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Making crafts from gimp is a childhood memory that many individuals treasure. Also referred to as plastic lace, gimp is a craft material that comes in many colors. Children of all ages can weave lengths of gimp together to create various projects, such as jewelry and lanyards. One way to use gimp is to braid it; while there are many types of braids, the basic three-strand braid is an ideal starting place. The results are attractive and make thoughtful homemade gifts.
Braiding is the intertwining of strands, a design most commonly used with hair. Other materials, however, can also be braided. Rope, leather laces, strings of beads and ribbon can all be braided to create elegant and fun jewelry pieces. Homemade braided necklaces allow for much creativity. Jewelry fixing and embellishments can be added to braids to create unique styles.
When you create handmade crafts, you can make the crafts more sparkly and decorative by using metallic materials. For example, you can braid together metallic twine using a few basic materials that can be purchased at any arts supply store. This metallic braid can be used as a belt, used as a miniature tree decoration or can even be transformed into a shiny ornament.
Instead of throwing out old t-shirts with holes in them, sending unused blankets and linens to the local second-hand store or discarding strips of fabric from past craft projects, put them to good use. By braiding cotton strips made from your old and leftover fabric, you can easily create a functional and inexpensive placemat. Make your own braided placemat in little time on a rainy afternoon or as a fun Saturday craft with your children.