Making a Soda Tab Belt

June 13, 2005

Soda TabsI was wondering what i could do with all the soda can tabs my family has. I decided a belt and/or a purse would be cool if it was made out of them. Does anyone have any idea where I


could find out how to make them? Thanks for all your help!


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June 13, 20050 found this helpful

Here's some directions for a belt.

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June 13, 20050 found this helpful

forget the crafts - you can donate them to the Ronald McDonald houses (housing for family of ill children during hospitalization.) Google it. It's a much worthier cause.

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By sandy (Guest Post)
June 14, 20050 found this helpful

the tabs are able to be recycled much easier and cheaper than the soda cans. the ronald mcdonald house gets them and gets money for them

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July 3, 20050 found this helpful

here's another sight for a belt:

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By Susie (Guest Post)
February 6, 20080 found this helpful

The rumor about Ronald McDonald house using these is just that - a rumor. It's on

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September 17, 20130 found this helpful

Sorry Susie, you are wrong. First, your answer did not addresse the posters question, which was about making belts.

There are about a dozen YouTube videos on the topic, and this is the leading Face book page on the topic


Lotta good pictures there, many craft techniques, and more importantly, craft grade tab suppliers.

Now, as for this stupid snopes page calling tab redemption a myth, which is probably the most misquoted page in all of snopes...the only urban myth to the McDonalds Article on snopes, is snopes itself. RMDH (Ronald McDonald's House) has been trying to get the snopes page on this subject removed since 2005, but the pure arrogance of snopes is that they are never wrong.

McDonalds House Charities does in fact still accept pull tabs as part of their fundraising. They have been collecting them since 1987 at MOST McDonald houses. In 1992, the McDonald's Corporation itself joined the tabs for RMDH program, making it simpler to collect tabs.


You no longer have to travel to a RMDH to donate tabs, you can just go to the closest McDonalds. Your baggies, cans and boxes of tabs are loaded back on the semi's that drop off the food, and as the trucks report back to Loading hubs, tabs are unloaded, sent to the scrap yard, and the money is used to allow families to stay near their hospitalized youth.

I personally have donated 23.5 million tabs to RMDH, as in I actually walked into the building and donated them, so there is no doubt that I am right, and snopes is wrong. I would add that I account for 2.4% of all the tabs collected in this program by myself, and have organized a dozen Upper Michigan Scouting Units to collect another 40 million tabs.

It is estimated that RMDH will surpass 1 Billion tabs in the first week of August 2014

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November 19, 2006

I am looking for a soda can tab belt pattern.

Teresa from Bensalem, PA


November 24, 20060 found this helpful

July 5 issue of Thrifty Fun has several pattens for pop tab articles.

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February 16, 2009

Does anyone have a pattern for velvet ribbon and pop can tab belts? Thank you.

Jane from Otis, OR

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February 16, 2009

Make a fashion statement with some pop tabs, beads and twine!

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