January 30, 2008

Ornament Thursday: Sweet Sounds

Sweet Sounds
What is sweeter than a mix CD for your Valentine? A yummy gift box in which to present it, filled with candy themed decorations, including a cute bracelet and cell phone charm!

1 12mm red heart porcelain charm
1 15mm pink and white porcelain cupcake charm
42 size 8 white lined transparent red seed beads
43 size 8 white ceylon seed beads
1 4.5 x 12mm sterling silver lobster clasp
2 4.8mm sterling silver jump ring
2 2mm sterling silver crimp tubes
12” .018 49-strand nylon-coated flexible beading wire
1 7mm ring cell phone cord
1 5½"x5"x ½” rose paper CD briefcase box
12 inches 33mm chocolate woven ribbon
1 2 oz bottle Americana acrylic dimensional paint writer
9 3/8” red heart brads
1 roll ½” permanent double sided tape
Chain-nose pliers
Round-nose pliers
Wire cutters
Craft Knife

To make the bracelet, string a crimp tube onto the beading wire. Thread the end of the wire through a jump ring and back through the crimp and pull tight. Flatten the crimp with your chain nose pliers. Trim the wire to about ¼ inch.

Starting with a white seed bead, alternate the white and red seed beads one by one until you reach your desired length. Slide a few seed beads over the trimmed end of the wire to cover it. String on a crimp tube and thread the end of the wire through the lobster claw clasp. Thread the wire back through the crimp and a few of the beads and pull the wire firmly. Flatten the crimp and trim the wire.

Open a jump ring and attach to the heart charm. Close the ring. String the ring onto the bracelet. Slide the cupcake charm onto the ring of the cell phone charm.

Assemble the paper box and mark lightly with a pencil a line about ½ inch above the bottom of the box. This is the line that the bottom of the ribbon will follow. Un-assemble the box and lay flat. Line the edges of the ribbon with the double-sided tape. Set the ribbon along the line, centering the design as you please. Wrap the ribbon around the edge of the front of the box. Trim the ribbon inside and tape the edges down firmly.

Re-assemble the box and lightly draw the dot, circle, and squiggle designs that decorate the front of the box. Un-assemble the box and use the acrylic writer to draw in the designs. Allow the paint to dry overnight.

With your pencil, mark the lid of the box for placement of the red heart brads. With the tip of a craft knife, poke small holes in the marked areas for the brads. Insert the brads and flare out the ends to secure them in place. Cut a small notch in the top of the handle and use the cell phone charm to attach the bracelet to the gift box handle, anchoring it at the notch. Insert a CD into a jewel case and close the box…it’s ready for gift giving!

Ceramic charms by Earthenwood Studio, Ribbon: J Caroline Creative, Paint, tape, and brads: Joann Fabrics, CD box: Bayley’s Boxes, All other supplies: Fusion Beads

Check out ALL the Ornament Thursday Links here!

Ornament Thursday Blog January is coming to an end and Valentine's Day is looming on the horizon. Whether you wish to shower the people you love with love or show yourself a little well deserved affection, the Ornament Thursday Gang has a bevy of beautiful ideas to inspire you!

Art Bead Scene The designers at Art Bead Scene have two jewelry love stories for you! Elaine Ray links together a little love with her ceramic heart components while Melanie Brooks Lukacs tells a little tale of romance in a Gothic Garden

Cindy Gimbrone Beads Cindy's Love Story is about a hook and beads

Hali's Blog Hali's flowers of love in Ancient Bulgarian. Two paintings in stylized Cyrillic spell out L-U-V.

Heart mobile painted paper pulp hearts

Humblebeads Heather shares her favorite bracelet design in a Valentine inspired color scheme.

Jennifer Heynen of Jangles Jennifer has made a fun "Ornament" for her neck that looks good enought to eat.

Joolz by Lisa This "Love Story" will last all year long! Lisa shares how beads and books work together.

Katie's Beading Blog Here's a happy little heart project for you - use it to embellish a bag or your jeans, or as inspiration for a necklace or bracelet.

Kriss Cramer - Art Interrupted Grow Love! Nuture and care for your loved ones every day. Use this heartfelt book, you can make yourself, to remind you of all the love you have to give.

Linda Augsburg at Make It Mine magazine Linda's love story project is a dress she embellished by stenciling dancers and a big band along the hem. Read why and learn how to do it yourself on the Make It Mine blog.

Michelle's Love Story... The band is getting back together again! Ornament Thursday celebrates the story of love...

Savvy Crafter Candie's love affair with big rings continue...she's making her own now! Love Stories and more over at the Savvy Crafter! XOXO!

Snap out of it, Jean! There's beading to be done! Ah, Love ! This satirical creation of Jean's immortalizes certain women's profound affecton for their ... handbags!!!

Strands of Beads Love speaks many languages. Learn how to say "I Love You" in an untraditional way with Melissa Lee's whimsical jewelry project.

SwellDesigner Alexa shares with you her truly swell and punny Valentines!

The Impatient Blogger Love is in the air at The Impatient Blogger! Margot shares two vintage inspired jewelry designs that are oozing with romance...in a good way!


  1. i just love this whole set - thank you for sharing! =)

  2. Original, as always! I love it (I'd have a hard time giving it away, though...)

  3. Perfect for Valentine's Day!

  4. Hand it over! It's WAY cute!!!!!

    Geesh! I love it!

  5. Oh, wow...my daughter would love this! And I'd never have the patience...

  6. I love your multiple gifts in one projects, they are just too clever! this one is so cute.

  7. You're so clever with your gift/package projects. I love it, especially the cd holder. How cute is that!?

    Jennifer Jangles

  8. Thank you everyone! I think I just wanted an excuse to play with puffy paint! YAY!

  9. SO creative! And so many good ideas in one posted project! As always, you rock!

  10. OMG, the cupcake cell phone charm stole my heart!

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  12. love the simplicity of that bracelet. super sweet (pun intended)