How to Make Items With Aluminum Soda Cans

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How to Make Items With Aluminum Soda Cans
Recycle your aluminium cans into a fashionable and eco-friendly purse. (NA/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

You've heard the eco-friendly saying, "Reduce, Reuse and Recycle." By making aluminium can crafts, you can practice all three -- reducing consumption, reusing household products and recycling for another purpose. Create these practical and sharp-looking handbags from your old cans.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Large paper
  • Aluminium cans
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Wire
  • Hole punch
  • Vinyl-coated fabric, such as Naugahyde

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Instructions

    Canned Crafts

  1. 1

    Draw a purse pattern onto the paper. To make a simple purse, draw a two rectangles, two square handles and two side panels. Cut the pattern out. Use this paper pattern to cut out an identical pattern on the vinyl fabric.

  2. 2

    Cut out a square from another piece of paper and use as a stencil to draw squares onto the purse pattern.You can choose other shapes if you like, but squares are easiest to cut from the aluminium.

  3. 3

    Clean and wash the soda cans. Remove the tops and botoms with scissors. Using the square paper as a guide, cut out multiple aluminium squares.

  4. 4

    Arrange the aluminium shapes side by side on their corresponding boxes on the paper. Staple the aluminium squares together directly onto the paper. Do not overlap the pieces.

  5. 5

    Hole punch along the edges of the sides. Sew the sides together through the holes using the wire.

  6. 6

    Line the inside of the bag with the vinyl fabric pieces from step one. Use a glue gun or strong adhesive for best results.

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