UPDATE: The giveaway is now closed.
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.
Who will you make these DIY personalised bracelets for? I wish I could make one for each of you but since I can’t, I’ve got a great giveaway instead.
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.
Mirka @Kahanka @Fitness4Mamas says
These bracelets look fab Nomita! We are huge fans of the book too!
Thank you! so glad you like and yes we adore the book xx
MANDY DOHERTY says
My grandson loves The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
Annabel Greaves says
My daughter loves the Rainbow Magic series by Daisy Meadows xx
Andrea Fletcher says
Our favourite book is Giraffe’s can’t dance by Giles Andreae
iain maciver says
Iona Cornish says
Glenn Marvell-James says
Paula Barker says
Grans gang by Adrian Townsend
Sally Collingwood says
Mr Tickle, Alexander loves it, we have read it lots
Ann-Marie Gould says
our favourite is the witches by Roald Dahl
Hairy Mclary (from Donaldsons Dairy)
My daughter is only 7. She is an early reader and reads everything. Currently reading Harry Potter and I would say is that her favourite book is Matilda by Roald Dahl.
My biggest girl loves the BFG, my younger ones love The Tiger who Came to tea
Sue Bowden says
At the moment it’s Gangsta Granny, my Oliver loves all David Wallams books x
Helen Moulden says
Mine’s is still the Gruffalo. Can’t get enough of it apparently!
Ray Becker says
Wind in the willows & BFG
Lorraine Stone says
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
by Eric Carle
Maria B says
My daughter is currently loving Astrid Lindgren’s “The Children of Noisy Village” (or “The Bullerby Children” in another printing that we have of it).
Orla skeffington says
My little girls favourite book is Oi Frog by Kes Gray
Alice Dixon says
My son loves reading Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell. We read it at least once a day x
Jennifer Toal says
We love Oliver Jeffer’s The Great Paper Caper in our nest. My son would love to hear William Steig stories as well…all of them, we have a lot! What a clever idea with the bracelets and I especially love the the glass with the painted red tiny fish…so adorable!
Thank you! We love Oliver Jeffers too but hadn’t heard of The Great Paper Caper – going to check that out now. Thought we had all his books! Thanks for the recommendation x
Bryony Marshall says
Corinne Peat says
My youngest loves the gruffalo
Babes about Town says
What a simple but sweet and pretty idea, love these personalised bracelets and handmade gifts do add that extra special touch, especially for a friend!
Thanks lovely – I love giving handmade gifts and A especially loves it when she can tell her friends I helped make it. xx
This is such a lovely idea, and your new site is a trove of good information.
Thanks Laura – it was fun to make x
Eliza james says
My youngest favourite is the hungry caterpillar which I happen to love too xx
JULIE WARD says
At the moment grandsons is anything to do with Horrid Henry
My little girl loves ‘Sugarlump and The Unicorn’ by Julia Donaldson.
Loving your site, I just wish I was better at crafting!
Thank you! Glad you like the site and I promise you anybody can craft – it takes a little patience and time, thats all. If you are interested in learning a bit more, I’ve just started a facebook group called lets chat DIY, where we chat all things craft and DIY and learn from each other.
Ben Thompson says
My daughter’s favourite book is Roald Dahl’s ‘Matilda’
Sofiane F says
My daughters favourite book is Tha Cat in The Hat Dr.Seuss
Lindsey Branch says
At the moment it is “The book with no pictures” by B.J.Novak
Story time lasts along time with this book we both can’t stop laughing
My daughters favourite book is ‘Dont let the pigeon Drive The Bus’ by Mo Willems such a fun book x Ps lovely blog xx
Katie Lonsdale says
My daughter loves Percy Jackson books by Rick Riordan
Susan Smith says
At the moment its The Gruffalo
Angie McDonald says
The Stick Man is his favourite!
Hannah Scudder says
My son’s favourite book is the Highway Rat by Julia Donaldson
judy kennedy says
Its the Faraway tree which was my favorite as a child
Katie skeoch says
Our favourite book right now is the smartest giant in town!
Paula Smith says
We love zog
clair downham says
The Railway CHildren
jo liddement says
my son has been reading David Walliam’s Billionaire Boy
Paul barnes says
hannah taylor says
My daughter would love the books bundle for xmas! Lovely craft idea and prize xx
Rebecca Powell says
Kim Neville says
My son likes Charlies and the Chocolate factory
Eva Appleby says
My granddaughter loves Beetle Boy by M G Leonard
Jade Hewlett says
Rebecca Howells (@PeanutHog) says
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Ms Suan Watts says
Any Thomas the Tank Engine book
Lucy Carter says
My daughters favourite book is Stick Man
Natalie Crossan says
Room on the Broom 🙂
Louise Crocker says
The jolly postman is my child’s favourite
Tam p says
As a granddad I love all just William books and famous five series so try to educate the younger offspring of them
kelly morgan says
Pauline Burroughs says
Vincent the Vain by Sam Lloyd
adrian price says
The Tiger Who Came To Tea
Julie Taundry says
My daughters favourite book is Dr Seuss The Cat in the Hat
lucy knight says
The stick man by Julia donaldson
carol boffey says
the stick man
Adrian Clarke says
Bumpus Jumpus Dinosaurumpus
Lia Burns says
My daughter loves Hairy Mclary from Donaldson’s dairy x
Steph Gray says
My kids favourite book is we’re going on a bear hunt ? ☺
Nikki Davison says
We love to read the fairytale hairdresser books x
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Champaklal Lad says
my nephew likes cars