Best Way to Remove Annoying Event Bracelets

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Introduction: Best Way to Remove Annoying Event Bracelets

About: I've worked for Instructables off and on since 2006 building and documenting just about everything I enjoy doing. I am now the Creative Programs founder and manager for Autodesk and just finished building out…

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. Well...no 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

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

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

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.

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    160 Discussions

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    grannyjones
    grannyjones

    3 years ago

    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.

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    tommyfun
    tommyfun

    7 years ago

    Theres a cool new technology called scissors

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    TheDIYGod
    TheDIYGod

    Reply 4 years ago

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

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    Teodor2014M
    Teodor2014M

    Reply 5 years ago

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

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    SSeegars
    SSeegars

    12 years ago on Introduction

    "Always carry a knife."

    Rule #9 - Leroy Jethro Gibbs

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    Teodor2014M
    Teodor2014M

    Reply 5 years ago

    thats illegal in uk....

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    stephenniall
    stephenniall

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

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

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    mg0930mg
    mg0930mg

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

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

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    vicvelcro
    vicvelcro

    8 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    krabs
    krabs

    9 years ago on Step 3

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

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    cvazquez
    cvazquez

    9 years ago on Step 2

    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?

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    tjesse
    tjesse

    9 years ago on Introduction

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

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

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    tanmanknex
    tanmanknex

    11 years ago on Step 2

    This is always how i get them off, after a nice long shower. this works much easier if you shower first. great instructable BTW