This time I made bangle bracelets from "rings" cut from the middle of the Dr Pepper bottle.
SIMPLE! SIMPLE! QUICK! QUICK! Have a set of bracelets to match any and every outfit for just pennies!!
- plastic bottle
- string of cheap "pearls" found at any craft/fabric store
- Embroidery thread (I used the thick, 1 strand crewel thread)
1. Cut a thin strip...about 3/8" from the middle of the bottle (around the bottle, not up and down, take advantage of the curve) The first few I made I cut the strips straight from the bottle, (after cutting the top off, of course) I had a whole ring, not requiring tape, but keeping the cut straight was a challenge. I then decided to cut the top off, cut straight down the length of the bottle and then cut the bottom off. This gives you a "sheet" (that curls) that can be cut with a good paper cutter.
2. If you chose to cut strips and not ring then tape the ends together... (meet the ends together on the tape, then wrap around a couple of times)... this would be the time you could make it smaller if it is for a child.
3. Tie thread around the ring. ... do it away from the tape, that way you have the added strength of the string of pearls and it won't pull apart later.
4. Lay pearls onto ring and wrap thread around each pearl... I wrapped one time all the way around, then wrapped again going in the opposite direction. I made a total of 4 wraps around.
4. Tie off end of thread... you can thread the thread in a needle and run it underneath the wrapped thread.
If you are like me, and you are not a huge lover of the cheap white pearls you can do a couple of things... buy brass pull chain, or a strand of rhinestones, or color your white pearls with a copic (type) pen. The last option allows for ANY COLOR!
OH! I made the tan and green bracelet from colored pearls and a thread pulled from a piece of burlap I had. (instant jute thread)