Sunday, May 6, 2012

Scrunched Paper Bangles

Hi Crafters!

It's the first Monday of the month and time for the Designer Crafts Connection blog hop.  This month, we're featuring easy jewelry designs.  I can't wait to see the designs this month.  It was a tough choice for me to figure out what to present.  I love jewelry of all kinds and the easier the better.  I finally decided to show you one of the many paper jewelry designs I've made.  This one is a Scrunched Paper Bangle, and not only is it easy, it's very inexpensive to make.  The main ingredients are paper bags and tacky glue!  So, read along and see what I did.

First gather the materials:

Heavy paper bag cut into 4 strips

Tacky glue  - (I used Aleene's (R) Original Tacky Glue (R) and the kind folks there did provide me with   some samples.)

Acrylic Paint

Satin varnish

You'll need scissors and a paintbrush, too.

Measure around your fist and add two inches.  Cut four paper strips this length and three inches or 1 1/2 inches wide.

Glue the ends of one strip together with the print side out.

Glue a second strip around the first with the ends at a different point.  Add the third.  Glue the last one on with the unprinted side out.

While the glue is still wet, scrunch the bangle by pushing in on the edges.  Go all the way around the bangle until it looks the way you like.

Paint the bangles with acrylic paint.  You can use all one color, two colors like these or any way you like.  When the paint is dry, add a layer of sealer. You can also add embellishments like jewels or buttons.

I hope you enjoyed this easy paper bag jewelry idea and that you'll hop around and see what the other designers have for you this month! 

Happy Crafting!