How to Make Beer-Can Sculptures

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How to Make Beer-Can Sculptures
You can turn simple beer cans into art. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

The aluminium used to make beer cans is so thin and pliable, you can cut and shape it to make sculptures without any special tools. Beer-can sculptures can be big or small, abstract, or be representational, as beer-can models of planes and cars are a favourite with beer-can crafters. If you're saving beer cans to make sculptures, remember to not only drain, but also rinse out the cans to prevent mould from forming.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Empty beer cans, rinsed
  • Awl or small knife
  • Scissors
  • Aluminium or duct tape
  • Adhesive dots
  • Spray paint

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  1. 1

    Poke a hole just under the rim of the beer can with an awl or small knife. Insert the tip of the scissors into the hole and cut around the circumference of the can.

  2. 2

    Cut along the length of the can to the base, then cut around the circumference, leaving yourself with a rectangular piece of aluminium.

  3. 3

    Fold and cut the aluminium to create sculptures. If you need ideas, think of the aluminium as a piece of paper and follow instructions for folding origami. You can also cut pieces into shapes and attach them together with aluminium tape or adhesive dots to make larger sculptures.

  4. 4

    Paint your beer can sculpture with spray paint, if desired, or leave it unpainted so the can art is visible.

Tips and warnings

  • For sculpture using uncut cans, assemble them like building blocks and hot-glue them together.
  • Use the round tops, bottoms and pull tabs in your sculptures, too
  • Watch for sharp edges when working with cut aluminium cans.

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