Sunday, September 26, 2010

Recyled soda cans

Here I recycled a soda tin to create a seasonal fall tote
bag for this month's Hero Arts Challenge. Recycling and playing with metal is as much fun as playing with paper and so you may just want to give this a try yourself!

If you have never cut a soda can do know that the sides are very thin metal and can be cut with regular scissors. Cut the main center band of a soda can into the largest flat rectangle possible. Paint the plain side and stamp with background stamp. Fold with short cut edges at top, cut top with decorative scissors. Tape side edges together with red liner tape, fold over to back and crimp. Cut another can for additional metal to create main image. Stamp on plain side and cut out. Use a blunt instrument to outline image and flip to back to emboss. Wire tendrils are curled on a pencil. The pumpkin is colored with Sharpie pens. Punch holes and add ribbon.
This background is acrylic paint but alcohol inks or stazon ink can also be used. This metal also can be embossed with a cuttlebug.
Thanks for stopping by!


  1. OH Jan, this is adorable! I love how bright and fun this is!

  2. Super clever and I love it. My grandma used to make sun hats with soda and beer cans that got cut and crocheted together. This is super hip! Happy creating...

  3. This is fabulous, Jan. You've taken the soda can to an art form! Love the new look of the blog, too.


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