News flash – I have now created a special page where will find all my free printables in one place. You no longer need passwords to access them and I have also put in the YouTube tutorial links showing you how to use most of the free printables. Click here to go to the page.

Faux willow pattern china beads made from another one of my free printable designs available on this website.

As you may know, I have been making some of my free printable designs available to my YouTube viewers.

Most people worldwide are confined to home at the moment and many may not be finding it easy to get hold of craft supplies.

So that is why I have been trying to think of tutorials using stuff from around the house, such as kitchen towel, like I used in this tutorial to make the bracelet below.

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The bracelet I made using kitchen towel

This week I have been working on some new free printable designs but then I thought of one I designed a few years back.

I will be making the new one available as time goes on but for my YouTube tutorial this week, I have made this pretty faux willow pattern china bead bracelet.

This is the design I use in my face to face workshops with people who are new to making paper beads.

Faux china beads with a willow pattern look.

As with my other free printable designs, my YouTube viewers can download the template for this and follow the tutorial to make this bracelet.

My finished bracelet

All you have to do to get access to the download is watch the video here on YouTube and listen for the password. It is different to last weeks password because it is on a different page. Once you have the password, click here to go to the download page for that design and use the password. Simple!

What if you don’t have all the other things I used to make my bracelet?

As long as you have a printer, a paper shredder (or scissors and a ruler) a bamboo skewer or toothpick and a glue stick, you can make these beads.

If you don’t have the tiny silver beads, craft eyelets or elastic, you can roll lots of beads and then make your bracelets when the craft stores are open again.

I’m not sure if US viewers are able to order on Amazon at the moment but here in the UK we are.

So I will be stocking my Amazon shops for the other things you need in case you are able to order right now.

My Amazon shops are here:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/shop/rainbowlane

https://www.amazon.com/shop/rainbowlane

My Amazon affiliate statement

And what if you don’t have a bead rolling tool?

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The bead tools I manufacture and sell online

https://folksy.com/shops/PaperBeadToolsAndSuppliesUK

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/ImagesForCrafts

Ideally, you will have a bead rolling tool such as the 3mm one you see above.

However, if you don’t have a tool – don’t panic!

In a couple of my previous tutorials, I have given you ideas on how to make paper beads without a tool.

Click the links below to see my other ideas for making paper beads without a bead tool.

https://youtu.be/yrRF8DEvX3c

https://youtu.be/8oQlNGIua-Q

This week in my YouTube tutorial, I bring you a third idea and show you how to make a simple homemade paper bead rolling tool that is good enough.

The homemade bead tool is a return to the 70s for me when I was making paper beads this way using cocktail sticks (toothpicks).

This method is fine for making paper beads when you can’t get a proper paper bead tool.

I developed the paper bead rolling tool that I sell online for people who are making lots of beads all the time and need something that is quick and easy to use.

But if you aren’t rolling hundreds of beads, my homemade version will be fine for you.

Have fun everyone and I hope you are enjoying my free printable downloads as much as I enjoy creating them – see you next time with my next tutorial and maybe some more free printable designs!

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You can make a very robust leather-look bracelet from a sheet of A4 card.

Cardstock bracelet? Really? Yes!

A cardstock bracelet isn’t so much of a crazy idea once you’ve watched my video on how to do it.

A sheet of A4 card is not the first material you would think of if you wanted to make a durable bracelet.

However, that is exactly what I set out to do when I made my most recent YouTube tutorial.

While we are all kept confined in our own homes, many people are turning to craft to pass the time away, some, probably for the first time.

So my goal in making a cardstock bracelet was to use a material that lots of people may have at home already.

In the UK, almost all of our craft outlets are closed because they are considered non-essential stores. I find that strange since Off Licences (liquor stores) are considered essential and are open.

The only place where we can get craft supplies, that I know of, is The Range because some, if not all their stores, now have Iceland food store inside and so can remain open.

Not sure what the situation is across the rest of the world with craft store closures but I’m guessing it’s pretty much the same as here in the UK.

cardstock braceelets

Gone are the days when we could wander around craft stores at our leisure, buying up half the store 😍

But there is still Amazon, at the moment.

So if you want to make a cardstock bracelet but don’t have the things you need, Amazon is a good place to start.

I have updated my Amazon stores to include the things you need to make this bracelet if you really can’t adapt this method to what you have to hand.

Here are the links:

https://www.amazon.com/shop/rainbowlane

https://www.amazon.co.uk/shop/rainbowlane

Amazon Affiliate Statement

If you browse through all the craft items in my stores, you will find mostly everything I use in my videos.

I have still been managing to get my craft items through Amazon UK. It does take a little longer now but not too much.

In my YouTube tutorial, I use items such as a metal ruler and a bead rolling tool but you could easily adapt this method and still make the cardstock bracelet without those things.

When it comes to varnish, I suggest using clear nail polish if you don’t have something like Anita’s Clear Gloss or Triple Thick.

In the video, I also use the paper bead rolling tool that I designed and sell online.

cardstock bracelet

But if you check out the YT link in this post you will see my idea for making paper beads without a tool.

UK customers can check out my Folksy shop and find the tool there too if you still want it.

