Thought I’d have a go at sharing a cute little bracelet DIY with you today ... but first, a bit of background as the wearer is close to my heart.
My daughter’s best friend was recently diagnosed with cancer. It’s been one of those bad dreams that couldn’t happen to a nicer child. He had a bit of a lump above his eye, that we assumed was from a wrestling session with his little brother. But it didn’t go down and within a week they found themselves in the oncology ward of our local hospital starting treatment.
The family is staying as positive as possible, and they want to make sure he is well protected. But they’re also scared and stressed and want to find ways to make things normal and fun (when they can) for their son.
I was really pleased to help them create a medical bracelet that communicated that he was going through chemotherapy, as there’s an obvious risk of picking up an infection if he goes into the hospital and isn’t kept in isolation. They also added an emergency contact number for his mum.
All of this was pretty straightforward, but when they said “and can you make it a Star Wars bracelet,” I’ll admit I was stumped. Lots of internet searching later, I decided that I did NOT want to go down the route of using unlicensed beads, and the officially sanctioned European charms didn’t really suit a six year old boy. They were also really expensive, with the charm costing more than the custom bracelet it was being fitted to.
We were really pleased to find this solution, and it’s so affordable and easy, I thought I would share it with you.
I was doing my weekly shop at ASDA when I came across a big promotional display of Star Wars stuff. Floor to ceiling water bottles, book bags, cups, plates, and ...... a silicone bracelet with a clip-on Darth Vader charm!
(Remember, this was a specific request for a Star Wars theme, but you could take this same approach with whatever popular characters they are making silicone bracelet charms for.)
£2.50 later and I was already feeling good about the solution. It was removable, officially licensed (so it was the real deal and supported the movie makers), and it looked great with the black and grey silicone wristband that I had custom engraved.
Opened it up. Unclipped the charm.
And re-fastened it to the back of his medical alert bracelet that lets everyone know about his chemotheraphy and emergency contacts. Bish Bosh.
Et voila! A very happy Jedi indeed. And now he's got the Force on his side...
Hope you enjoyed this cute DIY, and if you would like to learn more about this little Jedi's story, or support his fundraising efforts, please head on over to their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/sebastiandaymk.
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