This is one of those projects that we tried mostly because, well...we could. Bracelets made out of toothbrushes - we had to try it! We cant resist any project that we get to melt things that we probably shouldn't! (I think we get that from our dad!)
They turned out so well. When we wore them out, no one ever guessed that they were made of toothbrushes. You can recycle whatever old toothbrushes you have around the house, or buy new ones like we did. The kids loved them as well. Our boys thought their Spongebob toothbrushes would make awesome bracelets. Surprisingly we really didn't want Spongebob bracelets, so we kept our eyes out at the dollar store until we found these. $1 for for 5 clear toothbrushes! What a deal! The clear plastic brushes are supposed to be easier to shape, so you may want to give them a try!
First you will want to remove the bristles with tweezers or pliers. This was much easier than we expected. Like tweezing really bushy eyebrows!
While you are tweezing, boil a large pot of water (wide enough for your toothbrushes. Once the water is boiling, drop the toothbrushes in. Boil them for about 3 minutes until they soften up. We didn't notice any weird smells while boiling them, but you may want to open a window while you do this step.
Some sites had you take the toothbrushes out of the water and use a mug to shape the toothbrush into a bracelet. Our toothbrushes cooled almost instantly and couldn't mold them. We found that we could shape them using two pairs of metal tongs and the side of the pot. The toothbrushes molded very easily when we could keep them hot. Just be careful, because everything is hot!
We have been having so much fun sporting these funky bracelets this summer! Definitely wearing them to our next trip to the dentist office!