This summer I was in charge of a youth camp for girls ages 12-18 years old. The girls always like making crafts for one of the activities during camp. As I thought about the kinds of crafts the girls like to make. I thought about how much effort goes into cutting wood and supplies for crafts that we have made in the past at youth camps. Often I have found that the girls only liked the items made at camp for a short period of time and then they are thrown away or donated to thrift stores.
Wanting to make something that wasn’t too large or took a lot of prep time got me thinking. Also wanting an item that the girls could potential love or keep for a long time. Coming to the conclusion that most girls love jewelry was easy. If they could design it how they wanted, then maybe it could be a piece that they would keep. I found several ideas for leather and metal cuffs.
Knowing I was on a tight budget and that leather was a little expensive, I began looking for alternate ways to create jewelry that was similar to the leather cuff’s I have seen. Avry mentioned using old belts and I agreed that was a perfect idea! The hunt of finding several belts at yard sales ranging from .10 to .50 cents each. That price definitely fit my budget. I also purchased round metal blanks, necklace’s, charms, and key chains. The girls had a choice at camp all were able to make a few of each if they pleased.
To create your own Stamped Metal and Leather Cuff you will need:
First you will want to measure the belt around your wrist, to know what size you need to cut it. after you measure the belt around your wrist, add 1 inch on to the sizing and cut the belt.
Next you will want to punch 2 holes in each end of the belt.
You will then cut a piece of leather cording to go through the 4 holes at the ends of the belt. You will tie the cording to make the belt into a cuff.
Now that you have your cuff made you can work on decorating your new leather cuff. I purchased these metal blanks from amazon, they were a great size to fit into the center of the belts. You will start by laying your metal blank on a hard surface and then select metal alphabet stamps to create any word you desire. I chose the word hope, I started in the center and stamped those letters first and then worked my way to the other letters.
The hole in my metal blank was not large enough to fit a brad through it so, I re-punched the hole with a larger hole punch. After you stamp your wording on the metal blank you will want to color over the stamped letters with a Sharpie marker. You will wipe any excess marker off of the metal with an alcohol wipe.
Last you will attach your stamped metal piece to your leather cuff by punching a hole into the center of the leather cuff and then attaching the metal piece with a brad.
Several of the girls at camp really enjoyed this craft activity. I hope that it will be a piece that they can wear for many years to come. What kind of jewelry do you like to make?
Post Footer automatically generated by wp-posturl plugin for wordpress.