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« on: November 09, 2004 08:18:34 PM »

Help! I need how-to's for 2 projects... a christmas tree star and a purse both made from beer cans. I can't remember what site I saw the tree topper on, it was last year just after xmas and I remember being sad that I found it too late. The purse someone was selling on ebay....it popped up when I was googling for  the tree topper.

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« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2006 07:21:01 PM »

You'll like this if you're weird like me.. I just took pipe cleaners and put them through the pop tab, twisted them, and taped them to my ceiling! Looks pretty cool. I was lazy and just used the pipe cleaners, but it'd look cool if you used other things..


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« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2007 01:06:30 AM »

So I got back from Portugal with these two soda cans.  This one in Thai and another in Japanese

I have searched out and read hundreds of posts on soda cans (yes, I did my homework), but nearly every one I encountered involved cutting the soda can a lot.  I really wanted to do something with these in my apartment in some kind of decorative house thing.. like a lamp or something for the wall or ..? again, I dont have any idea.  I don't want to wear them and since my entire interest in them is the language, I don't want to destroy them beyond recognition, though in theory I don't mind cutting them some.

So this is my little challenge.  I am in no rush, and as I said, I only have two cans.  Any ideas?
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« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2007 01:11:44 AM »

If you very carefully and neatly cut the top and bottom off, and get a bulb chord thingy, you could make hanging lamps with long thin bulbs - like those energy efficient ones.

Or cut the top, make tiny holes, and put in tea lights.

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« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2007 01:16:25 AM »

If you very carefully and neatly cut the top and bottom off, and get a bulb chord thingy, you could make hanging lamps with long thin bulbs - like those energy efficient ones.

Or cut the top, make tiny holes, and put in tea lights.
Hm I like the tea light idea but where I live has really strict light/fire rules (student housing).. It may be worth keeping them at home to do that though, that definitely is the coolest idea I've heard so far for them.  Thanks Smiley
« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2007 02:19:09 AM »

Regarding tea lites and fire restrictions - you can now get battery operated tea lites and other types of candles.  Scour the web for them - you can get them pretty cheap.

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« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2007 02:24:11 AM »

My cousins used to build airplanes out of beer/soda cans.  The way ther were designed, the "body" of the plane was one pretty much whole can, and then pieces of other ones were added for the wings, propellor, etc.  So you could use your "special" cans for the plane bodies and cut the other parts out of normal American cans

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« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2007 10:11:45 AM »

If you very carefully and neatly cut the top and bottom off, and get a bulb chord thingy, you could make hanging lamps with long thin bulbs - like those energy efficient ones.

Or cut the top, make tiny holes, and put in tea lights.
Hm I like the tea light idea but where I live has really strict light/fire rules (student housing).. It may be worth keeping them at home to do that though, that definitely is the coolest idea I've heard so far for them.  Thanks Smiley

Maybe you could use a small string of white Christmas lights instead.

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« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2007 08:35:43 PM »

Put a small vase inside-make one from a plastic bottle cut down to size if you have to.Fill with real or fake flowers.Fill with sand or something to add weight and have a pair of bookends.Use as a utensil holder.Cut out the bottom,cut a small hole in the lid.Get some little trinkets and fishing line and make a windchime.

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« Reply #9 on: October 29, 2007 10:32:18 AM »

you could cut off top and bottom, then cut a straight line where theres no pic or text you want to perserve, so that you now have a flat rectangle and nail or glue them to a messege board, or make coasters.

or just poke  a hole in the bottom and run lamp innards through them to have a lamp with a soda can base

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« Reply #10 on: February 07, 2008 06:29:51 PM »

you could cut off the very top, fold over the dangerous sharp part, and use that as a vase...
or you could cut out a hole in the bottom, (after washing it out thouroughly) and stick in some tissues, threading the first one through the top, to make an awesome tissue box. (i would probably add a weight to the bottom of the can, so it would be eaiser to grap just one tissue, not the whole can...)

you could fill them with rocks and use them as book ends hahahaha
if you could some how turn them into an actual drinking glass (cup, whatever) that would be sweet. you would probably need to line the insde with something to prevent nasty lip laserations.

