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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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samridhi123 months ago

can i use colgate flexy

samridhi123 months ago

they were not of my size what shall i do??????

AbbyL14 months ago

I have an electronic toothbrush! :(

char67086 months ago

looks cool

Bella998 months ago
Cool idea
PrayingMantisEmilyGrace made it!8 months ago
Didn't urn out :-(
HowToBen11 months ago

Do not remove the bristles for effect.

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!!
kamariden3 years 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.
waterpolo13 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!!
GofishRC0073 years ago
Imagine you could make more than just a bracelet, a S hook perhaps, maybe even could make a chain of bracelets!
VAC3 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!
mpolson4 years ago
Great instructions! Can't wait to make some for my daughter's orthodontist office! ;D
mboada4 years ago
can i do it with a colgate 360 tooth brush????
jackfr0st4 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 :)

jackfr0st4 years ago
Could you do this by heating them up in the oven? In the same manner you use to warp vinyl records?
poofrabbit4 years ago
This is cool, I'm going to have to give this a try
SPYBOOM4 years ago
ha ha ice ice baby
dmclaugh14 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
mhozzy15 years ago
 melt the bristles a little with a match or lighter to make everything a little easier to get out
kiva22 mhozzy15 years ago
doesn't that release any noxious fumes or gases when melting plastic?

You could go outside and hold your breath.
Spyderman364 years ago
I have a sonic toothbrush, so i cant do this... =(
kiva225 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 :)
techturtle25 years ago
Mine Melted... :(
techturtle25 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!
casketry5 years ago
 "something other than your hand" xD rofl
Moosterz5 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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craftyque5 years ago
I love how simply this is. It will be a great activity to do with my tween cousin. Thanks for sharing.
ghanim5 years ago
that let me laugh, it is so silly
ramchand5 years ago
 Wow..I made my own...Its really cool... :)
cmlara_20095 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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