How to Make a Giraffe Out of Coke Cans

Updated March 21, 2017

Making a giraffe out of soda cans is a great way to recycle and let loose your inner artist. This craft can be done with children of all ages provided there is adult supervision, as the edges of soda cans can be sharp. When finished, you can use your soda can giraffe to decorate the walls of a child's room. Make more animals for an entire zoo!

Place the empty soda can on the floor upright and step on it. Make sure it is flattened out. This will be the giraffe's body.

Paint the ruler and soda can yellow and let dry, following the instructions on the paint bottle. The ruler will be the giraffe's neck. When dry, use the brown to paint a pattern on your giraffe's body. Paint spots on both the soda can and ruler.

Draw a circle on the construction paper for the head and draw in a giraffe's face with markers. If you wish, you can use fabric or black construction paper for the eyes. Cut out the head.

Draw two small rectangles on the construction paper (about 1/2-inch tall and a 1/4-inch wide). Cut them out and paste them on top of the giraffe's head for the horns. Don't forget to cut out two small circles for the knobs on top of the horns.

Cut out four legs from the construction paper, each about 2 inches long and 1 inch wide. Draw hooves with a black marker or place small black squares at the bottom of the rectangles.

Assemble your giraffe. Glue the ruler over the open mouth of the can and glue the head on top of the ruler. Place the legs underneath the giraffe.


This activity should be done with adult supervision, as the edges of Coke cans can be sharp.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 Coke can
  • Yellow acrylic paint
  • Brown acrylic paint
  • Ruler
  • Construction paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Marker
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Writing since 2008, Fiona Miller has taught English in Eastern Europe and also teaches kids in New York schools about the Holocaust. Her work can be found on, ConnectED and various other Web sites. Miller holds a B.A. in French from Chapman University and an M.A. in educational theater from New York University.