Aluminum Can Crafts Round-up- 20 Easy Tutorials using Soda Pop Cans
I love making treasures out of trash and aluminum soda cans are the perfect material to do just that. You can find empty aluminum drink cans everywhere you go; you can find them laying on the street, piled up in garbage cans and also in recycling bins. Kudos to those who recycle but did you know you could do so much more with just an ordinary aluminum soda pop or beer can? Aluminum is a great material to use for craft projects! Tons of wonderful crafts can be made with just an everyday ordinary soda pop can. I've gathered up a great list of aluminum can crafts to show you some of the different possibilities. Aluminum is super easy to cut which makes it ideal to work with and though it's a flexible metal, it's metal so it is definitely more durable than just paper. You may be thinking it's not safe to work with and indeed, you do have to be careful when working with aluminum cans but I urge you not to let that fear deter you from making something truly wonderful. Always make sure you are wearing gloves when working with aluminum. Also, you can file the edges of your project if you are afraid that the sharp edges will cut. Before we get into the projects, here's a few reasons why aluminum cans are the perfect materials for crafts:
- Aluminum cans resist rust so they are good for crafts that will be outdoors
- They are very thin and able to mold easily
- Paint adheres wonderfully to the surface of an aluminum can
- Aluminum cans are easy to cut, in fact, you can use paper punches to punch shapes out of aluminum cans
- Aluminum embosses easily- you can do beautiful embossed designs on your project
Soda Can Garden Flowers
Look at these gorgeous bright colored flowers! Wouldn't they look pretty in your garden? I can imagine some of these made with those flat glass marbles glued in the middle. Honestly, at first glance I would have never thought that these flowers were made using aluminum soda cans. These are so neat.. and on top of that, extremely easy to make.
To read the how-to, go to Woman of Colors
Soda Can Flower Magnets
These little soda can flower magnets are really cute. These layered flowers were cut out of a soda can with scissors. Aluminum cans are very easy to cut.. In fact, you can even use paper punches to punch shapes out of them. I like how these flowers are layered with the pretty brad in the middle. I think a set of these aluminum can magnets would make a perfect handmade gift. You could even do a layered 3D effect by adhering each layer with foam squares.. wouldn't that be cute?!
See the easy tutorial at 10th Muse Studios
Soft Drink Can Rose
I really have no words for this one.. I can't believe that this gorgeous rose started out as a soda pop can. This is the rose without paint applied but I think it's stunning even just left plain silver. I like how the leaves have been cut out of what looks to be a 7-Up can.. The bright green color is perfect for the color of the leaves. I can picture a bunch of these embellishing a large mirror or picture frame. Maybe even a border of them with multiple roses bunched up one or two of the corners.
This is another awesome project by Creativeman at Instructables!
Soda Can Flowers
Here are some more big, bright and pretty flowers made with aluminum soda cans! This looks like it would be a great project for kids as long as the edges are filed down and not sharp.. I would have to keep a close look if were my 4 year old but wouldn't one or a few of these make a nice Mother's Day gift? Making a few of these and putting them in pots outside or around the house is a perfect way to decorate for the Spring. Of course, they would look gorgeous in the garden, too!
See the tutorial at Charlotte Parent.. this one looks easy and lots of fun!
Soda Can Cookie Cutters
I am really impressed with these soda can cookie cutters! You can make all kinds of shapes. I do imagine it takes some bending and manipulating of the cans but once you have them, you have them. I would just be sure to store them in a solid container so they won't get bent out of shape. I am definitely going to be doing some of these. Here are a few more cookie cutter shape suggestions besides what is in the picture:
- Egg, cross - Easter
- Clover, leprechaun hat, rainbow - St. Patrick's
- Christmas tree, ornament shapes, wreath, bell, the word JOY - Christmas
- Miscellaneous Shapes- bow, different heart shapes, different flower shapes, hello kitty shape, diamond, rubber ducky, etc..
The cookie cutter tutorial can be found at DIY Home Sweet Home.
Aluminum Can Lanterns
These lanterns made from soda cans are very pretty and bright..imagine them with candles inside. I bet they are very pretty at night! You could make lots of these and string them up to use as party lights for your patio if you wanted or hanging from some low branches of a tree. The possibilities are endless, really. You could also paint them if you wanted.. and something that came to mind is what about spraying some adhesive inside and sprinkling some glitter... I bet the glitter would reflect the candlelight and sparkle.. If you are afraid to use regular tea lights, you could use those flame-less ones.
Learn how to make these fantastic soda can lanterns at the star online.
Soda Can Candle Holders
These candle holders are made using the bottoms of soda cans.. I like how they are mounted in the bucket.. There are other ways you could mount these together but the bucket with rocks looks great! You could change the look of it lots of different ways to suit your décor style. Here are a few ideas I have come up with:
- Instead of a bucket, you could mount the candle sticks inside a terracotta pot or other container.
- Painting the rocks would add a pop of color.. painting the rocks to match the candles would be a neat look.
- If you ever need to line a sidewalk or driveway with lights, I think these sticks would work great.. just use the ground as the anchor instead of the bucket with rocks.
See how these were made plus MORE great aluminum can and candle crafts at esprit cabane.
Pop Can Flower Hair Pins
These cute hair pins were made using shapes punched from aluminum cans and then coated with liquid clay which puts a sort of rubbery coating around them which is great for protecting you from the thin edges and also protects them and keeps them in good condition. This is a fun one to do because you can change them up all different ways.. You can use whatever shapes you want out of the aluminum cans, you can paint them colors if you like or you can use a different clip or maybe you would like to do a headband instead..
