Friday, August 13, 2010

Fun Friday - Coke Tab Bracelet

Today is Friday. Fun Friday that is! I wanted to do something fun for Friday, so I made a Coke Tab Bracelet. It is cheap and easy. When I first made one of these, all my friends wanted me to make them one too! 


So here is what you will need:

- Coke Tabs (I used 24 but the number varies for the size of your wrist)
- String
- Scissors


What to do:
First, cut off a good length of string.  I didn't measure mine, I just got enough so that I could cut off any extra at the end. Fold the string in half I will now refer to this as the top string and bottom.


Next, take a coke tab and stick the top string through the top hole of the tab and the bottom string through the bottom hole of the tab.  Thread them both down in the hole.  Easy right?



Now, slide the tab all the way to where the string is folded.  Then, turn it over and tie a knot.  It doesn't have to be anything fancy, just a simple little knot to help hold it in place.



Now, Take a second coke tab and slide it on the strings.  This time though, put the stings UP through the hole.  And don't tie a knot.


Ok. Pull the string back up through the holes in Tab #1. 




Grab a third tab.  Place it on top of Tab #2 and beside Tab #1.  The holes of Tab#3 and #2 should be overlapping.



Pull the top string DOWN through the top holes of Tab #3 and #2.



Pull the bottom string DOWN through the bottom holes of Tab #3 and #2.



Grab another tab.  We are going to do the same thing but with just a few changes.  Place it under Tab #3 and beside Tab #2.  The holes of Tab #3 and Tab #4 should be overlapping. 



Now, pull the string UP through the two overlapping holes - top string goes through top holes; bottom string goes through bottom holes.
Just continue to do that until it is long enough to wrap around your wrist.
So you just place a tab overlapping the holes, pull the string through both holes, and repeat except the string should go over under.






Before you know it, you will have a long chain of tabs.



So once your "chain" is long enough there are a few ways to finish it off.
1.  You can tie the two ends together and you can just slip it on and off.
2. You can tie it off.  Then get some elastic or other stretchy material and connect it to the two ends so you can slip it on and off but it will keep your bracelet to fit your wrist good.
3. Tie it off and then tie the two ends together every time you put it on and off.  This is the way I will show how.

To tie it off, let the strings be on the back side of the Tabs.  I ended with the strings on top, so I just stuck them back through the hole.



Now the string is on the back side of the tabs.  So turn the whole chain over, with the back side facing up towards you. Tie a knot.  You may want to tie a couple knots to help it stay.





Wrap it around your wrist. Wrap it right side up.



Slip on of the strings through the hole through the tab on the OPPOSITE end.



Do the same with the other string.



Tie the two strings together like you were tying your shoe.













And there ya have it.  A spiffy coke tab bracelet  :)
You could also make a belt.  Or maybe a headband.  Be creative :)

Here is me sporting my coke tab bracelet :)

Now I need to relate this to the theme of the month which is back to school.  So, many of us get new clothes and outfits for back to school.  Now you have a new accessory to wear back to school :)  Enjoy!


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13 comments:

  1. Stopping by from NFF. What a cute idea! Love the easy to make (and cheap) bracelet! :)

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  2. What a great idea! Happy anniversary to your grandparents! Thanks for the follow, and I am following you back!

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  3. Very cute! I used to collect pop tabs in high school and that would have been the perfect way to use them up! I wish I would have known about this back then!

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  4. Love the bracelet! What a wonderful recycled craft.

    Thanks for linking up on Crafty Friday!

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  5. That's so creative!! Love it!

    Following from Friendly Friday. :)

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  6. shut up!! that's genius! I want one of those!! Great tutorial on making one! Thanks!! ;)

    ...visiting from Sassy Sites! I am a follower! Come by my blog and say HI! :)
    (you have a very Sassy Site!)

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  7. This is waaaay cute! So creative, missy! I'm happy to be your newest follower of your delightful blog! Be sure to come by FrouFrouDecor..I love having new friends! I also have a link party every Friday and would love to have you link up!
    Hugs,
    ~Terrell @ FrouFrouDecor~!!

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  8. this would be so super cute with my I heart Diet Coke shirt I have. LOVE IT! jen

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  9. Very unique! I love it...I'm going to have to give it a try :)

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  11. Hi
    Great bracelet idea. I'm a new follower from Boost Your Blog Friday Blog Hop. Have a wonderful weekend.
    Cheers,
    Tiffany
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  12. What a great idea! I can't wait to make one

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  13. Thank you for the most excellent instructions and pictures! This will be the perfect craft for my 10 yr. old daugher and I to do on earth day next week!

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