Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Can Tab DIY

For our first DIY, we bring you a pretty simple project. I saw this project somewhere on the internet years and years ago and made a can-tab belt that both of us wear. Brittany says she almost always gets compliments when she's wearing it.

What you will need:

  • Twine, fishing line or some other string for threading. Make sure it is durable!
  • Scissors
  • Can tabs
  • Not pictured: a button or hook if you want something fancier than just tying the ends together.
Note: The amount of can tabs depends on what you're making and your size. For the 33in belt we used 102 tabs and for the bracelet we used about 25 tabs.

1. Cut a bit of twine twice as long as your wrist or waist.
2. Find the middle of the twine. Make a small loop and tie it to the first tab. You can see this better in the picture below.
3. With one string you weave it in and out of the other tabs top hole to create a chain.
4. With the second string you weave it in and out of the bottom holes.
5. Keep doing this as long as you need to get the length you want. Feel free to measure yourself up to get it right!
6. When the length is right tie the end so the tabs are all secure.
7. At this point you can put it on and tie the ends to the beginning or did like we did and thread the twine through a button so that it hooks through the beginning loop.

And tah-dah! You have a brand new belt or bracelet that didn't cost you nearly anything!

If you've got any tips or variations or pictures, we'd love to see them in the comments!


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  2. Oh my Gosh!! I love this!!! :)

    Sorry, posted on the wrong account earlier. Confusing! Love your blog. And I'm a new follower.

  3. LOVE! These are amazing! I need to drink more soda! Thanks for linking up with DIY under $5!

  4. Wow, that's pretty amazing!

  5. What a fun craft to make! awesome tutorial!