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Upcycling Craft Demo - How to Make a Fancy Pink Pop Tab Choker - Printable Instructions

Updated on August 16, 2014

Have you ever wondered what you would find if you could unwrap the essence of little girls?

Or, to be totally honest, many of us big girls? It's pretty simple, really. Think of it as a thing for bling. Girls typically love things that are shiny, just like their sparkling personalities are. Females like things that are on the outside just like they are on the inside, sweet!

If you want to find the secret to unwrapping the wall around a little girl's heart, spend some time with her doing something fun, like making this adorable choker. Let her pick the colors and stickers and you will see a happy, smiling, giggly little princess emerge in no time.

This lens will outline, with an accompanying picture tutorial, the steps involved in making the choker in the introductory image. It was really easy and took less than an hour.

The main structure of the piece is made of pop tabs and beading wire, though smaller children could just as easily use string. Other than that, it took one ribbon shoe lace, an old cheapo set of kids beads, a few inches of Duck Tape, three peel and stick foam cut outs and a little time. Come with me and let's take a gander at how this cutie pie came to be, about an hour ago.

All images are original photographs taken by me, Vix, this morning.

You don't have to buy a present to get to a girl's heart.

Her heart is the present.

All that must be done to unwrap is give her what she wants: attention, approval, emotional support and time. This philosophy works at just about any age. I suspect it's the same for males but the gender gap forbade me ever knowing for sure.

Past wisdom would contradict me though, as it has held for centuries that the way to unwrapping a man's heart is through his stomach.

Hm. I wonder if I could do this craft in cake. No, bad idea. See, there's that old gender gap rearing its ugly head again and messing up my logic. Cake is sweet, therefore most likely not the best choice for the guys.

Maybe in steak! That might actually work. But, I digress. We are talking about unwrapping a girl's heart here, not a boy's. Though, I can't resist adding that the steak thing would work great for puppies be they male or female :).

The habits instilled at a young age last a life time. - Why not make them good ones?

This resource will not only keep them busy, but furthermore give them meaningful activities utilizing items that are kind to the planet.

Earth Smart Crafts: Transform Toss-away Items into Fun Accessories, Gifts, Room Decor & More! (American Girl)
Earth Smart Crafts: Transform Toss-away Items into Fun Accessories, Gifts, Room Decor & More! (American Girl)

Coming from a green base, it's earth friendly. Coming from a monetary place, it's way mom friendly. I hate how some crafting books and projects cost a small fortune. Crafting should be fun, not require a balance sheet. Lastly, I love that the crafts detailed here result in useful products the kids can be proud to use. The projects range from super simple to not so much which is great for keeping all of the kids happy. Let them work their way up to the harder stuff. It builds character and valuable problem solving skills.

 

How to make the choker in the picture - It is so super easy.

