Introduction: Best Way to Remove Annoying Event Bracelets

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.

Comments

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tommyfun made it!(author)2013-07-26

Theres a cool new technology called scissors

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TheDIYGod made it!(author)2016-08-17

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

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Teodor2014M made it!(author)2015-11-15

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

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SSeegars made it!(author)2008-10-30

"Always carry a knife."

Rule #9 - Leroy Jethro Gibbs

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Teodor2014M made it!(author)2015-11-15

thats illegal in uk....

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stephenniall made it!(author)2010-02-24

rule # 23 Never mess with a marines coffee if u wantto live !

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Derin made it!(author)2009-07-26

ncis right?

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mg0930mg made it!(author)2009-03-08

Not when you're at a water park, and they give these annoying bracelets...

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JamesRPatrick made it!(author)2008-10-30

Amen. But this is somewhat old news to me.

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CrystalDyes made it!(author)2008-10-30

Or an iron . . .Tyvek melts when heated.

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vicvelcro made it!(author)2012-11-28

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.

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krabs made it!(author)2011-06-18

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

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berrueco made it!(author)2011-04-14

LoooooL Epic face :P

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cvazquez made it!(author)2011-03-08

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?

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tjesse made it!(author)2010-12-30

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

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stevenh429 made it!(author)2009-07-26

i figured that out like 3 years ago...

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oldanvilyoungsmith made it!(author)2009-07-26

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

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lolerskater made it!(author)2009-06-22

lol dude...scissors...

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tanmanknex made it!(author)2009-05-17

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

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mchs60chip made it!(author)2009-05-17

Great Instructable i cant stadn these things only becuase they are so hard to get off without tools now i dont have to worry

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mzjocker made it!(author)2009-04-21

wow! now i can drink in clubs by taking it off someone thats 21! :D ty :]

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szwaan made it!(author)2009-04-15

Woah you made an instructable on this ? I just rip em off. But i guess it could be useful... although when you shower the sticky stuff lets go too...

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TheGasMaskGuy made it!(author)2009-03-09

Well this solves my problem... I guess I'll go put the hacksaw back in the shed...

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devonator made it!(author)2008-10-29

hi this is awesome lamo lamo lamo lamo

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mg0930mg made it!(author)2009-03-08

what is lamo lamo lamo lamo?

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brian2012 made it!(author)2009-03-08

laugh my *ss off

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mg0930mg made it!(author)2009-03-08

I know that that's what lmao means. I was just pointing out devonator's stupid mistake of puttime lamo.

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waterppk made it!(author)2008-10-30

To save other's the energy:

hi this is awesome lamo lamo lamo lamo

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yuckzee made it!(author)2008-10-28

...scisors work to =]

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mg0930mg made it!(author)2009-03-08

yes. SCISSORS do work...

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jacobzman made it!(author)2008-12-13

it is eser to cut it off

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mg0930mg made it!(author)2009-03-08

what is eser? Is it supposed to be easier? I don't always have scissors on me.

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imthatguy1125 made it!(author)2008-10-28

this is interesting but why don't you just wet it some way and then it will be easier to pull off

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lukeyj15 made it!(author)2009-03-08

Soak the glue in hot water (Not too hot or you'll burn your wrist) and pull it off

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madhops0620 made it!(author)2008-10-28

they aren't made of paper, so if you wet it it won't help, most of these bracelets are water proof so it won't matter if they're wet

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yeah568 made it!(author)2008-11-02

Yeah... Our local swimming pool uses these after you buy a ticket.

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imthatguy1125 made it!(author)2008-11-02

good point

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frollard made it!(author)2008-11-02

Yeah; its tyvek (the stuff they wrap houses with for water/moisture proofing.

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wingman358 made it!(author)2008-11-05

UM HELLO? It's obviously easier to amputate the hand, slide the bracelet off, and then think about going to the ER.

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m85476585 made it!(author)2008-11-11

Don't they usually give you a bracelet at the ER?

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crafty_crayons made it!(author)2008-12-26

whats ER? stand 4??

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wingman358 made it!(author)2008-12-26

ER is an abbreviation of Emergency Room. Check out the Wikipedia page for a thorough description.

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crafty_crayons made it!(author)2009-01-22

ohhhhhhhhhhhh thx a bunch

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wingman358 made it!(author)2008-11-18

Damn it, you're right!

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hostile_hams made it!(author)2008-11-12

looooooooooooooooooooooool that was hilarious.

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crafty_crayons made it!(author)2008-12-13

haha ur rigt

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ipwn made it!(author)2008-12-18

cut the bracelet off with a knife (you do carry a knife don't you)

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crafty_crayons made it!(author)2008-12-26

no not me

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ipwn made it!(author)2008-12-26

why??????? knives are cool

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crafty_crayons made it!(author)2008-12-27

yeah but --metal detectors lol

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