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A Greener Tomorrow: DIY Projects Made From Pop Cans

Have you ever found yourself in a particularly crafty mood where you start wondering whether you might be able to make something creative our of completely random objects around your home? Well, we were feeling that way recently and that’s how we started looking up different ways to use emptied, cleaned out pop cans.

Just in case you’re as intrigued as we were by the idea of making various DIY projects from metal pop cans as we were, if not more, here are 12 of the coolest ideas we’ve come across so far!

1. Fall leaves wreath made from pop cans


We certainly didn’t set out on this particular DIY topic to find fall crafting ideas, but this one worked out well, give the time of year we’re writing this at! just in case you would like to make something seasonal with the empty pop can collection you’ve amassed, here’s an awesome metal fall leaf door wreath tutorial from Country Design Style.

2. Pop can pencil holders


Our kids are avid little crafters and so are we, so we often find that our creative spaces are rather messy indeed, even if it’s in a well-loved kind of way. Our need for better organization is probably why this fantastic pop can pencil and supplies organizer idea outlined step by step on DIY Beautify caught our eye so well!

3. Metal loops pop can wreath


Did we actually really catch your attention with the idea of making a repurposed pop can door wreath but you’d prefer to do something with a little more texture than the leaf design we showed you? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Craft Ideas did some careful metal moulding in order to make impressively bent wreath that looks like loops of ribbon.

4. Pop can candy bouquet


Does someone you love have something nice to celebrate, but you know their favourite thing is a nice treat, since that’s something they’ll actually enjoy? In that case, we have a feeling both they and you will get a kick out of the way Miss Kopy Kat made this fantastic candy bouquet, using an empty Coca Cola can as the “vase” for a bit of novelty.

5. Pop can wind spinners


Are you feeling quite intrigued indeed in all these repurposing ideas you’ve seen that involve making interesting cuts and bends in the metal until you’ve created some kind of awesome shape? Then we think you just might be the perfect person to give these fantastic pop can wind spinners a try! Terlingua Bound shows you step by step how to make the right cuts so the cans will actually catch the wind just so.

6. DIY craft caddy made from pop cans


Rather than just making a couple pen holders to put your art supplies in, would you actually rather create an entire creative looking craft caddy, with multiple spots for holding tools? Then we’d definitely suggest taking a look at this design from DIY Beautify. We love that their design spins, making it easier to get the things you need!

7. Ornamental star made from pop cans


Are the pop cans you’ve collected quite colourful indeed, or perhaps just coloured in a way that they complement each other if you arrange them strategically? Then we think you just might have what you need to create something like this awesome dual coloured pop can star piece featured on The Crafty Ninja! This idea makes neat holiday wall decor.

8. DIY herb garden made from pop cans


Did we really catch your attention when we started talking about the concept of using pop cans to make small herb gardens but you’re just not sure you have the space for an entire vertical hanging piece, the way we showed you earlier on our list? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Grillo Designs made individual standing planters from painted pop cans and chalk markers instead!

9. Sparkly soda can tea light hanger


Perhaps you quite enjoyed the splayed shape of the pop can wind spinners but you don’t much see the point in them and you’d rather make something that’s both decorative and practical? In that case, we’d encourage you to take a look at how Guide Central created these soda can tea light hangers that let off a pretty glow. We adore the way they show you how to add glitter for some extra personality!

10. Pop can necklace and matching earrings


Perhpas you’re actually such a skilled jewelry make that you’ve been wondering whether you might use old pop cans to create a matching set that’s so sleek you can hardly tell it’s been upcycled at all? Then we think you’ll get a real kick indeed out of the way Crissy’s Crafts outlines this smooth, silver earring and necklace set that are so subtly repurposed in their materials that you might not even notice if you hadn’t made it yourself.

11. Picture frame made from pop cans


Are your kids a little bit older and trustworthy with things like sharped edges because they’re very mature and patient, so you’ve been looking for a way to get them in on repurposing pop cans into creative DIY projects as well? In that case, we think something like this pop can photo frame tutorial featured on I Love to Create might be a little more up your alley!

12. Twirling pop can rose


Now that you’ve reached the end of our list, are you finding yourself still thinking about the idea of making a metal flower from your pop cans, only you can’t help but wonder whether you might be able to make it slightly more realistic looking? Well, this beautifully layered twirling pop can rose tutorial featured on Dave Hax might be just the kind of thing you’re looking for.