DIY by Brit + Co.
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BRIT + CO.
THE DIY ISSUE * DEC '12
5 ways to turn zippers into awesome
- E-6000 quick hold contact adhesive
- velcro or snap buttons
- leather crimps + clasps
-Tools: needle nose pliers, sharp scissors
First thing to do is get your zippers! We got most of these for $1 a piece. And if you’re really on a repurposing kick, you can steal one from an old hoodie or that dirty windbreaker you’ve been hanging on to since the late ’80s.
These bangles are sweet, and have a definite friendship bracelet vibe.
Use colored zippers for these, in whatever colors you like.
Cut close to the zip so that there’s almost no fabric on the sides and measure around your wrist.
Cut any excess zipper but make sure it can still zip!
Attach cord ends so that you can add a clasp and loop.
Repeat with each color and you’re done!
For this one, you’ll want a zipper with some contrast. We chose a black zipper with gold teeth.
Cut it in half and then unzip so you have four pieces.
Clamp three with a leather crimp and braid!
Add a crimp to the other end, clasp, and done.
This one is silly simple!
Get a zipper with a more interesting material like denim.
Cut it down to the size of your wrist. Clamp one end and twist.
Clamp the other end. Zip or unzip, and rock it!
BLINGED OUT CUFF
Take a long zipper and cut it in half (make sure it fits around your wrist twice!).
Glue the two halves together.
Add velcro on either end or snap buttons to fasten it around your wrist.
Now, get some more zippers (preferably the same color) and cut them down to the teeth.
Use glue to attach and start making a spiral design.
Keep gluing along the way (use a toothpick to tidy up glue that squeezes out).
ZIPPER WRAP BRACELET
Lastly, the wrap bracelet!
You want to use a pretty long zipper for this one as it should wrap around your wrist two or three times.
And that’s a wrap (hehe!). We’re loving our new zipper accessories – perhaps a zipper belt is in our future?
Wire Word Accessories
For this DIY basic, we’re getting wordy with it.
Wordy accessories, that is. They’re great for personal use, but make awesome gifts, cake toppers, place cards, and more.
- needle nose pliers
- wire cutters- copper or brass wire (available on Amazon)
- copper, brass, or gold-plated chain
Gather your materials.
Make sure the gold tones you’ve got match or contrast sharply.
Write or print out the word you’ll be creating a wire pendant out of.
Then simply take your wire and hold it one end and “trace” your word with the end using your needle nose pliers.
Cut off at the end once you're done and curl the end in a little bit.
Then simply attach chain and you’re done!
Hanging Jar Lanterns
With a handful of twine and 4 knots, it’s super easy to create your own hanging lanterns, and in under 2 minutes.
diy hanging lanterns
For jars, you can use good old mason jars, recycled mix-and-match jars, or these round jars we ordered from Uline. The twine we used is a spool of twisted jute twine you can find at any hardware store or onAmazon. Finally, the candles we chose were 12-hour votives since these were created for a wedding after-party and had to be lit a few hours before the party. Tea lights would also work.
First, tie a small piece of string around the rim of your jar.
Then cut three pieces of string about 24 inches in length.
Tie two together in the middle, and then tie the third one on.
This will give you a large knot in the middle with six strands of string coming out from it, in a sort of spider-like formation.
Set the “spider” down on your work surface.
Place the jar on top of it, centered.
Now thread each strand up the jar and pull through the piece of string on the rim.
Do so evenly around the jar to create six stripes.
Once you’ve pulled all of the strands through, tie a knot at the top.
Secure again with a second string around the rim of the jar and drop your candle in.
If you’ve got smaller jars and want to make a little triple lantern, use the same “spider” string and tie two strands around each small jar.
Pull excess string up into the middle and knot.
Now, hang your brand new lanterns on trees! Be sure not to hang them too close to any loose leaves or twigs.
The natural tone of the twine goes perfectly with any tree, bush, or branch you find.