These personalized accessories contain a serving size dose of your favorite instant coffee or drink mix. They are perfect for a busy office setting, or after a workout in the gym. When you use your "joe on the go bracelet" having a hot cup of joe, or an ice cold flavored water, is just an arms length away!

NOTE: You may be thinking, "why not just use your pockets?" Well simply because in a lot of business attire and exercise wear there are NO pockets. :) Plus it's just fun!


Picture of MATERIALS

You'll need very few things for this project:

~ Your favorite coffee/drink mix
~ 1 condiment bottle
~ 1 dowel rod 3/16"
~ Airline Tubing 

Optional: Decorations to disguise your tubing. (ribbon & embellishments)

hot glue for decorations
bolt cutters (to cut dowel)



1. Cut a length of tubing long enough to go around your wrist. (This will hold about 1 serving) If you want to really "load up" you can cut a length long enough to wrap around the wrist a few times, or make a necklace version. 
2. Cut about a 1 inch piece of the dowel rod to be the "cork" on the bracelet.
3. OPTIONAL: Decorate it by hot glue a strip of ribbon down the length of the tubing, rolling it up, and gluing it closed. Then you can add your embellishments as you wish. 
NOTE: The following steps are down without decorations so you can see things clearly.
4. Push your "cork" piece into one end of the tubing about half way. 
5. Fill your condiment bottle up with your mix. It should be fairly fine.(The coffee crystals may need to be ground a little more)
6. Holding your tube in one hand and the bottle in the other slowly fill your bracelet. Try to leave about 1/2" clearance from the top.
7. Once your bracelet is full, put it around your wrist and slide the open end of the tubing over the other half of the "cork"

Step 3: TO USE

Picture of TO USE

~ To use your "joe on the go bracelet" simply pop one of the ends of the "cork" and dump your coffee into a mug of hot water, or your drink mix into an ice cold bottle of water. (which ever you've prepared for) When dumping the mix it is best to keep the tube straight & to pour at some distance above the cup to prevent any condensation at the end of the tube. You can roll the tube a little between your fingers if you feel it is sticking a bit. 

~ Snap your now empty bracelet back onto your wrist and drink up!

NOTE: To clean it at home just remove the plug and rinse water through it until the water runs clear. Set it out to dry before next use.


barefootbohemian (author)2012-02-18

Thats a really clever idea! Just have to figure out where to stash a cup on the go. Good work!

Maybe one of those collapsable cups. You know the kind that telescope. LOL. ;)

Ha ha that just might work!

Rowan_Winterhaven (author)2012-01-08

You had me until I saw the "crystals that pretend to be coffee to fool people into drinking it". Gah! That stuff is foul!

But the idea is wonderful!!! For things other than coffee, anyway. Unless... What about real grounds from real coffee (read: Something that you grind from beans in your very own kitchen and doesn't make a "psh" sound when you open the container.) and figure out a way to work a wire mesh filter system into the bracelet design, or build a mesh filter to cap onto the end of the tube so you can use it like a straw and drink real coffee without picking grounds out of your teeth?

hmmm.... *starts looking for the tubing in the craft room*

coffee filtering straw? genius .. wonder if anyone though about that :)

lol I got my hands on some food safe tubing but I'm still working out how to get a filter to stay on. At the moment I'm working with the small round metal screens that you use in your water faucet.

Check out
I think this is what you had in mind.

interesting.. maybe mini zip ties? i said that cause i made an instructable on a coffee filtering straw.. and a coffee filtering coffee mug :)

Brew your coffee really strong...make a concentrate, in other words. Or use espresso.

If you are going to use it as a straw be sure to find a tubing that is food safe with HOT liquids. Other then that go for it. :)

mstyle183 (author)2012-02-15

this is very awesome... it's even more awesome that you have 27000 views.. jaw dropping :- =========)

mygibzone (author)mstyle1832012-02-15

I only have so many views because life hacker picked it up. Most of them just bashed on it too. Oh well, to each their own. There are also lots, like yourself that like it. Thanks!

mstyle183 (author)mygibzone2012-02-15

wow thats awesome.. someone else got featured with the coffee tea bags... he already has 9 k views.. i got to figure out how to get featured there :)

signoutloud (author)2012-01-13

Awesome idea! I think true coffee lovers will love this emergency backup ;)

mikeasaurus (author)2012-01-06

Can you make this so it just pumps coffee straight into your wrist?

codongolev (author)mikeasaurus2012-01-07

I think it would work better if it was some sort of caffeine-saline solution. it would need to be both sterile and have a very specific pH, which --

*random man rushes in, leans to my ear*

*whisper whisper whisper*

oh... a joke. yeah. um.... I was joking as well. heh... yes.

*makes awkward eye contact for several seconds, then suddenly books it out of the room*

mikeasaurus (author)codongolev2012-01-07


codongolev (author)mikeasaurus2012-01-08

alright then, let's do it.

(splurts my instant coffee) lmao! You're awesome! do you have any tips to get coffee out of a laptop keyboard?

a straw?

Kinnishian (author)codongolev2012-01-08

Good place to start:

codongolev (author)Kinnishian2012-01-09

I already own 100 grams of caffeine powder. I'm set for a while.

mygibzone (author)mikeasaurus2012-01-06

LOL!!! That's a million dollar idea. Go for it! ;)

CootiePatootie (author)2012-01-10

Awesome idea. It really would be simple to make it with as many tubes as you wanted; just glue them together with PVA or school glue & let dry. Thanks for sharing!! :-D

IronManMC (author)2012-01-10

And the ultimate "Colombia's 2nd leading export" instructable.

