Cheap plastic bracelets of decades past are worth saving and using – after they have been decorated in stylish new ways. They can be used as a base for new costume jewelry that is eye-catching and completely unique. Try the following ways to decorate plain plastic bracelets and update cheap costume jewelry to make brand new items for less.
Use Nail Polish to Decorate Bracelets with Colorful Designs
Oil-based paint can be used to decorate plastic bracelets, but it takes forever to dry. Decorate them with nail enamel instead. Nail polish is available in a rainbow of colors including glittered varieties, and it provides endless possibilities. Decorate costume jewelry with tiny flowers made with dots, geometric designs, textural messages, and more. Sprinkle-on glitter can be applied before the nail polish dries to make it even more eye-catching and unique. Best of all, it can be removed with acetone, a.k.a. nail polish remover, and it can be reapplied if it should ever chip away with use.
Decorate Plastic Bracelets with Faux Gems
Small faux gems can be used to decorate plain plastic bracelets. Visit a craft store, or browse the Internet for small faux jewels and gems. Use superglue to apply the gems to cheap plastic costume jewelry. It will look anything but cheap when it sparkles and shines. Cover the entire exterior of a cheap plastic bracelet to make it look really unique and impressive. For the cost of a bag of faux gems, it is possible to have a bangle that looks like a million bucks.
Decorate Cheap Plastic Bracelets with Colored Twine
Another one of the best ways to decorate cheap costume bangles is with colored twine. Buy rolls of colorful twine from a craft store, and tightly wrap it around cheap plastic bracelets. Secure the ends with strong clear-drying glue. For something really different, braid the twine before wrapping cheap plastic bracelets. Alternate the colors and it will look like hand-woven jewelry that is far more expensive than it truly is.
Decorate Plastic Bracelets with Layers of Sequins
Ordinary, inexpensive sequins can be used to decorate plastic bracelets. Begin by gluing a single row around one edge. Allow this row to dry, and attach another row that slightly overlaps the first. Let each row dry in between additions. Cover the entire bangle with eye-catching sequins. It will look stunning, and for far less than the cost of similar bracelets sold in stores. No one will guess it is really made of plastic!