Crafts with aluminum cans

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Crafts with aluminum cans
Soda cans and their pull tabs can be used for craft projects. (Ryan McVay/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Aluminium metal cans be recycled and used by children and adults for crafting. Earth911, an environmental services company, claims that throwing away a can wastes as much energy as pouring gasoline into the can until it is half-full and dumping it. Instead of wasting the metal, it can be taken to a recycling centre or made into small gifts, trinkets, toys or wearable accessories.

Aluminium Cans

Aluminium soda cans can be recycled to create a variety of arts and crafts, such as spaceships, figures and rattles. Larger aluminium cans, such as those used to package coffee grounds or paint, can be painted and made into stilts, treat tins, candle- or pencil-holders, and drums. Soda cans can be flattened and made into animal shapes using supplies, such as felt, paint and craft wiggly eyes. Cans can be carefully cut and arranged into wreaths and holiday ornaments. There are also retailers that sell templates and plans to create complex boat, aeroplane, automobile, motorcycle and locomotive models. These models require approximately 20 to 60 cans each to make.

Can Tabs

Not only can the cans themselves be made into crafts, but the pull tabs from aluminium soda cans can be made into small baskets, handbags, bracelets, plaques, dustbins and even clothing items, such as vests, chain mail and dresses. The number of tabs required for each design depends on its intricacy. For example, a small purse is made from approximately 700 aluminium can pull tabs, a 35-inch belt takes 112 pull tabs and a full-length dress uses more than 3,000 pull tabs.

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