Introduction: Make This Bangle From a Recycled Plastic Bottle

We love making recycled jewellery and this bangle is really easy to make!

Please note: this craft involves the use of sharp scissors, and melting plastic. Therefore adult participation is essential.

Materials:

  • Plastic soda bottle
  • Ruler
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Art Knife
  • Blow pens
  • Clear acrylic sealer spray I
  • Iron

Step 1:

Mark out the width of your bangle (we chose 4.5 cm)

Step 2:

Cut along the line you have just measured.

Step 3:

  • Paint the bangle with Blo Pens
  • To seal the paint, I used Acrylic Crystal Clear Spray.

Step 4:

  • Set the iron on medium heat
  • Gently press the plastic ring on the iron, move the plastic in a circular motion until both ends form a rounded edge.

Step 5:

Now the bangle is ready to wear!

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Comments

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kathynv made it!(author)2016-05-25

Does this leave a residue on the iron? I'd hate for my husband to have plastic bottle melted into his dress shirt. Otherwise, this is wonderful, and as soon as I find the old iron, I'll have to try this very cool idea. Thank you for posting.

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parisusa made it!(author)2016-04-02

The final project looks so fancy but it looks easy to do! Thank you!

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cprphoto made it!(author)2016-02-10

The image of the bracelet on the iron looks so different from the final piece. Was there a step in between, or did the iron somehow make the bracelet look cool and not just seal the edges? Thanks.

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Room+to+Grow made it!(author)2016-02-11

I sprayed on more paint after I ironed the edges in, and sealed it with acrylic spray. That's why it looks different.

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BBBre123 made it!(author)2016-03-31

You should add this as well.

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Room+to+Grow made it!(author)2016-04-01

Thanks for your suggestion! I will add that in.

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AnniArizona made it!(author)2016-02-10

I'm also waiting for info on "blow pen" ! :-)

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Room+to+Grow made it!(author)2016-02-11

"Blo Pens" They are kids pens specially designed for stenciling and making a spray paint effect on paper.

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BBBre123 made it!(author)2016-03-31

You should add this to your instruction Step 5.

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oscardelben made it!(author)2016-02-09

This is so good for for the environment, a plastic bottle recycling. This is so cool for school projects. Good work!

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Room+to+Grow made it!(author)2016-02-13

Thank you! Totally agree with you this would make a good school project on recycling / upcycling.

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BBBre123 made it!(author)2016-03-31

Is this project good for long term, in terms of the marker wearing?

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Lori+Simpson made it!(author)2016-03-10

Neat-o! I can't wait to try this with our summer group of makers. TFS \m/

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Room+to+Grow made it!(author)2016-03-15

Fantastic! I'm glad you are going to try it out! Thanks

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sunshiine made it!(author)2016-02-09

Love this, thanks for sharing~

sunshiine~

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Room+to+Grow made it!(author)2016-02-13

Thanks so much! I'm glad you like it!

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cprphoto made it!(author)2016-02-10

Does this ruin your iron or mess it up? Could I put a piece of aluminum in between the two? I don't have those kinds of pens you used, can I use any kind of other pens or paint? Thanks!

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Room+to+Grow made it!(author)2016-02-13

It didn't ruin my iron. I was very careful and set the iron at a low heat first and slowly increased the temperature to medium heat. I also moved the plastic continuously over the iron so it didn’t stick to the iron. Maybe baking paper would work better than aluminium foil?

Yes, other pens or paint will work. You will need to seal the pens so they don’t smudge on your skin.

I used acrylic paint on another bangle I made which turned out well. The pens I use are called Blo Pens. They are kids pens that have been specially designed for stencilling and making a spray paint effect on paper.

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Simran+Sharma made it!(author)2016-02-09

Nice

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Room+to+Grow made it!(author)2016-02-11

Thanks so much! :)

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cprphoto made it!(author)2016-02-10

Does this ruin your iron or mess it up? Could I put a piece of aluminum in between the two? I don't have those kinds of pens you used, can I use any kind of other pens or paint? Thanks!

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mkaislasuo made it!(author)2016-02-09

You copied Roman UrsuHack :D

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jlepack made it!(author)2016-02-08

I was curious what a ron was, lol! but it's just a simple spelling mistake (iron).
Great instructible!

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Room+to+Grow made it!(author)2016-02-08

Woops! Thanks for letting me know! :)

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Penolopy+Bulnick made it!(author)2016-02-08

That is so cute and I haven't even heard of those blow pens since I was little! Super cool :)

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Room+to+Grow made it!(author)2016-02-08

Thank you! I love the spray paint effect the pens make.

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