Stretchy Cord Bracelet
Stretchy beaded bracelets are a fun and creative project for all ages*. You can make your own stretchy bracelet in 12 easy steps. The best beads to use are those with holes large enough to fit over the cord and ones with smooth edges (so they don’t accidentally cut into the cord). But any type of bead material can work: glass, acrylic, wood, clay, etc. You can even mix and match!
What you’ll need:
•Stretchy cord (I used .5mm Darice brand clear cord)
•Beads (with holes large enough for cord)
•Aluminum foil (small sheet)
•Water-proof Glue (I used Insta-Flex**, but jeweler’s glue should work as well)
*Use of glue requires adult supervision
1. Measure and cut 9 inches of stretchy cord from the spool.
2. Pre-stretch the cord by grabbing both ends and pulling away from the center—gently! (You aren’t trying to snap it, just condition it). Hold for a couple seconds, then release and allow the cord to bounce back into shape.
3. Place sticky tape one end of the cord to keep your beads from falling off as you string.
4. String your beads in any order you wish. Be creative. Mix and match different bead colors, textures and sizes for a unique bracelet that only you can create.
5. String beads until you have approximately 6 inches on the cord. Then, holding the open end of the cord securely, wrap the bracelet around your wrist to check for size. The bracelet should touch your wrist, but not be so tight that you feel like you’re wearing an elastic band. If any of the beads push uncomfortably into your skin or leave marks, it’s too tight. Likewise, if the bracelet slips down onto your hand, it’s too lose.
6. Adjust the amount of beads on the cord until the bracelet fits your wrist the way you want.
7. Grab both ends of the cord, hold them up even with one another (one end in each hand works best) and allow the beads to slip down into the center of the cord (think of it as a horseshoe).
8. Wrap one end of the cord over the other and secure with a Surgeon’s Knot close to the beads, but allow a little “wiggle room” between the beads so they don’t rub harshly against one another. Use either of these links here to view a tutorial if you aren’t familiar with this style of knot.
9. Try the bracelet on your hand again to verify it’s the correct size.
10. Pull the ends of the cord coming from the knot once more to tighten it securely.
11. Place the bracelet on a sheet of aluminum foil (serves as a spill mat) and apply a TINY drop of glue onto the surgeon’s knot. (Please see NOTE below about how to apply Insta-Flex or similar “runny” glues.).
**Note about glue: Insta-Flex is basically superglue. Instantly bonds skin in addition to all sorts of other things. Children should never use this product unsupervised. Also, the glue is VERY runny. It’s like water. Do not attempt to apply it directly from the bottle! Instead, place a small amount of glue on a piece of tin foil and use a toothpick to grab some and dab it on the knot. You may have to do this multiple times, but trust me, it’s a lot better than accidentally spilling the glue all over your beads. (Says the person who made this mistake ONCE )
12. Leave the bracelet alone for 12-24 hours to allow the glue to fully set. Resist the temptation to check your bracelet before at least 12 hours have passed. After glue is dry, trim the ends of the cord near the knot. Your bracelet is now ready to wear. Enjoy!
Parmesan Potato Soup (Mug Recipe)
This is one of my all time favorite, lickety-split recipes you can use for gift giving (by putting the dry ingredients in a mug, mason jar, or soup bowl,) or simply enjoy for lunch on a brish winter day.
3/4 cup Potato Flakes
1/8 cup Plain White Biscuit Gravy (dry package)
1 Tbsp. Parmesean Herb Seasoning (like Mc Cormick Parmesan Herb Blend)
1/2 Tsp. Garlic
1/4 Tsp. Dried Onion Flakes
1/2 Tsp. Salt
1/2 Tsp. Pepper
In a small bowl, combine all ingredients until thoroughly mixed. This will yield aproximately 1 cup.
TIP: If you are making multiple gifts, you can mix all together. For example, if you are making two gifts, double the recipe, then extract 1 cup of mixed ingredients per gift.
Parmesan Potato Soup Mix
Place 1 cup of mix in a small zip bag and seal. Place sealed zip bag into bowl, soup mug, or pint mason jar.
Parmesan Potato Soup Packaged
FOR GIFTS: Create an instruction tag to include either inside the container or added on a tag for the gift. The instruction tag should read:
Parmesan Potato Soup – Pour soup mix from bag into bowl. Heat 2 cups of water, bring to a boil. Pour boiling water over soup mix, stir until ingredients are dissolved. Cover for 5 minutes. Uncover, stir, and enjoy! For an extra treat, top with Cheddar cheese, bacon bits, sour cream, or all three!
FOR PERSONAL ENJOYMENT: Simply follow the preparation steps above and enjoy!