About those bracelets . . .

Gift Bracelets by Becca Feeken - www.amazingpapergrace.comWell, okay then.  So many of you were curious about the bracelets I made that I thought I would change up and include a post here about my real world gift giving :-)  I attempted to take pictures before these were whisked off to my party last weekend but I didn’t think they were blog worthy, so I discarded the the pictures.  Back into the trash bin on my computer to find something to give you an idea of what I made.  So here is a picture in my dining room as I wrapped the gifts.

First of all the bracelets are made with leather and cup chain and wrapped with waxed cotton cord; I learned to make this bracelet at Spellbound 3.  I have to admit that at first I didn’t think this was my style until I put it on and felt the sparkle!  These bracelets are so trendy right now and combined with the fact that they are so simple to make, they passed my test for “can I persevere through twelve of them??”  I was delighted when I went to my local beading store for supplies, and she had her own version, so I altered mine to be a combination of  what I learned and several that I had seen online – here’s a step by step tutorial published online so that you can see what was involved with this quick project – http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-make-a-rhinestone-and-leather-wrap-bracelet.html

Gift Bracelets by Becca Feeken - www.amazingpapergrace.com
So how to package these without having to spend a ton of money?  I went to the Dollar Tree and found these little glass bowl packaged four for a $1.00.  Off to Walmart to buy tinsel garland to serve as the bed to put the bracelets on for $.99.  Off to Joanns for Wilton 4″ x 9.5″ Clear Cellophane Party Bags – for 25 they were $1.99.  Around the aisle at Walmart for mini-bows @$.99.  I printed off  “She Sparkles Everywhere She Goes” (that just makes me smile) and included it as a little card that holds the bracelet in place.   I slipped the little bowls each inside a cellophane bag and secured with a twisty tie while punching 1″ circles from silver glitter paper to include as a tag.

Lol, I hadn’t planned to share, but since you asked…. Just a little peek into the craftiness that goes along with the cards I make.  These women have been friends for many years and they have such sweet crafty souls – indeed they sparkle everywhere they go!  We do all this not because we’re picking up another hobby (necessarily) but because ya have to make something to go “with” the card, right?  Thanks for asking about my crafty endeavors, I loving sharing with you all and will see you soon!!

Question Parking Lot:

Becky Green on Comment #10 asked how the bracelets fasten – yep, it’s the button.  It pretty much has to be a shank button but it makes for a nice closure and I have lots of them in my stash ;-)

  • Yo GlennDecember 10, 2014 - 11:57 am

    You continue to “amaze” me with what you can do. These bracelets are just gorgeous and your friends will be lucky to receive them. How wonderful that you were able to make and package these with such thrifty finds. Again, totally amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Janet L.December 10, 2014 - 12:00 pm

    They’ll love their bracelets! I surely do. Thanks for the info on how to make them and package them!!ReplyCancel

  • Maureen KDecember 10, 2014 - 12:04 pm

    Hello Becca,

    These bracelets are lovely and I’ll certainly give them a go. Thank you for the instructions. xxReplyCancel

  • Nancy LorenzDecember 10, 2014 - 12:09 pm

    Pretty, pretty, pretty Becca! You did a great job on these! I love to make them when I get the chance. They make a great gift and I just love them!ReplyCancel

  • Lynn Gauthier - MichiganDecember 10, 2014 - 12:21 pm

    Adorable…I love the little bowls.ReplyCancel

  • ConniecrafterDecember 10, 2014 - 12:30 pm

    those are so pretty and your packaging idea is wonderful too, Love it, bet they did too!ReplyCancel

  • Jacquie JacobsDecember 10, 2014 - 12:33 pm

    Just beautiful Becca, thank you for sharing.

    Love & Hugs

    Jacquie J xxx

  • ChelseaDecember 10, 2014 - 12:34 pm

    Becca, you are amazing. I can’t imagine a sweeter, more loving gift. It shows so much creativity and thoughtfulness. And all of that running around town to pick up your supplies!! You are a treasure. Thank you so very much for sharing this. You are such an inspiration. I thank the Lord for you and your willingness to share your creativity with all of us!ReplyCancel

  • ANN ROBBINSDecember 10, 2014 - 12:48 pm

    Becca, Guess I’m not at all surprised that YOU could come up with a dozen of these in probably no time at all. So thoughtful and sparkly! Sure your long-term friends are delighted. However, I am not going to get into jewelry making as it might cause D-I-V-O-R-C-E city! LOL Blessings to you.

  • carol gleisbergDecember 10, 2014 - 1:00 pm

    Your bows are to die for, so I have a question, how do you store or display
    the rolls to make it easy to see and get to. I have a lot of ribbon, and have
    tried so many different ways to have access to them but noting seems to
    work. Would love to know how you do it. Thanks CarolReplyCancel

  • Becky GreenDecember 10, 2014 - 1:09 pm

    These are SO PRETTY BECCA! I looked at the tutorial, but failed to see how they are secured! I’m GUESSING they are “buttoned” to fasten? Our daughter MIGHT get into making these for her friends! THANKS BECCA! (I was curious too, I just didn’t voice my curiosity. So, THANK YOU LADIES for asking! ) LOL :DReplyCancel

  • TanyaDecember 10, 2014 - 1:46 pm

    These are so beautiful! Can’t wait to try some!ReplyCancel

  • LydiaDecember 10, 2014 - 2:36 pm

    Wow, Becca, I’m flashed! The bracelets are gorgeous! Would like to have one. I’ll see if I can find the stuff I need for this project, also in Germany. Thanks for sharing the instructions and thank you for your inspirational cards.ReplyCancel

