|Ponytail holder bracelet|
I've been thinking about jewelry a lot lately. Because of a sensitivity to metal, I've not been able to wear jewelry without developing a rash for at least a decade. I've been thinking that the answer to this lack of accessorizing in my life might be to make my own jewelry out of mostly non-metal materials.
As I go out in the world, I try to be mindful of what interesting stuff I could utilize to make my own jewelry. When I was at Dollar Tree last week, I came across a package of ponytail holders and inspiration struck!
Essentially, I used the ponytail holders as "links" to make a chain. I used metal jump rings to hook them together, but that tiny bit of metal doesn't touch my skin so it's not a problem. There is enough stretch in the bracelet that a clasp isn't necessary. Bingo! The Ponytail Holder Bracelet was born!
|Supplies needed; the box is the tray from an old sewing box.|
- Small ponytail holders
- Jump rings
- Needle nosed jeweler's pliers
The ponytail holders are not very strong. To make sure that they would hold up, I used 5 of them for each link (you could probably use as few as 3). Also, since they are very thin, I found that the ponytail holders would slip through opening in the jump ring. This was solved by using two jump rings for each link.
Step 1: Open a jump ring. Ready two "links" of bands.
|Jump ring and ponytail holders ready to be linked up|
Step 2: Place first "link" onto jump ring then hold that link between your thumb and forefinger. Add the second link to the jump ring and close the jump ring.
|Pinching one link while added a second link|
|Adding a second jump ring to reinforce the join|
Step 4: Continue adding links in this manner until your bracelet is as long as you want it to be.
|Keep adding those links|
Step 5: Hook the first to the last loop of the bracelet to finish.
|This one was made with alternating white and yellow bands and lots of Barbie shoes (and a few other accessories).|
|All blue bands with green, blue and purple plastic beads.|
Time to Complete: Under an hour unless you, like me, have an unruly beagle who is constantly trying to crawl onto your lap.
Cost: If you spend $4 on the ponytail holders and an extra large bag of jump rings, you could make about 20 of these.
Skill Level: You need to be coordinated enough to manipulate the jump rings, but otherwise, anyone could make this.