Best Way to Remove Annoying Event Bracelets

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Introduction: Best Way to Remove Annoying Event Bracelets

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I've wasted 10, maybe even 15 minutes of my life trying to yank those little Tyvek event bracelets off my wrists after going to a show, street fair or what have you. Well...no more - I've discovered a trick to get these little suckers off that makes me feel as strong as Superman, and smarter than Einstein. It's so easy that anything with an opposable thumb could do it!

Even though this has got to be one of the more mundane hacks out there, it's usefulness has improved the quality of my life immensely. If you've ever experienced how difficult those little bracelets can be to break off when you don't have a scissors lying around, you'll sympathize with me, and see why this Instructable is so important.

Step 1: Tyvek Is Incredibly Strong

Until discovering this new method - I've tried to just use brute force to rip the bracelet off. I'd slip my finger under the bracelet, pull as hard as I could, possibly hurt my wrist or even cut my finger, and still have the bracelet stuck on my wrist. It ends in admitting defeat, waiting until I'm home later in the day, and then using a scissors to cut the bracelet off.

Tyvek is stronger than I am. Lesson learned.

Step 2: Pull on the Inner Tab

The secret to easily and happily removing the bracelet is to pull on the inner tab. When the bracelet is applied, there is a little extra tab that is created. Grab hold of it and slowly peel it back.

Step 3: Bracelet Comes Off

Once you give it a gentle tug, the adhesive will peel right off the other side and the bracelet will easily come off.

I can't explain how gratifying it feels to do this. I almost want to go to Costco and pick up a couple thousand Tyvek bracelets right now just so I can take them off.

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    171 Discussions

    Sadly, this destroys the bracelet. When the bracelet is for multiple days, I would prefer to sleep and shower without the bracelet, and be able to reapply it for subsequent days.

    actually he said this is for people who don't have scissors laying around i.e: in a car or hotel ect.

    this is when youre at a concert and there are no sicors and you dont want to hur yourself with a knife

    I simply don't allow them to put one on me. If they want my money, they do it my way. Never had a problem.

    I've known some people who avoid the bracelet by claiming allergies or gout. I avoid it by claiming my wallet is much more generous when I get things my way.

    you could cut em with scissors! but this is pretty cool

    Please divulge on exactly how much force should be exhorted while pulling said bracelet off. Should I butter my wrist to help with the sliding off effect? Should I lick the bracelet before they stick it on so it's easier to remove later?

    How liberating! I have been wearing those dang things for years and they start to stink after a while.

    just slip your pocket knife blade under the bracelet and with one small wrist flick, boom! it's off.

    This is always how i get them off, after a nice long shower. this works much easier if you shower first. great instructable BTW