Just in time for Mothers’ Day, here’s a craft idea from Tracey Beard (MOPS Maroochy, QLD) perfect for mums to make either for themselves or as gifts for their own mothers. Thanks for the inspiration Tracey, these look gorgeous!
If you can’t get your hands on lightweight Japanese paper, you can cover your wooden bangles with other papers or strips of fabric.
You can also go one step further and dress them up with braid, beads and buttons, and make the finished bangles as simple or as decorative as you like.
These unfinished wooden bangles are available from craft stores in various sizes and widths. But, as an alternative, you could try giving an old bangle a second life. Or buy a bunch from a second-hand shop and cover them instead.
- Japanese or lightweight paper – from art and craft stores such as Eckersley’s (you can usually find these papers in packs of various colours and patterns or you can purchase by the sheet)
- Unfinished 40mm-wide wooden bangles – from Spotlight or Lincraft (Shamrock Craft and MyBangle unfinished wooden bangles)
- Mod Podge Matte or Gloss – most craft stores like Spotlight (we used Gloss)
You’ll also need:
Ruler; 2 wooden skewers or chopsticks; small soft paintbrush; scissors; pencil
Cut paper into strips. To cover a 40mm-wide bangle, cut eighteen 80 x 20mm paper strips. To work out paper length for other bangles, measure width of bangle and add an extra 40mm (20mm fold-over for either side).
Paint Mod Podge all over bangle, inside and out. Place strip on outside of bangle and wrap ends inside. Press and flatten paper over bangle. Apply Mod Podge all over paper, and on bangle to one side of strip in preparation for next strip.
Lay second strip of paper, overlapping first by 5mm, and flatten over bangle, wrapping ends inside. Apply more glue and continue wrapping and gluing strips until entire bangle is covered.
Paint both inside and outside surfaces with a generous coat of Mod Podge. Sit bangle on 2 parallel skewers or chopsticks and allow to dry. Once dry, apply a second generous coat (not really necessary though).
Source: Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens