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Breast cancer pink ribbon crafts

Sell pink ribbon themed crafts to help raise money and awareness about breast cancer research, or display them to raise awareness of the cause. The pink ribbon is a symbol of the cause that is easy to work into a variety of projects both simple and complex. For fund raising choose crafts that can be easily and quickly replicated.

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Embroidery

Cross stitch a pink ribbon to use in other projects. Use a free pattern (see Resources), or purchase one from a designer that gives a portion of its proceeds to breast cancer charities. Dish towels, tote bags and aprons that have squares for cross stitching on are available at craft and fabric stores. Stitch your pink ribbon on these items or hang in a small frame.

Simply embroider the ribbon shape on hats, T-shirts or other fabric items. Use pink embroidery floss and stitch out the basic outline, or fill it in completely for a bolder statement. Embroidered hats and shirts are appreciated gifts for participants to wear in a Race for the Cure event.

Ribbon

Turn the simple pink ribbon into a pretty broach to wear. Cut a 4-inch piece of 1-inch-wide craft lace ribbon. Cut a 4-inch length of ½-inch-wide pink ribbon. Center the pink ribbon on top of the lace and glue in place. Loop the ends over themselves to form the traditional breast cancer awareness ribbon shape and glue in place. Hot glue to a pin backing. Glue a white or pale pink bead or artificial pearl where the ribbon intersects in the middle.

Wear the pin on your shirt or display it on your hat or bag. Instead of a pin back, glue the ribbon to a pendant backing and wear it as a necklace.

Polymer Clay

Polymer clay is a versatile medium. It is easy to work with and you bake it to a hard permanent finish in an ordinary oven. Use standard clay tools or your hands to shape the polymer clay.

Roll out a strip of pink clay with a mini rolling pin or a short length of wooden dowel. A 1/4-inch-by-2-inch strip is the perfect size for earrings and charms. Loop the strip of clay into the awareness ribbon loop. Stick a jewellery eye hook into the top of each ribbon you make and place on a baking tray.

Preheat your oven to 121 degrees Celsius. Bake the clay for 20 to 30 minutes as directed on the package. Remove and let cool. Place a small dab of jewellery glue where the eye hooks enter the charms to secure. String on necklace chains, attach to earring hooks or use in charm bracelets. Paint the charms with a clear gloss paint to add shine.

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About the Author

Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications. Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.

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