DIY & Crafts

Plastic lacing fun

Author: Canadian Living

DIY & Crafts

Plastic lacing fun

Friendship Bracelet

You need:
Strip of 7-mesh plastic canvas, 5 holes x 42 holes
Plastic lacing in assorted colours
5 pony beads
Glue gun or super tacky craft glue
Clothespins

To make:
1. Cut lacing approx 30 cm (11-7/8 in) longer than bracelet. Cut ends diagonally.

2. Weave lacing in and out of holes in plastic canvas. As you weave the centre row, thread a pony bead onto lacing on right side of bracelet at evenly spaced intervals. Be sure to leave 15 cm (6-in) of lacing loose at one end of bracelet. At opposite end, fold lacing to wrong side and glue with glue gun, holding in place with clothespins until dry. Trim off excess lacing.

3. Shape bracelet into a circle. Thread 15 cm ends of lacing through last row of holes at opposite end of bracelet (see photo). Slip remaining 2 pony beads onto all 5 laces. Glue the second one in place approx 10 cm (4 in) from end of bracelet and cut off excess lacing.

4. To wear, simply slide the loose pony bead up and down the lacing to achieve the desired fit.

Earrings

You need:
Scraps of black plastic canvas
Scraps of plastic lacing in assorted colours
Glue gun or super tacky craft glue
2 fishhook ear wires

To make:
1. Cut 2 squares of plastic canvas 7 x 7 holes and 2 pieces 5 x 8 holes.

2. Weave lacing through holes in rectangular pieces and glue ends to wrong side.

Thread 1 length of black lacing through centre hole at each end of rectangle. Pinch rectangle so it curves. Thread lacing through lower half of earring square (in diamond configuration) and tie ends securely at back of earring.

4. Attach ear wire in top hole of diamond.

Belt

You need:
Piece of 7-mesh black plastic canvas, 15 x 34 cm (6 x 13-1/2 in)
Black clamp buckle, available at dressmakers' supply stores
Plastic lacing in assorted colors
Needle and heavy thread
Glue gun or super tacky craft glue
Clothespins

To make:
1. Cut 3 strips of plastic canvas 34 cm long and wide enough to fit through belt clamp (our belt is 8 holes wide). Join strips together into 1 long strip by overlapping the first and last 2 rows of holes at end of each strip and secure temporarily with heavy thread.

2. Cut lacing in desired colours, approx 30 cm (11-7/8 in) longer than belt. Cut ends diagonally. Weave lacing in and out of holes in plastic canvas, beginning and ending on wrong side of belt and going through both layers where strips meet. You can create different patterns by varying the number of bars you weave over and under, for example: over 2 under 2, over 3 under 1. Remove threads.

3. Glue ends of lacing flat against wrong side of belt. Hold in place with clothespins until glue dries. Trim off excess lacing.

4. Clamp buckle to one end of belt and metal cover to other end.

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