Make This Bangle From a Recycled Plastic Bottle

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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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    JermaineM10

    1 year ago

    CRAZZZZZZZZYYYEE! I nevar knew to ever do this. It NEVAR would cross my mind. omg I LOVE my instructables PAID membership. Worth a membership in 1000K's.

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    kathynv

    2 years ago

    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

    3 years ago

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

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    cprphoto

    3 years ago

    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 Growcprphoto

    Reply 3 years ago

    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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    Room to GrowAnniArizona

    Reply 3 years ago

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

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    oscardelben

    3 years ago

    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 Growoscardelben

    Reply 3 years ago

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

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    BBBre123Room to Grow

    Reply 3 years ago

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

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    Lori Simpson

    3 years ago

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

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    cprphoto

    3 years ago

    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 Growcprphoto

    Reply 3 years ago

    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.