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Tutorial Tuesday: Bangle Bracelet

June 8, 2010

This week I felt like making something only using supplies I already had on hand, mostly because I’m trying to be economical. If you need a quick, cheap (but stylish!) project, it doesn’t get much better than this. Even if you don’t have plastic bottles on hand, it shouldn’t be too hard to borrow some from your local recycling bins. And just think of the possibilities with different ribbons or fabric. You could wear a new bracelet every day of the week for just pennies apiece.

Materials:
Plastic 1 quart bottle
Duct tape
Fabric or ribbon, 1 inch wide by 36 inches long
Glue
Scissors
X-acto knife

Methods:
1. Remove the label and cut the top and bottom off of the bottle so that you just have the middle flat portion. Cut a slit up the side of this piece and cut out a strip that is 1 inch wide.

2. Decide how big you want your bangle to be. Make sure that it will fit over your hand, but you don’t want it to be so loose that it slips off. Use a piece of duct tape on the inside to hold it at your desired circumference.

3. Cut a strip of duct tape long enough to go all the way around your bangle lengthwise. Lay the bangle on the tape and wrap it around, leaving edges of tape on both sides. Slit these edges and wrap the tape to the interior of the bangle.

4. Secure your ribbon or fabric with a bit of glue on the inside of the bracelet, then wrap it all the way around. When you get to the end, use another dab of glue to finish it off.

Looking for more tutorials and DIY projects? Check out my What I Made page!

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. June 9, 2010 6:33 am

    This is cool! I have a similar tutorial on my blog. I used magazine clippings and M0d Podge for mine though.

    Thera

    http://therajoyce.blogspot.com/2010/05/upcycled-bangle-bracelet-tutorial.html

  2. June 10, 2010 8:25 am

    What a great idea! Never occured to me to use a plastic bottle, but it works.

  3. June 21, 2010 8:29 pm

    I love that you used a plastic bottle! That’s super creative! Thanks so much, I’ll be linking.

  4. June 22, 2010 5:53 pm

    Great idea! So simple yet so cute!

  5. June 23, 2010 7:00 pm

    this is so stinkin clever, I can’t stand it. :)

  6. June 24, 2010 4:49 pm

    Thanks so much to all of you :-)

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