Thursday, March 1, 2012

the DIY: WRAP WATCH

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A few things before we start this DIY...
1. We were in love with the neon versions of these watches so our original intentions were to make a neon one and as you can see, that did not work out. We started with black vinyl and spray painted it neon, but it was too sticky to wear around your arm. So we painted the vinyl gray which was less sticky.
2. DON'T PAINT YOUR VINYL for this DIY. If possible, get vinyl or leather that is already in the color that you want your watch straps to be. Please do learn from our mistakes!
3. This isn't the easiest DIY there ever was so check it out and if you don't feel like making one yourself, you can always buy one! We just had the supplies to create one and wanted to save a few bucks so we made our own! (Well it belongs to Casey so I guess we made "her" own.)
So enough about that... let's get started.

YOU WILL NEED:
VINYL
NEEDLE & THREAD
QUICK DRYING CRAFT GLUE
A CLOTHESPIN
SCISSORS
A TORN APART NEW OR OLD WATCH
(You will want to disassemble the watch- separating the watch face and the end piece(s) from the straps)

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Cut 2 long pieces of vinyl. The width of these should be determined by how wide the ends of your watch face is, because that is where they will attach. Also cut 2 short pieces of vinyl. These should be a tiny bit thicker than the long pieces. Our long pieces measured about 12" x .5" and our short pieces measured about 1.5" x .75".

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Take the shorter pieces and snip the ends with scissors making them come to a point.

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Put a dab of craft glue on the top of one end of a longer piece of vinyl.

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Place one of the short pieces on top of the glue. Make sure both pieces are facing upward.

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After the glue has dried, weave the piece through the end of the watch like in the picture. The watch face should be facing upward and so should the vinyl piece.

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With the vinyl piece still with the watch, flip over everything.

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Add a dab of glue on the backside of the vinyl.

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Fold down the pointed piece of vinyl and secure it with a clothespin so it will not move while drying.

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Once the glue has dried, hand stitch around the triangle-ish shape that has been created.

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And it should look something like this. It doesn't have to be perfectly stitched. It will all blend together later.

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Now you will wrap the watch around your wrist to see if the strip is too long.

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When you turn your arm over, the strip should end right in the middle of your wrist. If it doesn't, like in the picture, then cut the strip.

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Take the piece that looks like this (name?) and lay it by the end of the long strip to see where you need to poke a hole.

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Poke a hole with the scissors about .75" in.

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So the rest of these pictures are hopefully self-explanatory as I cannot find a way to put them all into words. Basically I'm attaching this piece and I've taken many pictures to help you understand how to go about doing it.

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Now that you've weaved this piece through, add a dab of glue on the underneath of the vinyl and press the pieces together.

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When the glue has dried, stitch a little skinny rectangle just to secure the piece.

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Attach the other long piece of vinyl to the other side of the watch face.

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Cut the end of this piece into a point and cut a few slits so you will be able to adjust the watch size.

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Cut a piece of vinyl that is about .25" x 2.5" long.

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Make it into a loop. The loop should pretty much be as thick as the watch straps.

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Put the loop over the watch strap. Glue the loop together and if needed, completely secure it with a needle and thread. It doesn't have to be fancy because that part will face your arm. Just make sure you don't glue or sew the loop to the strap.

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Wear your new watch!

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Casey's new watch on my arm...

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The watch all by itself!

Since this tutorial, Casey's watch has acquired some chains on it because the simple wrap watch just wasn't enough for her. We also plan on making another watch in the near future that does involve neon and we will let you know when that happens!

6 comments:

  1. Fantastic DIY idea! And imagine the possibilities!!! Thank you girls for sharing!!!
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  2. I wonder if you could make the wrist strap by folding over duct tape or that sort of stuff. cuz that would get you the neon colors or even the fancy patterns they have now.

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  3. I guess you did this on the same day as the tribal nails!?!?!?

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