If you want to turn your old toothbrushes into bracelets, all you need is an old toothbrush, pliers, a pot to boil water in, and a jar.
- Find any old or new cheap, clear plastic toothbrushes. The ones with patterns for little kids work great. It should also be about the same width from the top to bottom.
- You will need boiling hot water to heat the toothbrush to a soft stage. Make sure that when you boil the water you leave the toothbrush in there for 8-12 minutes. You may need to leave it in for a longer period of time depending on how hot the water is and the thickness of the toothbrush.
- While you’re waiting for the water to boil, cut the bristles as short as you can, or pulling the bristles out with needle-nosed pliers works very well too.
- When the water is bubbling rapidly remove it from the microwave or off the stove burner. Drop in the toothbrush. Wait until the plastic starts to soften. This will take more or less time depending on how wide your toothbrush gets at the end, but 5 minutes is a good “base” time to work from.
- Take the toothbrush out of the water with tongs, and set it on a dish towel. Let it cool from boiling hot to warm, but don’t let it cool off completely
- Fill a bowl with ice water. Slip off the toothbrush and submerge it. After about 5 seconds, the plastic will be hard again, and you can try it on. If it doesn’t fit, or it doesn’t look right, put it back into the hot water for a minute, repeat the shaping steps until it turns out the way you want it.
Enjoy wearing your new toothbrush bracelet!