Create a Bangle or Cuff for Everyday Wear or as a Costume Accessory.
This quick craft creates a bangle or cuff-style bracelet made from sturdy duct tape. Duct tape comes in a variety of colors, can be colored with permanent marker, and can be decorated with buttons or even rhinestones. With several rolls of duct tape in different colors and several pairs of scissors, this would make a fun birthday or slumber party craft with preteen girls.
Recycled Material Cuff Bracelet
Instructions to make a cuff bracelet:
- Cut a cardboard tube from toilet paper in half widthwise. This creates two shorter tubes.
- Cut one slit down the length of each tube.
- Wrap one slit-open tube around the other tube. If necessary, trim so they are as near to the same length as possible.
- Set the open tubes around the wrist of the wearer. Shift the two tubes so the cut edges just touch at the inside of the wrist. Most of the cardboard will overlap. Add a small piece or two of transparent tape to hold the two tubes in their overlapped position.
- Go down to the directions on covering the cuff with duct tape.
Instructions to make a bangle bracelet:
- Cut a cardboard tube from the inside of a roll of toilet paper in half widthwise. This creates two shorter tubes.
- Cut both of the short tubes in half again to create four rings of cardboard.
- Snip open the rings.
- Set two cardboard rings over the wrist of the wearer. Overlap the rings so one has its opening toward the back of the wrist and the other ring opens toward the inside of the wrist. Make certain that the bracelet will slide over the hand. Add a couple of pieces of transparent tape to hold the cardboard rings in their position. Repeat with the other two cardboard rings to create two bangle bracelets.
- Go down to the directions on covering these bangles with duct tape.
DIY Duct Tape Jewelry
Select the color or colors of duct tape for the bracelet. Another option is to color the duct tape with permanent markers after it is over the bracelet form.
Cut small pieces of duct tape to wrap around the cuff or the bangle. Each piece of tape should just wrap around the width of the bracelet with only a little overlap. Hide the overlap on the inside of the bracelet.
When wrapping the other pieces of duct tape around the bracelet the crafter should set the sides of the tape as close as possible or overlap the edges of the tape just a bit. Avoid wrapping one long piece of tape around the cardboard – the tape will wrinkle and bubble more. Crafters who like that textured effect can wind a long piece of tape around the cardboard. Don’t worry about the bubbles that form.
Add decorations by cutting small squares or diamond shapes from the roll of tape and then sticking the shapes to the bracelet. Cut thin strips of tape to wrap around the bangle or the cuff in stripes or diagonal lines. The only limitation to creatively covering the bracelet is the challenge of cutting small pieces of duct tape.
Another option for decorating the bracelet is to color over all or part of the tape with permanent markers. Give the marker a couple of minutes to set before touching it with fingertips.
Finally, hot glue on buttons, rhinestones, or whatever other decorative elements are desired.
If all this work has caused the bracelet to flatten out, roll it up and wrap an elastic band around it for 30 to 60 minutes to give it back its shape.
Making a duct tape bracelet involves creating a cardboard form and then covering it with pieces of duct tape. Be creative with colored tape, marker embellishments, and even rhinestone accents. Make a necklace using recycled paper beads for a fun and funky look. Have the supplies on hand for a birthday or slumber party or a rainy afternoon.