How to Turn an Empty Water Bottle Into a Stylish Cuff Bracelet

Give your empty plastic water bottles a new purpose with this simple and stylish craft idea

Photography by Carlo Mendoza

This simple craft idea is a great way for your wee ones to put those empty plastic water bottles to good use, while adding a little extra flair to any outfit. We love that it’s quick, easy and oh-so budget friendly.

What you’ll need:
• Plastic water bottles
• Scissors
• Fabric
• Fabric markers (optional)
• Craft glue

1. Cut of the top and bottom of the water bottle (Smartwater bottles work the best) until you have one large smooth piece.
2. From that part, cut three plastic strips and duct tape each down with curling side down.
3. Cover the top with glue and apply colourful fabric (with handmade designs) to the cuff.
4. Let dry and trim to 18 cm by 3 cm with rounded edges.
5. Roll the bracelet up into a tight swirl and leave it for another hour to dry. After that time, unroll and wear.

For more great wearable craft ideas, check out this necktie headband and these stackable t-shirt bracelets.

13 responses to “How to Turn an Empty Water Bottle Into a Stylish Cuff Bracelet”

  1. Jane says:

    Does each bracelet take three strips, or does each bottle make three bracelets?

  2. Leila says:

    I’m a little confused by step 2: 2. From that part, cut three plastic strips and duct tape each down with curling side down.
    I’m assuming this means that you duct tape the plastic strip down to a table or something? Then, in step 3, do you apply the glue on top of the duct tape?
    When gluing the fabric, the photo looks like the fabric is also on the inside of the cuff, so do you fold it over and glue it inside as well?

  3. Alicia says:

    Hi Jane, thanks for your question! Depending on the height of your bottle, you should be able to get about three bracelets from each bottle. ~Alicia, content editor for

  4. Alicia says:

    Hi Leila,
    Thanks very much for your comment. I think duct taping to a strong surface like a table will give you more stability to glue and add fabric to your bracelet. But I’d recommend just duct taping the very ends so that you don’t have to glue over the tape at all. Once everything is dry, you can either trim the fabric to the shape of your bracelet, or tuck the excess fabric over the edges of the bracelet to make it a bit smoother and glue in place. You don’t necessarily need to put fabric on the under-side of the bracelet—because the bottle is clear, the pattern will show through to the other side. I hope that helps! Please let us know how your bracelets turn out! ~Alicia, content editor for

  5. Lynn S. says:

    Thanks for a great idea! I just made one and it was simple to do….

  6. Robert says:

    very neat idea, I’ll definitely have to try this soon.

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  9. Marie Ruth says:

    I don’t get it, what is the duct tape for? Are you cutting the 3 pieces then wrapping them with the fabric?

  10. gsmama5314 says:

    Can I use duct tape instead of fabric?

  11. Gayle says:

    confusing instructions… in the picture the inside has fabric also

  12. Jewl says:


    -step 2.2:
    You may cut as much as “strips” you want, and cut the size of the desired length (depending on how big is the plastic bottle)
    I THINK it probably meant that you will tape it vertically but slanted (“…and duct tape each down with curling side down”).
    -step 3:
    a. FIRST, you apply the glue on the surface (only. Ignoring the part behind the surface), then paste the fabric ,leaving some “allowance”

    allowance= extra fabric or The fabric doesnt really have to exactly “fit” the “cut-out plastic bottle”. yet.

    b. Set aside the glued fabric/Let it dry.
    c. Then cut-out the “allowance”

    [If you want it back-to-back, repeat a. – c.]

    -tightly roll the braclet and leave it like that for, at least an hour when it has dried up.

    -after leaving it for an hour or more, the product is finally finished!!! :)

  13. Jewl says:

    Duct Tape: probably what you can use to apply glue which allows the glue to dry (cause when you apply glue to plastic, the glue would easily remove once dry. so the glue should be applied on a material which allows the glue to dry.)