I don’t think I’ve ever been to Chicago (at least not that I can remember), but I don’t see how the “windy city” could be any windier than Kansas City. We’ve lived here over a month now, and the wind is relentless! And that means… so are my allergies. Holy moly, it’s down right crazy. I’ve never wanted to claw my eyes out more than I do right now. Yikes.
What does this have to do with today’s post, you ask? Absolutely nothing. I’m just wallowing in my misery, and need someone to feel bad for me 🙂
But now for the good stuff… toothbrush bracelets! I used to make these with my siblings when I was younger. They are so easy, and we thought we were pretty darn cool, sporting a toothbrush wrapped around our wrists. I’ve since decided I’m probably too old for them (darn) but my little monkeys sure love them!
When it comes to the toothbrushes, some will work and some won’t. That’s just how it is. I tried a bunch of different kinds, and the ones that work the best are the cheaper toothbrushes with rubber on them. If you get one that’s all hard plastic, it won’t bend as easily.
And keep in mind, this project uses boiling water, so it’s definitely not for the little ones. My babes had to watch on the sidelines for this one. But as soon as their old enough, I’ll let them do it themselves!
- Oven Mitts
1. Boil water on the stove, a few inches deep. Carefully hold the end of the toothbrush into the water, keeping your hand away from the steam. This is optional, but it will loosen up the bristles and make them come out easier.
2. Use pliers to pull the bristles out of the toothbrush.
3. Once the bristles are gone, put the entire toothbrush in the pot and boil for 5-10 minutes.
4. Using the tongs, carefully take the toothbrush out of the pot and form it into a bracelet shape. It’s best to wear oven mitts while you do this, because it’ll be hot! If it’s not quite pliable enough, just toss it back in until it’s ready.
5. Run the toothbrush under cold water until it cools down and hardens.
And there you have it! My little monkeys thought these were pretty darn cool, and refused to take them off at bedtime 🙂