Thursday, July 2, 2009

How To Make An Upcycled Collage Bracelet

Hey there, DIYers!

So, if you're a pack rat like me, you have all sorts of junk stashed around your house/room. The other day I dug up an old plastic bracelet I got as a party favor years ago.

As you can see, it's a cute, chunky shape, but it's not really in style anymore. Or, at least, it's not MY style. So, I decided to amp it up using things I had around the house. I'm really into music and used to take voice lessons in middle and high school. I kept a lot of my old sheet music and thought it would be great to cover up my bracelet with. You can also use fortune cookie fortunes, comics, newspaper and magazine clippings and, well, anything you want, really.

What you'll need:

A plastic bracelet

Glue (A glue made for plastic is best, but I used Elmer's School Glue)

Clear nail polish

Wax paper to work on

Paper to decorate with


OK, kids, let's get DIYing!

First, cut out your paper scraps into various shapes and sizes. Then spread glue onto a little section of your bracelet. (You can also spread it onto your paper scrap, if that's easier for you.)

Now, place your paper scrap onto the glued area, pressing and smoothing it down. You can smooth glue over the paper's edges and top, too. This is what I did, as I was using Elmer's, which doesn't bond to plastic too well.

Continue gluing your scraps until your bracelet is completely covered. Let it dry. This can take anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour. I had a LOT of glue on mine, so that sucker took a few hours to dry.

When it's completely dry, grab your clear nail polish and coat the entire bracelet. If some of your paper scraps wrap around to the bracelet's back, make sure you coat them with polish, too. You can add a few coats, if you want.

Let your bracelet dry and then you're done! Enjoy showing off your awesome new collage bracelet.

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