Saturday, September 15, 2012

Repurposed Plastic Bangles

Recently I got a stash of my grandmom's old plastic bangles that she originally got from the 5 and 10 store. Although I love bangles the years had put a bunch of nicks and dings on them so I decided to give them an facelift. This project is super easy and cheap. One of the best parts is that you can not only use old bangles you can use all those bits and pieces of embroidery floss that you have left over from other projects.

2-skeins of embroidery floss*
plastic bangle
white craft glue

*You can use more than 2 colors, I encourage using as many as you want.

  1. Tie embroidery floss to the bracelet. Make sure to double not it so it doesn't slip off.

  2.  Wrap the embroidery floss around the bracelet making sure to cover the short tail by wrapping the embroidery floss over it.

  3.  To change colors tie one color of floss to the other. Make sure to double knot it tightly so the knot doesn't slip (3A). Closely trim the tails of the floss making sure to keep the one long strand attached to the skein.

  4. Continue wrapping the bracelet until it is entirely covered.

  5. When you get to the end, tie a double knot to secure the floss (5A). Place a dab of white glue on top of the knot (5B) then using your finger tip lightly work the glue into the knot. Let the glue dry thoroughly. Check to make sure the knot is secure, you may want to apply more glue if not. After the glue is dry and the knot is secure trim the tail of the floss.

Written by: Kolleen Kilduff from Design by Night

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