1. First, grab some popsicle stick/craft sticks/tongue depressors at the craft store. Bring a pot of water to boil and drop in the sticks. To be on the safe side, boil more sticks than you need in case some split, crack, etc. Boil for 5 minutes, turn off the pot and let them soak in the hot water for 30 minutes.
2. Gently roll the stick around and into a glass or jelly jar to dry. If your sticks aren't bending easily, bring the water back up to a boil and repeat the process.
3. Let the sticks dry for a day. I actually dried mine overnight and then, because they were in a heat-safe container, put them in the oven at 200 degrees for an hour to finish drying them.
4. I printed my graphics onto Craft Attitude film so the wood surface would show through on the bracelets. I used ATC, flower and peacock backgrounds, and then cropped them down, enlarged and so on to get just the right section for the bracelet using Word before printing them out.
5. Paint a layer of Mod Podge onto the wood bracelet and put the printed side of the image down. Smooth out and leave to dry.
6. Trim away the excess film. Optionally, you can seal the CA film with Mod Podge (see bracelet on far right). This is key if you want to add flat back crystals and other embellishments. You can also seal with Matte Mod Podge if you like the flat look better.
7. Because the openings in the bracelets can sometimes be wide, it’s good to add a closure like this ribbon. Not to mention it adds an extra touch of sass! I simply hot glued the ribbon to the inside and cut it so I could tie it in a loose knot. A bow also looks sweet.
8. If you have a drill handy, you can drill holes in the stick before adding the image. Leather looks good with more rustic images. And just for fun, you can embellish the tops of the bracelets with ribbons and buttons if you like.