Festi-season is in full swing and they’re some of my absolute favourite places to go during the Summer months. I love live music; I’ve always had amazing times at festivals watching some of my favourite bands with friends – and discovering some new ones along the way.
Walking around at festivals it’s hard not to be amazed at some of the fashions and jewellery designs that the girls (and guys) wear for these fun events. You’re bound to see a real mix of colour, culture and classic festival attire.
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Although musical gatherings have been going way back in history, it wasn’t until 69’s Woodstock that festival fever we still see today was set rolling – and still continues to draw thousands of people together for these unique social experiences. Woodstock was at the heart of flower power and hippies draped in loose printed fabrics, tassels, flares and headscarves set the fashions that still push through to today’s festival wear.
This bohemian look has had strong revivals a few times since, but it always makes it’s yearly appearance for revellers around the world.
Accessories are always the most prominent fashion pieces seen at festivals, and you can create your own in no time at all. What better way to get a boho look than by crafting your own makes? Here’s a few pieces I’ll be wearing over the next few months and instructions on how to make them…
1. Summer Lovin’ Stackable Lycra Bracelets
You will need:
Time to make: 5 minutes
Step 1. Take your lycra cord and stretch until it is no longer flat and rolls into a cord shape. Wrap around your wrist and measure the length you need, taking into account the need for a bow to secure.
Step 2. Choose a selection of slider charms to add to your bracelets. Don’t be shy to mix up colours as the busier the better for these! You can make multiple bracelets and wear them as seen in the stack here for a really eye catching look, or one simple bracelet will set off any outfit.
Although I wouldn’t advise getting any metal plated charms wet, if you’re heading to a festival with a rain prediction, why not wear the lycra bracelets on their own? You can soak them in a gentle detergent and warm water when you get home to get rid of any mud you might have got on them!
2. Carnival Cord & Zodiac Charm Bracelets
Carnival Cords are woven cotton ropes that have been stitched in a variety of beautiful and fun colour ways. These are the staple pieces for any boho-fashion lover and, like the printed lycra, can be worn with a simple clasp on their own, or layered up with lots of charms and pom pom cord for an extra festival-ly vibe.
You will need:
Time to make: 30 minutes
Step 1. Cut your carnival cord to size, letting it wrap twice around your wrist and taking into account the width of your chosen clasp. Glue into place and allow to dry.
Step 2. Attach your charms to jumprings and stitch on to your carnival cord periodically. Cut pom poms off, leaving their stems, and also stitch onto your carnival cord.
3. Pastel Agate Druzy Choker
Delicate gemstone jewellery is a huge trend this year, and druzy stones are especially sought after. They are the perfect combination of rugged earthiness and unique beauty – perfect for festival glam. These pastel pink druzy connectors are light and bring a fresh approach to typical semi-precious jewellery.
Choker style necklaces are especially popular at the moment for younger women and teenagers, mainly due to the popularity of the 90’s grunge revival and many celebrities sporting the style; including Rihanna, Katy Perry and Kylie Jenner. I’ve got stacks of chokers this year that I love to layer up, but these druzy stone chokers look best when worn alone so you don’t distract from how pretty the stones are!
Time to make: 5 minutes
Step 1. Cut your chain in the centre using cutters. Trim equally on each piece of chain to the length you want your choker (including the druzy stone). Attach a jumpring onto the last link on each piece. Attach to your druzy pendant to finish.
4. Daisy Chain Seed Beaded Bracelet & Earrings
What could be more perfect for festival jewellery than a daisy chain bracelet… Flower motifs and floral headbands are sure-to-be-seen staples, but why not stand out from the crowds with your very own handmade chain of beaded daisies!
The daisy chain stitch is really easy to pick up, and you don’t have to be an expert seed beader to nail the pattern. You just need a needle and thread to get started!
You will need:
Time to make: 30 minutes
Step 1. Stitch into a calotte and secure to get started, leaving the spool of thread attached. Cut to approximately 2 arm spans in length and then follow a Daisy Chain stitch pattern (video here!). Keep beading until your bracelet is as long as you need it to be, taking into account your clasp. Add a jumpring and lobster clasp to finish. Add a peace charm and an extension chain if you want to copy the design exactly.
To create the beaded earring start off with a stopper bead, then create a daisy using the daisy chain stitch. Stitch your finished daisy onto another final bead (pictured green) and then stitch onto an earwire.
5. Calypso Neon Kumihimo Bracelet
Add a vivid splash of neon brights to your festival outfits with this zesty Kumihimo braided bracelet. Kumihimo bracelets are made by braiding together strands of cord using beads and you can learn how to do this here. Once you’ve got the hang of it, you’ll be creating all sorts of gorgeous bracelets!
This bracelet is braided using Preciosa neon farfalle beads which are a peanut shape. These give a bubbly effect to the finished braid that looks super cute and fun. If you want to watch a video of how to create a beaded Kumihimo braid you can tune in here. Here’s the written instructions on how to make one of your very own.
Time to make: 1 hour
Step 1. Cut 4 strands of S-lon cord approx. 6 times the length you’d like your finished bracelet to measure. Holding all 4 cords together, fold in the middle of the cords and knot together creating 8 ends. Place the knot through the hole in the centre of a Kumihimo braiding board. Spread the cords, placing one strand either side of each dot marked on the board.
Step 2. Thread 30 seed beads onto each strand. Thread one colour on one strand and then thread the second colour on the strand next to it. Work around the board in this way. Turn the braiding board over and wrap each cord into its own no-tangle bobbin. You may want to add a weight to the knot to help your braid pull downwards as you work.
Step 3. You should have a cord either side of dot 32. Rotate the board so you are holding this dot at the top. Take the cord from the notch to the left of dot 16 (at the bottom) and move it straight upwards to the notch to the left of the two cords at the top. You will now have 3 cords at the top and one at the bottom. Now take the cord furthest right at the top and bring it down to the right of the remaining bottom cord. Turn the braiding board 90 degrees counter-clockwise and repeat the same process, moving the bottom left cord to the top left, and the top right cord to the bottom right. Repeat until you have created a few centimetres of unbeaded braid.
Step 4. Now bring a bead down the next cord you work with. Place it all the way to the bottom of the cord. You will find that it sits under the cord you used last. Repeat this every time you move a cord until you have used all the beads you added earlier. You can use more or less beads if you want to change the size of the bracelet. Create a few more centimetres of unbeaded braid.
Step 5. Remove cords from the notches and knot together so the braid doesn’t unravel. Now wrap some cotton or thread tightly around the braid just below the knot, and sew through the braid a couple of times to make sure it is securely fastened. When you are happy that you have secured the braid; take some sharp scissors and cut off the knot.
Step 6. To complete, glue each end into the clasp using Fevi Kwik, and leave to dry.
I can’t wait to get crafting some unique new pieces for the upcoming festivals I’ll be attending.
Do you have any festivals lined up, or have you already been to any this year?
I’d love to hear about your festival jewellery makes or your favourite festival moments.
Drop me a comment with your thoughts.
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Feeling inspired to get making?
Make sure you check out this Live At Woodstock playlist below.