Throwback DIY: Colorful, Chunky Toothbrush Bracelets

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I was flipping through old photographs in an album the other day when I happened upon a picture of myself wearing what seemed to be chunky, plastic bangles. Not an unfamiliar sight for a kid who grew up in the late ’90s and ’00s, but upon further inspection I realized that these weren’t just any old bangles. These were toothbrush bracelets, handcrafted by myself. There’s something to be said about jewelry you make yourself, no?

Inspired, I decided to make some in the year 2015. You only live once, my friends. Want to make your own, too? Here’s how!

What You Need:

  • Plastic toothbrushes
  • Pliers
  • Hot water


Step 1

Using your pliers, begin pulling the bristles out of your toothbrush. This takes a little bit of muscle, but not too much.

Wendy_Toothbrushbracelet_Step1Keep pulling until every little bit has been removed.


Step 2

Immerse your toothbrushes in boiled water for 10 to 15 minutes. Feel free to just pop them in boiling water on the stove, but keep an eye on them.


Step 3

Pull the toothbrushes out, one at a time, to see if they are pliable. Once they’re heated through, they should bend easily. Use your pliers (or hands if you’re brave) to wrap them into bangle shapes. Be careful, because the plastic is very hot.


Step 4

Wear them with a smile on your face!


– What was your favorite DIY project as a teenager?

– Did you ever wear toothbrush bracelets?

– What’s the funkiest piece of jewelry you’ve worn?



About Wendy

Wendy Rose Gould is a latte-loving, vintage-collecting, cat-adoring beauty and fashion writer whose work has appeared both online and in print. While she grew up in urban Indiana surrounded by horse buggies and corn fields, she's since moved west to Phoenix (after a stint in South Korea) where cacti and haboobs reign supreme. Wendy believes a woman should never leave the house without enviable hair and a spritz of her staple perfume. And also mascara. Never leave the house without mascara.

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One Response to Throwback DIY: Colorful, Chunky Toothbrush Bracelets

  1. Pamela Waterman 04/24/2015 at 8:40 am #

    Who knew? Could start a fashion trend for every kid in braces! I once tried to boil a toothbrush after someone had gotten over the flu. Yeah, found out about bending handles….decided to just buy a new one. Thanks for posting!

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