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My apologies that I have been a little slow posting this past week. But I promise that I have a perfectly valid explanation…sort of. I have been indulging in my new guilty pleasure. You see, I just got HBO and, well, for the last week and a half I have been spending way too much time watching True Blood for the first time. I started with Season 1 and right now as I type, I have a screen open that is playing Season 5 Episode 10. Shameful, isn’t it? But totally, totally fun. And it is filling that hole left behind after the season finale of Walking Dead this past spring. So that means something, doesn’t it?

On the plus side for my DIY self, it’s given me plenty of time to think up my next project. And I have to admit that this DIY ranks towards the top of my list of all-time favorite fun craft projects.

[Breaking here to watch the rest of the episode and eat a chocolate peanut butter sandwich.]

[Continuing break. Episode 10 is over. Starting episode 11.]

Now, onward to the project. While recently trolling Pinterest, I came across a shoe rack that was made from PVC piping. I thought it was pretty brilliant and it got me thinking: what else could be made from PVC? I came up with several interesting ideas that I plan on trying, but was head over heels about my number one idea: making bangle bracelets from PVC! So I finally got off my butt and headed over to the hardware store and picked up both 2-inch and 3-inch diameter pre-cut 2-foot long sections of PVC piping.


PVC Piping


I started by covering them both with a coat of white semi-gloss spray paint to cover up the pre-printed writing.

The 2-inch diameter PVC was a little narrow, so I ended up only using the 3-inch piping. But the 2-inch one won’t go to waste. I’ve got a fun DIY idea to use it later.

The next step was to cut down the PVC. I used a miter saw to slice through the PVC, cutting rings at varying widths, so no measuring was involved.

If you don’t have a big old miter saw, no problem. A small hand saw will do the job just fine.


Cutting the PVC


Cut PVC rings


The edges were pretty raw, so I used a rotary dremel to sand down the cut edges. And don’t worry if you don’t have a dremel. PVC is pretty soft and can be easily sanded by hand.


Sanding the PVC


Next, I hand-sanded the rings using 400-grit sand paper for a super smooth finish.

Finally, I picked out a few colors of craft paint, from my stash, that I thought would be fun for decorating: bright magenta and patina. I used a small art brush to paint different designs onto each bracelet.

Here are the fun, final results. [And starting episode 12 right now.]


DIY PVC Bangle Bracelets
DIY PVC Bangle Bracelets


DIY PVC Bracelets
DIY PVC Bracelets


DIY PVC Bracelets
DIY PVC Bracelets


DIY PVC Bracelets
DIY PVC Bracelets


DIY PVC Bracelets
Thank you to my friend and lovely hand model, Kathie!


I thought the bracelets would be heavy, but they feel nearly weightless. And what I really super-duper love about this project is that since they’re so inexpensive and easy to make, I can easily make and paint sets to coordinate with tons of outfits! I’m already making plans.

So there you have it! Fun, easy, budget friendly do it yourself PVC bracelets. Totally loving it!

Oh, and by the way, my other favorite DIYs are my Fabulous High Heel Planters

diy high heel planter succulents
Fabulous high heel planters


Now back to the next episode of True Blood!!!



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  1. What a fun idea. We always have PVC laying around from projects and the girls would have lots of fun making these. Pinned. Would love if you linked up to the Merry Monday Linky Party.

  2. Wishy tape or whatever it is called might be a great idea how to decorate also. I was drawn to the smaller sized ones. Great idea.

  3. I can not believe you came up with this!!! I will never look at pvc pipe the same way again. Thank you for sharing on our Four Seasons Blog Hop.

    • Thank you Shawna! And thanks for hosting! Yeah, there are so many things that can have alternate uses and it’s really fun exploring those. :-)

    • Totally agreed. I’ve been guilty of overlooking it for a long time, until now. And I’m sure there are tons of over mediums I’ve over looked. I love when I come across things that make me say, “why didn’t I think of that?”

    • Thanks so much Karla. Not sure how I came up with it. Must have been having an outer body experience that day. :-)

  4. Ooh, good idea! I dread the idea of using a hand saw though but I might just be tempted enough to try it, I was thinking maybe black and silver!

    • Oh, that would be gorgeous! I might have to try that color combo also!!! But don’t be scared of a hand saw. You can get a small 10″ hack saw for about 10 bucks and it’s really easy to use. PVC cuts very easily. Or even try a dremel if you have one.

  5. Love, love, love this idea!! I have been wanting to make bangles for awhile now, but those wooden ones are quite pricey and won’t fit over my big paws (aka hands), I can’t wait to try out the PVC route!

  6. Hi, these bangles are real cheery for summer, they’re great fun; we get some of the HBO tv programmes over here too; I loved ‘Sex and the City’ :) hope you have a very happy 4th of July.

  7. Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday. I hopped over to your high heel succulent craft too :-) Very creative idea. I would’ve never thought to hollow out a high heel to make a planter.

  8. These bangles are fantastic. However, I was wondering if something else could be used instead of paint. I wonder if something like washi tape world work? Maybe with a clear gloss finish so the tape wouldn’t come off. What do you think? Think that would work?

    • Thank you Virginia. I think washi tape is a great idea. I haven’t tried it, but I think it would work great.

    • Oh my goodness, thank you so much Carol! And I know what you mean. I had to ask a sales person for a smaller section of PVC. I did tell them it was for a craft project. He didn’t look at me too weird though. :-)

  9. Hey Janise! I totally love this project! Now I have another reason to got to the hardwear store…not that I need one. :) Thanks for sharing at the Party in Your PJs link party. I choose you as one of my features. woop woop Congrats. I hope you will party again with us this week. :)

    • Thank you so much Bree. I saw the feature and I’m thrilled!!! Gracias. …and we never need a reason to go to the hardware store. :-)

  10. Thanks so much for sharing this great idea at the Say G’Day Saturday Linky Party. I’ve given your post a +1.

    Best wishes and Happy 4th of July!
    Natasha in Oz

  11. Thank you for sharing this post at City of Creative Dream’s City of Links on Friday! I appreciate you taking the time to party with me. Hope to see you again this week :)

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