Thursday, August 19, 2010

Plastic Bottle Wrapped Ribbon Bracelet TUTORIAL!!

Finally got the chance to do a quick tutorial on these fun, easy and cheap to make bracelet's! Enjoy!

Ok, so here is what you need:
Plastic bottle ( wrist size ), ruler, scissors, sharpie, exacto knife, ribbon and hot glue/gun.

Ok, so find the ridge at the top of the middle of the bottle.

Poke through and slowly start cutting off the top, try to stay as close to the ridge as you can.

When you come close to the end, it is easier to use the scissors to finish the cut.

Do the same thing to the other ridge at the bottom. You should end up with three pieces. The top and the bottom can still be used for things... you can cut down the sides and pull them back to make flowers...maybe spray paint them and stick a Christmas light through the bottom of the middle??? Any ideas?? :)

Now, measure how wide your middle piece is with the ruler, doesn't have to be perfect!

Mark the center with your ruler and sharpie.

Now mark the middle of either side with your ruler and sharpie.

This is where I eye ball it. You can make four three or two of these, even one if you want a REALLY wide bangle! I usually get about four strips out of each bottle.

You should have some strips that look something like this after you re-smoosh them back to circles:)

Now I look at each one and trim away the wonkie lookin parts:)

Now for the ribbon. It's hard to measure these things. For this one I took the end of the ribbon in one hand and ran it across my body all the way stretch out to the other hand. That was a bit much because I only barely overlapped when I wrapped the bracelet. You can try that way or you can go from one hand across to your other elbow... this is NOT a science:) If your to long, no worries, to can add some ribbon on the inside with glue and still make it work out just fine!

Put some hot glue on the end and then quickly...

stick it to the inside of the bracelet!

Now start to wrap, I try to only overlap alittle bit so that I am using the least amount of ribbon I have too, but you can overlap more if you like. Just make sure you keep the ribbon taught...(sp?)

Keep going....

Ok, so now we are at the end, make sure you get the front and back covered in ribbon. If you have to wrap a second time on top of ribbon, it's ok.

Now we need to cut off the excess.

Leave a tiny bit more then me, but not so much that it poke over the other side when you flip it. Now, put a hot glue blog on the inside end and flip over and press.

And there you have it. You can add other fibers over the top with beads, charms etc. Different ribbons...etc!! Easy squeazy lemon pleasy!

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