Introduction: Soda Can Hinge Wallet Chain!!

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Make a (Semi)quick wallet chain out of hinges found at the top of every soda can! Finally a good use for those lonely hinges!!

Step 1: Supplies

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The things you will need in order to make one of these wallet chains are -

- about 132 to 152 can hinges. It depends on the length of the chain you want to make. You can either go to your local recyling center and ask them if you can get the hinges of their cans or you can look on the floor in the street for them. (View all the pictures for more info)
- 1 Heavy Duty Wire Cutters. You can also use scissors but it will take longer.
- One Key Ring or Two.

Step 2: Starting Off...

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-To start off, first cut the bottom section of every hinge. You will have to do this to EVERY hinge.(See First Picture) I am going to label the top hole "Top Hole" and the bottom hole, "Bottom hole"

-After that's done,(See Second Picture) get the key ring and feed the key ring through the top hole of one hinge. (See Third Picture)

-Then keep adding hinges to bottom hole of this single hinge. This is the only single one you will have. (See Fourth Picture)

-After you have added 4 hinges, add 4 more to those bottom 4, and so on.. creating a 4 X 4 pattern.(See Last Picture)

Step 3: Enjoy!

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After you have finished weaving all of your hinges, insert one end in your wallet and clip the other end to your pants. Hopefully yours will look like mine. Everyone will be amazed at your patience and creativity.Enjoy...!


pickleman1234567890 (author)2014-03-30

Ya know if you cut the thin part of the tab it's easier and just as strong. Just flip the tab.

evilmadcow (author)2011-07-23


tazsapp (author)2011-07-22

@ColdSpooky i've actually put a carrabiner on the front part of the chain. its a lot easier to put on, but i leave the key ring and clip on in the back. that just tends to take a long time on it's own lol

tazsapp (author)2010-10-25

can you use carabiners instead of the clip and key chain?

ColdSpooky (author)tazsapp2011-07-22

Your more than welcome to..actually, I don't know why I didn't think of that.

ashwinlit (author)2011-05-18

Uhm I have got a question.. well when you have made a little cut to connect the pop tabs together, what is the best way to put them back nicely like there have never bin a cut before?

ColdSpooky (author)ashwinlit2011-07-22

you can try soldering. but besides that, i doesn't really matter because it VERY sturdy.. I posted this in 08...and my chain has not broken yet.

vader406 (author)ashwinlit2011-07-20

well since theres more than one for each link, it seems to block the escape pretty well

AusGuitarist (author)2010-10-07

HAHA my friend makes a chain the exact way but his is 20 meters long O_O

Logan Cade (author)2008-10-12

sweet. you could collect one hinge or two from your friends and it would be like a friendship chain.

ColdSpooky (author)Logan Cade2010-07-01

you can probably get one from ALL your friends. how about that?

corsi (author)2008-10-27

see i found it easyer to have the cuts going the other way. that way you don`t have to oppen all 4 to put more on. this way you can take the one you are putting on, have the cut open and put it on the previous 4. you see what i am getting at or am i just freakin out of my mind?

ColdSpooky (author)corsi2010-07-01

you can do that but its not gonna be as strong as mine. Mine is actually pretty hard to break.

The Mollusk (author)corsi2008-10-29

You might be. I don't really get what you saying, could you put up a picture?

PastTheVoid (author)2009-06-18

This is not semi-quick, it's only that way if you go to one of those post-recycling places and get the tabs from there. If you're getting yours like I am, family, it takes forever. Reason: My dad drinks soda with the more square tabs the most.

ColdSpooky (author)PastTheVoid2010-07-01

I got them from my neighbor. He collects cans. I took me one hour to find all of the ones seen in the picture.

vandamfan1234 (author)2009-08-05

a nail clipper will work easier

ColdSpooky (author)vandamfan12342010-07-01

sure..i haven't tried that.

Yerboogieman (author)2009-10-03

What happens if i have more of those rockstar hinges than regulars (my dad's favorite drink).

ColdSpooky (author)Yerboogieman2010-07-01

you can use a clip to add them for a little flourish. If they have both holes open then go right ahead and use those. Also, after you make one, you'll be amazed at it's strength and durability. Its very hard to break it.

dadiocoleman (author)2010-04-23

I thought thet were called pop tabs rather than hinges like on a box. learn somethin new everyday

Huntereich (author)2010-04-20

Dude thats amazing!!!!!

Yerboogieman (author)2009-12-30

Just made one, didn't take long to make, but a long time to collect the tops. Since October 3rd.

guitarmonk15 (author)2009-08-02

this is cool, but i never got the point of these

When someone tries to pick pocket.


Yerboogieman (author)2009-10-03

I was wondering why it looked so thick. Is it strong enough for other uses as well? Great instructable.

valley cat (author)2009-07-10

Epic idea man, got a lotta soda and free time on my hands.I really appreciate it, thanks!!!Looks cool!!

Mattrox (author)2008-10-12

very cool you could sell those.

mg0930mg (author)Mattrox2008-10-12

Yes but no one would buy them, because they'd make their own. XD By the way, nice Instructable.

Mattrox (author)mg0930mg2008-10-12

i disagree most people would not bother ???XD???

abadfart (author)Mattrox2009-05-20

ya i could make a lot of things ppl buy

mg0930mg (author)Mattrox2009-03-06

were you asking what XD was. XD turn your head to the left, it was a laughing face.

Mattrox (author)mg0930mg2009-03-06

Sorry im blonde lol

mg0930mg (author)Mattrox2009-03-06

'tis ok. We all still love you.

mg0930mg (author)Mattrox2008-10-12

True, Very, very true. Well, I would.

mg0930mg (author)2009-03-06

I'm making one, and for decoration, it will have every energy tab I find and add it on... I have two so far.

DRADIS (author)2009-01-13

I made one of these and now it's over 7 feet long, I just keep adding tabs

Jason Ray (author)2008-10-29

Pretty cool and a very good idea! By the way, how long did it take you to drink all that?! Keep it up.

shantaram (author)2008-10-26

ehehhe recyle reinvent great

Fish Overlord (author)2008-10-18

Just made a chain with it; I never thought of this so now I have something to do with all those pop tabs!

chosenone3 (author)2008-10-12

Oah man I would need to drink so much soda to make one :D

canida (author)2008-10-10

Great idea, and a nice job! The 4x4 looks chunky and awesome, and probably won't pull through.

ColdSpooky (author)canida2008-10-10

After you have finished it, It looks big, bulky, and heavy. But really, its REALLY light weight and VERY Durable.

ill say for the durable part.i made one that was 5 thick about a year ago. we (some dumbass friends and me) found that it can hold my wight(ima fatass=360lbs) without breaking. But i wouldnt advise it for doin that!!!! lol

BuffaloNickel (author)2008-10-11

There's been a boom of the soda tab instructables. i just finished my second one. the 2 i made ar a pop top bracelet and a doubled version of the bracelet

darkmuskrat (author)2008-10-10

This is soooooo simple but its retro so its cool(retro as in during the 90's everyone saved pop tabs)

bowmaster (author)2008-10-10


Keith-Kid (author)2008-10-10

I'm gonna make a bracelet using these! I like this idea better though! I will make this after I make the bracelet. I'm gonna need a loooot of hinges...

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