Aluminum Can Dimensional Star

By Noreen Doll.

Create an aluminum can dimensional star to use with your decorations.

Aluminum Can Dimensional Star - Crafty Journal

Aluminum cans are bright and shiny, and come in so many colors that you can find one for any occasion.

Aluminum Can Dimensional Star - Crafty Journal

The red, white and blue cans are perfect for patriotic occasions, red and green are nice for Christmas, and the silver inside of the cans can be used to make silver stars.

Aluminum Can Dimensional Star - Crafty Journal


Aluminum Can



Star Pattern

Stylus or Scoring Tool with a Small Rounded Tip

Black Sharpie

How to Make an Aluminum Can Dimensional Star.

Remember when working with aluminum cans that the edges and points can be very sharp, so handle with care.

1. Cut a flat sheet of aluminum from the soda can.

2. Use a black Sharpie to trace the star pattern onto the aluminum sheet.

Aluminum Can Dimensional Star - Crafty Journal

3. Cut the star out of the aluminum.

Aluminum Can Dimensional Star - Crafty Journal

Cut from the point into the V shape between the points, for each arm.

Aluminum Can Dimensional Star - Crafty Journal

4. Use a pin to mark a hole in the center of the paper star.

Aluminum Can Dimensional Star - Crafty Journal

5. Lay the paper star on the aluminum star lining up the points, (I don’t have them lined up so that you can see the layers)

Aluminum Can Dimensional Star - Crafty Journal

and use the Sharpie on the paper pin hole to mark the center hole in the aluminum star.

Aluminum Can Dimensional Star - Crafty Journal

6. Use the scoring tool and the ruler to score a straight line from the center to each point, and from the center point to each V between the arms.

Aluminum Can Dimensional Star - Crafty Journal

7. Score again on the BACK side of the star on each line that goes from the center to a point of the star.

8. Fold on the score lines from the points to the center so that each line is a mountain fold on the front of the star.

Aluminum Can Dimensional Star - Crafty Journal

Holding a ruler along the score lines as you fold, helps make a neat and even fold.

Aluminum Can Dimensional Star - Crafty Journal

9. The score lines between the points should be valley folds.

10. Saturate half a paper towel sheet with alcohol and use it to gently remove the black ink from the center and around the edges of the star.

Aluminum Can Dimensional Star - Crafty Journal

Sometimes you will get small tears in the aluminum like this.

Aluminum Can Dimensional Star - Crafty Journal

A larger tear can be trimmed with scissors. A smaller tear can be filed with a small file or sanded with a manicure emery board.

Aluminum Can Dimensional Star - Crafty Journal


A scoring tool could be a ballpoint pen that no longer works, but be SURE it has no ink before using it on your project.

Use a magazine or piece of craft foam sheet to score the aluminum on as it allows a deeper score, and makes the folds easier to create.

One way you can use your can scraps is to sharpen a punch.

How to Sharpen a Punch by Crafty Journal

Sharpen a Punch with a Can Scrap

Noreen Doll

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  1. This is awesome Noreen – love it! I’m going to collect my favorite beverage cans and make some of these :)

  2. How very cool!! I agree with Marie…I need to start collecting these. :)

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. that is so cool, fun for July decorations!

  4. Great tutorial. I love this idea for re-purposing aluminum cans. Brilliant! Please come by and share at the Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop today if you get a chance. I am sure it would be a big hit!

  5. I can see these as a vintage/modern mashup at Christmas time! So clever. Thanks for sharing. Visiting you via “WakeUpWednesdays” linkup

  6. I have always wanted to make these, thanks for sharing a great turorial!

  7. So cute and simple! Great for the 4th or Christmas.

  8. LOVE it! Pinned :) Visiting today via Wonderful Wednesday, and am so glad I did.

  9. Very cool. I have a few crafters in my house who will be interested in this one. Thanks for sharing. (found you on The Weekend re-Treat Link Party)

  10. Great idea. Pinned. Easy to follow tutorial.

  11. This is such a cute idea! I love reusing things like this:)

  12. Neat! I love all upcycle/recycle/repurposed crafts! This would be fun to make and decorate outside on the patio or even a wreath. Thanks for sharing, Millie

  13. Love this project! I would have never thought to use cans to make decor! I’d love for you to link this up to my Creative Ways Link Party that’s live right now. I hope to see you there!

  14. Okay … just learned something new! I had no idea you could sharpen punches by punching aluminum! …. and I love the aluminum star tutorial!!! I even have a scoring tool. Yay!

  15. What a cute idea! Thanks for sharing it!

  16. Thanks for coming and linking up at #The Weekend Social. Please be sure to come back next week starting Thursdays at 9PM EST on Kitchen ! I hope to see you there! Pinned

  17. How neat. I’ve never tried to make ornaments with soda cans. Pinned.

  18. I love this craft! It’s fab in the red “Coke” can, too.
    Thank you for sharing this at DIY Showcase on VMG206.
    ~ Megin of VMG206

  19. So cute and looks easy to make! Thanks for linking up on WAYDW!

  20. Very cute- lots of ideas can spring from this!

  21. These are so pretty! I tried doing crafts with aluminum cans, I had a HARD time cutting them. These look great though. Thanks for linking up to Snickerdoodle Sunday! Can’t wait to see what you have for us next week! – Kristina

  22. Congratulations! You’ve been featured on Wicked Awesome Wednesday! Thank you for the star tutorial! It’s an original!! Stop by the website to pick up your “I’ve Been Featured!” button!

  23. These are so cute! I just love them and they look relatively easy to make which is great! Stopping by from You’re Gonna Love It party.

  24. So awesome, I love it! I’d love it if you shared this on Worthwhile Wednesdays.

  25. So crafty! What a fun idea! Thanks for sharing on the Monday Funday Party!

  26. Awesome tute! Thanks for sharing.

  27. Noreen, I’m featuring your cute soda star at the DIY Sunday Showcase Party this weekend.

  28. Oh, how fun!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!! And congrats on being tied for most clicked this week!

  29. I LOVE this!!! So wonderful :) With all the colors of pop cans, you can make these for any occasion.

  30. What an absolutely brilliant idea, this works so well, would be a perfect design for Christmas decorations too. I am so pleased you joined in the Art with Heart Challenge, thank you so much. Tracy x

  31. Tavette says:

    Your step by step tutorial is wonderful. Thanks for taking the time to post all those photos so we’re sure to make awesome stars.

    I also didn’t know that punches can be sharpened by cutting aluminum so that was a great tip. I would have through it would have dulled the cutting edge, but now I see it’s a great way to keep it sharp! Who knew? The snowflake cut-outs can easily be attached to ribbon when wrapping presents or gift cards. We recyclers like to use everything.

  32. I question have you addressed the sharp edges issue? I can see people touching them on my tree or table and getting cut?? Just wondering if you thought of a solution.

  33. I haven’t really had a problem with sharp edges. I am careful not to leave any tiny metal shards along the edges. And if you punch your design out of the soda cans, it sort of curls the edges under so they aren’t sharp.

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