Monday, February 20, 2012

Safety Pin Watch or Bracelet

Hi everyone!  This was a guest post I did last week for Between U and Me.  Enjoy!

I'm so excited to be here guest posting today.  Just a little introduction, I'm Kimberly from The Brown Eyes Have It.  I'm trying to be the best wife and mother I can be and having a little fun along the way and I blog about all that includes.  Also today is my birthday! Yeah!!  So as I was thinking of what I could post about, what the date was, realizing my littlest three need a birthday present for me, and I wanted a new watch, so that's what we're doing today - an easy safety pin watch or bracelet.

Safety pins - around 60 for a watch, around 70 for a bracelet
Stretchy cord - 2 pieces about 20" each - I used 1 mm thickness, you can use thinner, but the thicker
     it is the stronger it is
Seed beads - picture shows two tubes, but I only needed one
Watch face - I forgot that in the picture, oops.  A face with bars or holes in edge of the face is fine. If
      you use a face with holes, make sure your cord is small enough to fit through the holes.
Clear nail polish or super glue

Open the pins and start loading the beads on.  If you want a random pattern, the easiest thing to do is dump the beads in a bowl and just start scooping the pin through.  Or, you can painstakingly pick out each bead and slide it on the pin in precise color order, the choice is yours. :)
After you've loaded all the beads onto the pins, start stringing the pins on one of the pieces of string.  String them head up, head down, head up, etc.  It makes them lay them nicer.  Also make sure they're all laying the same way, either the clasp (beaded) side all up or the blank side up, just make sure they're the same.  Really, take a look through them and make sure they're all the same, not that I had any experience with this. :)  Lucky for me, my upside down one was towards the end.

After you've got them all strung on one string, string the other cord through.

If you want a bracelet, tie the two ends of the top cord together in a square knot and do the same for the bottom cord.  Now the knot won't hold tight, but it'll help you see if it's the right size.  Either add or take off pins as needed.  If you're making a watch, thread the cord over the bar and under the face and tie the two ends together.  Carefully, try on your watch and adjust to fit.  Take it off and flip it inside out with the back of the face, up.  I put a piece of tape on the back of the face to keep it clean while gluing.  This part is a little tricky.  Pull your knot as tight as you can and while holding it tight, drop some glue on it or paint it with nail polish.  It's much easier if you have someone help you.  Then repeat for the other cord.  Cut off the excess cord.

Voila! That's it, a totally customizable, cheap, easy, fun watch.
Or bracelet.

Thanks again, Courtney, for letting me hang out with you all today.
Come visit me at The Brown Eyes Have It.  I'd love to see you there!

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Unknown said...

Cute idea! Thank you for posting the tutorial :)

Stopping by from Creative Me to check out your fun project!

Jaz said...

I bought a watch similar to this 2 years ago and was in love with it. I was so sad to lose it. Thanks for the tutorial, I'll definitely be using it soon!


Simply Tasheena said...

This is such a creative idea. I would love for you to stop by and link up at my linky party via:

Mrs. Delightful

Unknown said...

I love it! and you can make it a bracelet, too

Ami said...

So Fun! In grade school we used to make pins like these and give them to each other as "friendship pins". We would pin them onto our shoe laces.

Christine said...

How creative is that!!! A great way to have a unique watch!

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

What a cute idea! Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Looks great! I love the uniqueness. And a nice little blast from the past... all the way back to fourth grade and pins on my shoelaces. :-)

Little City Farm said...

This is a crazy cute idea. Great tutorial as well. I'm so glad you shared at our Link It Up Thursday party today. I am also a new linky follower. :)

Unknown said...

So cute & clever! I love this project...great tutorial too! I'd love to have you share this at my party...going on now!

Rachel said...

What at FUN watch! Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.

Unknown said...

I love this~ This would be such a great thing for my Girl scouts to make for Mother's day or Father's day gifts! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party.. can't wait to see what you share next!

Mindie Hilton said...

I love it! So pretty and creative.

Katherines Corner said...

cute!! xo

Alison @ Oopsey Daisy said...

WOW! This is so beautiful and unique! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

Tara @ Tales of a Trophy Wife said...

Great idea-pinned it!

Natasha Mairs - Serenity You said...

oh wow!! what an amazing idea!!!

Thanks for sharing on Serenity Saturday

Natasha xxx

Unknown said...

What a great idea. Thanks for our great idea. Your posted watch is really beautiful. I like very much our post.
Watch Faces

Unknown said...

When I am in a casual occasion I always see to it that I am wearing my prettiest bead bracelet.

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