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Upcycled Painted Cross Stitch Cuff

By: The Scrap Shoppe
March 23, 2016

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Ever 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!

And with Earth Day approaching (April 22!), I'm all about getting my upcycle on. In fact, 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!

It'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.

Items needed:

  • SoSoft Fabric Acrylics 1oz - White
  • SoSoft Fabric Acrylics 1oz - Bright Avocado
  • SoSoft Fabric Acrylics 2oz - Bright Coral
  • Small Paint Brush
  • Canvas Shelf Liner
  • Empty Duct Tape Roll
  • Wet Adhesive


Gather your materials.

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I 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.

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Figure 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.

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Allow 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.

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Love this idea, so sweet, and could be used in so many for a wrapping around a little potted plant or a container or any kind for a great catchall. Been wanting to do a giant cross stitch rose mural for years, maybe I'll get there before my daughter is too old to enjoy it in her room! thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!


April 3, 2016

This is beautiful. For a moment I thought it was real cross stich. Http://


April 3, 2016

What a lovely idea, I too have wanted to do the wall mural idea that I think almost everyone has pinned on pinterest! This is a lot quicker and more "do -able"


April 6, 2016

This is 100% adorable!!! I'd love it if you'd link up to Talk of the Town! :)

Sadie Seasongoods

April 6, 2016

This is lovely. Love that you made your own pattern. Think I'll be trying this :)


April 9, 2016

Beautiful! Thanks for linking up at #SaucySaturdays.

Christine | Mid-Life Croissant

April 15, 2016

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