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Soda can tabs can be collected and used for this functional recycled craft. This page is about making a soda tab belt.


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By 0 found this helpful
June 13, 2005

I 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!


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

https://www.fac  ady/119279167491

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, 20060 found this helpful

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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By 0 found this helpful
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, 20090 found this helpful

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

Pop Tab Belt

Items Needed:

  • A lot of pop tabs
  • thin twine (any color) or craft cord (nylon blend)*

  • beads

Pop Tab Belt


1. Take one pop tab and place it on a piece of twine that is big enough to surround your child's waist + 12 inches.

2. Tie it in a knot at the end, leaving at least 6 inches of twine loose.

3. Place another pop tab under the first with the "bottoms" (which is the side that would be down on your can of pop) facing each other.

4. Slide the 2nd pop tab slightly to the right. You should see an opening in the two pop tabs that is oval in shape. Feed the twine up through that hole.

5. Place another pop tab next to the first pop tab. You should see another oval of space when you look at the 2nd and 3rd pop tabs. Feed the twine down through that hole.

6. Keep repeating the "add pop tab, feed twine" until you have a long enough string of tabs to encircle your child's waist.

7. Tie the loose end of the twine in a knot around the last pop tab. There should be 6 inches of twine loose after knotting.


8. Repeat the entire process a second time using the other hole on the pop tab. (This time is a bit easier, as the tabs are already in place.)

9. String beads up near the pop tabs, then again down at the end of the twine. Leave twine open between the beads for tying around the waist.

This belt can be adapted to be longer and used as a belt for an adult.

* I learned the hard way that twine may not be the best thing to use on this craft. It unravels some, which gives the belt a unique look, but it is a bit thick to try to feed through the beads. In another set of instructions, it says to use craft cord (nylon blend). That may be a much better choice.

You can use two different colored cords, too.

Be careful that all sharp edges on the pop tabs are filed down before adding them to your belt or throw those particular tabs away.

This craft is rather difficult and time consuming. It would work wonderfully as a project for a crafter's workshop. Nice project when you are working with teens.

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