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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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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.

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:

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 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.

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

Thanks for letting me do this with 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" looks really fun....I look forward to your post on April 10!!!

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 :-)

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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 @
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!

I look forward to following your blog.


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:

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!

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!

Take care,

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!

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!
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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

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!

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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