Recycling is a great way of obtaining useful products from daily household scrap which would have been thrown otherwise. One such useful article is a toothbrush. You all have old toothbrushes in your houses as you collect them unknowingly just by forgetting to throw them away. When you have to discard your old toothbrush then try this easy project to turn it into a funky and pretty bracelet that you can wear as a unique jewelry trinket or you can even gift it to your loved ones. Here is the step-by-step guide that will take you through the the entire process of making a bracelet out of a toothbrush.
1. Soften the bristles of toothbrush
First of all, pour some tap water into the bowl and place it over the stove. Allow the temperature of water to rise up to the point when water starts boiling. When water comes to a rolling boil then drop the old toothbrush into it and let it boil for about 5-10 minutes. Carefully remove the toothbrush from the bowl containing boiling water with the help of kitchen tongs.
2. Remove the toothbrush bristles
Now, remove all the bristles from toothbrush with the help of pliers. Make sure you do this as soon as you take it out from the bowl otherwise the toothbrush will harden and it will become difficult to remove the bristles. Be careful not to bend the toothbrush while pulling out the bristles. Remove all the bristles in a similar fashion.
3. Soften the toothbrush
Once you have removed all the bristles, again drop the toothbrush into the bowl containing boiling water allowing it to boil for another 5-10 minutes. With the help of the kitchen tongs, take the toothbrush out from the boiling water and carefully place it on a towel.
4. Bend it into the shape of a bracelet
Wrap the towel completely around the hot toothbrush. Gently bend both ends of it towards each other. Soften the toothbrush for some more minutes into the boiling water if it is too resistant. Your toothbrush may require some more dips into the boiling water if is made up of hard plastic. Once the toothbrush is in the desired shape, place it into a bowl containing cold water. This will let the plastic harden and set into the shape of the bracelet. Your funky toothbrush bracelet is now ready.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Is it possible to lend different designs to the toothbrush bracelet?
A. Well, all depends on your creativity. If you can become an expert at this project, you can surely try many different tactics to bend toothbrush in ways to get new designs. Another idea is to paint your toothbrush or add glittery stuff to your toothbrush bracelt to make it stand out.
1. For making bracelets, toothbrush which are thin and made up of soft plastic are the best options.
2. Toothbrush of good brands has nothing to do with this project as the brand name is not going to effect the final outcome at all.
Things To Watch Out For
1. Do not boil the brush for more than 10 minutes for removing the bristles as this can bend the toothbrush onto an undesirable shape while you are removing the bristles.
2. You can get burns if you are not careful while handling the hot toothbrush. Never place it directly on your skin.