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Upcycled Painted Cross-Stitch Cuff

Don’t throw away that empty roll of Duck Tape! Upcycle into something super fashionable.

Painted Cross-Stitch Cuff made from upcycled materialsEver since I made my Painted Cross-Stitch Dress last spring I’ve been pretty obsessed with all things faux cross-stitch. I’m always excited when another opportunity arises to create more!

I tend to hoard things rather than throw them out if I think I could possibly reuse them in some way. I keep a basket in my craft space for just such items. Can you tell what this upcycled painted cross-stitch cuff once was? It’s one of my favorite things to repurpose!

Painted Cross-Stitch Cuff made from upcycled materialsIt’s an empty duct tape roll! Did you know they are the perfect size to wear as a bracelet? I never throw them out when I get to the end of a roll.

So Soft Fabric Paint in Bright Coral
So Soft Fabric Paint in Bright Avocado
So Soft Fabric Paint in White
Small-tipped paintbrush
Canvas shelf liner
Empty duct tape roll
Wet adhesive

Painted Cross-Stitch Cuff made from upcycled materialsI chose this canvas shelf liner over regular fabric because it gives the bracelet a little more weight AND it’s water resistant, so if it gets wet you don’t have to worry about it penetrating through to the cardboard.

Take off unused tape from the roll (all that was left was the tape directly adhered to the cardboard). Measure and trim a piece of the shelf liner that will wrap around the roll with just a slight overlap and the top and bottom will overlap as well on the inside of the roll.

Adhere liner to the outside of the roll with the wet adhesive of your choice. I suggest Beacon’s 3-in-1, Fabri-Fix, or E6000. I would not recommend a hot glue gun because it may melt the plastic on the shelf liner.

Fold over one side of the liner and adhere to the inside of the roll. Smooth out any wrinkles. Repeat with the other side.

Painted Cross-Stitch Cuff made from upcycled materialsFigure out what pattern you want to paint onto the bracelet and draw it out. I have this handy little graph paper pad from Target that I use for small projects like this.

Start roughly in the middle of the pattern and begin painting small x’s on the bracelet.

Don’t worry if you mess up the pattern. No one will ever know. Just keep working.
Don’t worry if you cannot fit the entire pattern on the bracelet. Now one will ever know.
Can you see where I messed up? Did you notice that I can’t fit the bottom two lines of the pattern onto the bracelet? I bet no on both counts!

Once your first color is dry, being filling in the other colors. To create the lighter pink color I mix a 2:1 ratio of the Bright Coral and White fabric paints.

Painted Cross-Stitch Cuff made from upcycled materialsAllow the paint several hours to completely dry.

Now you have a brand new piece of unique jewelry, and it barely cost a thing! I don’t know about you, but that is my favorite kind of jewelry.

Painted Cross-Stitch Cuff made from upcycled materialsNo more throwing out empty Duck Tape rolls, y’all!!


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Alice V-DIYerfy

Thursday 21st of March 2019

this is a really cool idea to upcycle something into jewelry. Thanks for linking this post with us at #OMHGWW!

Frugal Hausfrau

Tuesday 14th of June 2016

This is cute! I wonder if it could be coated with something! Thanks for sharing with us on Throwback Thursday!


Lisa @ Fun Money Mom

Thursday 9th of June 2016

How cute! Thanks so much for sharing your fun project with us at Share The Wealth Sunday!


Monday 6th of June 2016

How clever! I love the idea of painting cross stitch...your bracelet is gorgeous!


Monday 6th of June 2016

What a beautiful bracelet! It looks like you actually stitched the cross stitch. And I love that you used the empty tape roll.

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