 2011 at 6:11 PM , Blogger julie said...

so cool, i love them!

 
At March 23, 2011 at 12:55 AM , Anonymous Katie @ Craft Spotter said...

Really cute! I stumbled your post from MOHTH social share. :)

 
At March 28, 2011 at 4:07 PM , Blogger Patti said...

Very clever...lots to find in the hardware store, huh??

Stop by Pandora's Box for a chance to win some vintage linens

 
At March 28, 2011 at 11:39 PM , Blogger Kelly said...

How cool!!!!!I'd love it if you would
link up over at the glitter party! http://runwithglitter.blogspot.com/2011/03/weekly-tues-thurs-link-party.html

 
At March 29, 2011 at 7:03 PM , Blogger Theresa said...

those are very cool! Gotta love it that you saved yourself 180.! I love them, and who doesn't love a trip to the hardware store! I just popped over from runningwithglitter.xoxo

 
At March 30, 2011 at 12:20 PM , Blogger Shelby&BrandonOsmond said...

Those are so cool! I think you totally should go into the hand model business :) Hey if your interested I am hosting a giveaway for cute skirt on my blog and would love it if you stopped by!

http://brandonandshelby.blogspot.com/2011/03/sew-chatty-giveaway.html

Take care,
Shelby

 
At March 31, 2011 at 8:38 AM , Blogger Melissa said...

love it i just made a hex but braclet as well but your is sp much tigheter I will have to def try out the twine!

stop by sometime!

www.melissa-thatgirl.com

 
At March 31, 2011 at 1:56 PM , Blogger Kimberlee, The Spunky Diva said...

I love how those turned out. I am a new follower!
~ Kimberlee at The Spunky Diva 
{Check out how I made my name 'clickable'.}

 
At April 2, 2011 at 5:37 PM , Blogger Jaclyn said...

I would love for you to link up at my Make it for Less Monday's at http://simplycadence.blogspot.com

What a great job!

 
At April 2, 2011 at 8:48 PM , Blogger Blue Velvet Chair said...

Saw your project at Tatertots and Jello. Great knockoffs!
Michael
http://bluevelvetchair.blogspot.com

 
At April 2, 2011 at 10:58 PM , Blogger DecorandtheDog said...

Cute idea!! I love a good knock-off!

 
At April 3, 2011 at 12:10 AM , Blogger Michelle said...

LOL. Love the wine bottle holder. I see that the bottle is not full! Is it easier to braid and put on hex nuts after a sip or two? They turned out very cute!!

 
At April 6, 2011 at 10:40 PM , Blogger Nicole@Thrifty Decorating said...

I do love her ring and this is an AMAZING idea!!! Thanks SO much for linking up! :) I'm a new follower!

 
At April 14, 2011 at 12:07 PM , Blogger Kim said...

Cool idea! I love making something for less. :o)

 
At April 21, 2011 at 3:30 PM , Blogger Rachel @ Pleased as Punch said...

Whoa. I think I'm in love. This one's getting bookmarked! :)

 

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