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We must begin at the beginning and assemble the things we will need. As you can see here, I went a little over board. I usually do. I never know for sure when I start out to do a project exactly how it is going to go, so I like to have everything I cStart by laying out your pop tabs. I used eight large ones and two small ones. Lay them out as you see here, minus the two hanging down on the sides. We will begin by connecting two at a time across the top. As you can see from the finished choker, ICut the beading wire to about two inches. String will work just as well. A word about the wire, it can be sharp on the end. Smaller fingers would benefit from using string. Fold the wire over the end of your finger to make a "U" shape.Put the "U" shaped wire over the top of the two tabs you want to connect. Twist it together tightly in the back.When all of your top chain of pop tabs are connected, bend the wire over and snip off any ends that are sticking up. If you feel any sharp points anywhere, cover them with a drop or two of hot glue and let dry before continuing. It only takes a minutString your shoelace ribbon through the pop tabs being sure to go under the two small ones, not over. Do not pull the ribbon tight. We need to make some ruffles to camouflage these tabs. But first, the duct tape.Wrap a strip of tape around each of the small tabs on either side of the midpoint. Wrap the two large tabs that will be the pendant. Leave the hole at the bottom open. Keep the ribbon pulled up like in the picture.To make the ruffles, first pull up the ribbon in the middle parts to where you have roughly the same amount of ribbon on each end of the choker. To form the ruffle, just bunch it up every inch or so, pinch in the middle and glue down. Rubber cement wKeep bunching, pinching and gluing until you get to the end.Wrap the two duct taped tabs up top with the beads and glue down super good on the back side. Use scissors to snip off any remaining bead chain.Add the largest flower cut out. This one had a hole in the middle, so I blinged it up with a bead.To do the bead work on the pendant, simply find the center point of your beads and glue that down to the center point top of the pendant. Wrap it around the back once and glue. Glue the remaining bead chain in a circle going around the flower. Snip oWith the first bead circle.Glue a string of beads onto the back of the pendant forming a loop that hangs down below the bottom of the duct tape pendant.Add the sticker to the bottom of the tab still showing on the pendant. Glue down beads. Affix the last sticker on the bottom directly to the beads with hot glue.Give a minute or two to dry well and you are done! Yahoo. Time for the happy dance. Put it on and see how it looks. :) Enjoy.
We must begin at the beginning and assemble the things we will need. As you can see here, I went a little over board. I usually do. I never know for sure when I start out to do a project exactly how it is going to go, so I like to have everything I c
We must begin at the beginning and assemble the things we will need. As you can see here, I went a little over board. I usually do. I never know for sure when I start out to do a project exactly how it is going to go, so I like to have everything I c
Start by laying out your pop tabs. I used eight large ones and two small ones. Lay them out as you see here, minus the two hanging down on the sides. We will begin by connecting two at a time across the top. As you can see from the finished choker, I
Start by laying out your pop tabs. I used eight large ones and two small ones. Lay them out as you see here, minus the two hanging down on the sides. We will begin by connecting two at a time across the top. As you can see from the finished choker, I
Cut the beading wire to about two inches. String will work just as well. A word about the wire, it can be sharp on the end. Smaller fingers would benefit from using string. Fold the wire over the end of your finger to make a "U" shape.
Cut the beading wire to about two inches. String will work just as well. A word about the wire, it can be sharp on the end. Smaller fingers would benefit from using string. Fold the wire over the end of your finger to make a "U" shape.
Put the "U" shaped wire over the top of the two tabs you want to connect. Twist it together tightly in the back.
Put the "U" shaped wire over the top of the two tabs you want to connect. Twist it together tightly in the back.
When all of your top chain of pop tabs are connected, bend the wire over and snip off any ends that are sticking up. If you feel any sharp points anywhere, cover them with a drop or two of hot glue and let dry before continuing. It only takes a minut
When all of your top chain of pop tabs are connected, bend the wire over and snip off any ends that are sticking up. If you feel any sharp points anywhere, cover them with a drop or two of hot glue and let dry before continuing. It only takes a minut
String your shoelace ribbon through the pop tabs being sure to go under the two small ones, not over. Do not pull the ribbon tight. We need to make some ruffles to camouflage these tabs. But first, the duct tape.
String your shoelace ribbon through the pop tabs being sure to go under the two small ones, not over. Do not pull the ribbon tight. We need to make some ruffles to camouflage these tabs. But first, the duct tape.
Wrap a strip of tape around each of the small tabs on either side of the midpoint. Wrap the two large tabs that will be the pendant. Leave the hole at the bottom open. Keep the ribbon pulled up like in the picture.
Wrap a strip of tape around each of the small tabs on either side of the midpoint. Wrap the two large tabs that will be the pendant. Leave the hole at the bottom open. Keep the ribbon pulled up like in the picture.
To make the ruffles, first pull up the ribbon in the middle parts to where you have roughly the same amount of ribbon on each end of the choker. To form the ruffle, just bunch it up every inch or so, pinch in the middle and glue down. Rubber cement w
To make the ruffles, first pull up the ribbon in the middle parts to where you have roughly the same amount of ribbon on each end of the choker. To form the ruffle, just bunch it up every inch or so, pinch in the middle and glue down. Rubber cement w
Keep bunching, pinching and gluing until you get to the end.
Keep bunching, pinching and gluing until you get to the end.
Wrap the two duct taped tabs up top with the beads and glue down super good on the back side. Use scissors to snip off any remaining bead chain.
Wrap the two duct taped tabs up top with the beads and glue down super good on the back side. Use scissors to snip off any remaining bead chain.
Add the largest flower cut out. This one had a hole in the middle, so I blinged it up with a bead.
Add the largest flower cut out. This one had a hole in the middle, so I blinged it up with a bead.
To do the bead work on the pendant, simply find the center point of your beads and glue that down to the center point top of the pendant. Wrap it around the back once and glue. Glue the remaining bead chain in a circle going around the flower. Snip o
To do the bead work on the pendant, simply find the center point of your beads and glue that down to the center point top of the pendant. Wrap it around the back once and glue. Glue the remaining bead chain in a circle going around the flower. Snip o
With the first bead circle.
With the first bead circle.
Glue a string of beads onto the back of the pendant forming a loop that hangs down below the bottom of the duct tape pendant.
Glue a string of beads onto the back of the pendant forming a loop that hangs down below the bottom of the duct tape pendant.
Add the sticker to the bottom of the tab still showing on the pendant. Glue down beads. Affix the last sticker on the bottom directly to the beads with hot glue.
Add the sticker to the bottom of the tab still showing on the pendant. Glue down beads. Affix the last sticker on the bottom directly to the beads with hot glue.
Give a minute or two to dry well and you are done! Yahoo. Time for the happy dance. Put it on and see how it looks. :) Enjoy.
Give a minute or two to dry well and you are done! Yahoo. Time for the happy dance. Put it on and see how it looks. :) Enjoy.

