Introduction: Perfect Summer Bangle

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Here's a fun tutorial on how to make a message bangle that's one-of-a-kind, done in the sun, waterproof and weatherproof. Even after several trips to the beach, it won't fade or wash off! Essentially, it's the Perfect Summer Bangle.

Step 1: Used in This Tutorial: Inkodye Red

Step 2: Prepare

All you'll need for this project is a raw wooden bangle (we got ours from, a black paint marker, plastic wrap, and some Inkodye!

Step 3: Transcribe

Write your message on a piece of plastic wrap big enough to wrap around your entire bangle

Step 4: Perfect

Carefully practice wrapping it around your bangle to see how it'll look. Once your satisfied with your message, you can put the plastic wrap aside while you move onto the next step. It took us a few times to get the penmanship right!

Step 5: Pour

Take the Inkodye color of your choice and pour it onto a plate or palet. You will need very little dye for this bangle, so don't pour too much!

Step 6: Brush

Cover the entire bangle with inkodye for a nice even shade. We also painted the inside to keep things easy.

Step 7: Wipe

Make sure to remove all excess Inkodye and keep wiping until the bangle feels dry. This will prevent condensation inside the saran wrap when you place the bangle in the sun. And don't worry about wiping too much--the Inkodye has already been absorbed into the wood.

Step 8: Wrap

Take your plastic wrap and place your message wherever you want! Once you're happy with the placement, pull the plastic wrap taut by gathering it towards the back of your bangle.

Step 9: Tape

Take the gathered saran wrap and twist it towards the middle. Tape in place.

Step 10: Expose

Bring your wrapped bangle out into the sun. The color will start to appear instantly!

Step 11: Develop

Leave the bangle out for four minutes on each side. We recommend turning it front to back and flipping it upside down to ensure all areas develop fully.

Step 12: Cut

Once it's finished, bring the bangle inside and cut through the tape and saran wrap.

Step 13: Reveal

Peel back the saran wrap to reveal your dyed message! Once all the plastic is removed, it's ready to be washed.

Step 14: Wash

We recommend preparing a very hot wash bath using dish washing detergent as soap.  Let the bangle soak for at least 20 minutes, occasionally scrubbing the printed part with a brush or a sponge.

Step 15: Enjoy!

Flaunt your one-of-a-kind summer bangle and don't forget to carpe diem!