For the instructions to make these go to Rings&Things
Soda Can Bracelets
I love these bracelets made from soda cans! They are actually quite easy to make..You pretty much just glue the ribbon both on the outside and the inside of strip cut from a soda can and then embellish them all you want. I think you could make a cuff too by cutting the strip a bit wider.. as long as it's not too wide, I think it would work out. If you don't have any wide ribbon, you could cover it with material and I think for a cuff that's a bit wider, leaving it open and adding snaps to fasten it onto your wrist would be great. I would definitely round the corners of the strip of metal before adding the fabric though.
If you are interested in making some of these super cute soda can bracelets, go to 12 Crafts Till Christmas for an awesome tutorial! She even has a few other soda can tutorials as well..
Coke Can Necklace
This necklace is fantastic! I love the perfect flower shapes made from a Coca-Cola can. From what I understand from my research around the net and from this tutorial as well is the way to get these shapes is by using the Big Shot die cutting machine. Not only does the big shot cut shapes, it also embosses! This makes it one of those things at the top of my wish list. For jewelry projects like this, you can always use paper punches, they cut shapes easily from aluminum. You will just want to be extra sure that the edges are filed and you can also cut shapes out of craft foam and adhere them to the backside of the shapes. I don't think a paper punch will do craft foam but you could always trace and cut your own shapes from craft foam if you needed to, it would just take a bit longer.
To get more info about how to make this necklace go to Cut Out and Keep!
Aluminum Can Purse
This soda can purse is really cute! I love how it is made with all kinds of different soda cans with all of the pretty colors.. I could picture doing something like this by covering a canvas book bag.... it looks like she has stapled the cans together with just a regular stapler.. I can tell that with her attention to detail, this project took some time and a lot of work but the end result is fascinating.
Go to Craftster for the how-to! She gives a great description along with great photos :)
Drink Can Box
This is a cute, perfect little metal box made from an energy drink can.. you will need two if you decide to make the bottom. The original tutorial has been improved on a few times and the artist has been kind enough to share. This tutorial is a great tutorial along with pictures and lots of very helpful details! The author has even been kind enough to post a video to teach us how to make this little treasure :)
Go to Atomic Shrimp for the awesome how-to.
Soda Can Tab Pendant Light
I found this pendant light made from soda can tabs really neat! Unless I were close up, I don't even know if I would guess it were made with aluminum can tabs.. it's a really neat lightening piece. I think it would look really cool in an industrial styled loft! To me, it even has a sort of rustic look to it.. I've never seen anything quite like it.. it's pretty darned amazing!
I am grateful that the artist was kind enough to share the how to. See it at the 3 R's blog.
Pop Top Peace Sign
Like the above pendant lamp, I love this pop top peace sign! I immediately pictured this painted pink, hanging in a girls room.. or maybe even a group of them. I love it! It's very easy to make too.. It's pretty much just covering a cardboard peace sign with the soda pop tops. I am definitely going to have to start saving these soda can tops.. I'm starting to get lots of craft ideas... like maybe some sort of chandelier from soda pop tops?!
Go to Crafting a Green World to see how to make this pop top peace sign.
Coasters from Soda Cans
I've seen lots of different coaster ideas but none made using aluminum cans.. love these DIY soda can coasters! I think these would make a very creative handmade wedding gift. Also, wouldn't some of these made using beer cans make a great gift for a bachelor?!
To see the nice, photo illustrated tutorial go to the Idea Room
Soda Can Flower Box
This aluminum can flower box is really neat.. it's just a little box decorated and embellished with aluminum can tiles on the top and side and also with a pretty flower mounted on top. The tutorial for his one is very easy.. it has great photos but for an even more comprehensive tutorial, see the video. She shares some great tips about working with aluminum cans in the video.
This one I found at Favecrafts
Aluminum Can Leprechaun Hat Decoration
I really liked this leprechaun hat with the clovers.. it's super cute for St. Patrick's Day. With the selection of green on different canned sodas, there would be no need to paint anything green. This is actually a free tutorial, sort of a free preview of one of a few different Aluminum Crafts ebooks offered by Aluminous Publishing. There are many more great crafts offered in the ebooks!
Quilled Pop Can Snowflakes
Hello all of you snowflake lovers! What do you think of these beauties made from soda pop cans !? I can picture doing many of these and painting them white, maybe adding some pretty iridescent glitter. I think that these would make beautiful Christmas tree ornaments. Another idea is to attach on a line of string and make a beautiful snowflake garland.. you could even glue these onto a canvas and make some kind of wall art.
See how they are made at The Mad Recycler
Festive Aluminum Can Stars
Out of all the soda can projects I've ran into so far, this is one of my favorites! Metal stars like this are expensive if you buy them in the stores.. I am really impressed with how nice these turned out and equally impressed with the tutorial at milomade. It is understandable, very detailed and has great photos. The thing I like about this project is you could use these same instructions to make even larger stars by using a bigger star template.. Of course, you would have to have a bigger piece of aluminum but I'm sure they sell aluminum in thin sheets at Home Improvement or Hardware Stores, don't they?! In stores those large metal stars for hanging on the wall are just ridiculously priced, at least from what I have seen.
This is such a pretty mobile, perfect for springtime and summer! They are gorgeous left silver or you could even paint them and add details if you wanted.. or what about adding some glitter so they will sparkle in the sunlight..
Hop on over to Gingerbread Snowflakes to learn how to make some of your own.
That's it for now... I hope you enjoyed this hub! Please feel free to share your own aluminum can craft ideas :)