I've been working on more project ideas for the women's retreat that I will be helping with in September. One of the ladies in charge reminded me that the project will need to be simple because the ladies will want to do a lot of talking and will likely not pay attention to a bunch of different steps. The burlap flowers are fairly simple, but I don't think they're simple enough for my audience. Plus, they're kind of messy. Our retreat is at a hotel on Mackinac Island, which means that we need to have something that won't make a mess for the staff to clean up, or worse, for us to be charged a fee for.
My next idea (and one that I'm pretty sure we'll go with) is water bottle bracelets.
I like these first of all because they are a wonderful repurposing project. The main things needed for them are a water bottle and repurposed fabric of some sort. The peach one is from a T-shirt, and the white flowered one is from an old pair of pajama pants.
Secondly, they're simple. All I did was cut the water bottle and wrap fabric around it, hot gluing a bit along the way. I used a piece of velcro to make a closure for each bracelet.
Thirdly, many things can be done to embellish them. With the peach one, I cut out ovals of various sizes and hot glued them on, one on top of the other. For the flowered bracelet, I used a strip of the PJ fabric to make a rosette and then hot glued it.
And that's that. I think I have a winner for the retreat. I plan on showing the ladies in charge this week to get their input.
I'm linking the bracelets here: