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DIY PVC BRACELETS BANGLES

DIY PVC Bangle Bracelets

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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.

 

DIY PVC BRACELET BANGLES

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.

 

DIY PVC BRACELET BANGLES

Cutting the PVC

 

DIY PVC BRACELET BANGLES

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.

 

DIY PVC BRACELET BANGLES

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!!!

Cheers!

~Jenise

This post linked to some of these wonderful blogs and here.

 

 

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72 Comments on SUPER FUN & EASY DIY PVC BRACELETS

  1. Natashalh
    June 25, 2014 at 6:46 pm (4 weeks ago)

    Very cute! I never imagined PVC pipe could look so nice.

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    • Jenise
      June 26, 2014 at 1:14 pm (4 weeks ago)

      Thank you so much Natasha!

      Reply
  2. Erlene
    June 25, 2014 at 8:09 pm (4 weeks ago)

    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.

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    • Jenise
      June 26, 2014 at 1:14 pm (4 weeks ago)

      Thank you Erlene! I will definitely link up next Monday!

      Reply
  3. Diane
    June 26, 2014 at 7:46 am (4 weeks ago)

    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.

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    • Jenise
      June 26, 2014 at 1:13 pm (4 weeks ago)

      Thank you Diane! The tape is a great idea. I’ll have to try that also!!!

      Reply
  4. Aimee, The Crazy Craft Lady
    June 26, 2014 at 11:14 am (4 weeks ago)

    I love this idea. I may have to make these for my daughter… she is just starting to get into playing dress up. Pinning.

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    • Jenise
      June 26, 2014 at 12:50 pm (4 weeks ago)

      Thanks Aimee! I hope your daughter loves them!

      Reply
  5. Simple Nature Decor
    June 26, 2014 at 8:18 pm (4 weeks ago)

    Just an amazing creative project, stop by later to my Fabulous Friday Party and link this up

    Maria

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    • Jenise
      June 26, 2014 at 8:33 pm (4 weeks ago)

      Thank you so much Maria. And thank you for hosting each week!

      Reply
  6. Rachel
    June 26, 2014 at 9:36 pm (4 weeks ago)

    Oh these are so fun! I really like the colors your chose and that the colors go all the way inside and around the bracelets.

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    • Jenise
      June 28, 2014 at 1:48 am (4 weeks ago)

      Thank you so much Rachel! I was looking for summery colors. Glad you like it!

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    • Jenise
      June 26, 2014 at 11:11 pm (4 weeks ago)

      I already have! Thank you soooo much Maria!

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    • Jenise
      June 26, 2014 at 11:27 pm (4 weeks ago)

      Thanks so much Melissa & thanks for hosting each week!

      Reply
  7. Linda
    June 26, 2014 at 11:08 pm (4 weeks ago)

    These are so cute and inventive. PINNED. Linda Crafts a la Mode

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    • Jenise
      June 26, 2014 at 11:28 pm (4 weeks ago)

      Thanks so much Linda & thanks for hosting each week!!!

      Reply
  8. Bree
    June 26, 2014 at 11:48 pm (4 weeks ago)

    Such a creative idea! I always need another excuse to go to the hardware store. ;) Thanks for sharing. Pinned!

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    • Jenise
      June 27, 2014 at 12:54 pm (4 weeks ago)

      haha, tell me about it! I’m more dangerous in the hardware store than I am in Nordstroms!

      Reply
  9. Shawna
    June 27, 2014 at 9:16 am (4 weeks ago)

    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.

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    • Jenise
      June 28, 2014 at 1:50 am (4 weeks ago)

      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. :-)

      Reply
  10. Jessica
    June 27, 2014 at 11:27 am (4 weeks ago)

    Oh my! I would have never thought of using PVC for bangles. I love this project. Very creative!

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    • Jenise
      June 28, 2014 at 2:09 am (4 weeks ago)

      Thank you so much Jessica!

      Reply
  11. Made From Pinterest
    June 27, 2014 at 11:42 am (4 weeks ago)

    Great idea! I think sometimes PVC pipe is overlooked as a DIY medium!

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    • Jenise
      June 28, 2014 at 1:51 am (4 weeks ago)

      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?”

      Reply
  12. Karla Medina
    June 27, 2014 at 3:00 pm (4 weeks ago)

    I love these! How fun and easy! PVC…who’d a thunk it. :)

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    • Jenise
      June 28, 2014 at 2:12 am (4 weeks ago)

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

      Reply
  13. Melinda @Home.Made.Interest
    June 27, 2014 at 8:29 pm (4 weeks ago)

    Stopping by from The Best of the Weekend Link Party. Great thinking! Never would of thought of using PVC. My daughter would love these.

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    • Jenise
      June 28, 2014 at 2:04 am (4 weeks ago)

      Thanks Melinda! And now following you!

      Reply
  14. Kalliste
    June 28, 2014 at 6:21 am (4 weeks ago)

    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!

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    • Jenise
      June 28, 2014 at 11:47 am (4 weeks ago)

      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.

      Reply
  15. Sarah
    June 28, 2014 at 11:57 am (4 weeks ago)

    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!

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    • Jenise
      June 28, 2014 at 12:26 pm (4 weeks ago)

      Awesome Sarah! Would love for you to send some pics when they’re all done!!!! (jenise@diyfunideas)

      Reply
  16. Jennifer @ My Sweet Sanity
    June 29, 2014 at 5:18 pm (4 weeks ago)

    This is such a cute use for PVC pipe! Now to sneak into the hubby’s workshop to try making some of my own with his power tools.

