Upcyled Button Bracelet




I am not one of those jewelry making people.  I usually don't like to commit my crafting time to one thing and don't want to spend the money on all the supplies. BUT. I have a whole box of vintage buttons I got at a yard sale several years ago and was trying to find a way to use some of them.

I came across this idea from kittycatsandairplanes.blogspot.com.  She showed how easy it was to make this bracelet. So I decided to try my hand at it for a few holiday gifts.  I think I will rummage around some thrift stores for some vintage charms to add in here and there to dress it up a bit more, but I do like it as is.

Here's how I did it:
Time: approximately 1 hour

Supplies:
Chain long enough to fit wrist (7 inches is about average)
Clasp
50 buttons (approximately)
50 jumps rings (approximately)
One needle nose pliers













Directions:
Cut chain to desired length. Open a jump ring and use it to attach clasp to one end. Use needle nose pliers to close jump ring. Add a jump ring to other end of chain.









Open a jump ring and slide a button through it:










Slide one end of  the open jump ring through the first link of the bracelet and close jump ring. You now have your first one done!
I added a button to every single link, making sure to do the next one on the opposite side. This will help make the bracelet look fuller and avoid spots looking more sparse then others.   Continue filling bracelet. Any kind of button will do, including the ones with the shank on the back of the button. You could also mix in little charms if you wanted.








Button Bracelet with Yo yo/button bobby pins

Homemade Chewy Granola Bars



I don't know if you seen the price of those high fiber granola bars at the store, but even the store brand are expensive and there are usually only like 5 -6 bars in a box.  For the same price or less, you can make a 9x13 pan of your own, chewy, warm, nutritious bars.  I've seen several recipes, one that baked them super crispy and one that was no bake.  I preferred something chewy,like the no bake, but they were a little too sticky for my preference.  So I combined what I liked about them both and came up with this recipe.  Since I've combined several recipes I can not tell you the exact fiber content of these bars.


Jan's tip: As long as the wet to dry ingredient ratio is about the same you can substitute different wet or dry ingredients, so you could do all peanut butter instead of the honey and corn syrup,  for example or for the dry ingredients add in wheat germ, dried fruits, or nuts. Play around with it. Use this recipe as a base for jumping off of!


Click here for a printable recipe.

High Fiber Granola Bars

Ingredients:
1 cup butter or margarine
1 cup brown sugar
4 Tblsp each: honey, corn syrup, peanut butter
1/2 cup (or more to your preference) milled (ground) flax seed. (This is in the flour aisle at your store)
5 cups Regular Whole Oats (Can use quick oats, too!)
1 12 oz. bag of mini chocolate chips. Reserve 1/2 cup for later.

Directions:

  • In saucepan over medium heat, cook butter, brown sugar, honey, corn syrup and peanut butter till butter is melted and sugars are dissolved and it is smooth.
  •  In large mixing bowl combine the oats and milled flax seed. (This is where you'll also add in your additional choices, such as fruit, nuts, wheat germ, etc.)  Slowly stir in the butter/sugar mixture and blend well.
  • Stir in all  chocolate chips except save a 1/2 cup to use later.
  • Pour into a greased 9 x 13 pan and press lightly to smooth and even out bars in the pan.
  • Bake 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
  • Remove pan from oven and lightly cut through the bars with a sharp knife, but DO NOT remove the bars from the pan.
  • Sprinkle remaining chocolate chips onto bars.
  • Let bars cool in pan approximately one hour (I know longest hour of your life!) before removing from pan.
  • Gently break apart into bars.

                                           

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