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Vendor Spotlight & GIVEAWAY- Alex – Pop Tab Jewelry Kit

Reported by Maria Del Pinto

The Alex Crafts “Pop Tab Jewelry” kit is geared toward kids 7 and up.  I have to say that it would appeal to anyone who wanted a good starting point in learning a fun craft using recycled materials.
This kit provides you with a good basis from which you can build to make other items. The instructions in this kit are very easy to follow diagrams and the weaving techniques they use in their patterns can be used to make more than just bracelets. 

Included in the “Pop Tab Jewelry” kit are:
  • 46 Pop Can Tabs (aka: soda can tabs, aluminum can tabs & energy drink tabs)
  • 6 ribbons
  • 3 ribbons
  • 2 satin cords
  • 4 earring hooks
  • 19 jewelry findings
  • 6 precut shapes
  • Easy instructions with diagrams
Box Contents
The soda can tabs are different from the one you would take off your own soda cans.  These have been filed and are kid safe without any sharp edges.  They also have a nice hole pre drilled into it that makes it easy to add jump rings to it.
Single Weave Bracelet
A great starting point in working with the pop can tabs is the single weave bracelet.  This is a pretty basic weave pattern that is quick to learn and to do.  I started by picking out my favorite ribbons.   Note: The ribbon width should be less than 3/4″ in width to work with the soda can tabs.
I wove the ribbon through the first opening and then through the second opening, using the over and under technique.

Then I just kept adding on more tabs using the same technique.  
Since I was making it to fit a 61/2″ wrist, I used 9 tabs, so it would fit comfortably. Once I finished adding soda can tabs, the pattern looked like the photo below.
Then I just add one of the claps (enclosed in the kit) by weaving it with the ribbon, as directed in the instructions.
This is such a quick and easy pattern to follow and a great beginner project.
Double Weave Bracelet
The kit has instructions for a double weave bracelet pattern using the “under then over” weaving pattern, which is a bit more difficult for younger children to follow without a little adult help.  For this project, I used the ribbons, beads, and the pop can tabs that were included in this kit.
I started by making a knot in one end.  Then to make it easier to weave, I used a push pin to attach it to a piece of cork board so it would not move.
Then I added the first tab by weaving the ribbon under the first slot for each ribbon.

Then I added the second by weaving over the first slot.

I took the two ribbons and wove them back into the first tab.
Adding the third tab is a bit more complicated.  I tightened the ribbon between tabs to make sure they would lay correctly, before adding more tabs.

Side view of bracelet:

Top view of the finished bracelet.  Using the enclosed grosgrain ribbon made the bracelet a little stiff.  I played with it a bit to soften the ribbon and it finally looked much better.

I decided to try using the same weaving pattern to make a necklace.  This time I used the invisible stretchy jewelry string to weave the soda tabs together.  Then I decided to utilize the cool pre drilled holes on the tabs, so I added some crystals.
Pop Tab Earrings
My daughter decided to make the last project, which is a pair of earrings.  This was very simple to do and required minimal time and effort.  She gathered together the materials.  She used jump rings to attach the pre-printed and pre-cut shapes to the pop tab.  Then she attached it to the earring wire.
There is currently a rise in popularity in crafts utilizing soda can tabs.  I have attended several craft shows that had all types of cool items trending the recycled soda tab accessories.  If you do a google search on “soda tab projects” you will find some really amazing things folks have made using soda can tabs.  
Pros:
  • All the supplies are in one neat package.
  • Great way to teach kids about recycling and get them interested in designing with recycled items.
  • Pretty colors and easy to follow instructions.
  • Projects are simple and easy to duplicate.
  • If you are new to crafting with soda tabs, this kit can actually provide you with a basis on how to make the easier items that you can then build upon.
Cons:
  • Ribbons (included in kit) are cut much too short (6″ to 8″) to do the weaving pattern with knots as directed in instructions.  The finished bracelet which done according to the directions is 5 inches from knot to knot.  That is a tight fit for the 8 year old and did not fit the 10 year old.
  • Some of the patterns might be difficult for a 7 to 8 year old to follow.
  • It would be nice to include more tabs.

GIVEAWAY
The folks over at Alex are giving away kits to one lucky reader. To enter simply answer any of the questions below in the Comments section of this article on our website. One comment per person, please.

What types of items have you seen made out of soda tabs?  Do you have any favorite kids recycling crafts that you do at home with your kids?

Winners are chosen at random. Contest closes Sunday, June 12th at 6pm CST. Good Luck!

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Maria Del Pinto

Maria Del Pinto

I have been crafting since I was a child and I love seeing what others create. I live near the beach so everything around me inspires me. I also enjoy activities where I re-purpose something old & discarded & make it into something cool. My favorite mantra is "Re-use, recycle, and re-make".

