I love the idea of giving handmade gifts to friends but I don’t do it nearly as often as I’d like to. I make all these plans, especially before Xmas and then life always gets in the way.
Recently, I partnered with Harper Collins to celebrate the launch of Oliver Jeffers’ and Eoin Colfer’s latest kids paperback called Imaginary Fred – a book all about friendship. I thought it was the perfect opportunity to make a handmade gift for a friend, especially with Xmas coming up too.
Imaginary Fred is a book about imaginary as well as real friendships. If you know Oliver Jeffers (which parent doesn’t?), this book is yet another engaging, captivating and imaginative book for kids. But there’s plenty to think about for adults too. So to celebrate the launch, I have got these DIY personalised bracelets for you to make and give to your friends and I’ve also got a book bundle to giveaway – all details at the end of the post. (This giveaway is now closed).
You can make these DIY personalised bracelets for adults but it’s an especially fun DIY to do with your kids and then let them give the bracelets to their special friends – maybe as an Xmas gift. Perhaps they’ll even make one for their imaginary friend. Why not? I’ve personalised the bracelets as kids adore things with their names or initials so I’ve embossed the first letter of the child’s name on to the middle bead. Here’s how to make these DIY personalised bracelets.
For the clay beads:
white oven bake clay
letter press cutter (normally used for cookies and cakes)
acrylic paints (in whatever colours you like)
For the bracelets:
1.5mm leather cord
2mm cord ends with loop
one drop instant adhesive
4mm jump rings
14mm lobster clasps
Start by making your clay beads. Roll a small piece of clay in to a ball of approx 1.5cms. Take your toothpick and gently push it through the middle of the clay ball. Once the toothpick has gone all the way through, gently twist it a few times to make sure your hole is big enough to string the cord later. It’s a good idea to test your cord by stringing it through the hole at this stage, to make sure it will go through with a bit of spare room.
Make three clay beads per bracelet. On one of them print the initial of the persons name using the letter press cutter. Gently press it in to the centre of the bead. Make sure the beads are laid down so that the holes are to the left and right of the letters, not top and bottom. Bake beads according to the instructions on your clay packet. I baked mine at 130° for 30 minutes.
Once the clay beads have cooled, paint them using acrylic paints. I chose shades of blue and yellow as I was inspired by the colours in Imaginary Fred. Let them dry and re-paint. I found 3 coats to be perfect. The easiest way to paint them is to put them on to a toothpick and paint. Finish with a coat of acrylic varnish.
To make the bracelet, string your beads on to the cord. Add a dot of glue on to the end of the cord and insert in to cord end. Hold it in place for about 15 seconds and it will stick. Leave to dry for 10 minutes.
Cut the cord to the desired length – depending on if you’re making the bracelet for a child or adult. Then stick the other cord end on the other side. Now loop the jump rings to one cord end by opening them slightly and looping them on – use as many as you like. This is a little fiddly but using a pair of tweezers helps! Lastly attach one jump ring to the other cord end and loop the lobster clasp on to this.
These bracelets are fun to make especially to let a friend know you’re thinking of them. And don’t forget to enter the giveaway to win a bundle of kids books – details at the end of the post.
WIN A HARPER COLLINS BOOK BUNDLE
I’ve teamed up with Harper Collins where one lucky reader will win the following books (in time for Christmas):
1. Imaginary Fred
2. The incredible book eating boy
3. The midnight gang
4. Three little monkeys
5. How the grinch stole Christmas
1. Leave a comment below telling us what your childs favourite book is. (required)
2. For an extra entry sign up to our weekly newsletter below. (optional)
Giveaway is open to UK and Ireland readers only. You must be 18+ to enter. Giveaway closes on 1st December 2016, at midnight (UK time). Any entries after this time will not be counted. Winner will be announced on our facebook page and will be contacted via email. GOOD LUCK!
UPDATE (DEC 2016): This giveaway is now closed. Thank you to all who entered. The winner is Laura Jane.