DIY: Friendship Bracelet Wrist Watch

Hello! This is a DIY I’ve been thinking about for a really long time and have been really excited about. Thanks to my procrastinating, I managed to make it during the time I was supposed to be studying for my exams (Whoops! haha).

Friendship bracelets make such cute presents and watches are so useful. I mashed them together to make bracelets more functional and fancy, and wristwatches more relaxed.

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The only difference this DIY is from making a normal bracelet is that you attach the strings to the watch and make the friendship bracelet twice (once for each strap). It’s that simple!

What You Will Need

  • Watch (I got mine at Ardene on sale! I think $7.5 CAD)
  • Craft or Embroidery thread/floss
  • Scissors
  • Beads or anything else for decoration (optional)

What To Do

1. Cut off the straps of the watch. Don’t break off the bar the straps are attached to, you’ll need it later!
Remember to keep the buckle if you plan on using it.

IMG_31572. Pick the colours and the order of the colours. I’ll be explaining how to do this arrow design which is super simple, but feel free to do a different design. I’ll leave links at the bottom with other designs of varying difficulties you can try!

3. Cut the length of the strings to be roughly the length of your arm span. For mine, each side of the watch used 6 strands so I ended up with a total of 12 strands of string.

4. Double up the strings This this thickens the string from a single strand to a double strand.

5. Attach the strings Do this by looping the string on the bar so it can hang off the bar. You may want to decide which way you want to loop the string, I chose to loop it by pulling the strings up behind the bar then through the U-shaped end.

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6. You tie the outside strings towards the middle. For example following the diagram:

  • Knot the pink strings to the blue ones twice, then the green ones twice.
  • Tie the pink strings together twice.
  • Knot the blue strings to the green ones twice, then the pink.
  • Tie the blue strings together twice.
  • Knot the green strings to the pink ones twice, then the blue ones.
  • Tie the green strings together twice.

Remember: Strings on the left + middle knot use the ‘4 knot’ Strings on the right use the ‘backwards 4 knot’

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IMG_3263 7. Repeat #6 until you reach your desired length (halfway around the wrist for the top strap and longer for the bottom strap)

8. Repeat steps 4-7 for the remaining strap.

9. Finishing: You could finish it by braiding it so it can be tied like a normal bracelet OR make it like a watch:

  • For the strap without the buckle aka ‘6 o’clock strap’:
    • Tie a normal knot under each knot. Add any decorations such as beads, and tie a final knot to finish. Trim off excess string.
  • For the strap with the buckle aka ’12 o’clock strap’:
    • Group the strings together into an even number that fits within the buckle and tie a knot for each group then tie the strings to the buckle using a normal double knot.
    • Don’t worry about the knots showing because once the watch is on, the other strap covers the knots.

10. You’re Finished! Congratulations!

If you got lost following my instructions on how to make the friendship bracelet or want other designs, check this link out!

Don’t worry if you laughed or cringed at my diagrams, I laughed too.

Let me know what you thought of this DIY!
Also, if you end up giving this DIY a go make sure to let me know by:
commenting or tagging me on Instagram
@tiffkaya or #tiffanykaya

Other styles to attempt:

DIY: Easy Mosaic Phone Case (#dollarstoreDIY)

header Hello! I’m finally back with another super easy DIY: Mosaic Phone Case. It’s a fun way to customize your phone case. As you can see by my little hashtag in the title, everything I used to make this phone case was found in my dollar store. Of course, feel free to buy better quality material, I just wanted to set myself a bit of a challenge. Let’s get started!phones main

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  • Super Glue
  • CDs (I bought a 2 pack of DVDs for $3)
  • Scissors
  • Phone case (I would suggest buying a hard cover and not a soft one like I did)

What To Do

  1. Take a CD and cut it in half. Use some sturdy scissors!
  2. Take each half CD and split them in half. If you look closely at the CD piece, you’ll notice that it’s like a sandwich. Split the CD by slipping a fingernail or something in-between it so you end up with 2 pieces – 1 shiny, 1 transparent (so 4 pieces from each full CD). We will be using the shiny half but feel free to keep the transparent halves for any other DIYs you might do in the future!
  3. Repeat step 2 to any other CDs you may have.
  4. Cut the shiny pieces into different shapes. I just hacked it and kept all the edges straight so it would be easier to put together.IMG_3119 copy
  5. Do a rough draft of how the pieces will stick on the phone case. This way you’ll know if you need any specifically shaped pieces or need to trim some pieces down. I suggest making sure that the pieces near the edge aren’t sharp and sticking out.IMG_3128
  6. Super glue them down! Stick all of them down and let it dry.
  7. You’re done! You are now the proud owner of a shiny mosaic phone case!

IMG_3167My biggest tip for this DIY would be to use a hard case! I used a soft one and the pieces sometimes pop off when I take the case on and off.

I hope you enjoyed this DIY and if you decide to give it a go, be sure to let me know by leaving a comment or sending me a picture on Instagram @tiffkaya (#tiffanykaya or tag me in the photo).

Good luck and have fun!

DIY: Rock Cactus ‘Plants’

I’ve been really wanting some plants around the house, but I don’t really trust myself to take care of them seeing as I forget to change the water when someone gives me flowers and I have a month-old burnt out lightbulb that I still haven’t changed.
A few months ago I spotted this DIY on a blog where a mama made these with her kids.

DIY plant substitute that I can’t kill? Yes please.
DIY that’s kid friendly? My kind of DIY.
DIY where I can get everything from the dollar store? Even better.

So I took a deep breath, a few stretches and made my own little immortal cacti. Here are the basics just in case you wanted to make your own.

cactus rock list What you will need:

  • Green paint (at least 2 shades of green)
  • White paint
  • Rocks*** (different sizes)
  • Hot glue gun + hot glue sticks
  • Brushes/Sponges
  • Pot (to hold the ‘cacti’ – not pictured)
  • Soil/Sand etc. (to keep the ‘cacti’ in place – not pictured)
  • Small flowers (optional – not pictured)

***Bonus tip: if you live somewhere rainy/snowy, line a cookie tray with rocks and let your shoes dry on them! Easy clean up 😉 How to make your very own immortal cacti:

  1. Newspaper/cover the area you plan on using
  2. Paint the rocks using green paint until they are completely covered (different shades if you want) (Let them dry between coats)
  3. Add details to the green rocks (I googled ‘rock cactus’ for inspiration)
  4. Paint pot (optional) and make sure there isn’t a hole at the bottom, and if there is, cover/tape it over)
  5. Put soil/sand into the pot
  6. Hot glue small rocks and flowers to the bigger rocks (if you wish)
  7. Arrange them in your pot… and ta da! Cacti!
  8. Clean up time 😦   NOW you’re done!

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rocksHere is a close up of the rocks and the designs I used! Hopefully it helps 🙂

If you make these rock cacti:

  • be sure to let me know how it went and send me pictures OR/AND
  • tag me @tiffkaya / #tiffanykaya (on instagram) so I can see them!

Good luck and most of all have fun!