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« on: May 13, 2010 03:08:13 PM »

I hadn't made these since highschool (over 10 years ago), and I faintly remembered finding cute kids' character toothbrushes to do this with.  Now, though, all the character toothbrushes are very built-up, bulky, and the wrong kind of plastic for this project. Hence, no Elmo.  Cue crying.  Also, the kind of toothbrush I wanted was very hard to find, even in the dollar stores!  Help me out if you have a source, 'cause it's a cute, quick project.

Step one: Procure the right toothbrushes.  Yank out all bristles with nail clippers or tweezers.


Put brush into pot of boiling water.  Wait, wait, wait, wait.

Periodically, take it out with tongs/chopsticks/whathaveyou and, holding it in a potholder or dishtowel to protect your hands, gently bend it into the right shape.  It make take several boiling sessions to get it bent completely.  Careful not to break it, as I did.  I think it's the wrong plastic from when I did this before...



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« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2010 03:33:35 PM »

i love these!! my cousin and i tried making them way back in the day.. lol. but couldnt get past pulling the bristles out. haha. any who GREAT WORK!!  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2010 05:25:59 PM »

What a great camp idea for my daughter! She can make enough for all her campers in her cabin and co-cabin! Thanks for the idea! I think leaving the bristles on will make them cool to actually use while camping!
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« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2010 12:13:30 PM »

Oh My God i'd forgotten about toothbrush braceletes!!!!   i love these! i stopped making them when it got really hard to find toothbrushes made of that hard plastic... every brand is now that squishier plastic, even the cheepest ones Sad

i used to have a Rugrats toothbrush bracelet! <3 <3 <3

thanks for posting! xoxo
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« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2010 08:25:45 PM »

What a great idea!  I never saw these when I was young, guess I lived under a rock or something Cheesy  I think it would be too funny to leave the bristles on them so they are functional and fashionable.  LOL!
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« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2010 08:41:01 PM »

I love these.  I tried them long ago but had a hard time bending the toothbrushes into an appealing shape so the bracelets looked a bit strange on my wrist, but still cute.  You could use the little covers that came with the toothbrushes to make matching earrings.
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« Reply #6 on: July 02, 2010 07:41:09 PM »

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Ah! How amazingly cute! I'm going to have to lock myself in my room for the next week to work on all the new crafts in my queue.
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« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2010 10:30:54 PM »

Those are beautiful! Where did you happen to find those superb toothbrushes?
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« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2010 05:29:26 AM »

At the dollar store.  You may have to shop around.  The "Dollar Tree" didn't have the right kind.  You're looking for the translucent kind of hard plastic, not the rubbery ones that are so prevalent these days. 
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« Reply #9 on: July 04, 2010 07:03:27 PM »

Thank you! I've been doing some seraching myself and the ones that are just right like that are hard to find. Smiley i'll check the dollar store next time.
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« Reply #10 on: July 13, 2010 04:52:45 PM »

These are amazing. I am definitely making one if I can find a spare toothbrush.
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« Reply #11 on: August 12, 2010 08:30:17 AM »

 Shocked Shocked   oh my god my sister tried making one of these once  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy although she didn't bother puling out the bristles she put it directly into boiling water and wiped off the few that remained when she shaped it Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
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« Reply #12 on: August 29, 2010 02:52:57 PM »

I used to love making these. Who would think toothbrushes could make adorable bracelets.
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« Reply #13 on: October 02, 2010 07:54:30 PM »

Those are awesome!
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« Reply #15 on: January 27, 2011 10:39:28 AM »

I made these! omg, forever ago, it was hard then to find the right plastic, I tried and tried with a cool dinosaur one, but it was just to rubbery...These look great, thanks for the blast from the past.
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