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« on: June 22, 2009 03:18:52 PM »

This is my first post with pictures. I made this purse back in high school for my AP art portfolio. It is made out of soda cans that have been flattened and cut into squares and rectangles. Let me know what you think! I hope to post a lot more of my bags.









Ok so its been years since I made this purse, so let me try to remember everything I did.

1. First I traced out a purse shape onto paper, just the two large sides (the ones with the built in handle). On the paper I drew squares and rectangles within the purse outline.

2. Then I think I numbered each shape and made a copy of the paper. I cut one of the drawings up, so now I had a bunch of numbered shapes. The other sheet served as a master copy of how the shapes went together.

3. I took a bunch of soda cans, cleaned them, and cut the tops and bottoms out of them with a knife and then regular scissors. I ended up with sheets of the aluminum can.

4. I traced the cut out shapes onto the cans. Then I cut out the shapes leaving about quarter on an inch (maybe 5-7 millimeters) edge. I wrote the corresponding number on each piece. If you are using a variety of sodas, make sure to think about the color combination and layout when you are cutting out pieces. I then folded those edges under, to hide the sharp edge of the can. I cant remember what strategy I used to do this, I may have bent them over the edge of a ruler.

5. Next I arranged them back into the purse side shape. If you noticed in the pics I used regular staples to join the can pieces. If you use a standard size stapler make sure to begin joining them from the middle and work your way out (you want to make sure the stapler can reach each piece to connect it). The pieces are not overlapped but side by side.

6. For the bottom and other small side of the purse, I created one long strip of soda can pieces, making sure it was the length I wanted for the sides.

7. After I had all three pieces of my purse I traced out the purse shapes onto naugahyde (I believe that is the right term for the material), but some sort of vinyl or pleather would probably work fine, just as long as its durable. Then I glued the material onto the purse shapes. I dont remember what kind of glue I used, but something flexible is good.

8. Ok.sorry this is so wordy and for the lack of pics..Then I believe I took a small nail and punched holes at regular intervals around the edges of the purse forms (You can see this pretty clearly in the close up shot). Then I took wire and laced all three pieces together.

Lol.I think thats it, wow I wrote a lot.  It sounds like tons of work, but only cutting out the cans takes a really long time, I think lol.
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« Reply #1 on: June 22, 2009 03:50:59 PM »

OMG this is GREAT! Grin I drink all those sodas too, well for the most part. Tongue I do really like the color combination. How sturdy is it?

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« Reply #2 on: June 22, 2009 04:18:26 PM »

That is awesome, so cute and unique.  Any chance you would do a tut?
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« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2009 05:58:09 PM »

Love it -- I was concerned about the sharp edges until I saw in the closeup that you had rolled the edges.  This must have been a boatload of work.  Great job.
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« Reply #4 on: June 22, 2009 06:22:53 PM »

i definitely would not have the patience for that Cheesy
great job!
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« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2009 06:42:16 PM »

That is awesome, so cute and unique.  Any chance you would do a tut?

oh yes please!
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« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2009 06:51:10 PM »

It looks great.  I love soda can recycling, but I have never seen it on a purse before.
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« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2009 07:19:51 PM »

This is totally rad!
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« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2009 08:40:08 PM »

very cool, I miss Squirt  Embarrassed they don't sell it in Canada anymore...i don't think!
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Refreshing! Post a tute, tout suite, pleeeeese!
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« Reply #11 on: June 23, 2009 12:34:39 AM »

awesome I love the colors and thats a really fun use for pop cans Cheesy
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« Reply #12 on: June 23, 2009 09:19:56 AM »

OMG this is GREAT! Grin I drink all those sodas too, well for the most part. Tongue I do really like the color combination. How sturdy is it?



The bag is fairly sturdy; I think the only weak spot maybe the handles.

Its been years since I made this bag, but I will try to post a tut....I just need to try and remember all the steps.

Thanks everyone, I'm glad people like it! Cheesy
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« Reply #13 on: June 23, 2009 09:59:25 AM »

Wow!!!  Wow!!!  This is so neat  Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: June 23, 2009 10:01:44 AM »

Awesome bag!! My hubby drinks so much pop and it would be great to be able to use those cans for something useful!
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« Reply #15 on: June 23, 2009 10:47:27 AM »

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« Reply #16 on: June 23, 2009 11:34:05 AM »

Awesome purse! I would love a tut too, especially how to get the edges from being sharp.
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« Reply #17 on: June 23, 2009 12:39:46 PM »

I love it. I would so use that everyday if it was mine Smiley
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« Reply #18 on: June 23, 2009 04:07:31 PM »

That is so cool. Did you line it with anything, if so, what? I think this would look just fine with a rope handle.  OR that plastic webbing you see in lawn chairs.  Smiley I have seen something like this on a smaller scale where they crocheted the squared together.
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« Reply #19 on: June 23, 2009 05:18:33 PM »

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« Reply #20 on: June 23, 2009 08:56:22 PM »

Awesome! Thanks for posting the tut
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« Reply #21 on: June 25, 2009 05:52:46 PM »

It almost makes me wish I drank soda! It's so cute. I wonder, do you think longer handles could be made out of the cans? Or would it be better to make those out of something else?
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« Reply #22 on: June 26, 2009 08:46:01 AM »

It almost makes me wish I drank soda! It's so cute. I wonder, do you think longer handles could be made out of the cans? Or would it be better to make those out of something else?

Thanks. I think you could make longer handles out of cans, but you probably wouldn't want to carry much in the bag then. eveH suggested in a earlier commet using rope or webbing which is probably a good idea. Or you may be able to use cans, but find some way to reinforce the handles or put material around the edges, maybe.
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« Reply #23 on: July 03, 2009 07:01:32 AM »

thanks for the tut! I'll have to try this...time to start saving cans Grin
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« Reply #24 on: January 06, 2010 11:07:45 AM »

only can say...WOW! AWESOME!
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« Reply #27 on: April 30, 2012 09:30:19 PM »

Thank you SO MUCH for sharing this awesome tutorial! This soda can purse is unbelievable :0)  I hope that it is okay..I just finished a soda can crafts round-up and just couldn't help but feature your soda can purse!!  You can see it here:

http://jamiebrock.hubpages.com/hub/aluminum-can-crafts-round-up

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« Reply #28 on: August 06, 2012 01:23:07 PM »

Very clever! Wonder if jewelry jump rings would work as well as the staples and stitching. Love your use of color and the randomness of the squares and rectangles. Excellent work.
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« Reply #29 on: August 06, 2012 04:36:26 PM »

This is beyond cool!  I love it!
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