Apr 6, 2013


Last week I ran into Lobby of Hobby for a quick purchase, while I was there I noticed that all the ribbons and trims were 50% off.  I'm kind of embarrassed that I know this, but Hobby Lobby puts their ribbons and trims on sale for half off pretty much every other week.  For someone like me who has a ribbon addiction, that is good news.  Plus, they almost always have some cute stuff.

While soaking in all the wonderful colors and patterns I noticed some new trims that I had not seen before so, big surprise, I bought them.  Aren't they lovely?!

Yes!  Yes they are.

So, what can you do with these things?  Well, you could use them for what they are meant for, you could trim things with them.  Pillows, clothing, hand towels and such!  That would be nice.  Or, you could turn them into cute little bracelets.  I'm pretty sure you can guess what I did.

Would you like to know how?

Start with your trim.  It's best to pick a narrow one, no bigger than the ones shown.

Next, take the end of your trim and wrap it around your wrist to get a measurement.  Don't measure it tight, leave a little bit of wiggle room so the bracelet will dangle a bit when worn.

Next, cut your piece of trim to the measurement you determined to work best for your wrist.  You can also lightly singe each end.  To do this, just hold the ends near a lit candle - don't put the end in the flame - that would be bad, just near enough to melt the fibers a bit.  This will help to keep it from fraying.

Next, get out two crimp clasps.  If you aren't familiar with these they are sold in the jewelry section of most craft stores and come in various sizes and shapes.  I like the ones shown because they are a perfect size for the trim I chose and they are easy to use. 

To use them all you need to do is just put them over the end of your trim and close them shut.  I didn't need any special tools for these as it was easy to secure them tightly with just my fingers.  They have little teeth on the ends so they kind of bite into the fiber and hold really nicely.

After you put the crimp on one end, just repeat the process and do the same thing to the other end.  When you are done you should have something that looks like the photo above.  

It's starting to look like a bracelet already.  

Next you need to add on your clasp.  To do this grab a few jump rings and a lobster clasp and have them out and ready to use.

On each end of your crimp clasp is a small loop.  Add a jump ring to each of those loops and then attach the lobster clasp to just one of those jump rings.  

And guess what?  That is all you do.  Super easy.   

You can use all different kinds of trims and you can even add on charms or other decorations if you feel inclined to do so.   

 The very last thing you need to do is just put them on and rock their simple awesomeness!