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Wednesday, August 17, 2011


Its a wonderful Wednesday!!!  I hope this is true for all of you!

Today, I'll be sharing a project using a belt.  As I have no wasitline, I don't wear belts!  So, over the years, I've collected many belts that came with outfils I've purchased.  I knew I'd one day do something with them and now is the time.  I'm recycling belts into bracelets!
For the first recycle project I selected one of the belts and cut off the buckled end, measured my wrist and cut off the approximate length needed; grabbed some belt buckles and glitter for one bracelet, and a filagree and a rhinestone button for another bracelet.  From there I just glued on my embellishments/jewelry findings to the belt using E-6000 glue, added ribbon ends to the ends of the belt, and (haven't did this yet) attach a fastener!  All done!!!  And now I have 2 bracelets to add to my wardrobe or give as gifts:

So..., how does this one look?

Your turn!!!  Go grab some old belts, buttons, jewelry findings or whatever you get your hands on that looks pretty to you, some E-6000 or jewelry glue, and have some fun!!!

Now I'd like to share another triple twisted easel project done by my adorable and amazing friend Curt.  Curt also followed the tutorial on one of my earlier posts, but wait until you see what else he did:

Isn't this just another beauty?  But what Curt did to make this really special and unique is folded it up to fit into an envelope and added a belly band to keep it closed (wish I'd thought of that, lol):

So now you just pop it in the mail!!!  I love that he did this!!!  What a great idea, Curt!!!

Curt is a great cardmaker and you would be in awe of his creations if you haven't visited him already!  You can find Curt by clicking here.  For a direct link to the post where you can find his triple twisted easel card, please click here.  While you're there, catch the picture of the UFO he "accidently" caught on camera!!!  SERIOUSLY!!!

I am certainly honored sharing my tutorial has inspired others to do this wonderful card; eventhough, the idea of this card wasn't mine... I owe that to my visit to the CHA/IFA Supercraft Show.

Hugs, and...

I'll be seeing you!


Sandy from Ukiah said...

Audrey Audrey Audrey.. I just stand in amazement at your creativity. What a cute idea making bracelets out of belts.. AND they are just beautiful. Hugs

Dawnll said...

Only you could use belts to make bracelets! How fun is that?
Love them for sure,since I love to wear bracelets.
Love Curt's card, he is such a talent guy isn't he? I always enjoy his crafts, stories, and of course his pictures-even the ufo.
Thanks for sharing

Besthobbyeva said...


Sorry I haven't been around in a while, still job hunting!

I love, love this clever idea, yours came out awesome. I would have never thought of that!! Excellent. Loving the card too!!!


Rhonda Emery said...

love the bracelets what a great idea and your card is beautiful tfs. hugs

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

Love the belt idea... And I have a whole drawer full as I too no longer wear belts. TFS

Anonymous said...

Ingenious! Audrey, you are so creative! Barb (Barb's Boys)

just2ducky said...

Where in the world do you pick this stuff up at? Sheesh. I just donate them to the goodwill or womens shelter. Never occured what to do with them. I certainly don't want to draw attention to my fat roll! LOL! I hear you and Sandy are giving me a hard time. KEEP IT UP! Ha Ha! Many hugs. Great job on the belts/bracelets. Thats so creative my brain went blank. (Thats a compliment btw.) Hugs Kristie

Carol L said...

Hello my friend! That is a super great idea (lets all go GREEN) lol. Hope you are having a blessed day!
Hugs, Carol L

Beatriz Farquhar-Guzman said...

wow...... what a great idea! And Curt's card is fabulous! You are always a great inspiration!

McVic said...

Great idea!! I should try this with my sons old belts, he grows so fast!

A Creative Operation said...

I love this idea! You ROCK!

Patti J said...

Another fabulous idea! Can't wait to try it! Thanks for the inspiration :) I usually just start pacing the floors on Mondays, as it's 'almost Wednesday', and our friend Curt posts on Wednesday's!!! He's wonderful, both personally, and in terms of his talents. Thanks for posting his fun card! Have a good evening!

Curt in Carmel said...

Blushing a lot right now! Thanks Audrey for such kind words. I so appreciate the shout out. You are the one that was my inspiration as you are many times over. . .and speaking of, your idea for belts is pure genius. . .unbelievable! You need your own TV show. . .Hugs Kiddo. . Best, Curt

Carol's Ink Spot said...

Super clever idea for unloved belts! I work in a thrift store and I will be 'looking' at all those belts now in a whole different way. BTW-I use to live in the Chicago-land area. Grew up around 'Portage Park' then moved to Mt. Prospect. Two of our children attended schools in the downtown area several years ago. I love hearing about what is happening back there. Don't miss the humidity but the lake sure holds a special place in our hearts. Thanks for all your sweet comments!

Creative Hayes Creations said...

Wow very nice with the bracelets..

Jean said...

Wow, those bracelets turned out great. Great way to use the old belts.

Cricut Couple said...

Oh Wow! The bracelet idea is so clever! I printed this off for Jill. She is gonna love it! I love your cards too! It was so hot here today and I just wish I could slide down that snowy hill with that little bear!!! TFS!

PinkBlingCrafter said...

WOW!!Audrey fabulous idea about recycling the belts LOVE it:) TFS

GabyCreates.com said...

Oh Wow Audrey!! you always come up with the neatest ideas!! and Curt did great!!

...what do you mean haven't touch your Gypsy? You are the expert in building boxes with it!.... I have to share that I was getting frustrated and was about to email you to ask you how to do the tabs... but my stubborn nature persevered!

Thanks for all the INSPIRATION you provide and the wonderful super sweet comments you leave to me and others!!

You are one of those wonderful people in cyberspace that I wish I met in person!!

Hugs ~Gaby

Beebeebabs said...

Wow very nice and a great idea thanks for sharing

Treva said...

Audrey, you're just a craftin' genius; your bracelets turned out great!

DonnaMundinger said...

Super creative idea, Audrey! I have so many belts from when pants were all high waisted and those things are doing me no good now but taking up space. Super fun and fashionable, my dear. you ROCK! Love Curt's card. I'd forgotten that I was gonna try one of those. xxD

ScrapCrazyyyy! said...

I love what you did with the belts, what an amazing idea. You have so many great ideas!!!!

The easel card is too cute!

yyam said...

How clever Audrey! Now you've made something you can actually use! Awesome upcycling! :)