How to Turn a Soda Can into a Flat Sheet of Aluminum




There are lots of great crafts you can make from aluminum cans.

And the colorful logos on the cans add to the finished project.

For most projects you need to first turn a soda can into a flat sheet of aluminum.

How to Turn a Soda Can into a Flat Sheet of Aluminum - Crafty Journal

When I’m cutting aluminum cans, I like to wear a kevlar glove on the hand holding the can to prevent cuts. The can edges are really sharp when cut.

Kevlar Glove Protects Hands

The kevlar glove (also called a fisherman’s fillet glove) can be found in Walmart or Harbor Freight. This glove is specifically made to protect against cuts and gashes.

Cutting aluminum cans creates very sharp edges, so proceed with care.

How to Turn a Soda Can into a Flat Sheet of Aluminum - Crafty Journal

Supplies.

Soda Can

Scissors or Tin Snips

Metal Ruler

How to Turn a Soda Can into a Flat Sheet of Aluminum.

1. Wash the can and let it dry.

2. Remove the tab and save it for tab crafts.

How to Turn a Soda Can into a Flat Sheet of Aluminum - Crafty Journal

3. Use the point of the scissors to poke a hole near the top of the can, on the side where the fine print is.

How to Turn a Soda Can into a Flat Sheet of Aluminum - Crafty Journal

4. Cut part way down the side of the can.

How to Turn a Soda Can into a Flat Sheet of Aluminum - Crafty Journal

Cut down the middle of the fine print so you don’t spoil the front of the can.

5. Cut part way around top of the can, just inside the ridge.

How to Turn a Soda Can into a Flat Sheet of Aluminum - Crafty Journal

If you leave any of the ridge, the can won’t flatten completely.

6. Finish the side cut to the bottom.

7. Finish cutting around the can top and remove it.

8. Cut off the bottom, staying inside the ridge.

How to Turn a Soda Can into a Flat Sheet of Aluminum - Crafty Journal

9. Trim ragged and jagged edges.

How to Turn a Soda Can into a Flat Sheet of Aluminum - Crafty Journal

10. Flatten with metal ruler edge.

How to Turn a Soda Can into a Flat Sheet of Aluminum - Crafty Journal

Place a ruler edge against one end of the aluminum on a hard flat surface.

Pull the aluminum sharply past the ruler. Repeat if it isn’t quite flat.

How to Turn a Soda Can into a Flat Sheet of Aluminum - Crafty Journal

11. If you want to remove the color from the aluminum, scrub with very fine sandpaper or steel wool.

Recycle the top and bottom of the can if you don’t plan to use them.

Ways to Use the Flat Sheet of Aluminum.

Draw shapes on the aluminum to cut with scissors.

Punch with dull punches to sharpen.

Punch out shapes.

Run through a die cutter.

Use an aluminum can to make a dimensional star.

Aluminum Can Dimensional Star - Crafty Journal

Aluminum Can Dimensional Star

 

Noreen Doll

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  1. When I saw your post title the word that sprung to my mind was “carefully!”
    I see that you were! I remember cutting up cans years ago and boy, those edges do get sharp. Like you say though, there are lots of great things you can make with them. thanks for the really helpful tips.

  2. Love this idea. Thanks!

  3. Great Tutorial!

  4. This is cool! <3

  5. I’ve always wondered how to do this. Thanks for sharing! I’ve had a project in mind for using this exact thing.

  6. Love this! Like you said there are lots of crafts you can do with the aluminum from pop cans (several of which I would like to do) and a nicely cut piece is ideal. Thanks for the great tutorial and sharing at The Weekend Social. Looking forward to seeing what you have for us next week.
    Ricki

  7. What a helpful article! I have way too much to do already to start something like this, but the possibilities of things to do with this idea are many…. hmmmm…. :) Thank you for sharing this.

  8. Great tutorial. I actually did want to know how this was done safely. I keep seeing great projects on Pinterest. Pinned to my Wake Up Wednesday board.
    Shirley

  9. Wow! You are one handy individual! Thanks so much for coming to our party. Off to pin! :) “the Kitchen Chopper”

  10. Thanks ! I have a ton of things I’ve wanted to try but just never got to them but now the hurdle of the first step is much clearer!

  11. too cool! thanks for sharing such an awesome tute!

  12. What a neat idea. I had honestly never even thought of doing something like this. Thanks for linking up at Whatever Goes Wednesday last week. Your tutorial was the most viewed link at last week’s party, so we’ll be highlighting your post at tomorrow’s party! We hope you’ll come party with us again!!!

  13. Thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling sunday, great to know!

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