2016 Mutual Theme Crafts for New Beginnings and Girls Camp

I’m not the most creative person, so when I learned that this arrow charm with eternity circle made craft-making so easy, I had to try it myself.  Are these bracelets awesome or what?  I think they are perfect for the 2016 mutual theme.  It takes only about five minutes to make each bracelet, and the tools and findings can be found at any hardware or craft store.  In fact, my Wal-Mart even carries this stuff.  AWESOME!

2016 Mutual Theme Craft

Press Forward Arrow Bracelets – make them in two ways with the same technique.

2016 Mutual Theme Craft 2 : Bracelet

Step 1: Assemble your Materials

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For this project you need:

  • cord — I’m using 2.5mm leather jewelry cord, but you can use narrow ribbon or cotton jewelry cord.
  • a ruler — The ruler is to measure the cord.  You need TWO 8 inch lengths.
  • pliers
  • scissors
  • 2 jump rings
  • 2 cord end caps
  • 1 lobster claw clasp (or other clasp)
  • arrow charm — it’s not in the picture — Did I mention the picture was not taken by a professional?

Stuff you need as seen through the lens of a professional photographer — not.


Step 2: Thread the cord through the charm.

Threading the cord through the charm is a little tricky the first time you do it, because you’re not working with a completed loop as you usually might.  Actually, now that I’m typing this, you could probably do step 3 first (crimp the end caps on to form a loop) and it would make this step easier.


Anyway, I’ve made five of these bracelets now, and this is how I did it.  It’s like John Bytheway says: “Wise people learn from their mistakes.  Super-wise people learn from other people’s mistakes!”  Ha!

2016 girls camp craft

Thread the leather through the charm as shown.


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Pull the cord taut, and it’ll look like this.


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Thread your cord through the other side, and you’ll see this.


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View of the charm and leather cord (pulled tight) from the back.


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After both cotton cords are pulled tightly, the bracelet looks like this.

Step 3: Crimp the Cord End Caps

Using your pliers, crimp the end camp over your cord.  Just pinch.  Even I can do it.

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It’s hard to tell, but I’ve crimped one side of the end cap with the pliers.


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Now both sides are crimped. I don’t know why this is so satisfying to me, but it is!

  Step 4: Add the jump rings and clasp

Now add your jump rings and clasp to the end caps.  Don’t forget to put the clasp on one jump ring before you close it.  Don’t ask me how I know (three times in a row).

photo 1(27) The Finished bracelet!

2016 Mutual theme

Finished 2016 Mutual theme bracelet. I made that!

2016 Mutual Theme Craft 2 : Necklaces

Make these easy 2016 Mutual Theme Crafts for New Beginnings and Girls Camp in just seconds! All you do is loop the cord through the charm.  Done in 30 seconds.

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Ball chain and Waxed Cotton Cord necklaces.


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Closeup. You can see that I’ve wrapped the waxed cotton cord around the Eternity circle in the same way as the bracelet. The ball chain just loops through.


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  1. Kari Campbell

    Where did you buy the arrow charm (with circle)? You mentioned Walmart – is that where you purchased the charm?

    1. Jenny Smith (Post author)

      Thanks for asking, Kari. The 2016 mutual theme charm with the arrow is available for purchase on this website. Orders of over 38 charms get free shipping!

  2. Sara

    what size end caps did you buy?

    1. Jenny Smith (Post author)

      These are 8mm end caps, and they are available in our store here for less than you can find them in craft stores:

  3. Kaylene

    How long does the cord need to be for one bracelet?

  4. Kaylene

    Nevermind. Just saw the answer. Sorry! And thanks, these are great!


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