I am completely having a mental breakdown over these Easy Spring Cuffs! As is the case with most of my life, I begin with the best of intentions and often get lost along the way. This project was intended to help transport my friends out of the long and weary winter we’ve been having. Unfortunately, instead of showering the sweet ladies in my life with 100% Love, I’ve decided not to let any of these Spring Cuffs leave the house without me! To make matters worse, I clearly need to update my wardrobe to find some bright new blouses to match. If all you can think about too is the promise of Spring, come along with me to self-indulgence alley…
For me, rain serves one purpose, and one purpose only. That is to fill up the Lake! Now that there is plenty of water for boats to float, it would be nice if Winter could find another place to chill. Snowflakes are still falling as we speak, but I am moving forward anyway. Inspired by our trip to Butchart Gardens in Victoria, British Columbia last year, I created these Easy Spring Cuffs hoping to put some pop in to a Spring here.
Want to hear something crazy? The dark flowers in this last picture above smell like chocolate – no joke! I’ve never seen (ahem… smelled?) anything like them before. Okay, I know, slight sidetrack. More pictures of beautiful Butchart Gardens and our lovely trip to Canada later on in the post. I want to make sure you can easily access the steps and supplies to make your own Easy Spring Cuffs!
Easy Spring Cuffs
What you will need:
- Dimensions Feltworks Flower, Mini Ball, 6-Pack (I found mine at Michaels, but they are available online at Amazon as well)
- Blank cuff bracelet (I used this adjustable Bead Landing one from Michaels)
- Flat mosaic glass gems (I used the ArtMinds brand from Michaels. There are lots of different color packages to choose from)
- Gorilla Super Glue, 15 g (Honestly, I have been dying to use Gorilla Glue ever since I heard about it, because the name is so clever and I am easily impressed! You can find it available at a lot of places).
- Glue dots (If you want to try out different color combinations before securing to your cuff. Here is an Amazon link to them – Glue Dots)
Place a removable glue dot in the center of your cuff.
Choose a felt flower to start with and attach it to your cuff. There are two sides to the flowers. You will want to have the side with the smaller flower center facing up. Here are some fun color combos to try.
Choose two matching glass gems. Attach on either side of the felt flower with removable glue dots. Try it on and see if you like it.
Once you are happy with your color combination, turn each piece over and, one at a time, add a drop of Gorilla Glue. Hold in place for 10-30 seconds. Repeat with the glass gems on each side.
That’s it! Simply stunning and even a Windlasse can handle it. Below are the ones I made, and I am keeping them all to myself. Is my only-childness starting to show? Maybe I should try to tuck that in a bit. 🙂
I think they could be easily gifted too, but as you know that’s not the route I took.
If making cuff bracelets just looks like too much work for you, maybe head straight to Victoria, B.C. and get your taste of Spring there? If so, you can’t go wrong with a stay at the Oak Bay Beach Hotel on the other side of town. It’s definitely worth the extra 10 minute drive for their amazing views, great service, and seaside mineral baths!
We found this wonderful little bakery in Oak Bay for breakfast called Pure Vanilla.
Okay, well, I think I have probably distracted you enough for the day! I’ll sign off with a few more pictures of Victoria, B.C., including my favorite, the Little Canadian Water Taxi That Could. 🙂
P.S. If you made it this far in to the post, check out the lady seated behind my Mother and Sister-In-Law. Don’t you think we need that adorable hat? Oh Canada, how I love thee!