Update: When I stop feeling so lazy I will take some better pictures using my new camera.
Recently the need to recycle has spread to the world of fashion. A popular theme with eco-fashionist is a visual display of an item's use of recycled materials. Once such way to do this is to keep the recycled product in its original form, thus making it obvious that the clothing item is recycled. Some of the most popular items range from paper beads to shopping bag totes to pop tab bracelets. While searching pop tab bracelets I stumbled upon pop tab belts that were pretty darn awesome, but they were missing something, something that I have brought to Instructables: a construction as close to being all tabs as possible. This means aside from the cord to keep the tabs together, there are no other materials needed.
Step 1: Chug Those Sodas
Don"t really go chug some sodas, but be prepared to gather alot of pop tabs. I find that having a bunch of people (like at a party) aid in the process is the best way to go. You may wish to find a can recycling bin somewhere and mooch the tabs from the abandoned cans. You only need 2 materials and 1 or 2 tools to make a belt, which makes it really wasy to make. Another plus is, it's a great kids craft.
1. Pop tabs-numbers will vary depending on length but plan on using 3-4 tabs per inch plus one for the clasp and a few spares
2. Ribbon or cord- lenghth should be at least 4x longer than desired belt length and for width 1/8 in ribbon works well and is what I prefer
2. Wire cutters*
*The wire cutter/pliers combo are fine to use
Step 2: String 'Em Up
Now is when construction starts. Just like with starting a bracelet the way this is done varies from person to person but I have established a pretty easy and customizable approach.
1. Fold your string in half and tie a loop that is about and inch long in it. Tape the ends of the string to prevent fraying and to ease in weaving.
2. Tape the loop down or attach it to something like a nail or hook (preferred method).
3. Slide your first tab on with one string going through the top half and the other through the bottom half, making sure that the loop is on the under side.
4. Place your second tab so that it slightly overlaps the first and push the strings through both sets of holes.
5. Cross the strings and add a third tab, making sure to put the string through it and the second tab. This will form an "X" on the back of the belt.
6. Repeat steps 4-5 until the desired length is reached.
If you wish to work with the belt hanging lose feel free to do this, but it is easier to start with it attached to something.
Step 3: Clasp Addition
To aid in keeping the ends together a tab clasp will be added instead of using a belt buckle or rings of some sort.
1. Pick a suitable tab for the job. Have some substitutes standing by in case you break the tab.
2. Cut off one solid end, leaving the sides intact.
3. Bend the sides at 90 degree angles as far away from the solid part as possible.
4. Curl the bent parts towards the solid part, making sure to leave a small space open.
5. Tie onto the end of your belt.
Step 4: Finishing
Remove any excess ribbon and the loop and it's ready to wear!
1. Place the clasp above the desired hooking place (edge of another tab).
2. Angle the clasp so that the prongs are around the edge.
3. Straighten the clasp and pull slightly to affix the prongs.
1. Angle the clasp up wards.
2. Push away from the tab edge and pull up