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How to Attach Aluminum Cans Together for Hobbies

Updated July 20, 2017

Aluminium cans are one of the best craft materials. They are cheap, sturdy, and waterproof. The surface can be painted, drilled, crushed and cut. The aluminium can is made out of two parts, the lid and the body of the can. Both pieces can be used in craft projects. Cans can be attached together with industrial strength craft adhesive for hobbies. A soda can biplane is a classic example of can craft.

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  1. Start by laying out your project and identifying which pieces need to be attached.

  2. Make your cuts using a box opener with a fresh blade.

  3. Use the sand paper to rough up the surface to where two pieces come together. In a circular motion, scuff up the surface. Do this to both pieces.

  4. Apply a liberal amount of the industrial strength craft glue. This glue comes in a metal tube and is one of the only things that will stick to an aluminium can.

  5. Add pressure so the craft glue has a good hold on the two pieces. In a few minutes, the glue will cure and you are ready to attach another piece to your hobby project.

  6. Tip

    Use a little sandpaper to smooth sharp edges. If you don't like the label on the can, flip it over and use the inside instead.


    Wear gloves to prevent cuts.

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Things You'll Need

  • Industrial strength craft adhesive
  • Box cutter
  • Sandpaper, fine grit

About the Author

Paul Jeter has been a writer since 1990. He tackled writing in high school and college with a focus on poetry. In 2009 he finished his first novel and screenplay. His work has been published in "Reproduce and Revolt." He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in art and art history.

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