Scissors & Synths

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Stringy DIYs: Bracelets & Embroidery Hoop Photo Frames

I’ve got two DIY projects for you today to make up for missing last week’s Crafty Friday post! These two projects work with lovely colorful thread or string.

Let’s make bracelets:


And photo frames using embroidery hoops:



These aren’t as great as woven friendship bracelets, but it’s just nice to wear something you made.

What you need:

  1. String in your desired colors
  2. Different beads and pearls
  3. Small buttons
  4. Scissors, tape


Some tips:

  • The closure will use a button, so for one end of the bracelet, make a loop and knot.
  • Find a bracelet which fits you best, and keep this handy for measurements. This will help you determine when to string in the button.


The first bracelet pictured above was the hardest to make. You can find a photo how-to here.

The second is a simple braid. I used multiple strands for each color to make the bracelet thicker.

The third I just used different beads on multiple strands. Make your closure loop and tape it to the table and start stringing in the beads.


I didn’t string the whole length so the colored string would still be visible.


Embroidery Hoop Frames/Billboard

There are a lot of pushpin embroidery hoop DIYs, but I didn’t have all the materials – fabric, corkboard or styrofoam, and there was lots of gluing involved. Instead, I opted for a simple one using string.

What you need:

  1. String in your desired colors
  2. Embroidery hoops (Got these t DMC in Megamall)
  3. Washi tape (optional)
  4. Scissors

Step 1: Unscrew the outer hoop from the inner hoop. Get your string and wind it around your palm, enough for several rounds around your hoop, and cut (This is so you won’t have to loop the whole ball of string which would be too big when you’ve got a web of string with small spaces). Take the inner hoop and tie one end of the string.

Step 2: Start winding the string around the hoop, in a criss-cross manner. When nearing the end of your string, try to bring it back to where you made your initial knot so you can tie the ends together to secure.

Step 3: Repeat Step 1 and 2 with a different color string. Repeat if you’re using multiple hoops. Screw back the outer and inner hoops. You should have a webby thing.

Step 4: Cover the outer hoop edges with washi tape – this is optional.


For multiple hoops, tie them together. You can end here and use it as wall art:


Or use it as a billboard, stringing in photos, lists, or keepsakes into the web:


I got these cute Rilakumma wooden clips from my sister-in-law Jac:


Loving the messy webby look!





Hope you enjoy these stringy DIYs as much as I did!


– Jo


6 comments on “Stringy DIYs: Bracelets & Embroidery Hoop Photo Frames

  1. catcantada
    July 5, 2013


  2. Melanie
    July 5, 2013

    I LOVE the third bracelet. I’ve seen so many of those all around the fashion world lately, but they’re so expensive and hard to find. Knowing that I can easily make my own lifts a huge weight off my shoulders! Thank you!

    • Scissors & Synths
      July 5, 2013

      Thanks, Melanie! i hope you get to try making it. Let me know how it turns out 🙂

      • Melanie
        July 6, 2013

        I totally will! Thanks again for the awesome idea!

  3. olive
    July 5, 2013

    nice! I’ll give you more beads. by the way, i chose the clips for you but Mike and Jac paid for it:)

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