In the seventies, we used to clean up our campgrounds by taking all the discarded soda pop top tabs we could find on the ground, and turning them into chains. We called this pop-top daisy chains (as shown in these historical pictures).
I recall manufacturers stopped mass producing cans with these discardable tabs in the eighties, as they were littering the environment, and a growing environmental problem.
They were replaced with a style of pop top that remain attached to soda cans, semi-permanently with a screw. Gone are the days when we saw pop tops littering every road, park and campsite…
How to Make Pop-Top Daisy Chains:
- Find as many soda pop top tabs as you can (the old-fashioned kind dated from the seventies).
- Take the tab part of one pop top, and lace it into the circlet of another pop top.
- Fold the tab part over a few times, until it links to the circlet, like the link in a chain. Keep it loose enough to allow some movement.
- Keep chaining the tabs to one another, this way.
Crafts with Modern Pop Tops:
I just started a Pinterest Board this morning called Crafts with Pop Tops…Creative projects that use soda pop tops. I’ve collected about a dozen ideas for using the modern pop tops in art and craft projects. For example, people have used pop tops to make: crochet flowers, purses, necklace pendants, bracelets, earrings, crowns, purses, chain mail armor, hand bags, picture hangers, Christmas ornaments, and even full-length evening dresses! It cheers me up to see so many ideas for pop tops.