This is a fantastic way to turn Grandma's old knitting needles into adorable keepsake bracelets. You can make vintage knitting needle bracelets from mismatched knitting needles. Gather up those old plastic knitting needles and learn how to make these handmade bracelets today.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
Things you need
- Plastic knitting needles
- Large pot for boiling water
- Kitchen dish towel
- Hinged clothespins
- Straight-sided drinking glass with a rim diameter of at least 3 inches
Wash the plastic knitting needles thoroughly.
Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil.
Drop 2 or 3 knitting needles into the pot of boiling water.
Allow the plastic knitting needles to boil in the water for up to 5 minutes, to soften the plastic so that they can be reformed into handmade bracelets.
Place the drinking glass on the dish towel.
Remove the knitting needles one at a time with tongs and bring them over to the dish towel.
Grasp each end of the knitting needle with a clothespin and wrap it around the glass.
Repeat the process of wrapping the knitting needle around the glass with the other clothespins.
Leave the knitting needles clothespinned and wrapped around the glass until the plastic cools. When the plastic cools off, thirty minutes to be safe, you can remove the clothespins and enjoy your new crafty handmade bracelet.
Tips and warnings
- Handmade bracelets make great gifts. When you're comfortable working with the melted plastic, try braiding three of the knitting needles before making them into a bracelet.
- Do not drink the water from the boiling plastic because toxic chemicals will have leached into it.
- Make these knitting needle bracelets in a well ventilated room because the melted plastic fumes are noxious
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