Friday, August 3, 2012

Pop-Tab Bracelet

Hey all, I have a treat for you guys today: my sister Samantha is helping with today's post! She's a pretty crafty person like me, actually she is more of an artist. Her real talent is drawling... she is amazing at it, though I may be bias. ; )

Anyway, she is here to show you guys how to make a pop tab bracelet (with my help writing it). Lets get started...

What you need:
  • Pop-tabs
  • Ribbon
  • Safety pins
  • Scissors
  • Ruler {optional}

First cut your ribbon.

For two colors we cut each piece to be at least 18 inches or about 3x the length of your wrist. This still may not be enough ribbon , so you might have to use your best judgement {this is an imperfect science : / }. 

{If you only want to use one color then make it twice the length you would for one ribbon in a bracelet of two colors.}

Side note: to prevent the ends of the ribbon from fraying you can paint them with clear nail polish.

Next attach safety pins at the end of each piece of ribbon.

{If using only one piece of ribbon, attach the safety pins to each end.}

Thread one pop tab by pushing each safety pin through each hole in the pop tab.

Move the pop tab down towards the other end of the ribbons.

{If using one color you will have a loop at the other end.}

Add another pop tab underneath the first one, oriented like the first (photo 1).

Take one safety pin and thread it through same holes of each tab (photo 2).

It should look like photo 3 at this point.

Then take the same safety pin and thread it back through the second {behind} tab (photo 4).

Repeat the same thing with the other safety pin {ribbon}.

It should look like this when you are done with both ribbons.

It is pretty easy after that... just keep repeating till you have reached the desired length.

Sam used her wrist as a guide to know when to finish.

Not quite there.

When you are finished it will look like this stretched out.

Super cute.

To tie off, Sam just tied each ribbon together. She said they stretch nicely so you can slip the bracelet on and off.

Here is what a bracelet made with one color looks like.

To close, thread the loose ends of the ribbon through the loop on the other end and tie.

Looking good! I think these are super fun. I want to make one myself using a thicker ribbon and not so tight with the tabs. There are many ways you can vary these bracelets which makes them even more fun to make.

Okay I'm not sure if you guys saw Sam's nails in the pictures {if you didn't, go back and look}. She has ombre nails! I saw them when I was editing the photos for this post and I thought they looked really cool.  She said they were very easy to do. So.... if you guys like them and are interested in learning how to do them I can ask her to teach us {she said she would}! Let me know what you think. ; )

Anywho, have fun making bracelets.
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  1. What a fun craft, and I like that you can make it any color!

  2. I am so glad to see a tutorial for this bracelet. I have been saving pop tops for 6 months and knew I could use them for a bracelet. :) I am your newest follower on google connect and would love for you to follow back, if you like. Saw your link on Flamingo Toes.

  3. Thanks so much for sharing this tutorial! We have seen these a lot at craft shows, my youngest daughter has been wanting to make them but we didn't know how, now we do!!! Hope you are having a fun Passion parade weekend!

  4. Too cute! My daughter will just love this!

  5. It's party time over at Debt Free Mommy Blog! Please come by and link up your spaces with Making Space Mondays link party #10. I hope to see you there at! -Tabitha

  6. Cute! These would make a great girl scout craft! :-)

  7. I think this is such a fun project. Thanks for sharing.Stopping by to say Hi from the blog hop. Come visit sometime, tea is cold and no shoes are required. Kathy B. New follower

  8. This is so Pretty I love Thisss!!!
    If you would like to come and join us at live love laugh linky party i would love to feature you on next weeks linky :)

  9. What a pretty bracelet! How do you get all the sharp edges off the pop tabs?

    1. I haven't asked my sister yet, but I don't think she did anything. I think she just popped them off the pop cans and used them as is. Also, I'm sure the ribbon will protect you from any sharp edges.

  10. Neat project! I pinned this to remember and show my daughter when she wants another craft to work on. Thanks for linking up with Making Space Mondays! I hope we see you back again soon. -Tabitha

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