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. 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

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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

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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

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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.


grannyjones (author)2017-09-21

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.

tommyfun (author)2013-07-26

Theres a cool new technology called scissors

TheDIYGod (author)tommyfun2016-08-17

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

Teodor2014M (author)tommyfun2015-11-15

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

SSeegars (author)2008-10-30

"Always carry a knife."

Rule #9 - Leroy Jethro Gibbs

Teodor2014M (author)SSeegars2015-11-15

thats illegal in uk....

stephenniall (author)SSeegars2010-02-24

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

Derin (author)SSeegars2009-07-26

ncis right?

mg0930mg (author)SSeegars2009-03-08

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

JamesRPatrick (author)SSeegars2008-10-30

Amen. But this is somewhat old news to me.

CrystalDyes (author)SSeegars2008-10-30

Or an iron . . .Tyvek melts when heated.

vicvelcro (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.

krabs (author)2011-06-18

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

berrueco (author)2011-04-14

LoooooL Epic face :P

cvazquez (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?

tjesse (author)2010-12-30

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

stevenh429 (author)2009-07-26

i figured that out like 3 years ago...

oldanvilyoungsmith (author)2009-07-26

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

lolerskater (author)2009-06-22

lol dude...scissors...

tanmanknex (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

mchs60chip (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

mzjocker (author)2009-04-21

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

szwaan (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...

TheGasMaskGuy (author)2009-03-09

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

devonator (author)2008-10-29

hi this is awesome lamo lamo lamo lamo

mg0930mg (author)devonator2009-03-08

what is lamo lamo lamo lamo?

brian2012 (author)mg0930mg2009-03-08

laugh my *ss off

mg0930mg (author)brian20122009-03-08

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

waterppk (author)devonator2008-10-30

To save other's the energy:

hi this is awesome lamo lamo lamo lamo

yuckzee (author)2008-10-28

...scisors work to =]

mg0930mg (author)yuckzee2009-03-08

yes. SCISSORS do work...

jacobzman (author)2008-12-13

it is eser to cut it off

mg0930mg (author)jacobzman2009-03-08

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

imthatguy1125 (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

lukeyj15 (author)imthatguy11252009-03-08

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

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

yeah568 (author)madhops06202008-11-02

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

good point

frollard (author)madhops06202008-11-02

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

wingman358 (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.

m85476585 (author)wingman3582008-11-11

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

crafty_crayons (author)m854765852008-12-26

whats ER? stand 4??

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

ohhhhhhhhhhhh thx a bunch

wingman358 (author)m854765852008-11-18

Damn it, you're right!

hostile_hams (author)m854765852008-11-12

looooooooooooooooooooooool that was hilarious.

haha ur rigt

ipwn (author)2008-12-18

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

crafty_crayons (author)ipwn2008-12-26

no not me

ipwn (author)crafty_crayons2008-12-26

why??????? knives are cool

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