Friday, June 11, 2010

Tutorial: Fun Recycled Bottle Bangles

Two blog posts this Friday! Check out my other post Antique Store Teasing such a delicious tease....
This craft idea is by my friend Emily, owner of Anomaly in 5 Points and Craft Extraordinaire. The concept is very simple, yet fun and addictive. You can amass a pile of these in no time.

1) First, cut your bottle for the bangle. Use scissors or exacto knives. The width of the bangle will depend on the width of the bottle.

2) Next tie strips of fabric, ribbon, or rope it and start to wrap it around. You can glue the fabric in place too if you think that will be neater or easier.

3) Continue to wrap it around and around. Lots of beer and conversation with friends makes this funner.

4) Once that's done, accessorize to your heart's content!

As you can see,  I went a little craft crazy. What....have..I...DONE!!?? I don't wear bangles, nor does anyone I know!

I think I'll blame it on the beer. I had lots of it. You can never go wrong with crafting and copious quantities of locally brewed beer between pals.

Would any of you like the opportunity to win some bangles? Let me know in the comments and I'll gladly host a giveaway for these crafty goods!

If not, I think I'll actually try to sell some. Someone already tried to purchase the one pictured here. It's the only one pictured that fits!

Again, special thanks for this craft idea is due to Emily. Her boutique Anomaly is the cutest one in town, hands down. It's the only one with a bar, garden, and even a tree house!

Thanks for sharing such a fun craft, I can see myself coming back to this one again and again. It's dirt cheap and it's a great way to recycle bottles and use fabric and ribbon scraps.

The post is linked to Hoo's Got Talent / New Friend Friday / Get Your Craft on Tuesday / Trendy Treehouse / Idea Sharing Wednesday / Me and My Bucket and My Backyard Eden
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  1. Visiting from New Friend Friday... what a creative idea. The owl is adorable.

  2. I can't take credit for the idea (or the cute owl ribbon, donated!) but it was fun to make things. Thank you!

  3. Stopping by from NFF...what a fun idea! You take something that you would normally throw away and made it fun and pretty!

  4. Hi! I'm visiting from Blog Hop Friday. Cool blog! I signed up as a new follower.

  5. Pretty neat idea!

    I'm visiting from Chic on a Shoestring. Have a great weekend!


  6. What fun!! Thanks for linking up and sharing!

  7. Very cool. What a great blog. I'm pretty much obsessed with recycling/reusing things and feeling a bit crafty these days! I'll be around!
    Found you at Friday Blog Hop!
    ~Amy @

  8. Amy- let's continue to inspire each other to craft, then. I have so many supplies, need to use 'em!

  9. Thanks for the tute! Those are adorable!

    (visiting from nff)

  10. Thank you for stopping by my Blog!!! Based on your Blog...I'm SURE you will have more of an Inspiration on ME!!! Thanks for following!! I am FOLLOWING back for sure!!!


  11. No your not 40 and don't rush it! lol

    Omg...I LOVE thrift stores too! I'm so glad you found me cause now I found you! I'll be heading over to your follow button as soon as I leave this post! Follow me back if you get a chance when your done shopping!

  12. This looks like a great project... and I'm also a fan of thrift stores!
    I'm your latest follower through Friday blog hop! I hope you'll stop by my blog at and say hello.

  13. great idea! I'm stopping in from a blog hop, i really like this, gotta try it!

  14. WAY cool! want to do it now.... Please come link up at our party Fabulous Friday!
    Heather @

  15. OMG your kidding. That is way too cool!
    I'm following you back for sure:)

  16. What a great idea! Thank you so much for sharing. I think my 6 year old would love making these. They also would be great for my MOPS group.

  17. What a super creative project! I love that you are reusing and doing so in a stylish way!


  18. Oh my goodness.

    you blog is a complete gem!

    i am so glad to be following you!


  19. wow what a neat blog. I love it.
    I am newest follower & hope u follow back

  20. Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. Love this idea! Have a teenage daughter that will love:) Thanks for sharing.

  21. Great idea! Thanks for linkin up to Home and Family Friday.


  22. these are great! Sounds like a fun night you had making these! beer makes all things better huh? I like the different elements you added to each one. Thanks for sharing the tut on it too!

  23. Well now! I'm all for recycling especially when the end product is wearable! I think this is very nice and I'm glad that I stopped by to say Hello on Blog Hop Friday!

    I hope that when you take a time out from coming up with all sorts of cute stuff that you will PLEASE enter my very first contest the VERA BRADLEY GIVEAWAY that I have going on right now!

    Please drop by my blogs follow me back?




    J. Claire

  24. great finds and fabulous blog! i'll be back soon

  25. Great finds!!! You should link it up to my Twicw Owned Tuesday Party! (The link will be up late tonight or tomorrow morning)

  26. Oh! I love the sad little fish head!

  27. Hi Van, you didn't mention the baskets in the pics. I just bought 2 very similar today at GW to make into a planter like Debbie @Confessions of a plate addict. You ought to see what she did! Anyway, love those baskets, etc. Thanks for your visit! Linda

  28. What a fab idea! Thanks for stopping by from NFF! Your comments were too sweet!

  29. Hooray for recycling! These bangles are cute :)

  30. I would never have thought of that, but it's a great way to reuse and recycle!! Thanks for sharing!

  31. really cute! I would like to win won! Lezlee

  32. Hello! I found a link to your blog (and mine too!) on a RUSSIAN website. I’m sending the site and I also translated it with Babelfish translator. Thought you might get a kick out of this. Too funny!

  33. La Maison Reid- Pretty hilarious random Russian blog feature. Thanks for sharing!

    Ela- Thanks for sharing, I'd love to join in on the linky party fun!

  34. These are super cute! Love the recycled materials - very clever! Visiting from TT. Hope you are enjoying your week! ~Stephanie Lynn

  35. I love these and I am so excited that you linked them up to Hoo's got talent!

  36. This is such a genius idea, I love them! They are so adorable. I would totally wear them....maybe you should consider opening up an etsy store?

  37. Wow Wow Wow! Nice :)
    Show us more of your recycling efforts :)
    Would definitely like to win some! :p

    Ps: Do you do international shipping?

  38. I do the same, but with cardboard masking tape rolls - I have BIG hands!

  39. you see a bangle, I see a napkin ring.

  40. A few have been since been given away as napkin rings, kind Anonymous. You're not the only one :)

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