I don’t think DIYs need to be complicated to be stylish and I think anyone can make something, which is why I like to focus on quick and easy DIY projects. Having the attention span of a butterfly, all the tutorials here are 15 minutes or less. And if the item can be versatile enough to be used for more than 1 thing, so much the better! ๐Ÿ™‚ This 1 takes like 1 minute!

Growing up in Singapore, the strong Peranakan culture left me with a deep appreciation of filigree work and I love buying filigree pieces from bead shops. (You should see some of the traditional Perankan jewellery pieces.) I think they’re the perfect way of dressing up a simple project so I decided to use them in this filigree bracelet cum hair elastic tutorial.

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What you need:

  • 1 filigree piece (available from most bead stores)
  • Colourful elastic thread (I think the brighter the better to contrast with the filigree metal piece
  • Scissors
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Step 1

Wrap the thread around your wrist 2 times and cut the elastic off. Cut a 2nd elastic that is the same length. Fold 1 thread into half so that the ends meet as exactly as you can make it. Mark where the centre of the 2 halves is. Repeat for the other thread.

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Step 2

Insert 1 end into the hole at the end of the filigree piece till the metal is over the halfway mark. Make a knot in the thread as shown above.

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Repeat with the other thread at the other end of the filigree.

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Join the 4 threads together and make a knot. Be careful to ensure that the threads are all flat against each other and that 1 is not longer than the others. Trim off the excess thread or, add little seed beads at the end for an accent.

Note: yes, the thread seems excessive but don’t be stingy & skimp. I tried that and it made it impossible to tie the knot! Admittedly I have big fingers, but tying knots needs moreย lengthย to manoeuvre than you think!

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Quick, isn’t it? Make more with different coloured threads so that you can layer it up ๐Ÿ™‚ For other easy-wear, easy-to-make bracelets, check out:

https://hapinesswherever.wordpress.com/2014/07/17/5-minute-easy-wear-tribal-bracelet-tutorial/

Written by Hapiness, Everywhere

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Hapiness, Everywhere

Thanks so much Natasha ๐Ÿ™‚ All the knots are only tied once ๐Ÿ™‚ (including the knot at the end). Basically because of the type of knot + elastic thread, it’s quite secure but you can always dab on some glue if worried ๐Ÿ™‚

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c.c.cheo

I I LOVE all your diys – no tools. FInd them very useful and easy to make. Over the weekend, I managed to make a few as birthday presents for 3 birthday parties that I have been invited to.

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