Instructions on How to Make Bracelet Designs

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Instructions on How to Make Bracelet Designs
Turn household goods, like toothbrushes and shoe laces, into cute DIY bracelets. (toothbrush image by Nicola Gavin from

You can design your own bracelets using things around your house, like shoe laces and toothbrushes. The result is fun and whimsical, and totally your own. Whether you choose to braid leather laces or bend a toothbrush into a bangle, these designs will fill out your jewellery drawer with little expense.

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Things you need

  • Toothbrush
  • Pliers
  • Tongs
  • Towel
  • Hot pad (optional)
  • 21-inch-long leather shoelace
  • 38-inch-long leather shoelace
  • Large-eyed needle

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  1. 1

    Remove all of the bristles from your toothbrush with a pliers. The toothbrush should be straight and made of hard plastic with no rubber grips.

  2. 2

    Boil water in a pot on your stove and put the toothbrush in the boiling water.

  3. 3

    Remove the toothbrush from the boiling water with tongs after 5 minutes. Use the tongs and a towel or hot pad to bend the toothbrush, which should now be pliable, into a bangle shape. If the toothbrush hardens or is not soft enough, boil it for another 5 minutes and continue shaping it. The finished bracelet should fit comfortably around your wrist and have an opening wide enough to slide over your wrist.

  1. 1

    Fold the 38-inch-long leather shoelace in half, forming a loop at the top. Set this on a table with the loop facing away from you and the loose ends toward you. Fold the 21-inch-long leather shoelace similarly and place it over the first shoelace with the top of the second loop about 1 inch higher than the top of the first loop.

  2. 2

    Bring the ends of the longer shoelace in front of the shorter shoelace, forming an X. Tuck the ends of the longer shoelace under the ends of the shorter shoelace from the inside and pull them together, closing the ends of the shorter shoelace. Continue to form these X stitches all the way down until there are 3 inches left of the shorter shoelace ends. The result should resemble a braid. Thread one end of the longer shoelace onto a large-eyed needle. Use the needle to bring the lace back through the bottom three stitches and trim the extra. Repeat this with the other end of the longer lace.

  3. 3

    Tie a knot in each end of the shorter shoelace. Wrap the bracelet around your wrist and tie the knotted ends around the loop at the top of the bracelet.

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