DIY Gifts for the holidays

Running out of ideas for holiday gifts?

A homemade gift holds bigger sentiment than a purchased gift. These DIY gifts can also be combined with a Ming Wang jacket for an extra special touch.

Ming Wang Wrap Bracelet
You will need:
Beads or pearls (various sizes)
Twine String in black (or any color that matches the Ming Wang jacket)
Toggle clasp

Get started by measuring the twine string around your wrist about 3-4 times; make sure you add about 5 extra inches to the length. Arrange your pearls in the order and pattern that you want them in. We arranged ours by playing with the different sizes and colors. Take your twine string and tie it securely on one side of the toggle clasp, we like to use at least 3 knots to secure it. Now you’re ready to start your bracelet!

Start stringing the pearls in the order that you arranged it. At the end of your pattern, tie a knot to keep the pearls from sliding around. Measure about an inch of twine string and make a knot, then string your pattern again. Repeat this until you get to the end of the twine string. Wrap the bracelet around your wrist again and measure where the end will be. Tie that end to the other toggle clasp, and you’re done!

Now you have a matching bracelet to go with the Ming Wang jacket, or make one for yourself for your favorite jacket! Added bonus: this can also double as a necklace.

Ming Wang Ribbon Necklace
You will need:
Chain necklace
Ribbons of different colors (or any color that matches the Ming Wang jacket)
Scissors

Repurpose an old chain necklace you’re not using anymore with this easy trick. Depending on how big the loops of your chains are, you can use 2-3 different color ribbons.

Start by measuring each of the ribbon colors to the length of the chain and then double that length. Gather your ribbons and tie a knot on one end. Now you can begin braiding. Don’t tie a not yet; loop the untied end onto your necklace starting from the first loop next to the closures. Then start looping the braid into every other chain loop till you get to the other end of the necklace. Tie a knot to secure it from falling out and cut off any excess ribbon. Now you have a brand new necklace that you can give as a gift (or keep for yourself)! You can also try this project on a bracelet.

Note: Images for this project had bad lighting so will add images as soon as I re-take them. Here is an image of the finished necklace.

Now the only thing you need is to decide whether or not you want to give them as gifts or keep them for yourself!

I’d love to see what you made, so share your images with me!

-Carolyn