DIY Charm Bracelets & Gift Toppers

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I have a special two-part DIY for you today! I started out wanting to make little charm bracelets inspired by one I saw on the wrist of a co-worker.

And then, I thought that these would make great little add-ons to holiday gifts! Say you’re going to a holiday party and bringing a bottle of wine or champagne for your friend – tie a little personalized charm bracelet around the neck to make it more special! And that got me thinking about gift toppers

I’m one of those people who is terminally gift-wrap-challenged. No matter how hard I try, you can always tell which gifts are from me because the wrapping paper is wrinkled, sometimes torn, and all-around disheveled.  This year I decided maybe I’m taking the wrong approach. I love the idea of using plain brown recycled paper to wrap a present, and then dressing it up with cute little toppers. I am happy to say it totally worked – the toppers look really sweet and natural with the brown paper, and kinda detract from the poor wrapping job.

But first, the charm bracelets:

What you need: for the charm bracelets I used silk thread, charms and beads, all from AC Moore.

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I love the simplicity of just one charm on the bracelet, and the pretty colors of the thread. I simply added a bead to each side of the charm, with knots on either side. Once I was finished with the DIY, they made nice little holiday gifts for my co-workers :)

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Now for the gift toppers:

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I used the above items (not really sure what you’d call them?), both of which can be found at AC Moore. I especially love the branches on the left, and they actually smell really nice too. I also used a couple of twigs that I picked up outside :)

I loved the idea of using natural elements like this, and I also picked up some little fake creatures to go with it:

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Lastly, in true FP style, I wanted to incorporate little touches of pink, so I used the following supplies from my crafting drawer and our display workroom.

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Neon acrylic paint, paintbrush, pink duct tape and pink embroidery floss.

Here are the results!

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To make the twig look decorative I wrapped it in pink embroidery floss!

It also makes a perfect perch for the little bird:

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Attaching a fake (or real!) flower to the twig also makes it festive – and I love using the hay as ribbon to tie it down to the gift!

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For this one I painted random leaves of the branch neon red. This would look awesome on a pine cone too.

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Lastly, the charm bracelets also make great gift toppers! Such a nice way to personalize a gift even more :)

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Happy Holidays!

xo

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Comments

kate -December 21, 2011, 12:01PM

This is sooo perfect. I love all of it!!!

Diane -December 21, 2011, 2:23PM

those are lovely! in case you need to ask for materials by name, the branches are dried eucalyptus, and the hay-like stuff is raffia. thanks for the great ideas. i really like the touch of pink on the brown paper.

fp julia -December 21, 2011, 2:29PM

ah! thank you diane!

Angela -December 21, 2011, 3:55PM

Ahhh! I’ve been doing this creative exercise where I wrap each gift differently and only use stuff I have on hand already… and I am SO jealous I didn’t think to paint individual parts of the plants I foraged! That is the best idea! Love, love, love it.

Evelyn -December 21, 2011, 7:33PM

Thanks for sharing these beautiful ideas, I will be using them for sure.

Mary R. -December 21, 2011, 9:25PM

Awesome ideas!! Thanks!!

Allyn Gade -December 27, 2011, 1:13PM

Merry xmas.

Jennifer -January 13, 2012, 6:26PM

I love your bracelets. I tend to make things complicated and these are beautiful in their simplicity. How do they clasp?

Anonymous -January 28, 2012, 6:03PM

so then do the people just tie them on their wrists? i love the bracelets!

Gypsy Moon Designs -February 19, 2012, 1:59PM

I love the sweet simplicity of these bracelets!

sabrina -April 7, 2012, 10:26PM

Hi! What is the exact brand names of the thread, beads, charms etc. I really want to make them but living in socal there is no ac moore store near me! thanks!

Kelsie -December 17, 2012, 7:57PM

I am having a hard time finding thread for these… the silk thread I found is too thin. help!

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