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23 Responses to Vendor Spotlight & GIVEAWAY- Alex – Pop Tab Jewelry Kit

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    Julie June 6, 2011 at 11:04 pm #

    i love this! I have just recently seen many bracelets made of soda tabs – cute ones at that!

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    Victoria June 6, 2011 at 11:19 pm #

    I have always liked the pop tab purses, but they always looked complicated to make. I really like the idea of the jewelry. I wonder how they would look with resin or polymer clay in the negative space?

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    spiffynoodles June 6, 2011 at 11:21 pm #

    I haven’t seen anything but one bracelet but I can’t wait to try this with my son. He likes to put together model cars and burn wood but he also loves pink. I’m sure he will be sporting a pink bracelet before long!

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    jjocarlson June 7, 2011 at 12:57 am #

    I have seen necklaces, braclets and key chains. But not as cute as the ones on this blog!

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    lutingobelin June 7, 2011 at 2:24 am #

    I’ve seen a “corset” into a scrapbooking page made out with soda can tabs ! it was so beautiful ! Jelwery is a great idea !

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    Irit Shalom June 7, 2011 at 3:56 am #

    Really love them!! I used some recycled for the buckles, never thought about jewelry.. Great idea- need to try!

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    Vitoria B June 7, 2011 at 4:04 am #

    I recycle my old scrap papers for my kids, and

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    isa dona June 7, 2011 at 4:05 am #

    Can’t wait to try this with my 2 boys and my 2 nieces, looks really nice.

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    Toucan Scraps June 7, 2011 at 4:07 am #

    I’ve seen them on scrapbook pages and cards at on-line craft galleries.

    My kids love to make loads of stuff with the recycling. My favourite is making CD albums – turning old CDs into beautiful photo albums, they make great gifts.

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    Kelly Sas June 7, 2011 at 8:45 am #

    Lately I’ve been seeing a lot about pop tab art… prom dresses, purses, jewelry. I would love to try it! I am especially interested in making the jewelry.

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    Sue D June 7, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

    I have only seen them used on cards to run ribbon through.

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    LisaAnn June 7, 2011 at 1:58 pm #

    I saw an amazing prom gown this year made of pop tabs! It was gorgeous! I LOVE that the tabs in this kit are smooth and don’t have rought/cutting edges!!!

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    smahrty June 7, 2011 at 2:23 pm #

    these look really fun! I have always encouraged my kids to use anything to make art. they love to go on treasure hunts for repurposing.

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    Saundra J June 7, 2011 at 2:47 pm #

    I really haven’t seen anything done w/ pop tabs, at least not in real life. I saw a cool prom dress posted on a blog a few months back constructed of ribbon and pop tabs. My 10 year old daughter and I like using bottle caps to make bracelets and magnets! (sometimes the 12 year old son even gets in on the magnets). I think this would be a fun craft to do w/ the kids!

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    Anonymous June 7, 2011 at 2:58 pm #

    This is just what the doctor ordered! Here is a craft that appeals to most girls and is easy on the wallet. My granddaughters will love making and trading these over the summer.

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    Karla Anderson June 7, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

    I have seen a really cool purse made out of pop tabs…talk about patience! My daughter is 19 and not to interested in crafts right now, but I could totally see her wearing a pair of earrings if I made them. My niece however would LOVE to play with this kit, she loves jewelry and is very into recycling.

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    Lori June 7, 2011 at 5:24 pm #

    This is super cute! I’ve never seen pop caps made into anything but I love the idea. My daughter would dig making bracelets.
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    rush June 7, 2011 at 10:32 pm #

    i don’t think i have ever seen anything made from pop tabs. we save them to give to charity so they can raise money. i am a grandparent, and the grandchildren live too far away for us to play like this. i recycle things for crafts…mostly junque for collage.

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    isabel scrap June 8, 2011 at 8:56 am #

    I use bottle caps to create some embellishments for the house !

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    Paulo marques June 8, 2011 at 8:57 am #

    I love the idea… recycling is very good.
    Thanks for the chance to win this beautiful kit.

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    Donna June 8, 2011 at 3:12 pm #

    Last year we made snakes out of pop tabs at Girl Scout camp. It was all about recycling and we did lots of crafts with puzzle pieces, pop tabs, film canisters, etc. Greta fun!

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    the mustik June 10, 2011 at 4:14 am #

    The bracelets are so cute, i would like to try this kit.

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    Superfan June 11, 2011 at 2:42 pm #

    Using Pop Tabs and Ribbons together is a great idea. I would love to try the cool projects in this kit!