DIY: Hardware Stretchy Bracelet + Home Depot Giveaway

This year has been the year of the arm! From Man Repeller’s Arm Parties to the rebirth of the friendship bracelet, wrists seem to be getting all the attention these days. It’s not about chunky bangles but it’s all about the tiny bracelet…. lots and lots of tiny bracelets. There’s nothing like a wristful of bracelets. I’m sure over the past year we’ve all perfected the art of layering our favorite collection of colorful bracelets. This season, why don’t you give the give of a hardware embellished bracelet? Add one more to her collection…

Materials: Metal Pipe, Colorful Hair Ties, Jigsaw, Scissors

Mixing metals is my new favorite thing! Gold + Rose Gold + Silver = Amazingness

Use the jigsaw to cut the pipe into small 1 inch pieces

Use the scissors to cut open the hair tie

String the hair tie through the pipe. To close, tie a knot in the open end of the hair tie.

Hide the knot by sliding it back through the metal pipe.

Can you spot my DIY bracelet? It’s the perfect addition to my wrist full of friendship bracelets!

Who says materials from the hardware store have to be used for just home improvement projects? Not me! The guys in the plumbing department at my local hardware store no longer ask me what I’m working on when they see me wondering the isles. It’s a known fact that whatever I’m doing with the materials, one thing I will NOT be doing is fixing a toilet!

Here’s your chance to stock up on nuts, bolts, pipes and other DIY hardware materials by winning a $25 gift card to Home Depot.

Question: What do you do to set the mood while you’re crafting?

Do you craft with the tv on? While watching Real Housewives of Beverly Hills? Maybe you like to listen to music and sip a glass of wine? Or maybe you like it absolutely quiet while you get your DIY on! Remember there is no right answer. Personally, I like to listen to Beyonce when I’m getting crafty. (…and sometimes while I wait for glue to dry I turn up Single Ladies and do the dance in front of my mirror… shhhh please don’t tell anyone) Leave your answer below. Contest ends tonight at 9pm pst and with the help of a fancy number generating system, a number will be selected. If your answer falls in the comment box that corresponds with the selected number…you’re the winner! Don’t worry if you don’t win today because we’re playing this game all week! Each day is a new DIY project, a new prize and a new chance to win.

UPDATE: 36 was the randomly selected number

Congrats Sheila! You won the $25 Home Depot Gift Card.


42 responses

  1. While I DIY, I like to listen to music and burn incense. A very calming atmosphere. Cool bracelet DIY by the way.

    December 2, 2011 at 3:45 am

  2. Laurinda

    I like noise, but not too distracting. My favorite is the weather channel, because it’s on a loop & just repeats. It’s also good for napping!

    December 2, 2011 at 3:53 am

  3. Melissa

    Amazing! A while ago I pinned on pinterest this necklace that had pieces like those pipes and for the longest time I couldn’t think how to make it. This tutorial is perfect!

    I personally listen to music to get going. I have an inspiration mix that I listen to while crafting. Though I find watching movies help to. usually I find at least one thing where I think hey I could make that

    December 2, 2011 at 4:46 am

  4. Wendy

    I listen to the RISK! podcasts and marvel at the AMAZING storytelling.
    (love the tutorials!!)

    December 2, 2011 at 4:53 am

  5. Kam

    Thanks for the super easy tuts! I usually save my DIYs for weekend mornings – even better on sunny days with the sun shining through and music blasting. Puts me in a good mood and I feel super productive.

    December 2, 2011 at 5:13 am

  6. Karen

    I still do my sewing and crafting on the dining room table, so for me I first have to make sure that it is clean and clutter free (of other people’s clutter, of course.) Then, I usually have to have cartoons on, especially SpongeBob Squarepants, because he’s a particularly happy guy! Cartoons always put me in my happy place, and pretty much the family tiptoes around me like I’m a mad scientist when I get busy on my table!! LOL

    December 2, 2011 at 5:18 am

  7. Natasha Holstine

    What a chic and easy DIY! I’m doing this today!!! Great stocking stuffer!! Everyone is getting these!!:)


    December 2, 2011 at 5:47 am

  8. Natasha Holstine

    When I do anything creative, music is always involved. Right now I’d probably play Bruno Mars since its on repeat right now. But, my music preference always changes:)


    December 2, 2011 at 5:50 am

  9. Sabrina

    I either have my tv on listening to my shows I missed during the week or put my pandora on my phone wit my headphones and craft away! Love these bracelets my daughter would like to do these

    December 2, 2011 at 5:52 am

  10. benitafay

    I usually talk with someone on the phone or at my house when I do crafts. If I’m not doing that, then Im probably watching a movie.

    December 2, 2011 at 6:02 am

  11. Depnending on what I am making I either have the tv on or listen to music. I also perfer to craft when no one is in the house.

