Making your own accessories has always been very cool, as this enables you to fully customize your designs according to your taste and preference. This also enables you to make sure your accessories are completely matched to a particular outfit that you like.
One of the most popular accessories nowadays are rubber wristbands, as well as silicone wristbands and plastic wristbands. These rubber wristbands are very versatile, as they can be used as event wristbands, baller wristbands and sports wristbands (by popular brands such as Nike). Now if you're interested in making your own custom wristbands, here are some tips for you:
- Prepare your materials. The main material you need here would be the rubber, which you can buy at hardware or home supply stores. You could even opt to cut out appropriate-size pieces from recycled materials such as rubber mats, tires, or anything else made of rubber. Make sure, of course, that you thoroughly clean and disinfect the rubber that you would recycle. Apart from the rubber, the other materials you will use depends on how you'd like to design your wristband. You may use paint (ask a hardware store attendant which paint would be best to use on rubber) and a paintbrush if you want to have colored wristbands; some gems and rhinestones; and other types of embellishments that you prefer.
- Cut out the rubber to your preferred measurement. Use a blade or strong scissors to cut the rubber according to your wrist size. Remember to allot about an additional inch to easily close the ends of the bracelet. In terms of width, you could make your bracelet about half-an-inch to about ¾ of an inch wide; this is just about the right size that would allow you to easily put decorations and prints on your rubber bracelet, without making your bracelet look too big and bulky.
- Add the embellishments. This is the fun part. Decorate your bracelet as you wish. Paint it over first, then allow it to dry. Afterwards you may stick rhinestones on or other embellishments using a hot glue gun. You may also attach fabric using fabric glue. Instead of ordinary paint, you may choose fabric paint that is available in tubes, which would provide you with better control and ease in designing.
- Sew the ends together. Once your bracelet is dry and the embellishments have been set in place, sew the ends of the bracelet together, using a large needle and thick thread. You may also use strong glue, or snap closures.
Just remember, it may take lots of practice before you would be able to perfect the art of making rubber wristbands. Once you've gotten the hang of it though, you could show off your creation to your friends and be proud of the knowledge that you created it yourself - and with very low costs, at that! You might even go one step further and set up a business related to rubber wristbands: your options could be selling cheap bracelets wholesale, or personalized via online trading. If you are so inclined, you could even give your creations for free to your friends. Whatever you plan to make of your new skill, hopefully you'd have a good time doing it. Good luck!