Family Craft Ideas: Pop Top Bracelets

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Homemade Gift Ideas from Hartshorn Portraiture

Homemade bracelets from my girls!

I quite simply adore the new bracelet my girls made for me over the weekend. They created these tres chic bracelets with pop pops threaded with ribbon. Each bracelet can be special and original by changing the ribbon textures and colors. This quite possibly may be the latest and greatest holiday hobby, so start collecting those tops.


Collect the pop tops from soda cans.
  2. Clean the pop tops with soap & water. Dry completely.

 File away any rough edges on the pop tops.

Select a stringing material, such as ribbon. Your choice of stringing material will depend on the bracelet design you select. Be sure to consider the color and texture of the stringing material as you create your design.
If you want to make a cuff bracelet without a clasp be sure to use a stringing material that has at least a little stretch to it. Leather, imitation leather, plastic cord, silk cord or ribbons are all good options.
If you are designing a bracelet with a clasp, then you will need a stringing material that supports that clasp you select.
  4. Measure your wrist or the wrist of the person for whom you are making the bracelet. Determine the number of pop tops you will need based on the size bracelet you are making and the design you select. 
Make sure to measure the widest part of the hand when calculating wrist size. To measure the wrist, fold in the thumb and measure just under the thumb.
  5. Arrange the pop tops in desired pattern. You can arrange the tops so that they are horizontal or vertical, and in one layer or more.
  6. Feed the ribbon through the holes in the pop tops so that you weave the pop tops together.
  7. Tie off the end of the stringing material so that it is secure. You can use a drop of glue for extra security, if needed.
 Note that if you chose to add a clasp, you will need to do so before securing the stringing material.
  8. As an alternative to a clasp or a cuff, you can use a ribbon and simply tie the stringing material in a bow rather than using a clasp.

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