Obtain one Folgers Coffee crystal, 50 lbs, compressed into a 3 inch spike, from Starbucks' main office, or the Colombian embassy. Using a 20 lb sledge hammer, whack this up your nose. If you can't stand the pain, you're no caffeine addict. You disgust me. Take your decaf and get out.

jpnagle59 (author)2012-01-09

....hmm...I'm not a drinker, of alcohol, but you could load up 10 of these with your favorite 'booze'...put about 5 of them on each wrist....head out to the dance hall...I live in Texas...order a coke...dump you JD in...presto, instant $4 dollar savings...10 drinks a night, 5 on each wrist...$20 dollars saved for break fest after the dance...if your a beer drinker...a radiator hose down your leg might work...Lord please forgive me...I just had to say that...I'm sorry...

mygibzone (author)2012-01-09

For those concerned with food safety, you can buy FDA approved clear vinyl tubing @ for cheap. You can select a diameter you want too. Hope this helps! :)

agis68 (author)2012-01-09

no way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.....After the coffemaker add on for the adroid machines now in stores the invention of the century...... are in meeting, all are boring but not ask the secretary to bring a coffee cup...and infront of the suprised eyes of your colleques you empty the tube to the cup.....BUT....its cold. Then take of the new OS running the bracelet and is combatible with USB3 and you plug the heater usb tray......under the cup......wait for a while and that's it!!!!! Nobody else has this one and all in the enteprise company you work (1500 personel) ask you to make one for go to deposit patente but now the problems the nylon tube safe under FD & Acts determinations and limitations?
Is the time you hold the coffee expired? of corse but u dont have any rules for the electronics (like USB my scenario remember?) compatble to the goverment rules for safety FCC rules.........

I really enjoy this scenario.....So never show this to any who will wants some drops of your

mygibzone (author)agis682012-01-09

Patents are frustrating because it costs a couple grand just to get the ball rolling, which I don't have :( I do love your scenario though!

micbike (author)2012-01-09

Now that is clever!!!

aliberry (author)2012-01-09

genius! love it. mine will be hot chocolate powder - the kind that already has milk powder in it.

If you happen to be in or near one, you can get 1" dowel pegs in most hardware stores (ready cut, for joining wooden furniture) or scrabble around the bottom of flat-pack furniture depots' bargain bins, or the local scrap yard for broken TV cabinets etc - (cheap fibreboard type) and rescue the dowel pegs. Take pliers to grip them - its like pulling teeth!
PS I'm in England so maybe you don't have the same thing, sorry if I've led anyone on a wild goose chase!

poikilotherm (author)2012-01-08

Make a bracelet with three tubes, side by side, and fill one with coffee, one with sugar and one with creamer. That way you can fix your coffee up with sugar and cream however you like.

gregster159 (author)2012-01-08

hopefully no terrorists get a hold of this idea

KwartzKitten (author)2012-01-08

I can't wait to get my hands on some tubing so I can do this!

mygibzone (author)2012-01-08

Yes, I agree. It was completely an assumption on my part. Plus many times I grab the first thing that pops into my mind for projects. As you can see it's one of those things that needs a few bugs worked out. Thank you.

susanrm (author)mygibzone2012-01-08

Well, it's still an awesome project. I bet some creativity will turn up a known-safe alternative. What about something like a large flexible straw?

mygibzone (author)susanrm2012-01-08

That would be great. My children have had those silly straw glasses before so i bet you could just take the tubing from something like that.

debrataylor (author)2012-01-08

What about refridgerator tubing, what the water to your ice maker flows through?

mygibzone (author)debrataylor2012-01-08

Yes, any food save tubing should work. You just have to adjust the width of the dowel to fit properly for what ever you are using. I honestly used the airline tubing because it was the first thing to come to mind.

lumpee (author)2012-01-08

Good idea. I'm thinking before you fill the tube you could mix sugar and coffee whitener with the coffee,or layer them in the necklace version for an interesting look.

mygibzone (author)lumpee2012-01-08

You Definitely could for the Necklace. I don't know if the bracelet would have enough room unless you did a double wrapped one. These are great ways to make it your own!

asitnik (author)2012-01-08

Great idea, one of the best I ever saw here!
A few suggestions:
1) Emptying the tubing into the cup before adding water - wouldn't it avoid the condensation issue entirely?
2) Obtaining the tubing from a medical supply store (i.e. I.V.-grade), possibly would mean the tube's safer then the pet-grade one. Would anyone be able to confirm that?
3) For an added humour/sarcastic touch, add one of those medical-alert tags saying CPR - in this case meaning "Coffee-Provided Resuscitation".

mygibzone (author)asitnik2012-01-08

WOW! These are all excellent suggestions. Love them all. THANK YOU SO MUCH! Very helpful :)

Say What (author)2012-01-08

Great idea!! Another thing you could use as your stopper is wooden dowel pins that you can find at any hardware store or that you may have left over from a "screw and glue" furniture assembly kit.

Home Depot example:

bcraun (author)2012-01-08


fluffydragon (author)2012-01-08

love it!

sitearm (author)2012-01-08

@mygibzone; Hi! Cute idea... next step, Coffee IV? I'm thinking of printing this for my Starbucks barista friends... but they might consider it competition ;) Cheers! :) Site

Mig Welder (author)2012-01-08

Very creative!

elainek (author)2012-01-08

I think this is great! It might not be a bad idea to carry a few when traveling or hiking. It's one thing to be lost a few days, it's another thing being both lost and suffering caffeine withdrawal! - Yes, I am a die-hard coffee drinker, and when someone switched the house coffee to decaf, I felt so lousy I thought I had the flu. I figured it out the next day and knocked back several cups of strong coffee, felt right as rain in no time. I thought instant cofffee should somehow be added to travel kits, and this is perfect! Thanks!

susanrm (author)2012-01-07

Is airline tubing food-safe?

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