Introduction: Pop Tab Bracelets
Start raiding those recycling bins!
Turn aluminum can tabs into cool jewelry!
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
For starters, you need a pile of pop tabs. Somewhere between 20-26, depending on wrist size.
You also need elastic cord and scissors. That's it! No other supplies necessary.
Step 2: Start Assembling
Cut cord to approximately 2-1/2 feet.
Loop through the first tab, situating the tab at center of cord.
Step 3: Another Tab
Hold another tab below your first tab, (make sure your rough edges are always facing each other, smooth side to the outside) overlapping so you can see through openings of both tabs.
Thread the cord up from the bottom through both tabs, bringing top cord through top hole and bottom cord through bottom hole.
Step 4: And Another Tab
OK, now get another tab and hold it on top, overlapping as before,
and this time, thread the cords through the opposite holes forming an X on top.
Step 5: Keep Going
Another tab, held at the back and thread those cords through,
top cord-top hole, bottom cord-bottom hole.
Step 6: Don't Give Up
Another tab, held on top, thread cords through forming that X. Top cord-bottom hole, bottom cord-top hole.
Step 7: Almost Done
Keep going, repeating step five and step six, alternately,
until bracelet can be wrapped around your wrist and ends meet comfortably.
You need the last tab to be one placed at the back side.
Then, bring ends together and form final X.
Step 8: It's Finally Done!
Tie the cords in a knot and trim the ends.
Step 9: Masterpiece!
Turn bracelet back over and slide it on your wrist.
There should be just enough stretch to easily go
over your hand and then be lightly snug on your wrist.
Step 10: Add Personality.
There's plenty of ways to embellish these bracelets, too.
You can paint the tabs, use colored elastic, add beads,
anything you can think of.
Well, I hope my tutorial is clear
and you enjoy making your own pop tab bracelet.
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