This one was quite a learning curve. I’ve seen a fair amount of water bottle / soda bottle bracelets and figured it couldn’t be too hard.
This is what not to do: 1) use Mod Podge, 2) try using heat to seal it, unless you’re better with an extinquisher than me; 3) use paint on any item that’s likely to spring back towards you when you let it go, unless you want paint all over you; 4) work in an area heavily contaminated with animal fur; 5) wait till after you’ve made the bracelet to think about closures.
Having put all that to one side this is what did work:
Plastic bottles are surprisingly resistant to being cut, due mostly to their ability to squirt out of your hand while trying to grip them. In the end I found the most effective methodology was to stab the little bastards with a craft knife, then get my scissors in before they knew what hit them.
You want two of these of the same size. You’re going to put one inside the other and make a kind of front and back (like a book) using tape as the spine.
Then you get a bit of duct tape: I recommend the newly available sheets rather than the rolls. The sheets come with backing paper & are much easier to control. It also means you can work slowly along the edge, pulling back the paper as you go. You want to end up with something like this:
At this stage you can open the bracelet like a book. Then you can put in the ribbon, paper, photos of your choice.
I went with ribbon because there are so many pretty ones that I just don’t get to use any other way. So, I cut two pieces and slotted them in back-to-back. Then you just do more duct tape on the other side and on the short ends:
For the yellow one I used a magnetic pop closure: you poke them through the plastic, then flatten the tabs on the back. If you do this before you duct tape them together, then the ribbon & duct tape can cover them nicely.
I also made another one with a kind of mesh ribbon and used raffia string as a closure method.
So there you have it. I like having a way to utilize all the pretty ribbon that I’ve somehow accumulated, and once you get the hang of it these are pretty easy to throw together.
Let me know how it goes for you if you try it. And keep crafting, regardless.