Button Bracelets

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I was finally able to go to a few different stores and gather some supplies for my first craft project.  I wanted to start out nice and east and make something special for my friends and family members who are far from me.

I think because I went to summer camp… (and maybe because of my Aunt Linda who for my sixth birthday gave me a friendship bracelet kit) I have always had a fondness for bracelet projects.  Maybe it’s also because of these things that I’m so used to working with the above materials

Materials

  • Buttons (two or four holes are easiest)
  • String or wire
  • Scissors
  • Paint or nail polish (If you buy plain colored or wooden buttons, you can paint them for a splash of color or flair.  I have a million colors of nail polish, so I purchased some cool textured buttons and painted some)

This is seriously the easiest project and ANYONE (even kids as long as they are old enough to know not to put the buttons in their mouths) can make these!

  1. Pick a button
  2. Cut a piece of string. The easiest way to make sure it’s the right length is to wrap it around your wrist twice with a little slack so there is enough room to tie the string ends.
  3. Cut that piece of string in half.
  4. Take one of the two pieces of string and fold it in half so you have a loop at one end and the two loose ends at the other.
  5. Thread the loop through one of the button holes. Open the loop and then put the loose ends through the loop. Pull the string taut.  Half of the bracelet is complete. (Note, this is for a two-hole button. For a four-hole button instead of folding the string in half, thread it through both holes.  Once threaded, add some slack to the part of the string that lays between the two button holes and thread the two loose ends through this piece and then pull taut.) 
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 on the opposite button hole(s).
  7. Now your basic bracelet is complete.  Feel free to embellish the loose strings (add beads, braid the strings, make knots along the strings… whatever you are in the mood for to make them your bracelets)

Feel free to share what you’ve made with me, let me know what you changed! What kinds of string did you use?

If you’re interested in purchasing some, let me know!

 

 

A Pipoos Fail

In case you were all wondering how my trip to Pipoos turned out…

The Traveling Spoons

A few weeks ago I shared with you guys how excited I was to find a craft store similar to Michaels or A.C. Moore in the United States…

I finally had found that store… Pipoos.  My boyfriend and I decided that since Pipoos is located in Amsterdam Noord, we would also go and check La Casa Vecchia, a store owned by a friend of ours.

This was my first time on the ferry to Amsterdam Noord and I was really excited. To get to Amsterdam Noord, right now you can take a ferry with your bike for free across the IJ.  We met at Central Station after work to get on the ferry and made our way across. It was really exciting for me to take the ferry.  It reminded me a lot of when I was a child and we would take the ferry to Block Island…

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Craft store!

I’m so excited! I’ve been doing a lot of heavy research (i.e. many failed google attempts) into finding craft stores in and around Amsterdam.  Thanks to Giova from One Bunting Away  (and the comments section there) and to Mediamatic, I have finally found what looks like a dream store to me. I will be adventuring to Amsterdam Noord tomorrow to visit Pipoos.

I have a few fun craft projects for kids lined up and can’t wait to share them with you!