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Washi Tape Bangles

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So if you read this blog with any regularity {and if you don’t, you should!}, you know about my obsession with fun holidays. Like National Corn Chip Day, National Penuche Fudge Day, National Pretzel Day, and National Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day

Well, I just found out that March is National Craft Month, and I am all over that. Because, clearly, I loves me some DIYing

Then, my fabulous friends at Wayfair reached out and challenged me to take my very first craft tutorial and give it a little re-do.

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I was so excited, because my very first craft tutorial was my Fabric-Wrapped Bracelets, which is still to this day one of my favorites. I still wear these bracelets regularly, and I always get compliments and people asking where I got them.

I’ve always wanted to revisit this tutorial, though, because looking at it just makes me laugh. And perhaps cringe a teeny bit. I had just discovered PicMonkey, and I had a minor little obsession with filters. The photos in that original tutorial are hilarious to me. 

It's hard to believe these bangles are made with thrift-store bracelets and washi tape. You can make them in just minutes!

So today I’ve decided to share a little riff on that original tutorial and wrap the bangles with washi tape rather than fabric scraps.

I love washi tape. I pretty much cannot resist it if I see it on sale somewhere. It’s just so pretty and comes in so many color and patterns and can be used for so many fun things… I legit covet it. 

It's hard to believe these bangles are made with thrift-store bracelets and washi tape. You can make them in just minutes!

This is a very, very small portion of my washi tape collection. I admit, I have a problem. I am starting to overflow my current container, I think I need to get me a new one. Maybe some type of industrial-size bucket? Or laundry hamper?

It's hard to believe these bangles are made with thrift-store bracelets and washi tape. You can make them in just minutes!

Anyway, these bangles could not be easier to make. You literally need two items: old bangles {I usually get them at garage sales or thrift shops, but you can also find them at places like Claire’s, Forever 21, Charlotte Russe or other inexpensive jewelry stores} and washi tape.

It's hard to believe these bangles are made with thrift-store bracelets and washi tape. You can make them in just minutes!

To start, wipe down your bangles with a damp cloth just to make sure there’s nothing funky on there that will cause the tape to not stick. Then, stick the end of the tape on the inside of your bracelet at an angle. 

{On a side note, can we talk for a moment about the utter hideousness of this bracelet? I mean, seriously. Horrifying.}

It's hard to believe these bangles are made with thrift-store bracelets and washi tape. You can make them in just minutes!

Now, just start wrapping. You’ll notice that you’ll get some funky bumps every once in a while, but these can be easily smoothed out with your fingernail or the back of a spoon. 

It's hard to believe these bangles are made with thrift-store bracelets and washi tape. You can make them in just minutes!

See? All better. Plus, the beauty of these is that they end up looking a little rustic — they’re not meant to be perfect.

Continue wrapping until you’ve come all the way back around to your starting point, tear off your tape so the end is on the inside of the bracelet, and go back over the whole thing with your fingernail or the back of a spoon to smooth it all out.

It's hard to believe these bangles are made with thrift-store bracelets and washi tape. You can make them in just minutes!

That’s it, you’re done!! 

Top it off with a quick shot of some acrylic sealer {or even clear nail polish, if you’re not making a ton of them}, and you’re good to go. 

It's hard to believe these bangles are made with thrift-store bracelets and washi tape. You can make them in just minutes!

I love these, because the possibilities are pretty much endless, thanks to the almost infinite number of washi tape colors and patterns that are out there.

It's hard to believe these bangles are made with thrift-store bracelets and washi tape. You can make them in just minutes!

You could easily create an entire arm full of these bracelets in the time it takes you to watch one episode of The Voice {provided you don’t get repeatedly sidetracked staring at Adam Levine like I usually do…}

What are you going to make for National Craft Month this March??

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  • Jamie
    April 7, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    Those are adorable! I always see bracelets like that on sale at a store near me, but the prints are always weird. Now I can just make them into something new – thanks!
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