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37 Awesome Aluminum Can Crafts

Loraine loves arts and crafts and used to volunteer at an elementary art class. She loves sharing fun and easy craft tutorials.

Learn how to make 30+ awesome pieces of soda can art with this article's curated list of projects.

Learn how to make 30+ awesome pieces of soda can art with this article's curated list of projects.

Soda Can Crafts

There are so many really great crafts made using aluminum cans. I made a search of websites looking for aluminum can crafts that included a nice photo of the finished project and a tutorial for the craft. There are instructions for making aluminum can crafts that range from jewelry items to wall décor. I hope you'll be able to find a project or two that you'll want to make. What a great way to recycle pop and beer cans.

For the tutorial to make the soda can art shown above, go to Cottage in the Oaks.


1. Pop Top Peace Sign

Don't forget to save the pop-tops from your soda can, you can make wall art using them. You'll find the tutorial for making this peace sign at Crafting a Green World.


2. Rose Plaque

Making a beautiful rose plaque like this would be a great idea for a Mother's day gift. Or an appropriate Valentine's gift for a sweetheart. You'll find the instructions for making this rose at great stems.


3. Patchwork Star

I find this patchwork very attractive and think it would be a beautiful addition to any style decor. Imagine it on the mantel or shelf in your home. The directions for making this patchwork star is found at Home-Dzine.


4. Aluminum Roses

The roses shown here are made a little differently than the ones made for the plaque in the project above, so I thought you might like to have a choice. The tutorial for making these roses is found at Home-Dzine.


5. Beer Can Ashtrays

You'll be able to make your own ashtrays by following the instructions at Cut Out + Keep. If you don't smoke, you can always use these little trays to hold jewelry or soap bars.


6. Sparkle Fairies

By adding a wire stem, these cute little sparkle fairies could be used as plant pokes. Or how about adding a magnet on the back for magnets. This very cute recycled aluminum can craft has a tutorial at Fave Crafts.

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7. Aluminum Can Lanterns

Okay, so these aren't beer cans. But, since beer cans are made from aluminum, I decided to share this lantern craft also. Go to dollar store crafts for the directions. A great camping or patio light.


8. Leaf Ornaments

Think of all the ways you'll be able to use leaves made like this. A Fall garland would be beautiful made using these leaves. Go to Little House in the Suburbs to see how easy they are to make.


9. Aluminum Can Pendant

You can make a beautiful pendant like this one by following the tutorial given at saved by LOVE CREATIONS. A very ingenious use for an aluminum can. Perfect idea for a craft show craft.


10. Faux Hammered Copper

Change the silver look of aluminum cans to a faux hammered copper look using the tutorial at STOW & TELLU as your guide. Some of the uses for the hammered copper look might be as a basis for ornaments, jewelry, garlands, etc.


11. Patriotic Wreath

This easy to make patriotic wreath is great for displaying on an outside door. One nice thing about aluminum is that it doesn't rust. Find the instructions for making this wreath at small fry & co.

12. Make a 5 Minute Flower Pin

The video above provides a tutorial for making a 5-minute flower-pin.

14. Garden Flowers

The video above provides a tutorial for making garden flowers out of aluminum cans.


14. Pop Can Resin Heart Pendant

Although I like the appearance of this heart pendant with the red added, I really liked it in the photo that shows what it looked like with just the blue. See what I mean, and find the instructions for making this pendant at saved by LOVE CREATIONS.


15. Coasters

These coasters would make nice gifts or stocking stuffers for teachers or family members. The instructions for making these coasters can be found at The Idea Room.


16. Soda Can Earrings

Make these inexpensive and attractive earrings for yourself and to give as gifts. I love the shabby chic look of these earrings. The directions for making these earrings can be found at BY WILMA.


17. Redneck Soda Can Ornaments

Go to .the. MAYBERRY home journal for the templates and directions for making these soda can ornaments. I love how colorful these ornaments are.


18. Metal Flowers

What a nice decorating grouping this would be for an end table, mantle or shelf. I love these metal flowers that you can make by following the instructions given at Crissy’s Crafts.


19. Pop Tab Bracelet

Who would know that something so simple could look so elegant. To make this soda tab bracelet, go to Crafting a Green World for the instructions.


Although I find this to be an interesting project, I would want to figure out a way to make the edges of these cookie cutters not so sharp. Go to DIY Home Sweet Home for the directions.


21. Beer Can Chicken

It wouldn't be fair to show you that cool chicken butt roasterwithout also telling how to make the chicken. Find lots of ideas at i Save A to Z.

22. Drink Can Tinwork

The video above provides a tutorial for creating tinwork out of aluminum cans.


23. Wi-Fi Booster

Okay, so I have to admit that I have no idea how anything even vaguely involved in modern technology works. But, since I consider any beer drinker smart enough to figure out this Wi-Fi booster thingy, even if I don't have a clue, it's important that I include this project here. Find the instructions at wikiHow.


24. Butterfly Mobile

Make a beautiful butterfly mobile by following the tutorial at Gingerbread Snowflakes.


