Hey, it's Chelsy, with a Y! I am a wife to my sweet prince, and mother to one spunky little princess and one handsome little ham of a prince. Painting is my drug of choice. Wine is good too. I'm known to speak without thinking and eat to much chocolate. I love meeting new people, and learning new things. So this is my journey through some not so glorious moments, some not so intelligent thoughts and some possibly crafty ideas.
Here is a easy and cheap gift that any girl would love! It only takes about 20 minutes (or an hour if your indecisive like me:) to make and it is instant cuteness! I didn't buy anything to make this watch, I just "shopped" the house. (I am apologizing in advance for the picture quality, don't hold it against the watch, it's not her fault ;)
Here's what your gonna need: An old watch that's lost it's pizazz, some stretchy bead cord, beads, hot glue, and a long needle (maybe one used for needle point)
Heres what your gonna do:
Take your needle and push the pins out of the spot that holds the band on both sides.
Then if your watch looks like the picture above, replace the pin, without the band. And it will look like this:
If your watch looks like this after the band is removed, leave it alone:
Now take your stretchy cord (you can use regular bead wire if you want, you will just have to attatch fasteners at the ends) and loop it through your hole or pin and tie it off. Make sure you have two tails, long enough to fit your wrist plus 2in to tie off the other end.
Then add your beads all the way down both strands until you get two inches from the end
Be creative while doing this step and consider the person you are making the watch for. You can do school colors, or favorite colors, make a pattern, or just string whichever bead you grab. Then bring you strands under and over (to make a band) and tie them off on the other side just like you did before.
Give her a little cleaning to make her shine, and that's it, your done! Isn't she pretty? You can put a little spot of hot glue over your knots just to make it a little more secure, but they are fine without it.
You can find tons and tons of inexpensive watches at garage sales or thrift stores with beautiful faces, and not so beautiful bodies ;) You can also make more than two strands, just tie more cording around your pin. Or you can make a few bracelet type strands of beads with two clips, one on each end, and clip them to the pins of the watch to make a interchangeable band. The possibilities are endless, and this is such a easy and cheap project that you can afford to use your imagination!
I am linking this up to JAG's "I can make that" party. There are so many great and inexpensive ideas over there for Christmas, so go check it out!
Leave me a comment telling me why you want/need one of these watches (Thanks Beth for the idea, yours was so much fun, I just had to steal copy it:) and I will choose a winner on saturday, not randomly, I will pick the one I like best, cuz it's MY blog and I can!! Don't forget to come back tomorrow for another easy jewelry project (not sure why i'm on a jewelry kick all of a sudden?!) with stuff I shopped the house for!