How to make glitter vinyl tube bracelets

How to make glitter vinyl tube bracelets – easy summer craft for girls.

DIY tube bracelets

Hey crafty friends! I have a throwback craft project for you today. Do you remember the vinyl tube bracelets from the 90s? Possibly 80s? You guys, I used to LOVE these sparkly bracelets as a kid. I think that’s the best thing about having a girl..I get to share with her some of my childhood favorites. Since summer vacation began I’ve been determined to introduce her to some of my favorite childhood crafts, toys, and of course clothing (with 90s attire being all the rage right now). Last week we made these glitter vinyl tube bracelets and I couldn’t help remaninsnce back to when they were my favorite accessory. This vinyl tube bracelet tutorial is the perfect summer activity for girls of all ages.

1/4” clear PVC vinyl tubing
3/8” clear PVC vinyl tubing
glitter funnel
e6000 glue

Step one: wrap tubing around wrist then add to length to ensure the bracelet can slip on and off easily. You will also need about an inch of 3/8″ tubing. I found the clear PVC tubing at Lowes for around 15 cents a foot. The glitter tubes and funnel are from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.

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 Step two: use a small funnel to fill the clear tubes with glitter. My funnel was around the same size as the tubing, if you can try to find a funnel with a smaller tip than the tubing. Regardless of the size it was still easier and less messy to use the funnel than trying to pour the glitter any other way. You’ll want to tape off one end while filing the tubing with glitter.


Step three: once your bracelet has been filled use e6000 or hot glue to secure the 3/8″ tubing to each side of the 1/4″ tubing. The glue will ensure the glitter stays in place even if the tubing opens. And then you’re done!

This was such a fun project to make with Madilynn. I can gaurantee she’ll have more arm candy by the end of the summer. She’ already asked to make fourth go July glitter bracelets for the parade. I might just make some for myself as well! :)

tube bracelet tutorial

Want more sparkly inspiration? Check out The Big Bling on the Jo-Ann website for fun projects for tweens and more. Jo-Ann is also hosting a weekly instgram contest where you can get a chance to win a $200 Jo-Ann gift card. All you have to do is  post a project with the #TheBigBling hashtag that fits the theme of the week and you’ll be entered to win the weekly giveaway.

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Vinyl Tube Bracelets

Here’s another bracelet tutorial to try:

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Thanks for stopping by!

DIY Tube Bracelet Tutorial



  1. says

    These are amazing! My daughter picked up something similar in the store the other day that was close to ten dollars. I never even thought to make them for her instead! I can’t wait to try it!! She is going to be so excited. Thank you for sharing!!

  2. says

    Oh. My. Goodness. I have to laugh because I do remember these!! I remember them so well!! What a flashback. I am sure that my little ones would love this. Pinning for later!!

  3. Eva Ferrebee says

    I love these, but I’m confused as to how they keep the shape and how to close/open them? Am I missing something? Excellent idea and I would love to try this.

  4. Melissa says

    How long did it take for the glue to dry? I would love to make these with my girl scouts.

  5. says

    It’s funny, I grew up as an 80’s child and I don’t remember these. But I love the idea and I will definitely be making these with the 4th grade girls I help teach at church. They will love them!

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