25. Flower Bracelet

It looks like I may have to choose the kind of soda that I drink, by what colors are on the cans. Find the instructions to make this cute aluminum can flower bracelet at saved by LOVE CREATIONS.


26. Metal Leaves Wreath

This is my favorite aluminum can leaf wreath. Find the directions at Country Design Style.


27. Pop-tab Lady Bugs

Crafty Morning has a great tutorial for making these cute little lady bugs. The kids will love doing this project.


28. String Light Covers

There are so many occasions to use string lights, other than at Christmas, and just as many occasions for making covers for those lights. See how they are made by following the instructions at Instructables.


29. Angel Ornaments

These aluminum can angels are so cute that I'm sure you'll find all sorts or ways and reasons to use them in your décor. Go to Saved by LOVE CREATIONS for the pattern and directions for making the angels.


30. Coca Cola Key Chain

Anyone who carries keys will love a key chain like this. Use the can from the favorite drink of the person who will receive the gift and follow the instructions at Diary of a Crafty Lady to make special key chains for special people.


31. Metal Stamped Labels

This is another of the projects that can be used in so many different ways. I love this canister set. Find the directions for making the metal stamped labels by going to the STOW & TELL site.


32. Fall Leaves Wreath

I love every one of the aluminum can wreaths, and this one is a real beauty. Find the tutorial for this beautiful wreath at Saved by LOVE CREATIONS.


33. Tinwork Box

These are sooo cute. A great stocking stuffer or party favor gift. The instructions for making these tinwork boxes is found at Atomic Shrimp.


34. Christmas Oranments

You can make a variety of Christmas caroler ornaments to hang on your tree this year, by using aluminum cans and the instructions at STILL FINDING CASH.


35. Rose Pendant

Make a beautiful rose pendant to give as a gift or for your own use. The directions for making this super pretty rose pendant can be found at Saved by LOVE CREATIONS.

36. How to Make a Soda Can Candle Holder

The video above provides a tutorial for creating a candle holder out of a soda can.


37. Soda Can Embossing

To to A Modicum of Ingenuity for this interesting tutorial on soda can embossing.

© 2012 Loraine Brummer

Do You Have a Tip For Me? One I can drink to?

tanvi on December 23, 2019:

nice i would love try one of thee they look amazing

carol carnes on March 12, 2018:

im only twelve yrs old so half of this stuff i cant do so please make ones kids can do

dunnar on July 13, 2013:

Being a craft beer fan it's nice to see the Budweiser and PBR cans finally be put to good use!!

pawpaw911 on August 15, 2012:

Wow, who would have thought.

KandDMarketing on August 02, 2012:

When I was, well, a few decades younger, we, my self and a bunch of like-mindless (yeah, I spelled it right) friends built a wall using beer cans strung on strings and hung from the roof beam to separate the garage we worked on our cars in!

anonymous on May 30, 2012:

GREAT SITE! Check out This kid and his Grandfather get my vote for Recycling 101.

Dancing Cowgirl Design from Texas on February 09, 2012:

Looks like some big fun crafting with beer cans. Lucky me, I have some friends that would love to empty them for me! Good stuff here.

OutdoorSquidoo on January 25, 2012:

@Tanami: lucky!!!

OutdoorSquidoo on January 25, 2012:

freaking awesome!!!!

CruiseReady from East Central Florida on January 25, 2012:

Airplane is real cool.I don't have many empty beer cans, but I have a whole LOT of empty soda cans...

GetSillyProduct on January 24, 2012:

fun lens, I definitely like the coffee table beer can stack, awesome

anonymous on January 22, 2012:

How fun that there is such a thing as Beer Can Appreciation Day and that I'm here in time to celebrate it. I have to say that I'm impressed with the creations you have on display, beer can crafts have advanced nicely. I'm not ready for the hat but the butterfly mobile and vase are something I would enjoy....blessed for the creative fun of it all!

Inkhand on January 22, 2012:

Wow, so creative, I love the beer can motorcycle. A fun lens.

Tanami on January 18, 2012:

amazing that people do all of this with beer cans. In South Australia where I live we get a 10 cent refund for each can as they are recycled in our state. So we all turn our cans into cash lol great for the environment and you can buy more beer with the money

TheArtLibrarian on January 18, 2012:

All I can say is OMG. In a good way.

buttonhead lm on January 17, 2012:

HA! These are some wild projects. Love 'em!

leeleon on January 12, 2012:

wonderful. I like your motorcycle which made of beer can.I also have ideas to recycle eggshells. welcome to see it

TrevorLedford on January 12, 2012:

love that skirt. Creative stuff!

lilymom24 on January 12, 2012:

Very unique lens and a great way to recycle used cans.

alittlebitofeve on January 12, 2012:

What a neat lens Ibrummer. You never cease to amaze! :)

patriciapeppy on January 12, 2012:

What a cool lens. I don't drink but I'm all for recycling.

patriciapeppy on January 12, 2012:

What a cool lens. I don't drink but I'm all for recycling.