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LDS Temple bracelet, great Super Saturday craft idea

Some of you may know that I am LDS. I love my religion and love going to visit the temple. They are the most beautiful, peaceful buildings I have ever been in. Here is a link to a video that explains the blessings of the temple if you area curious. This is not meant as a preachy post, I simply wanted to lay out where this post is coming from.

When you go to the temple and do what we call a session (where you go through as proxy for someone who has already passed on) you are a given a card with a name of the person you are going through for on it. I always end up sticking it in my pocket and not being able to find it. Frustrating! I love having it where I can get to it easily if needed. That is where this bracelet comes from.

This post is a little photo heavy, but they are important to see the steps.

You will need:

*These are not the exact supplies I used, but are similar

jewelry wire

(not sure what gauge I had because I already had it and the label was gone)

jump rings

toggle clasp

crimping beads

bulldog clip

white or clear beads

needle nose pliers

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Begin by cutting a length of wire. Cut it longer than you need to give yourself plenty of room to work with. Also get your beads out and set them in the pattern you think you want. Play with it until it looks the way you like. Than you will be ready to string them on your wire. I suggest using some smaller beads on the ends. It helps blend the crimping beads in.

Once you have your wire cut get one end of your toggle clasp out. Also grab 2 of your crimping beads (if they are short. Some are longer, if so get one) and slip them on the wire followed by the toggle clasp. Leave a couple inches of wire at the end. Once the toggle clasp is on, string the end of the wire through the crimping beads. Put the crimping beads right up next to the toggle clasp. Now use your pliers and crimp the crimping beads so the wire is trapped. Do not trim the end of that wire. Now you can start stringing your beads. Simply take your wire and string the beads on the long wire as well as the small, leftover piece. It won’t even show. I did clip a little bit off after those 3 small beads below.

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Now string on your beads, but stop half way. It is time to add your bulldog clip. Put the clip on a jump ring and slide the jump ring on the wire.

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Continue stringing your beads on until you are to the end.

Once you are at the end it is time to secure the other end of the toggle clasp to your wire. But before you do that,make sure that the bracelet is neither too small or too large. Everyone’s preferences are different so measure it to the length you want. Don’t clip the wire to that exact length, leave some so you can string it just as you did the other side.

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Now that you have it strung through and crimped put it through a couple of the beads and trim off the rest.

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I love the way they turned out and that now I don’t have to feel like a grade schooler when I pull my card out of my pocket all wrinkled up haha!

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Are you LDS? How do you store your card during a session?

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christmas make a word

 

 

Hope you are all able to spend the day with family and friends.  While you are busy getting your last minute things done for Christmas here is a fun FREE PRINTABLE Christmas Make A Word  game for the kids to play.  Well adults can play it too if they want.  You can play it alone or with a group.  The object of the Christmas Make A Word games is to see how many words you can make out of the word Christmas.  Use the letters o create new words, and start your list. You can time yourself, race someone else or just do it at your own pace.   Hope you enjoy this fun FREE printable, be sure and save it or pin it on Pinterest  so you can play it again next year.

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Snowman Toilet paper Christmas “Card”~ Thrifty Neighbor Gift

Looking for something thrifty, different, and fun to give your neighbors this year?  Or something to leave the mailman, paper boy and garbage man?  With how thrifty this craft is, you could make one for everyone that has ever done anything for you for next to nothing! Not to mention giving them a little chuckle at the same time!  Sounds pretty good, right?

Introducing the first ever “toilet paper Christmas card”.  You read that right.  Attached is a little note that says;

” Money is tight

And times are hard,

So we are giving you this

Instead of a card.

Hang over or under

Whichever is pleasin’

And remember we wish you

A great Holiday Season!”

Silly right?  You don’t normally encourage people to wipe with your Christmas card, but why not ;)?

You will need:

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Roll of toilet paper

Gallon size Ziploc bag

 ribbon (Curling ribbon or fabric ribbon either is fine)

glue stick

orange paper

googly eyes

black paper

hole punch

Poem attached to some cute Christmas paper

I created a printable of the poem. If you would like to size it to a 4 x 6 size, or whatever size you want you can open it in a free program like Picasa.  That will then give you the choice as to which size to print it.  I have used Picasa for years, and it is very easy to learn and use.

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Begin by sticking your toilet paper inside the Ziploc bag.  I then trimmed the zip top off of mine.  I like the look of having it tied with a ribbon.

Glue on your googly eyes.  Cut out an orange “carrot” whatever size you want.  Cut 4 round stones for the mouth.  Attach all of those with glue.  Print off your poem and glue it to some cute Christmas paper.  Punch a hole so you can stick the ribbon through it.  Tie that to the top so that it is sealed tightly.

There you have it!  Almost as easy as filling out a card, right?  I guarantee this one won’t be thrown away or forgotten anytime soon!

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printable nativiaty set

I found these adorable printable puppets for the Nativity.  Perfect for little ones learning about the story of Jesus.  I plan to print these off for my kids tonight for family night and have the kids put on a play of the story of Jesus birth. You can also find a cute song to go along with these printable Nativity sets.

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