So onto another idea I found on Pinterest. You send in your child's hand writing and they carve into a bracelet. Oh what a great idea, until I looked at the price tag. So here is my attempt at making our own.
I found a two pack of leather bracelets at the craft store, perfect in case I messed up the first one.
Mr. Non-Stop decided he wanted the bracelet to say I Love Daddy, but that was too long to fit (he can't write small). So I substituted a heart for the love.
We practiced on a piece of paper first. I traced the bracelet so he could see how much space he would have.
After a little practice, I have him the bracelet and a very dull pencil. You can see below I have started to carve the letters, but the heart and the D Y are just the pencil markings.
I started out with the Swiss Army knife, very small blade, easy to control
Once I had the everything carved I grabbed the kitchen scissor that have a bigger blade. This allowed me to dig deeper into the leather. I just kept going over and over the letters until they looked deep enough. (Keep in mind, I still had my back-up piece of leather!)
And here it is! It's Mr. Non-Stop's hand writing. I wiped off the extra polish, left it sit in the sun for little while, and I stashed it upstairs with the other gifts.
A little closer look
The cost of the two bracelets $4.00!
You really can make these items yourself - just try it!
The Chop Haus