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How to make homemade wrist bands & bracelets

Updated April 17, 2017

Bracelets and wristbands are an ever-growing fad with the preteen and teen crowds. Bracelets are in buckets at every register in department stores, grocery stores and even gas stations.These wristbands normally have a funny or unique expression that captures the personality of the person wearing it. While these generally run fairly cheap, you can still make twice as many at home for the same price and have the joy of expressing your own creative abilities. The process is quite easy. This guide will tell you how to make your own homemade wristbands and bracelets.

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  1. Find a flat surface to work on. Cover the area with newspaper. Use a couple of layers to prevent the dye from soaking through.

  2. Set out a plastic cup for each colour of dye you plan to use. Pour the dye in the cups, filling approximately a quarter of the cup. Set the cups far enough back that they will not get knocked over.

  3. Try the rubber band on your wrist to make sure it fits. Choose a wide band if you plan to write on it. Drop the rubber band in the dye. Allow the rubber band to stay in the dye until it is the desired colour. The longer it sits, the darker the colour will be.

  4. Use the fork to remove the rubber band from the cup. Place it on newspaper to dry. You now have a coloured rubber bracelet or wristband.

  5. Lay the rubber band flat. Place tape on each end to hold it down. Use the stencil and the markers to create the desired text or design on the bracelet. Allow the bracelet to sit for a few minutes before wearing to make sure the marker has dried.

  6. Tip

    Glue on glitter or faux gems to add personality. Try dying each section a different colour for a rainbow effect.


    Use dye with care. It will stain almost any material.

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Things You'll Need

  • Newspaper
  • All-purpose dye
  • Plastic cups
  • Various sizes of thick rubber bands
  • Old fork
  • Tape
  • Alphabet stencil
  • Fine-tip permanent markers

About the Author

Judy Williams has spent more than six years of her writing career as a video-game reviewer at and a fiction writer for "Equinox" magazine. She enjoys writing about culture, folklore, mythology and religion. Williams graduated from Lindenwood University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology and sociology. She is currently completing a Master of Arts in history with an emphasis in museum studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

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