By Noreen Doll.
Create shamrock soda can lights for an unusual way to decorate for St. Patrick’s Day.
And you’ll be recycling, as well.
Save your green soda cans for this quick and easy idea.
String of small, clear lights.
Green Soda Cans, empty and clean
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.
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.
Cut them out.
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.
4. With a marker, roll the edges of the shamrock toward the center front, so it will cup around the light.
5. Punch a hole in the center of the shamrock.
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.
This is how your finished lights will look.
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,
or Star Soda Can Lights, too.