    December 2, 2011 at 6:10 am

  12. I craft to E!, usually the Kardashians. It’s nice to have mindless tv on in the backround for some noise!

    December 2, 2011 at 6:31 am

  13. justine

    I love playing Pandora!, always on Brazilian playlist or playing Drake radio ❤

    December 2, 2011 at 7:14 am

  14. Nude crafting is they way to go!!!

    December 2, 2011 at 7:30 am

  15. Gosh! I am so glad to have found your blog! I love your candy necklace AND these bracelets! *le sigh. 😉

    December 2, 2011 at 7:32 am

  16. hannah v

    I love to turn up the music and sip on a glass of wine!

    December 2, 2011 at 8:03 am

  17. Cristina

    I bake and craft at the same time. It makes me feel like I’m taking over the world!

    December 2, 2011 at 8:14 am

  18. The craft (or what’s on tv) usually determines what sets the mood. Usually music or an audiobook/podcast, though I crafted parts of my Halloween costume while watching the World Series this year!

    December 2, 2011 at 8:20 am

  19. I listen to music or watch TV while I’m crafting.
    Love & Gratitude!

    December 2, 2011 at 8:35 am

  20. When I craft I like to listen to my iPod. This past weekend, I was rocking out to some Christmas music.

    December 2, 2011 at 8:54 am

  21. CelesteG

    I listen to Trevor Hall, such a beautiful voice<3

    December 2, 2011 at 9:24 am

  22. Rachel M.

    I love crafting with my puppies and a glass of wine!!! Xo

    December 2, 2011 at 9:36 am

  23. ncnguyen514


    December 2, 2011 at 9:40 am

  24. Aubreylaine

    Turn the tv on and drink a latte 🙂
    littlegray88 at yahoo dot com

    December 2, 2011 at 9:57 am

  25. Gabriela

    I like to listen to music, preferably indie music! xo

    December 2, 2011 at 10:27 am

  26. Colette

    I have to have background noise, but nothing that I have to look at- too distracting.
    I currently tune to Music Choice channels. The all-music channels of various genres on cable. I prefer the “Throwback Jamz” channel.

    December 2, 2011 at 10:44 am

  27. Lindsay

    When I DIY, I watch movies that I’ve seen a million times and love, like Princess Bride!

    December 2, 2011 at 10:55 am

  28. I put on pandora and I listen to anything from soft light music (classical) to wale and wiz khalifa.

    December 2, 2011 at 11:10 am

  29. Michelle

    I watch TV, like america’s next top model and wheel of fortune

    December 2, 2011 at 11:10 am

  30. Janice

    gotta be music!! 🙂 I LOVE music

    December 2, 2011 at 11:15 am

  31. I usually require a quality sitcom, though my boyfriend playing a video game is the perfect amount of distraction when I’m working on any of repetitive parts of my project. Just enough story to keep my higher brain entertained.

    December 2, 2011 at 12:31 pm

  32. I prefer to listen to music (Thin Lizzy, The Cars, etc.) unless it is a difficult project. If the craft in question gets a bit hairy then I need a distraction free workplace so I can figure it out. Thank you for offering yet another fabulous giveaway! 🙂

    December 2, 2011 at 12:46 pm

  33. nice and quite please!

    December 2, 2011 at 1:28 pm

  34. Evin Elise

    I like to DIY with the tv on in the background.

    December 2, 2011 at 1:42 pm

  35. Morgan

    I like to be alone, and I like to watch TV and movies.

    December 2, 2011 at 3:30 pm

  36. Sheila Audige

    I set the mood by stretching out, my hands fingers, arms, leg, back, everything and have my bottle of water handy and the tv on, so I can hear the tv and work on my projects. Nothing crazy. 🙂

    December 2, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    • Congrats! Your number was randomly selected. You’ve won the Home Depot gift card! I’ll email you with details.

      December 2, 2011 at 9:10 pm

  37. jes

    i like to craft while watching tv.

    December 2, 2011 at 4:30 pm

  38. Mami2jcn

    I listen to music and have a cold drink.

    December 2, 2011 at 6:14 pm

  39. I like to have the drapes open to let in all the natural light, a cup of hot coffee on the table…. and that’s about it. I prefer peace and quiet so I can concentrate on all of my ideas! 🙂

    December 2, 2011 at 7:00 pm

  40. When I DIY and craft, its not ambiance I really need, more that I need to feel inspired! When I’m focused on my project, the roof could come crashing down and I wouldn’t even notice!
    If the project is minor enough to warrant not needing my full attention, I usually sit at my desk and turn on a “comfort” movie in the background and chat online.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    December 2, 2011 at 7:00 pm

  41. Erica Floyd

    I turn on one of my DVR’d TV shows and get to work! I kill 2 birds with one stone, its fun!

    December 2, 2011 at 7:57 pm

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