  • Suzi MetcalfeDecember 10, 2014 - 2:42 pm

    You are a woman of many talents! Thanks for sharing!!ReplyCancel

  • sherryDecember 10, 2014 - 2:43 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing! I hope to try them too! You cease to amaze me with your talent!!!ReplyCancel

  • Mrs BDecember 10, 2014 - 3:47 pm

    Hi Becca. Thank you for sharing, I was curious : ) The bracelets are gorgeous, I will be having a go, again thank you for the instructions. And what a great way to package them up! I love it. You prove that we don’t have to spend a fortune on the wrapping for something to look wonderful, and your friends have a cute little bowl to keep as well, brilliant idea that I will be using : ) Take care.ReplyCancel

  • Rebekka KDecember 10, 2014 - 4:29 pm

    I love this bracket Becca, so cool. I am going to try and make some of these for Christmas. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • ElaineDecember 10, 2014 - 4:59 pm

    Just gorgeous,the recipient will be so pleased to have one of these .
    God Bless.
    Elaine H XReplyCancel

  • Marilyn ClarkDecember 10, 2014 - 6:30 pm

    Thanks for sharing this information, God bless.ReplyCancel

  • KathyDecember 10, 2014 - 7:02 pm

    Another lovely craft winner from Becca!!! You never stop amazing and inspiring! You are the best!ReplyCancel

  • Diana DDecember 10, 2014 - 8:49 pm

    Love this idea. I don’t like to venture to far outside my ‘card making craft’, but you’re right….it would be nice to have a gift to give with the card. I will have to take a look at the tutorial and give it a go. Thanks for the idea, the tute and sharing your talents with us :) Sending a hug and a wish for you to have a wonderful, Merry Christmas. DianaReplyCancel

  • Carol H.December 10, 2014 - 9:34 pm

    I’m so glad you dug those photos out of the “trash” and shared with us! I love this style of bracelet and yours are wonderful! I’d love to wear one. This really makes me want to branch out and try something new to make–maybe I’ll start a to do list for the new year :). Love your packaging too! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful talent!ReplyCancel

  • Beth NormanDecember 10, 2014 - 11:17 pm

    Thank you for sharing your bracelet and your packaging. Both are so unique. You come up with such wonderful ideas.ReplyCancel

  • MaryannDecember 11, 2014 - 12:36 am

    oh Becca these are soo gorgeous, how could you say they wasn´t blogworthy?? They sure are no doubt about that. You are a lady of many talents, that´s for sure, and this is just as awesome as all your cards are. and I am so sure, that your friends were thrilled with their gifts, I know I would be, that´s for sure, I would walk on cloud 9, if I ever had anything this beautiful from a friend. So believe in your self sweetie, all you ever do id definitely blogworthy, that´s for sure. I LOVE it.
    Hope you´ll have a wonderful time now and a wonderful Christmas with your family around.ReplyCancel

  • Clare WDecember 11, 2014 - 12:50 am

    fab bracelets and really lovely packaging – bet they are a winner with your pals – you’ll be getting orders for more I reckon!ReplyCancel

  • Leslie MillerDecember 11, 2014 - 1:30 am

    I think it’s wonderful that you shared. They’re so beautiful, and you came up with some lovely packaging. I dearly love the mini-card sentiment you included. I believe it will have a way of making the recipient feel beautiful and special. Thanks so much for everything, Becca!ReplyCancel

  • Anne (UK)December 11, 2014 - 3:36 am

    These are so sweet and I love the way that you came up with a packaging idea which didn’t cost a fortune, yet is unique and stylish! You’re a superstar!
    Anne (UK) xReplyCancel

  • Karen RDecember 11, 2014 - 8:58 am

    Hi Becca
    What a beautiful bracelet! Thanks so much for sharing all your pictures for putting together the bracelet and great ideas for packaging it as a gift. It’s such a great gift!ReplyCancel

  • Vicky SchmidtDecember 11, 2014 - 9:12 pm

    They are beautiful Becca. You are very talented.
    Thanks for decided to show them to us.ReplyCancel

  • CyndyDecember 11, 2014 - 10:33 pm

    Well I just love the bracelets! And your presentation is wonderful. Classy as always! I so appreciate the link to directions as well. thank you!ReplyCancel

  • JenniferDecember 12, 2014 - 3:52 am

    Hi Becca, looks gorgeous, so I guess we are all coming to you on Christmas Day – lol….. I love the way you present your photos, your love of crafting really comes through x x xReplyCancel

  • PaulaDecember 12, 2014 - 5:01 am

    Oh my gosh these are so pretty! Your friends are so lucky, what a thoughtful gift. I especially like your attention to detail when wrapping them for giving. I would love to learn to make jewelry, but the card making supplies have already overtaken my space, so I hesitate. Thanks for showing these Becca,ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen BDecember 12, 2014 - 12:07 pm

    These bracelets are soo lovely.

    Thank you for sharing them with us.ReplyCancel

  • Kay McBrideDecember 14, 2014 - 11:21 am

    what a nice gift, I am sure it was a big hit. Merry Christmas my friend.

  • Ann LindDecember 18, 2014 - 12:44 pm

    Your bracelet is gorgeous. I would love to see a tutorial on “YOUR” bracelet and a list of supplies. When I checked where I buy my beading supplies they didn’t have waxed cord to match the leather cord. Did you use two thicknesses of leather instead of the waxed cord. Wish I had seen your project earler my daughter- in- law is allergic to metal and this would have been a great gift for her. TFS and Merry Christmas my friend hugs AnnReplyCancel