We had many great comments on the Canvas Flower necklace that was hanging in our booth at CHA and then design team member Aly Dosdall offered to do a tutorial using the Cool Beans buttons and the Canvas flowers. Perfect timing!
Cool Beans Bracelet tutorial by Aly Dosdall
Gather the following supplies:
8-10 small cool beans in your 2 favorite colors
2 identical small canvas flowers
1 length of brown/neutral twine (enough to fit around your wrist with 2-3 inches of extra on each end)
a twist barrel jewelry closure
a 1/8 inch hole punch
Remove the adhesive from the backs of the 2 canvas flowers and adhere them together (back sides facing each other) using craft glue. Place one of the buttons in the center on top of the flowers , and lightly mark where the holes are with a pen or pencil. Using your 1/8 inch hole punch, punch out the 2 holes you marked.
Begin threading the twine through your buttons entering and exiting the holes from the bottom of the button. Try threading 3 or 4 buttons on either side with the flowers at the center. Make sure to thread the flowers with a button on top as shown in the photo below.
As you thread the buttons, make sure they overlap each other as much as possible. That way when you wear the bracelet none of the twine between the buttons will show. When you think you have enough buttons threaded, check by measuring around your wrist. Add or subtract buttons as needed until you get a good fit. Once you’re done threading buttons, if the buttons slip easily along the twine tie a single knot at each end to hold the last button in place (make sure the knot is under the button so it isn’t visible). Then attach your twist barrel jewelry closure by tying the ends of the twine to each piece of the closure using a double knot. Trim the excess twine.
Have a good one!