June 12, 2014 12:00 AM | by Simone Heng
DIY Bimba & Lola Inspired Tribal Bangle
I know these are a few seasons back but I love the colours of these creations by Bimba and Lola. They inspired me to use my colourful embroidery thread remnants and some fab new supplies from Thailand in an interesting way!
When I was in Chiang Mai celebrating my 30th birthday, I went on a DIY mission with my cousin. She’s the uber-talented cake maker behind Charles and Violet and a great hobby photographer for my blog. Paula and I both love making things, it’s in our blood and lucky for us Chiang Mai is Thailand’s handicrafts capital. Just a stone’s throw from where we were staying at Le Méridien in Chiang Mai we discovered a whole host of craft and fabric stores where the locals go to buy supplies to make everything from table centerpieces to beautiful Buddhist offerings.
The cord I used for this bangle was found while I was mesmerised by two monks in bright orange walking around the store. I was so intrigued by them and of course, not allowed to take a photo of them (hence no photo here). The lengths of this cord (shown below) is dyed into several different colors and every time I look at the rainbow of color I am reminded of those monks.
What you will need:
Colored rhinestones, (mine are from Wander and Hunt), a cheap/old bangle, colorful embroidery thread, E6000 glue and some interesting thicker cord (like the stuff I got from Chiang Mai)
1. Begin by wrapping small sections of the bangle with embroidery thread, use the E6000 glue to bond it neatly to the bangle.
2. Now glue on the cord in addition.
3. Finally glue the rhinestones where you’d like them to sit.
So easy! I think the bangle looks great stacked with other DIY arm candy…but more on that other bracelet to come soon!