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    • Jenise
      July 1, 2014 at 8:16 pm (3 weeks ago)

      Haha. No need to sneak! What’s his is yours, no? Or at least it is now. Lol. :-)

      Reply
  17. Phoenix tears healed
    June 29, 2014 at 8:27 pm (4 weeks ago)

    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.

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    • Jenise
      July 1, 2014 at 8:15 pm (3 weeks ago)

      Thank you so much. You have a wonderful holiday too! …and I love Sex & the City! :-)

      Reply
  18. Linda B
    June 29, 2014 at 11:15 pm (4 weeks ago)

    The bracelets look super fun to wear. Thanks for sharing. from Create w/Joy linky

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    • Jenise
      July 1, 2014 at 8:14 pm (3 weeks ago)

      Thank you so much and thanks for hosting!!

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    • Jenise
      July 1, 2014 at 8:12 pm (3 weeks ago)

      Thank you so much Barb. Glad you like it!!

      Reply
  19. Cheryl at Snaps of Ginger
    July 1, 2014 at 9:08 am (3 weeks ago)

    Such a fun idea!!! My nieces will love this. Pinned!

    I hopped over from the Winthrop Chronicles link up

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    • Jenise
      July 1, 2014 at 8:12 pm (3 weeks ago)

      Thank you so much Ginger and thanks for stopping by!

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    • Jenise
      July 1, 2014 at 8:11 pm (3 weeks ago)

      Thank you Kayla. We are all linked up and following you!

      Reply
  20. Alexis @ Persia Lou
    July 1, 2014 at 1:31 pm (3 weeks ago)

    These are so fun! I would have never guessed you made them out of PVC. Thanks so much for linking up with us at The Makers.

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    • Jenise
      July 1, 2014 at 8:09 pm (3 weeks ago)

      Thank you so much for hosting Alexis!

      Reply
  21. Erlene
    July 1, 2014 at 9:53 pm (3 weeks ago)

    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.

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    • Jenise
      July 2, 2014 at 1:59 pm (3 weeks ago)

      Thanks Erlene and glad you like the high heel planters!!! xo

      Reply
  22. Katie @ Upcycled Treasures
    July 1, 2014 at 11:01 pm (3 weeks ago)

    What a clever idea, and I love the colors you added to them! Thanks for sharing at The Makers!

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    • Jenise
      July 2, 2014 at 1:58 pm (3 weeks ago)

      Thank you so much Katie and thank you for hosting!

      Reply
  23. Mandy @ Sugar Bee Crafts
    July 2, 2014 at 2:45 pm (3 weeks ago)

    Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Crafts – you were featured today!! – - Mandy, SugarBeeCrafts.com

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    • Jenise
      July 2, 2014 at 5:33 pm (3 weeks ago)

      Oh my goodness. Thank you so much! I’m really honored to be featured!!!

      Reply
  24. Pauline Molinari
    July 2, 2014 at 5:19 pm (3 weeks ago)

    These are amazing! Love them! Thanks for sharing on the Monday Funday Party!

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    • Jenise
      July 2, 2014 at 5:34 pm (3 weeks ago)

      Thank you Pauline for hosting!!!

      Reply
  25. heidi
    July 3, 2014 at 5:24 am (3 weeks ago)

    I love the colors you picked. They are so cheery.

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  26. Virginia
    July 3, 2014 at 9:42 am (3 weeks ago)

    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?

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    • Jenise
      July 3, 2014 at 12:30 pm (3 weeks ago)

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

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  27. Carol
    July 3, 2014 at 10:52 am (3 weeks ago)

    Yet another reason for the Lowes people to look at me funny. Love! Featuring you when my link party opens up tonight.

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    • Jenise
      July 3, 2014 at 12:14 pm (3 weeks ago)

      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. :-)

      Reply
  28. Kristina & Millie
    July 3, 2014 at 7:31 pm (3 weeks ago)

    awesome idea and I could so see having a stack of bracelets per outfit :) Thanks for linking to Snickerdoodle Sunday!

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    • Jenise
      July 4, 2014 at 12:08 am (3 weeks ago)

      haha, That’s exactly my plan!!! :-)

      Reply
  29. Bree
    July 3, 2014 at 8:16 pm (3 weeks ago)

    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. :)

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    • Jenise
      July 4, 2014 at 12:07 am (3 weeks ago)

      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. :-)

      Reply
  30. Natasha in Oz
    July 4, 2014 at 2:46 am (3 weeks ago)

    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

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    • Jenise
      July 6, 2014 at 1:24 am (3 weeks ago)

      Thank you for hosting Natasha!

      Reply
  31. Shanice
    July 4, 2014 at 9:41 am (3 weeks ago)

    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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    • Jenise
      July 6, 2014 at 1:21 am (3 weeks ago)

      Thank you for hosting Shanice!

      Reply
  32. Emily
    July 7, 2014 at 8:01 am (2 weeks ago)

    These are amazing! So creative! Love the colors! Thanks for sharing with us at Your Designs This Time!
    Emily & Erin

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    • Jenise
      July 7, 2014 at 3:50 pm (2 weeks ago)

      Thank you so much Emily!

      Reply
    • Jenise
      July 8, 2014 at 12:38 pm (2 weeks ago)

      Thank you for hosting each week!

      Reply

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