I love to make my own wearables out of my scrapbook supplies. There are so many great papers out there that you can have custom pieces of jewelry to match any outfit or occasion at a fraction of the price of even inexpensive costume jewelry. I find myself wandering through the paper aisles thinking "Oooh - that would look great with that sweater I just bought". The best part? It can honestly be so easy you can do this with your kids - imagine the possibilities at slumber parties!
This particular bracelet is nothing more than some chipboard shapes and scraps of patterned paper. Now I happened to have just experimented on making my own chain, but you can purchase inexpensive charm bracelets several to a package in the jewelry section of your local craft store along with some matching colored jump rings.
I've tried this technique with other variations, including the gluestick, a common staple for adhering to chipboard. I've been less than impressed with the performance. So this time I tried out the Helmar Professional Acid Free Glue. Let me tell you, it is fantastic for this purpose! Simply add a drop of glue to your chipboard shape and use your finger to spread it around and completely cover your shape. You don't want it thick, just evenly covered, all the way the the edges. You can either keep a baby wipe handy to wipe off in between shapes, or just keep going through several shapes at a time and keep that finger with the glue on it out of the way during the other steps. Turn the shape adhesive side down onto your patterned paper and firmly press it into place. Trim loosely around the shape and burnish again from the front. This glue dries very quickly so if you've done a nice thin, even coat, you'll be able to burnish it really well and almost immediately either trim the remainder of the excess paper or sand it off. Repeat the process on the other side of the shape.
Ink your edges, if you'd like (or glitter, or paint) - I went the simple route and just used a Sharpie marker. Punch a hole near an edge of each shape and string them all onto a piece of string you can hang horizontally (clipping it up with clothespins works great). Again using your fingers, apply Helmar Acrylic Sealer to both sides and edges of each shape. Allow to dry several hours, preferably overnight. Use the jumprings to attach to your charm bracelet.
Colorbok chipboard hearts
Basic Grey Bittersweet patterned paper
Fire Mountain Gems jumprings and clasp
Enjoy your custom jewelry!