cardboard cuff bangles
February 22, 2011 § 11 Comments
Cardboard is one of my favorite things ever invented. Anything made of cardboard has guaranteed character. And what’s fun about cardboard is that it doesn’t take itself too seriously, even with a little spray of metallic copper. Like this pair of cardboard cuff bangles.
Wide cuff bangles are all over the runways, and I thought to whip up a quick and fun little project with what little time I’ve had recently. The unusual angle of the photo combined with my bird-bone arm makes the bangles seem remarkably oversize. But I promise they’re actually reasonably wearable in person, if you’re a cardboard enthusiast like me.
You will need a mailing tube, X-Acto knife, cardboard, scissors, white glue, and spray paint.
1. Cut the mailing tube in any length desired (I cut 1-1/2″ and 2″).
2. Cut cardboard along the grain the same size as your section of mailing tube. Cut cardboard in 1/4″ strips against the grain.
3. Apply glue on mailing tube in small sections and affix the strips of cardboard.
4. Spray paint in desired color. Rose gold is very trendy these days and Krylon’s metallic copper gives a comparable hue.
This is great. I love working with cardboard, but I never thought of making jewelry with it.
Wonderful idea! I love the look of the bracelet.
Thank you for sharing how you did this, because there’s some cardboard at our house that has been set aside for a scratching post for the kitties. Now I know how to make one.
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I made some at Christmas time for my granddaughters, daughters and sis. I used packing tape cores that I’d saved for years. (There are some things that the landfill and even the recycle bin should not have!) I covered mine with quilt batting and then added blocks that I’d made – paper pieced leavesl. I thought they were grand, and so did my sis, but it must have been a generational preferance cause the grands were underwhelmed. Maybe I can try these and they’ll “be all like wow!!!”
Fantastic! thanks for sharing. 😀
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Love, Love, Love these! A few Christmases ago I did all colored cardboard ornaments for decorations and had a ball making them. Cardboard is great to roll into beads and depending on the cut, can take on very different looks.
Thanks again for sharing, Lisa
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