Sunday, May 15, 2011


If you follow my Facebook page (and if you don't... why?), you know that I don't get pre-approved  from fancy boutiques credit cards, but from the Home Depot.
Oh well, a girl need to shop!

When the hardware store meets beads.... here's what you get!


kabiri image from - collage by me

Kabiri's ombre bracelet retails at $88.00. 
$ 0.58/ft clear plastic hose internal ø 1/2" x 1/2 = $ 0.29
$ 0.50/each copper end pipe ø 1/2" x 2 = $ 1.00
$ 1.90/each beads x3 = $ 5.70 (and a ton left for next projects)
$ 1.50 clasp & jumprings (at the most)

--> grand total of  $ 8.49 <--

for less then 1/10 of the retail price, here you have another fun summer bling!

* drill a hole in the end caps, so you can wire a loop to add the jumprings & clasp
* glue gun one side of the hose into the end cap
* fill with beads of your color choice 
(I started with the pearl, then mix pearl with light blue, then light blue, then mix light blue with dark blue, then dark blue) 

* glue gun the other side of the hose into the other end cup

* you just saved about 80 bucks!
... you're welcome ;)

xox, d.

will link to these parties *<:)

You might have noticed, the end caps turned from copper to silver-ish.
I planned to spray paint them, but then I remembered that I had a bottle of 'liquid silver', and gave it a try. 
I don't know how long the silver plating will last, or how it's going to wear off. 
Anyway. For now silver is.


  1. I love all of your projects, but I extra love this one. Beautiful!

  2. What a neat bracelet! Yes, $88 is a bit ridiculous.

    I'm stopping by with some fun news for you today! The post you linked up last week has been nominated for the Best in Show award on my blog :)
    Be sure to come vote when you get a chance! Way to go!

  3. Oh man -- these are so cute! What a great job you did duplicating that ridiculously over-priced bracelet! Can't even tell the difference!

  4. This is so amazing D! I love it!

  5. perfect! Very nice and much better than spending 88 bucks on the other one!

  6. This is so.awesome. I love it! Definitely need to go to the hardware store and find this stuff now!

  7. I like yours even better because the end caps are more rustic.

  8. Just found your blog and LOVE this project. It turned out fabulous!

  9. Genius!

  10. proprio bello, bravissima!
    Non avevo mai visto questo braccialetto,mi piace proprio!
    Poi l'imbuto a forma di pinocchio è troppo simpatico!

  11. This turned out great! Actually-it would be an easy project to have kids help with-then they could "make" the present for their mom, grandma etc by choosing & pouring in the beads.

  12. This is absolutely fabulous! I love it and am feeling a trip to the Home Depot!

  13. Very original :)

  14. If you're wondering why I'm looking up your post from several months ago, it's because I just saw something similar in my Elle, September 2011 issue: a similar necklace by Salvatore Ferragamo. Makes me want to DIY this as a necklace. What do you think?
    LOVE,LOve LOVE your silver endcaps!!

  15. p.s.
    and yes, I bookmarked this post back in May as something to consider in the future.
    Actually, I used to have an excel file called DIY where I jotted down my inspirations, but now I use Pinterest.

  16. this one is cute! :D I would like to feature this on our blog too. Thank you so much for another great inspiration.


    1. Thank you!!! I'm your newest fan on your FB pages! xox, d.

  17. This is so so cool. And that is the cutest funnel ever! haha
    xx Tanya

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  20. Wow! Such a simple project but it had saved you $80 which is a considerably huge amount and you had fun while completing it too. What an amazing combo. All the plumbing fixtures are also easy to get at nearby neighbourhood hardware stores or by online means too. That is why I always seek alternatives before buying anything expensive. If I can DIY it myself, then I would not think twice about it and make a few pieces for myself and others while still spending below the retail price. Thanks for sharing this idea with us.

  21. You have some cute ideas, and I like this bangle particularly for its cheap price to create but also as it is so industrial looking and that’s a style I admire. I love to DIY and have tons of crafty bits and pieces in my garage/workroom at home, particularly plumbing parts. I’m sure I can find something similar there and have a go at something like this for myself. Many thanks for the inspiration.


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