*MARCH* Art & Soul Beaded Watches

--Bar Watch face (www.beadalgo.com or www.goodybeads.com are both good sources)

--Jewelry elastic cord (Hobby Lobby, Michael's, JoAnn's)

--Beads of your choosing

--4 Lobster clasps per beaded band

--2 Jewelry spacer bars per beaded band

--Super glue


1. Cut a length of elastic cord that when doubled, is long enough to go around your wrist. Place a lobster clasp on it.

2. Add 2-3 beads after the lobster clasp, then add a second lobster clasp, facing the same way.

3. Pull the cord so that what you have already beaded is in the middle of the cord. Add your beads to each side--you may want to bead so that both sides match. Go about 1/3 of the desired length.

4. Add a spacer bar, looping each side of the cord into the spacer bar, then continue beading until you get to about 2/3 of the way through the length. Add another spacer bar here, and then finish your beading.
*It's easy to make your band too long! Don't forget the cord is stretchy and the watch face takes up space, also. So continue to check the length against your wrist.

5. Hold one end of the cord at the end of the beading. At the other end of the cord, after your beading, add another lobster clasp facing the same way as the ones on the other end.

6. Add your 2-3 beads, then the fourth and last lobster clasp.

7. Tie a TIGHT and secure knot with the cord after the fourth lobster clasp and the other end of the cord.

8. Add a drop of super glue to ensure your knot will not slip.

9. After the super glue is dried, cut off the loose and long ends of the cord.

10. You can now add your beaded watch band to the watch face with the lobster clasps.

11. Make multiple bands per watch face and enjoy switching them out!

Framed Initials (February Art and Soul Project)

Frame of your choice (Dollar Tree 8"x10" is what we used)
Paint or scrapbook paper to decoupage the frame
Paint brushes
Black initial of choice (we cut ours on our Cricut)
Triple Thick
Mod Podge if you are decoupaging
Embellishments of your choice
Ribbon to hang the frame from
Hot glue gun

1. Paint the top of your letter with triple thick. (can use mod podge, although not as glossy a finish, or any other paper glaze product).

2. Set letter aside, and take your frame apart. Either paint or decoupage the frame to your liking.

3. Glue the letter to the glass of the frame using triple thick.

4. Decorate around your letter with embellishments, using either mod podge or hot glue, depending on embellishments. Rub-on's work GREAT, as well as ribbon, buttons, stickers, etc.

5. Place the glass back into the frame.

6. Using your glue gun, place a ribbon (with or without bow) at the top of the frame for hanging.

7. OPTION: you can spell out a whole word, and hang letters together. OR, take a curtain rod, and hang the letters onto it to spell a word. If you choose the curtain rod, I'd make a loop of your ribbon at the top of the frame, then place onto the rod, and tie a bow at the top of the loop near the rod to secure.