Actually, this could have many functions.

Pink pop tab choker as a tie back works well too
Pink pop tab choker as a tie back works well too

Just like most things, when you take off all the wrapping, you find it can be used for so much more than stated on the packaging. I'm seeing curtain tie backs, decorations for parties, showers, shower curtains, candle wrappers... the only limit is imagination.

For us humans, our appearance and demeanor is like our wrapping. - But, just like that Christmas present that you just know is ...

It isn't. When i was little, I believed what I saw on the commercials and thought the toys must do what I saw between cartoons. It took some time to figure out what I was seeing was but illusion.

It's the same with the sugar and spice stereotype. It's nice in a way, but it's limiting. It's restraining. It's only a tiny part, a mere component of a much greater whole.

Little girls, big girls, and I suspect that creature known as male, too, are never just what what we see when looking at the wrapping. Sure, little girls are nice and sweet, giggly and silly, full of fun and joy. They are also smart, curious, determined, filled with an exploring spirit and strong individuals.

The next time you are with any child, look past the wrapper. Be patient and wait for a rare glimpse of what's underneath. It's far more than most of us ever dream of.

See what a little imagination can do.

Amazing items made from pop tabs. The tune is not bad either.

Have you heard the old saying "little girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice?"

Do you agree?

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Safety concerns -

Other than the wire and glue gun already mentioned, the beads present a choking hazard. Always supervise the younger ones.

Please, don't copy in whole or in part.

Here's a fun project that the little ones can do as well as the older gals.

If doing this project with children under five years of age, be sure to monitor no one eats the pop tabs.

If using a hot glue gun, be sure to monitor all children and instruct on how to safely use the tool before starting the project. Rubber cement would work just as well.

You don't need much, some pop tabs, ribbon, bling and basic supplies you most likely already have on hand.

It won't take long but it's a lot of fun!

  • Prep time: 5 min
  • Cook time: 30 min
  • Ready in: 35 min
  • Yields: 1

Ingredients

  • Pop tabs
  • Ribbon
  • Bling
  • Hot glue gun
  • Beading wire (fine)

Instructions

  1. Arrange tabs.
  2. Use jewelry wire or string to secure tabs.
  3. Cover the two small tabs on the top and the pendant tabs with Duck Tape.
  4. Weave the ribbon through the tabs being sure to go under only for the two small ones up top.
  5. Bunch and pinch the ribbon at regular intervals and glue down.
  6. Apply the largest flower sticker.
  7. Trim pendant in beads at top. Wrap beads around the duct taped places up top. Glue down on the back.
  8. Made a bead loop. Glue to back of pendant where it hangs about an inch below the bottom of the pendant.
  9. Add your other stickers. Fill in with beads. Dot the flower centers with a bead each.
  10. Have fun with it. You're done! :)
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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Green-horizon: :) Thank you! God bless.

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @takkhisa: Thank you. Give a go! It's so easy.

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      Green-horizon 4 years ago

      Nice work.

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      I wish if I could make one right now! Well since you are here I guess I should try this. Thanks for sharing this idea :)