The two Crafting In A Crisis projects I have completed. Check out my previous post for details of the top bracelet.

And finally, as Garry, my husband is currently on furlough, he is now amusing himself with making things out of wood.

His usual work is very physical and so it’s good to see him busy chopping, sawing and designing.

So who knows, maybe he will have his own page on here soon!

Hope you enjoy the cardstock bracelet tutorial – let me know in the comments under the video on Youtube.

Craft printables are a brilliant way to make beautiful, colourful, handmade boho style jewelry.

Those of you that have seen my latest craft ideas on Youtube may be here because you would like to make the exact same necklace using my craft printables.

So to get the craft printables you need to make the boho necklace I designed for the video, click here to go straight to my Etsy shop.

My latest ideas using craft printables – Boho style necklaces made from cereal box cardboard using my craft printables set on Etsy – you can watch the whole tutorial on my YouTube channel.

Below you can see exactly what craft printables you will get in the three file bundle (there are actually four files available because the spacer bead template comes in US and UK sizes).

You will get:

  • 1 6×4 file to create the black tube beads
  • 1 6×4 file to create the necklace tile fronts
  • 1 UK A4 or US Letter file to create the matching spacer beads.

The video on my YouTube channel shows exactly how to use these craft printables to create exactly the same boho style necklace in the video.

And as a bonus, I have added a second design to the 6×4 file, to make a different three tile boho style necklace, plus two single tile designs to make two single tile necklaces like the one in the picture.

Please be aware, to use these designs, you will need some kind of image editing software on your computer. Or you can put them onto a memory stick and get them printed at your local photographic print shop.

And the files must be printed to the exact size I have made them in order for the designs to be punched out by a 2 inch craft punch.

Craft punch sizes are measured diagonally so the actual size of the punched out shape from the 2 inch punch is just under 1.5 inches square.

Paper bead rolling tool alert!

You will see the craft printables set includes a sheet of paper bead strips to make the spacer beads used in this craft project.

For those people not familiar with paper bead making,  I should explain, you will need a paper bead rolling tool in order to create these beads.

Many years ago, as I couldn’t find a decent, affordable paper bead rolling tool to buy anywhere, I created my own.

As time went on, many people asked me if they could buy the paper bead tools and so I developed one that I could sell to other people.

I have now been selling these bead tools worldwide to paperbead makers for several years.

There are two sizes 3mm and 5mm and in this project, I used the 5mm.

And they are available in my Etsy shop.

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The Easy Beady paper bead rolling tools I manufacture.
An old style beading tool in use – my new tools now have the original curved handle which is easier to hold.

Don’t forget…

To make these matching spacer beads (seen in pic on left) you will need a 5mm paper bead rolling tool.

So if you are a new crafter who enjoys following a tutorial to make beautiful handmade crafts, exactly like those you have seen in my class, the resources above are ideal for you.

But, trying out craft ideas can be so expensive, so in many of my craft tutorials, I try to make at least some of the materials cheap, or even free.

It keeps the cost of crafting down for me and you. Win, win!

Food packaging provides us with some amazing resources, (which although not technically ‘free’ because we bought the food, are as good as free if we are only going to throw them way).

And when people get to know you use cereal box cardboard in your crafts, trust me, they will be saving you their cornflakes boxes! And those ones are free.

You can check out my previous video to see a DIY necklace I made using toilet roll cardboard – I was amazed at just how much it doesn’t look like an old toilet roll tube!

Statement necklaces made from toilet roll tubes.

So my craft ideas are usually about using a mix of recycled stuff, such as cereal box cardboard and craft materials I buy in.

Since I have been teaching people crafts, both online and in my workshops, I have noticed that many people either don’t have access to good craft shops or just haven’t got a clue what to buy.

It is so easy to go out on a jaunt to Hobby Craft or Michaels and spend a ton of money on stuff you thought was a good idea at the time. I know these things – I’ve been there!

Oh my goodness – Corn Flakes packets are one of my most valuable craft resources. I love using this cardboard to make gorgeous crafty things!

And the thing about using junk cardboard for the core of your project is, you can afford buy better quality paints and other craft products. (Well that’s what I tell myself!)

The trick to being successful at making jewelry out of cereal box card is explained in my video which you can see by clicking here.

But what about other craft supplies? Besides the craft printables, people ask me, where do you get the glass domes you use in your project? Where do you get bottle caps? Where do you get circular or square punches?

So I began sourcing craft supplies on line and putting links to Amazon in my blog posts.

All that did was slow my website down!

Now, I have an Amazon page where I list many of the items you see in my YouTube videos.

And this is it https://www.amazon.com/shop/rainbowlane

Or if you are UK based click here Amazon.co.uk

Bead cores and glass domes that you can find on my Amazon page.

Are you ready to have a go at this boho style necklace?

If the answer is YES! then go ahead and get the craft printables I have designed for you and make some gorgeous handmade jewelry today – happy crafting! and if you enjoyed my video, feel free to like, subscribe and tap the bell icon on YouTube so you can be kept up to date with my latest projects.

If you love using craft printables, you will be interested in some more I have coming up very soon!