One thing about browsing in thrift stores, you never know what you might find. When I found a bright, pink plastic bangle bracelet in a thrift store a few months ago for a mere fifty cents, I figured I would do something with it someday! So now it’s someday, and I’m sharing my 20 minute plastic bangle makeover that cost me a total of…fifty cents!
Even though you KNOW I’m lady that loves pink, I didn’t really know how much I would actually wear a hot pink, plastic bangle. Now black and white – that, I would wear! I decided to give this little number a fast makeover using some ribbon I already had in my ribbon stash, a black grosgrain printed with white flowers.
The ribbon is 5/8” wide and from the Basics collection at Michael’s. It’s a 10-yard roll and I had already used some one of it on another project. I pulled the rest of the ribbon off the roll, probably about 7 yards or so, and worked with one continuous strand.
Using hot glue, I just wrapped the ribbon around the bracelet, overlapping it as I went along. I made sure that the ribbon was glued securely at the front, back and edges of the bracelet. Even thought the ribbon has a repeating pattern, I didn’t worry about matching the pattern, because I kind of like the asymmetrical look. When I got to about the last inch or so, of course, the ribbon was at a weird angle! I just snipped the ribbon, glued it to the back, starting with a fresh piece and finished it up! I even still have a few yards of ribbon left.
I liked the way this looked…but it needed just a little something, you know, a little razzle-dazzle! I know Webster’s defines razzle-dazzle as “a state of confusion or hilarity,” or “a confusing or colorful often gaudy action or display.” Hmm…well, in the Little Miss Celebration dictionary, razzle-dazzle is a little extra to make something special! I had some flat-backed pearls and using Gem-Tac, glued nine at high/low intervals around the bracelet. I thought this was just the right finishing touch!
The whole makeover took 20 minutes! Ok, I did let the pearls dry completely overnight but that doesn’t count, right? I think this little makeover is pretty cute and it’s really comfortable on my wrist. Even Mr. Smarty Pants noticed!! “Is that new?” he asked. When I said kind of, and told him what I did, he said, “Huh, that looks pretty good. I thought you bought it.” Not too shabby, because I always get the unvarnished, cold hard truth from him!
If you happen to see a plastic bangle during one of your thrift store jaunts, even if it’s in some horrendous color, buy it! You can give it a 20 minute makeover and have a chic, little accessory that’s exactly perfect for you!
Thanks so much for visiting today! I hope your best accessory for the day is a whole lot of happy!