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How to make a toothbrush bracelet

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Hello, and welcome to the illustrated step-by-step process for making a toothbrush bracelet. This is a great way to reuse an item that you may have otherwise thrown out. In six simple steps you will turn your toothbrush into a one-of-a-kind fashion accessory!

 
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Step 1: You will need...

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Step 2: Pull out bristles

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Step 3: Boil toothbrush

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Step 4: Remove toothbrush

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Step 5: Wait

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Step 6: Bend

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Step 7: Ice ice baby

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Step 8: Strike a pose!

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I used to make these when I was a kid! Thanks for the memories! <3
Something other than my hand.. Something other than my hand. MY SISTERS HAND!!
kamariden1 year ago
I first practiced with some clear plastic forks (from Costco) and had reasonable success. So I specifically bought a package of clear toothbrushes for this project. After over an hour of trying and retrying, and even at one point adding more water because it had all boiled away, no luck. It would curl but not enough to stay on my wrist. Eventually it broke. Fortunately I bought the pack at the Dollar Tree.
waterpolo12 years ago
My little sister had a birthday party and she was turning 12!
so my other sister and I went out to CVS and got like 20 of them, it was a pretty big hit for those kids and i have a few friends over and im 18. Can i just say im legit starting a new trend in my school...people are texting me and who knows how they got my # but they ask me to make them some!!
GofishRC0072 years ago
Imagine you could make more than just a bracelet, a S hook perhaps, maybe even could make a chain of bracelets!
VAC2 years ago
Mine doesn't melt at all :( and it is exactly like the ones in the photos
Can't wait to make. I am going to go all out with rhinestones, buttons, lacquering with tissue paper. Just thought of all the kiddie toothbrushes out there... imagine that!

OMG... THANK YOU! You have inspired me!
mpolson2 years ago
Great instructions! Can't wait to make some for my daughter's orthodontist office! ;D
mboada2 years ago
can i do it with a colgate 360 tooth brush????
jackfr0st2 years ago
The toothbrushes I used had rather thick handles and would not get flexible enough or stay bent after boiling, So I put them on a small metal cup on a cookie sheet in the oven at 290 degrees for around 5 minutes, and it was able to bend and shape LIKE BUTTAH. I then put it inside a glass of ice water so the toothbrush was shaped around the inner circumference and left it to cool that way, and it turned out perfect!
290 for five minutes? You're playing the odds. Very close to melting or at least acting like cooked spaghetti.

Better to put it over something like a spoon handle. When it wilts, the core is still about 270 and holds the dimensions when you bend it.
I did this with red and purple! LOVE THEM! I got so many complements at school. People wanted to BUY some! I was pretty happy :)

jackfr0st2 years ago
Could you do this by heating them up in the oven? In the same manner you use to warp vinyl records?
poofrabbit2 years ago
This is cool, I'm going to have to give this a try
SPYBOOM3 years ago
ha ha ice ice baby
dmclaugh13 years ago
After about a half a dozen tries dropping it back into the boiling water, I have concluded that this can't be done with a Preserve brand toothbrush (the recycled plastic type). That is some heavy plastic, son.

Speak up if you've found otherwise.
This is the best insructable i've seen where people drew their pictures, and this is really simple and takse hardly 15 minutes
mhozzy14 years ago
 melt the bristles a little with a match or lighter to make everything a little easier to get out
kiva22 mhozzy13 years ago
doesn't that release any noxious fumes or gases when melting plastic?

You could go outside and hold your breath.
Spyderman363 years ago
I have a sonic toothbrush, so i cant do this... =(
kiva223 years ago
awesome! just made one from my sister's old toothbrush whcih happens to be the same as yours! looks cool, was really easy to bend after a couple minutes in the water. pulling the bristles was tough though, and took a long time. a tip is to get and snip and much as you can, then boil and bend, and pull while still soft. works wonders.
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Ugh >.< Cracked mine in half :p
Just made one :)
techturtle23 years ago
Mine Melted... :(
techturtle23 years ago
My mom is a dentist so i made her one for her birthday.
nice job dude! for once, when someone draws out their instructable, its actually really good!
casketry3 years ago
 "something other than your hand" xD rofl
Moosterz4 years ago
It worked just fine for me! I actually just dipped parts of my toothbrushes into the boiling water because when I used tongs to get them out, they left marks all over them. It's cool for a design idea though.

:D Great instructable!

