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DIY Pop Tab Bracelet

By: Eva Ferrebee

Have you seen these DIY Pop Tab Bracelets all over the internet and wondered how to make one for yourself? Well it's super easy and this wonderful video tutorial will show you just how to make a soda tab bracelet in no time!

DIY Pop Tab Bracelet
DIY Pop Tab Bracelet
This image courtesy of Eva Ferrebee

Project Type: Make a Project

Bead Type: Metal

Time to complete: Under an hour

Bead Technique Used: Strung

Bead Project Type: Bracelet

Difficulty Level: Beginner

Materials:

  • 20 to 30 (depending on your desired length) clean and smooth soda/pop Tabs (note: use round hole tabs, square hole tabs do not work correctly)
  • ¼ inch fabric ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Optional: Piece of tape to secure ribbon to working surface
     

Instructions:

  1. Cut a length of the ¼ inch Fabric Ribbon the length of your wrist times 3. Fold in half and secure looped side to working surface. (Note: Secure so that your loop is the desired length. Once you start weaving the tabs, you will not be able to change the size of the loop.) This makes it easier to work with and weave the tabs.
     
  2. First Tab: UP. Pull the end of the Left hand ribbon UP through the Left Hand tab opening. Pull the Right hand ribbon UP through the Right Hand opening. Slide the Tab Up close to the Loop.
     
  3. Second Tab: DOWN. Pull the end of the Left Hand ribbon DOWN through the Left Hand tab opening. Pull the Right hand ribbon DOWN through the Right hand tab opening. Holding the Tab, slide tab up towards the First Tab (not too tight) and Pull the left hand ribbon DOWN through the First Tab left hand opening. Pull the right hand ribbon end DOWN through the First Tab right hand opening. Tug gently on the ribbon until the tabs are fitted in close together.
     
  4. Third Tab: UP. Pull the end of the Left Hand ribbon UP through the Left Hand tab opening. Pull the Right hand ribbon UP through the Right hand tab opening. Holding the Tab, slide tab up towards the Second Tab (not too tight) and Pull the left hand ribbon UP through the Second Tab left hand opening. Pull the right hand ribbon end UP through the Second Tab right hand opening. Tug gently on the ribbon until the tabs are fitted in close together.
     
  5. Fourth Tab: DOWN. Pull the end of the Left Hand ribbon DOWN through the Left Hand tab opening. Pull the Right hand ribbon DOWN through the Right hand tab opening. Holding the Tab, slide tab up towards the Third Tab (not too tight) and Pull the left hand ribbon DOWN through the Third Tab left hand opening. Pull the right hand ribbon end DOWN through the Third Tab right hand opening. Tug gently on the ribbon until the tabs are fitted in close together.
     
  6. Continue adding tabs in the UP/DOWN pattern above until you reach the desired length.
     
  7. Tie a knot with the 2 ends of the ribbon to secure
     
  8. To close Bracelet, bring one end of the 2 ribbon ends up and through the loop on the other end. Tie into a bow and you are done!
     

NOTE: If you look at the Tabs from the side, the 1st tab and 3rd tab should be side by side UNDER the 2nd tab.

 

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