Plastic bottles are so colorful, it’s a shame to toss them into the trash or even pitch them into a recycle bin; why not upcycle them instead? Follow these simple jewelry making instructions and turn some of that pretty plastic into a colorful, fun and quirky bracelet. Your non-crafty friends will be so inspired by your eco-friendly jewelry style, they’ll want a bracelet too; and since these jewelry making instructions are so simple, they can do it themselves.
This is the point where I would usually talk about landfills and “Green” plastic choices; but for now I will simply explain the steps for making a colorful bracelet from plastic you might otherwise throw away. If you want my ‘save the planet’ spiel, please check out How to create “Green” Jewelry.
-Hole punching tool (Fig 3): sturdy paper punch (office supply or craft store), precision punch (riogrande.com or firemountain.com) or hand drill (about 3 dollars at craft stores)
-Colorful Plastic: bottles, used credit or gift cards, coffee can lids, etc.
-25 to 30 Base metal jump rings or spring rings from a craft store like Michael’s.
-Wire for trim (Optional)
-Fine line marker
-Bracelet length chain with clasp. Links should have openings big enough to dangle a jump ring. Keep it inexpensive; remember you’re creating a fun, plastic bracelet, not a family heirloom. Here are a few options:
1) Try digging through your old jewelry for a chain.
2) Buy an inexpensive base metal chain from a craft store.
3) Make a simple chain by connecting jump rings or spring rings together and adding a a clasp at one end.
4) Or follow the Figure 8 Chain instructions in Make a Wire Bracelet Even a Grandma Could Love.
Clean and cut your plastic into large workable pieces. (fig. 4) See How to Create “Green” Jewelry for additional tips on plastic preparation.
Create Plastic Shapes
-Use the marker to draw 25 to 30 shapes on plastic (hearts, flowers, circles, etc) more if you like.
-Cut out shapes with scissors (Fig 5)
-Punch holes in your shapes. The paper hole punch will work well with thin, flexible plastic. For thicker plastic try a hand drill or precision hole metal punch
-Slip a jump ring through the hole in a plastic shape and add to chain.
-Try layering two colors before adding.
-Continue adding pieces, as many or as few as you desire, spacing them evenly along the chain length.
-Add wire trim if you choose.
Source: My personal craft projects