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13 Crafty Uses for Pop Cans + 15 Recycle Crafts

By: Melissa Conner, Editor,

We asked our Facebook fans, "How do you reuse aluminum cans?"  Pop cans, bean cans, and other aluminum containers are great storage devices, but they can also be put to use in several other ways.  Here are some great ideas from our crafty fans! 

soda can light catcher

  1. Snip and cut cans to make aluminium butterflies and flowers using a die cut machine.
  2. Attach various aluminium can shapes to dowels and use as outdoor planters.
  3. If you have a die cut machine, or an easy way to cut aluminum, you can make butterflies, birds, flowers, and more and turn them into a beautiful windchime.
  4. Fill them with rocks and shake them to scare off unwanted animals.
  5. Make 3-D stars for the holidays or anytime!
  6. Craft pop cans into a biplane.
  7. Use soda can crafts as a base for making bracelets.
  8. Poke holes in aluminum cans to form words, like JOY or PEACE.  Put a candle inside the can to create a beautiful luminary.
  9. Decorate soda can crafts, and use them as pencil holders, utensil holders, and paint brush holders. 
  10. Squish pop cans, and use these flattened soda can crafts as deocorative items for a variety of projects!
  11. Turn them into necklace pendants or earrings.
  12. Make soda can coasters by cutting out a square from the can and gluing it to fabric scraps.
  13. Paint each can a different color, and make your own set of bowling pins out of soda can crafts. 

And here's some recycle craft ideas from

Feast your eyes on these crafty uses for pop cans. These recycled crafts range from DIY wall art to homemade lanterns. Use the soda can craft techniques you learned above on these amazing projects. These DIY recycle crafts let you craft beautiful pieces that can't be found in stores. Take a stroll by your recycling bin and repurpose those aluminum cans into dynamite designs.

Soda Can Fish ArtRecycled Gift CansRepurposed Soda Can Wall Art

  1. Soda Can Light Catcher
  2. Flower Box Topper
  3. Sparkle Fairies
  4. Soda Can Coasters
  5. Butterfly Pin
  6. Soda Can Smashed Animals
  7. Soda Can Letter Art
  8. Soda Can Fish Art
  9. Soup Can Bowling
  10. Recycled Gift Cans
  11. Embossed Aluminum Sunflower
  12. Recycled Tin Can Luminaries
  13. Repurposed Soda Can Wall Art
  14. NEW! Soda Can Snowflakes
  15. NEW! Recycled Soda Can Frame

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Why do you list #6 as a popcan biplane but it doesn't show?

only one thing, what about the sharp edges?

I got a few more uses for POP CANS: Lovely site

I love all the new soda can animals you have!! I start on my Christmas gifts next month and I am going to make some of these. I know it's 213 days til then, but I have 190 gifts to MAKE not buy!!!

I was at a flea market this past Saturday and seen garden robots made from tin cans some lids had been used for ears they had child size has and shoes was painted as boy & girl cutest thing I ever seen from cans.

I'm saw a recycled can hat somewhere and it required recycled cans and crocheting. Can anyone please e-mail me the pattern or tell me where to find it? Thank You!!!

Did you get any responses? I would like the pattern also if you don't mind. I am on facebook as Marlene Russell

You can also cut strips to make cookie cutters.


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