When it comes to crafting and being creative, nothing makes me happier than finding a way to reuse or repurpose something that I had considered to be trash. For example, when I can collect some plastic soda bottles and turn them into something useful around the house – like a broom – I not only save money but keep fewer things out of the landfills.
DIY tricks are a great way to spend a rainy afternoon or create a project idea with the kids or grandkids. They’re fun and easy to organize – especially when you have great tutorials like this from the Katrinaosity YouTube channel. Today’s DIY project is all about turning old toothbrushes – or cheap new ones, into quirky and funky bracelets!
If you’re looking for a swanky gift or just want to have some fun, check out this DIY project and get crafting. Because once you start, you’re not going to want to stop!
As you’ll see when you watch the quick video tutorial, after just a few minutes you’ll have a series of bracelets that you can wear yourself or gift to your friends and family.
To get started you’ll need plastic toothbrushes, pliers, a pot of boiling water, and a towel or rag.
Before we can transform these toothbrushes into jewelry, you need to use the pliers to rip the bristles off the head of the brush. Make sure you get them all off before moving on. Remember, these toothbrushes are supposed to be worn as bracelets. So if you don’t want irritating bristles rubbing up against your skin, be sure to remove them all.
TIP: If you want to reduce cleanup time afterwards, place a plastic bag underneath your work area. The bristles can fall right into it and then you can just tie it up and throw it away.
Once you have your toothbrushes cleared of bristles, it is time to move on to the next step where you’ll begin morphing their shape.
Bring that pot of water to a boil. Then submerge the toothbrushes into the hot water. Allow them to sit in the boiling water for about 10-15 seconds. This ensures they are malleable enough to bend into any shape you desire – but today we’re shooting for bracelet shape.
With a pair of tongs, remove the toothbrush handle from the water. With the tongs gripping onto one end and using the towel between your fingers on the other, you can start to twist and bend the toothbrush. Work quickly because the malleability might start to wear off.
Once it is cool make sure it fits around your writs. If it cooled off before you were done, dip it in the water again and go for round two.
In the end, you’ll have fashionable and unique bracelets. Check out the video below to see how this is done.
What do you think? Is this a craft project you and your kids would like to try?
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