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« Reply #11 on: February 08, 2008 01:11:26 AM »

I reckon they'd make really funky wall lights if you cut the top and bottom off and then slit up the side where the print joins so it won't mess up the picture etc.  Then keep it bent round in a semi circle and fix over a wall light, so that the light comes out the top and bottom of it.  Probably best for your room at home I guess though!

Can't find a pic like I mean, but a little bit along this line - http://mydeco.com/product/ceramic-wall-light/0f6d1a0ca69d8ac9b3ecc9937d9977afa6d65172/
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« Reply #12 on: February 08, 2008 01:22:09 AM »

Aha or alternatively what about jewellry out of them..................unfortunately no tutorial as yet, here's the link - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=209046.msg2239017
« Reply #13 on: February 08, 2008 09:45:02 AM »

i think this was already suggested,,but you could just cut away the"top"
like one would open a tin of soup,tuna,,etc
and make a pencil holder,etc
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« Reply #14 on: April 14, 2008 01:52:53 AM »

A little late but I once made a table out of them but a drunk friend of mine went through it.

Get a bunch of soda cans and epoxy them together in the shape of table. Make sure to wash them out really good and let dry. You could alternately use a hot glue gun.  For the top, (since the top is the top of the soda can and that's dangerous) I measured the top and went to Lowes and found some really thin wood pieces (I forget what it's called) and glued it on. I hot glued the inside of the can (where you sip it) so that it gives it more space to put the glue when you glue on the thin wood pieces.

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« Reply #15 on: April 15, 2008 11:11:32 AM »

Some time ago i seen a tutorial using some sort of soda or something and putting it on there and connection two plugs for the electricity from a electrical source(like a battery) and when it charges the aluminum, it creates a etch kinda like using the peroxide on glass to create the frosted look except it looks a bit purple i believe(i think i found this on popular science awhile back).
And you can, to add on to the candle thiny, make little gradient light wall display. This, i saw in a craft magazine i got from a friend who didn't want it, in the article, it had the soda(or beer can) cut in a certain way and it was put on a small wire so it can spin when the heat from the candle or something moves and spins it. when it spins, on one side, it had a open side and a closed side, after you get that ready you set it up behind some partally transparent paper either colored or normal(kinda like wax paper or parchment paper). you arrange it in a shape on the wall or something and when it spins, it creates a dimming and glowing affect. sorry for the long post, but i hope you find an idea.

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« Reply #16 on: April 15, 2008 11:22:27 AM »

Those are great ideas I think I like the "lamp shade" the best.
The only thing I can add is to carefully cut and flatten then frame. Could just be nailed to a piece of wood or matted in a frame.

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« Reply #17 on: October 05, 2009 02:14:05 AM »

I see people buy those aluminum water bottles for $15 or something crazy. I have a few of those monster cans that can re-seal. Any ideas on how to make them not look like monster cans?


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« Reply #18 on: February 15, 2010 12:28:00 PM »

Hi, I am Chelsea and I was wondering if you craftsters could help me out. A few years ago I had a wonderful friend who was my partner in craft. She got me involved in art and was my source for creative inspiration. On the weekends we would find new creations to make. There was one that we never got to complete because she passed away somewhat suddenly. We were going to make these birds out of aluminum soda cans. There was a really detailed diagram that showed how to bend the metal and where to fold. I am not so much concerned with making this bird anymore, but I would really like to find this tutorial. I've asked her mother and searched through livejournal communities that she belonged to, but I haven't been able to find it. I want to use it for a project of my own. I know this is pretty improbable that anyone will have the exact tutorial over the vast world of the internet, but I figured it was worth a shot.
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« Reply #19 on: February 23, 2010 05:42:55 PM »

there's a site called aluminouspublishing.com with LOTS of online patterns, but for some reason their site is down today, so I can't post the link - it must be there

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« Reply #20 on: March 31, 2011 10:25:18 AM »

With soda cans, I made that:

More details here in the electrifying challenge:

I also made this plane, using bottle caps to make the wheels:

And also made wall decorations:

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« Reply #21 on: June 20, 2012 02:51:14 AM »

I make jewellery, cards, home decor items, gifts and lots more with soda cans!

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« Reply #22 on: September 07, 2012 08:14:39 AM »

I used a ton of soda cans in different colors to make butterflies for my daughter's first birthday. I used double stick tape and put them all over the walls.  There was quite a flock.  Too bad all those pics got lost in The Great Computer Kablooey!
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