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craftyque4 years ago
I love how simply this is. It will be a great activity to do with my tween cousin. Thanks for sharing.
ghanim4 years ago
that let me laugh, it is so silly
ramchand4 years ago
 Wow..I made my own...Its really cool... :)
cmlara_20094 years ago
Well I decided to give this a try...
I couldn't find any of the just plastic toothbrushes so I had to settle for the ones that have some of the grips and what not.. though they seemed to work fine..

Here's how mine turned out.. The blue one was a bit harder to shape due to its thickness so try to go for a toothbrush that is relatively the same thickness...


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 Your picture made me want to do this project! The multi color affect of 3 toothbrush bracelets is great! Thanks for posting that picture!
No problem!
They turned out really nice. I like how the band of color shows through the clear part of the toothbrush and yeah they look neat all together :)

Good luck with yours and post up pictures when you're done!
Wow... AWESOME
abaneyone4 years ago
 Talk about new life for an old tooth brush? This is a great idea! I think people will think it's stupid until they actually SEE the bracelet(s) on arm. Then they'll be like, "How can I get one?" I lie the multi color affect of cmlara_2009's comment picture! Excellent!
hibou4 years ago
Your illustrations are wonderful!
Very nice instructions! Unique, but very effective. :]

I tried this, and it took only about 5-10 minutes Very nice effects. It was a little hard to take the bristles out, but that was the only road bump. I'm definitely going to have to do this again. :3
this is cool!!! i'm sooo going to try this....
elkorto4 years ago
Cool, I'll try to make.
Hamzah4 years ago
good instructions and good idea 
This is totally amazing! I love the instructions! Time for me to buy a new toothbrush!
paperclip324 years ago
 i love how you incorporate the directions into the pictures,definitely one of the best i'bles i've seen so far.
mags144 years ago
 The most beautifully made instructions--wonderful illustrations! From now I I will choose my toothbrushes with future jewelry in mind. Thanks!
IzzyP4 years ago
Hey all, I did this and it turned out well.

You can do it with the bristles in However there are a few problems.

The holes that the bristles are in expand and so you will loose quite a few bristles.  I feel like the rest of the bristles will go over the next few days, but we'll see.

After waiting a minute for the toothbrush to cool the brush was hard.  I recommend  you bend it right after taking it out.

Thicker parts of the toothbrush lost flexibility well before the thinner parts so I suggest bending the thicker parts of the toothbrush first.

Below are two pictures of the end result, I'm not sure if you could make a form to bend the brush over that would give you a neater curve.  

I don't think you would want a perfect circle.  I have big hands and if I made a complete circle I wouldn't be able to fit into the bracelet.  

The second picture shows what the bristles end up looking like.

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Kiteman4 years ago
Kiteman likes!

(In fact, I think I need to pass this on to my colleague who runs a jewellery club.)
Haha - this is old. :p
I'm surprised someone of kiteman's age doesn't know about these. *snicker*
It's new to me.
awesomemom4 years ago
this iz soooooooooo cool
caraban1 (author) 4 years ago
Thanks for the comments guys! Good suggestion about wrapping the softened toothbrush around something like a bat. That probably would work really well.

Artquilter: I haven't tried leaving the bristles in, let me know if it works (if they curl while boiling, you could always pull them out after)

Luchador Al: I'm so sorry I forgot to mention that the toothbrush has to be the clear plastic kind. The toothbrush you are using is probably made of a different kind of plastic.
thepelton4 years ago
I was thinking that I generate a lot of empty tin cans at dinner time.  One could be used for a form.
artquilter4 years ago
What would happen if you just left the bristles in and put that side on the outside of the bracelet?  (Although leaving the bristles on the inside might result in a tartar free wrist.)  Would they kind of curl up when boiled?
Luchador Al4 years ago
i gave this a try .  .. i boiled my toothbrush for 6 minutes and then another 6 because it wasn't bendy enough.  in the end, it wouldn't form and just snapped . . .

thoughts?  help?

al
tbird414 years ago
"Using something other than your hand . . ." for Step 4 was my favorite part :-)   Very clean and understandable images!
jtobako4 years ago
A baseball bat, large glass or heavy-walled bottle comes in handy when bending bracelets-easier to get the curve smooth no mater how much the thickness changes. 
CaseyCase4 years ago
Nice nice baby!
Doctor What4 years ago
 Did you make the images yourself?
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