DIY Twine Bow Ring & Knot Ring


As I was re-organizing my craft supplies last week, I found a bottle of fabric stiffener that I had never used, and completely forgotten about- it felt like finding a bill in your pocket! I immediately got started and made two rings, two bangles, and a necklace, all out of different materials. I'm excited to show you how I made them, and hope you will enjoy (some of) them. I'm kicking it off with the two rings: a DIY twine bow ring and a simple knot ring made out of string.

DIY TWINE BOW RING


Supplies:
  • Fabric stiffener
  • Paintbrush
  • Short strand of twine (approx. 6")
  • Gold (or any other color) spray paint, or liquid gold leaf
  • Cylindrical or tubular object (such as a pen) with a circumference similar to the circumference of your finger  
  • Optional: clear nail polish and/or acrylic varnish


1. Find a cylindrical (or tubular) object with a circumference similar to the circumference of your finger. I used a glue stick. I think a white board pen could work great as well. A good way to find the right object is to use one of your rings and try it on various cylindrical or tubular objects until you find one that fits.

2. Cut a strand of twine. I like to use a longer piece (about 6") as you can always make it shorter, but you can't make it longer.

3. Tie a bow around the cylindrical object, as you would with a gift. Cut the ends off.

4. Use a paintbrush to apply fabric stiffener all over the twine. Let dry, then remove from the cylindrical object. Drying time is quite long- mine took about 10 hours.

5.  Spray paint it in gold (or any color you fancy), or dip it into liquid gold leaf. Let dry.

6. Optional: once it's dry, add a layer of clear nail polish or acrylic varnish.



DIY STRING KNOT RING

Supplies: 

  • Fabric stiffener 
  • Paintbrush 
  • Short strand of string (approx. 5") 
  • Gold (or any other color) spray paint, or liquid gold leaf 
  • Cylindrical or tubular object (such as a pen) with a circumference similar to the circumference of your finger 
  • Optional: clear nail polish and/or acrylic varnish




This ring is inspired by Alex Monroe, whose jewelry always amazes me.

1. Find a cylindrical (or tubular) object with a circumference similar to the circumference of your finger. I used a glue stick. I think a white board pen could work great as well. A good way to find the right object is to use one of your rings and try it on various cylindrical or tubular objects until you find one that fits.

2. Cut a strand of string. I like to use a longer piece (about 5") as you can always make it shorter, but you can't make it longer.

3. Tie a simple knot around the cylindrical object. Cut the ends off.

4. Use a paintbrush to apply fabric stiffener all over the twine. Let dry, then remove from the cylindrical object. Drying time is quite long- mine took about 10 hours.

5. Spray paint it in gold (or any color you fancy), or dip it into liquid gold leaf. Let dry.

6. Optional: once it's dry, add a layer of clear nail polish or acrylic varnish.

Voilà, quick and easy! If you don't count the interminable drying time, they really take 5 minutes to make, and don't require much supplies or skills. Hope you enjoy them!

20 comments:

  1. Cute! =)

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  2. I love this. How stiff do they get? Are they still a bit bendy afterward?

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    1. Thank you! I used a very thin twine for the bow ring, and it's indeed still a bit bendy, but quite sturdy. I've tried to take it off and put it back on a dozen times in a row to test it out, and so far so good. For the simple knot ring, I used a slightly thicker twine. This one turned out very stiff, not bendy at all.

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  3. what an awesome idea! going to try this weekend ;)

    Anna xx
    Little Pretty Mess

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    1. Thank you Anna! Hope you'll have fun making them :)

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  4. Anonymous10/29/2013

    You must forgive my ignorance, but I don't know what fabric stiffener is. Could you tell me his tradename?
    I love your blog and I'm looking forward to try to do this project. :-)

    Regards from Spain
    Lucía

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    1. Hi Lucia,

      It's simply a product that hardens fabric. It looks a bit like liquid glue. I think it's called "endurecedor de tela" in Spanish. You can find some here for example: http://es.opitec.com/opitec-web/articleNumber/478195

      Hope this helps!

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  5. Such a clever idea, Clemence. The metallic paint gives an elegant look to common twine!

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  6. oh my god, how much easier does it get ??? ! Amazing, thank you for the tips :)

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  7. oh this is so pretty and easy!

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  8. Anonymous11/02/2013

    This is a lovely idea, and it's so easy to make too. I think i might even try making it by myself :)
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  9. I love both - so easy and pretty!

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  10. Looks awesome & much more expensive than it actually is ;)

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  11. Awesome! perfect for birthday gift :)

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  12. Hey there,

    such a cute idea:)
    What is the brand of fabric stiffener you used by chance?

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    1. Thank you! The brand I used is Powertex. Worked great!

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  13. These would make good wedding rings for Hand-fasting Ceremonies.Cute.

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  14. This is such a cute idea!

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