Harry Potter Charm Bracelet

“Anyway — Harry,” said the giant, turning his back on the Dursleys, “a
very happy birthday to yeh. Got summat fer yeh here — I mighta sat on
it at some point, but it’ll taste all right.”
From an inside pocket of his black overcoat he pulled a slightly
squashed box. Harry opened it with trembling fingers. Inside was a
large, sticky chocolate cake with Happy Birthday Harry written on it in
green icing.
~JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

I’ve become obsessed with charm bracelets, ever since I made the swim team bracelet for Summer Swim Team Swag.  They are fun to make, and conceptualize, and fun to wear.  You can make one for almost any event or use any theme.  With that in mind, did you remember that today is Harry Potter’s Birthday?  Well, it is!  And we are big Harry Potter fans around here.  With the exception of the first 3 books, I read and finished every single Harry Potter book on its release date.  (Have I mentioned that I’m a freakishly fast reader?)  I love the books, and have read them almost as much as I have read the Lord of the Rings.  The Frog is also a fan of Harry Potter too, and has been Harry Potter for Halloween for 3 years.  I figured that I could wear this when we go trick-or-treating this year.
My Mom Made That: Harry Potter Charm Bracelet

To make this bracelet, you’ll use the same steps that I used in my previous charm bracelet, but used a collection of Harry Potter charms including a castle for Hogwarts, a lighten bolt for Harry’s scar, a dragon for the Hungarian Horntail in book 4, the Deathly Hallows symbol, a book for a spell book (or the Monster Book of Monsters), a tiara for Ravenclaw’s diadem, Ron’s nemesis– spiders, a snake for Voldemort’s pet Nagini, and for Salazar Slytherin, a tree for the Whomping Willow, the Sorting Hat, a letter for that first acceptance letter to Hogwarts, a frog for Neville’s pet toad Trevor, and an owl for Hedwig (and all the other wizarding owls.)

My Mom Made That: Harry Potter Charm Bracelet

I used the same basic design and techniques that I used for my swim team charm bracelet. I started by systematically spacing all of the charms. This bracelet has a fair number of charms on it. After putting all of the charms onto the bracelet, I added one bead into every link. I used the colors of Hogwart’s houses: Yellow, Blue, Green and Red.  I love how full it ended up being and how cute it looks.  I’ve got quite a few themed bracelets up my sleeves now, so expect to see them again!

Oh, and lest I forget; Happy Birthday Harry!

Sport Fan Pendants {Summer Swim League Swag}

My Mom Made That: Sports Fan Pendant
Well, the summer swimming season is winding to a close.  Frog has one meet left this season (the “Big” one, in fact!), and then he’ll have a brief break from swimming.  He has been doing very well, and  I love watching how excited he gets when he is swimming with his friends.   I ended up making pendants for both of us last week to accompany his paracord bracelets, and my charm bracelet.  I received a lot of compliments about the necklace from other parents, and I was delighted with how easy the pendants were to make and how easily they could be personalized with anyone’s favorite team or mascot.
My Mom Made That: Summer Swim Leauge Button
I had a pendant kit that came with the 1″ pendants and the 1″ glass domes.  It had a selection of black and chrome pendants.  I thought Frog would find the black to be more manly.  He enjoys wearing manly necklaces that include things like arrowheads, shark teeth or dog tags, so I was hoping that this one would also appeal to him.  This is a super quick and easy project, and I was able to make both pendants in under 30 minutes.  It took a bit longer to dry, but I did them after Frog went to bed one night, so they were ready to wear in the morning!

After you find and save your team logo as a jpg file, and print it out, you’ll need to get it into the pendant.  The first step is to punch out your mascot or sports’ team shape with a 1″ punch, so you get a nice smooth fit in the pendant case.  I’m sure that most everyone knows this tip, but its much easier to get the punch perfectly positioned if you turn the paper over, so you can see the shape in the opening.

My Mom Made That: Sport Fan Pendant

Once you’ve gotten the logo or mascot punched out, you use a little diamond glaze to get the pendant put together using the punched logo, the glass dome and the pendant.  Once you’ve glued it together, you set it aside to dry.  I left them to dry over night.

My Mom Made That: Sport Fan Pendant Necklace

Then to accent mine, I got out some black and red beads and attached them to head pins. I didn’t think Frog would like these details, so I left them off of his.

My Mom Made That: Sports' Fan Pendant

After I had a red one and a black one (those are his team’s colors), I attached them to my largest jump ring.  The next morning when everything had dried, I strung the pendants and the jump ring onto ball chains.  Frog was delighted when he woke up, and has been wearing his ever since!

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Fan Charm Bracelet Tutorial {Summer Swim League Swag}

I was lucky enough to be able to have a guest post over at Alderberry Hill a couple of weeks ago!   I’m just starting to get my feet wet with jewelry making, but I’ve always loved charms and beads. When I was a little girl, my mother had this beautiful silver charm bracelet that she got on her sixteenth birthday, and I loved to take it out of her jewelry box and admire it.  I always wanted one just like hers, but never had one.  However, this summer is my chance!  I made my own charm bracelet!

My Mom Made That: Summer Swim Leauge Button

As you probably know from my other Swim League Swap posts, swimming is big in the months of May and June around here.  Frog is a swimmer, and not being much of an athlete, I am a big sports mom!  I love being able to get out there and cheer for him.  Watching your child compete is a thrill of excitement and fear unlike anything else I’ve ever experienced.  I wanted to make some cool swag that I could wear to show my support of Frog’s swimming prowess, so I made a Swim Team Fan Charm Bracelet for myself!  This project can be personalized and tailored to any sport, just change up the team colors, and charms you use.

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Paracord Survival Bracelets {Summer Swim League Swag}

Well, I’ve finally found a crafty hobby that has a large following of boys and men: Paracord Survival Bracelets!   When I decided to teach myself some of the basic paracord bracelet weaving techniques, I discovered dozens of tutorials made by men!  Now that I’ve made a few, I’m obsessed as well.  They are manly friendship bracelets.  Seriously, I looked into why the military might use them, and why they were being sold in my local Boy Scout shops, and I learned a bit about their history.  Paracord is extremely durable and strong cording, but it is also very lightweight.  It is always good to have a length of rope on you in case of an emergency, so paracord bracelets were a way for the military to easily carry several yards of strong cording with them.  There are dozens of different patterns and knotting techniques that you can use to make these bracelets, and I ended up making 3 different bracelets for the Frog.  I made them in his team colors, so that they would match his other swim league swag.
My Mom Made That: Paracord Survival Bracelets in Child's Team Colors
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Swim Bag Tag

Summer swim league is a big deal around here.  (“Here” being my house.)  We plan our summer around summer swim league.  MM doesn’t see the appeal of spending 6 hours every Tuesday night at the pool watching children swim 25 yards, but after 6 years, summer swim league is a staple of my summer.  I have watched Frog progress from a kid who struggled to make it down the length of the pool on his back to a child to earns lots of point for his team.  I am the ultimate swim mom!

My Mom Made That: Swim Bag Tag

Frog swims year round, and the swimming that he does from September to May is technically competitive and monitored by US Swimming, etc.  It is strict and official and trains him to swim in bigger and more important events.  I’ll let you in on a little secret though– he only swims because of summer swim league.  He likes to win at the summer swim meets!

My Mom Made That: Summer Swim Leauge Button
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