Shamrock Soda Can Lights

By Noreen Doll.

Create shamrock soda can lights for an unusual way to decorate for St. Patrick’s Day.

Shamrock Soda Can Lights by Crafty Journal

And you’ll be recycling, as well.

Shamrock Soda Can Lights by Crafty Journal

Save your green soda cans for this quick and easy idea.

Shamrock Soda Can Lights by Crafty Journal


String of small, clear lights.

Green Soda Cans, empty and clean


Paper Punch

Paper for Pattern

Cardboard for Pattern

Pencil or Pen

How to Make Shamrock Soda Can Lights.

Caution: Be careful handling aluminum cans as you craft with them, as they can have sharp edges.

1. Find or make a shamrock pattern.

Shamrock Soda Can Lights by Crafty Journal

My shamrock is 2 inches wide by 2 inches high.

Trace the pattern onto cereal cardboard. Cut it out.

2. Make your soda cans into flat sheets.

3. Trace the shamrock pattern onto the soda cans. You can get 3 or 4 on one can.

Shamrock Soda Can Lights by Crafty Journal

Cut them out.

Shamrock Soda Can Lights by Crafty Journal

It’s easier to cut the aluminum without tearing it if you cut into each dip to the point from one side, and then cut into the dip from the other side.

Shamrock Soda Can Lights by Crafty Journal

4. With a marker, roll the edges of the shamrock toward the center front, so it will cup around the light.

Shamrock Soda Can Lights by Crafty Journal

5. Punch a hole in the center of the shamrock.

Shamrock Soda Can Lights by Crafty Journal

Use the punch around the edge of the hole to enlarge it slightly so the shamrock will fit over the light.

Don’t make the hole too large as you want a snug fight around the lights.

6. Slide the shamrock over the light, and position it around the base of the socket – not the bulb itself.

Shamrock Soda Can Lights by Crafty Journal

This is how your finished lights will look.

Shamrock Soda Can Lights by Crafty Journal


You can use regular scissors and a paper punch for this project.

Punching and cutting the aluminum should sharpen your tools.

Make Heart Soda Can Lights,

Heart Soda Can Lights by Crafty Journal

Heart Soda Can Lights

or Star Soda Can Lights, too.

Colorful Star Soda Can Lights by Crafty Journal

Star Soda Can Lights


Noreen Doll

Crafty Journal

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  1. That is so clever! A great idea and it looks so effective.

  2. Such an awesome idea, and they would be so much fun to make too.

  3. OH! SUCH a smart idea, I love it!!! Thanks for joining us – we hope to see you again next week! Feel free to bring a friend with you :) Happy Friday! #TGIF

  4. Such a fun idea to use the old soda cans. Loved how you added the lights! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  5. I love this! The shiny cans probably glisten and sparkle with the light. I was worried about how sharp the edges must be until I realized you would have these strung up high anyway. Thank you so much for sharing this post at This Is How We Roll Thursday.

  6. OH what a great idea! And would give you luck year round I bet! I wonder if there are any golden cans and you could make a few coins to scatter amongst the shamrocks? Thanks for linking to Snickerdoodle, hope you will link this as well to our Craft Challenge Upcycle party.

  7. There are golden cans. At least one of the Coke products is in a golden can, and I’m sure there are more.

  8. CONGRATS! no doubt you are a feature! Fab Share

  9. This are great! I love how you do this with lights for various holidays. The red ones you did for Valentine’s Day were great, too! Visiting from Snickerdoodle Sunday. I love your Pot of Gold Shamrock Bouquet, too! I’d love to have you share your St Patrick’s Day crafts on the Spring Craft Blog Hop.

  10. What a great idea! I am sure the light really reflects pretty off the can! Thank you for sharing on Show Me Saturday!

  11. Super cute idea! This is so amazing. Pinned and tweeted. We love to party with you, so I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm.. Have an amazing day! Lou Lou Girls

  12. Love this project! I do metal embossing and I love to see other projects using metal :)
    Thank you for sharing your tutorial on VMG’s Brag About It link party!

  13. I love that you have upcycled!! very cute!! Thanks for Sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday – Link Party. Hope you come back again tomorrow to share some more stuff!! Pinned!!

  14. How fun and easy to make!! Great way to use up the cans laying around, too!! :)

  15. These are the best things ever! We celebrate St. Pat’s like crazy people in Emmetsburg, Iowa. I can’t wait to share this. Thanks so much.

  16. Hi there
    Just stopped by to let you know that I featured this on my Round Tuit post this week!
    Thanks again for linking up! Hope you have a great week!

  17. This is so neat! I love this idea! Pinning and sharing. Thanks for sharing this at Totally Terrific Tuesday last week! I can’t wait to see what you have to share this week!


  18. stop by fabulous friday to see your shamrock feature

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