By Noreen Doll.
Heart soda can lights can be used for many festive occasions.
It’s a fun way to recycle your soda cans while creating colorful decorations.
They can be used for Valentine’s Day, weddings, anniversaries, and even a prom.
Simply change the color of the soda can you are using to get the color and effect you want.
You can use the inside of the can to make silver hearts, or use a silver soda can. These would be lovely for a wedding or silver wedding celebration.
Gold soda cans would make hearts perfect for a golden wedding anniversary.
Or you can use alcohol inks to color the inside of the cans any color you like.
Here’s how to make these easy heart soda can lights.
String of small, clear lights.
Soda Cans, empty and clean
Paper for Pattern
Cardboard for Pattern
Pen or Pencil
How to Make Heart Soda Can Lights.
Caution: Be sure to use care while working with the aluminum, as it can have sharp edges.
1. Find or make a heart pattern.
This heart is about 2 inches wide by 1 3/4 inches high.
2. Trace it on to cereal box cardboard. Cut it out.
3. Trace the heart pattern on to the red soda cans. You can get several on one can.
How to make a soda can into a flat sheet.
4. Cut out the hearts.
To cut into the dip at the top of the heart, cut in to the point from one side
and then cut into it from the other side.
This helps to keep the metal from tearing while you cut.
5. Use a marker to roll the edges of the heart toward the front, so it will cup slightly around the light.
6. Punch a hole in the center of the heart.
Use the punch to slightly enlarge the hole around the edges. Don’t make the hole too big as you want it to fit snugly around the lights.
7. Slide the heart over the light, making sure you have it around the base of the socket and not the bulb itself.
You can use an ordinary paper punch and regular scissors for this project.
In fact cutting and punching the aluminum should sharpen your tools.
You can also make Shamrock Soda Can Lights
Betty Coolidge says
recently I read your instructions for cleaning a pan that had burned food in it.
I had found an easier way without dangerous fumes. One way is to fill the pan with water and place a dryer sheet in the water and let it soak overnight and the burned mess will wipe right out.
Another way is to fil;l the pan with two inches of water and add a quarter cup of baking soda and a qusrter cup of white vinegar. Bring it to a boil and let it simmer for 10 minutes.
cover the pot. Turn off the heat and allow the pot to soak fir 30 minutes
You can also substitute dish washing liquid to replace the vinegar. Fill the pot with water and add 2 teaspoons dish washing liquid and the quarter cup of baking soda.
Bring it t o a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Cover the pot and allow it to soak for 30 minutes Happy pot cleaning! Betty Coolidge
I discovered that goo gone will remove dried acrylic from paint brushes. It will loosen it and you have to scrape it out of the bristles. got drops of paint out of fabric and a sweater that way, too Miracle!!
I’m glad those ideas work for you. Unfortunately they didn’t work with this pan.
Kim @ HappyPrettyBlog says
What a cute idea! The shapes and possibilities are endless!
Ana Love Craft says
Super cute project! Thanks for sharing.
Have a wonderful week!
Hugs and love from Portugal,
Ana Love Craft
Leesha @ Living Contently says
These are so adorable! My sister has her kitchen done in Cocoa Cola. These lights would be so cute to add to it!
Nina Lewis says
I am visiting you from the Do Tell Tuesday link party on Maybe She Made It. This is such a fun, fun idea! I’m going to give it a try.
These are so adorable! I would have never thought of this. I am going to keep this in mind for future decorating!
What a great idea for Valentine’s Day. The house seems so empty this month now that the Christmas decorations are put away. pinning!
found this on You’re Gonna Love It
That is so super clever!!! How neat!
I just love this Coke can red heart lights and they will be awesome for valentines day decorations!
Wow. This is CUTE!!! You are something else! Shared on Google+ also.
This is such a clever idea! Pinned:)
Bridget/The Recipe Wench says
Oh my gosh I have to do this! We have a big ol’ “Christmas tree” in the front yard of the house we are renting. Apparently, the neighborhood expects us to decorate this tree for Christmas. Your idea is a fantastic, budget-friendly way of decorating this tree. I’m definitely doing this next Christmas. Stocking up on soda cans commences ….NOW! Thanks for the great idea!
Elise @frugalfarmwife.com says
This is a great up cycle! We don’t drink a lot of soda, but my dad would definitely love a light string made with Dr. Pepper cans!
Thanks for sharing at Waste Not Want Not Wednesday!
What a great idea! My basement is done in a Coca Cola theme. I will have to make one of these. Thanks :)!
This is adorable. I like the idea that using regular scissors will sharpen them.
Kristina and Millie says
such a fun idea! easy to customize too if you want something other than hearts! Did you see our new recycle party? It’s all month long so hope you will stop by and link this post up 🙂 This month is milk jugs/soda bottles but all recycle crafts welcome! http://2crochethooks.com/first-craft-challenge/
Now this is adorable!! Thanks for sharing with us at Motivation Monday 🙂
Pauline Molinari says
What a fun and crafty idea! Thanks so much for sharing your project on this week’s Monday Funday Party!
Cathy @ Our Mini Family says
I love love love this!!! Would love it if you share at our Valentine’s Day linky at OurMiniFamily.com (I know you shared at our regular linky, but this would be a perfect submission for our Valentine’s Day themed one!)
Now that is adorable!! What a great reuse for something laying around and I’m sure the color is beautiful with the light!!
Simple Nature Decor says
You are one of my features for Fabulous Friday, this is an amazing Valentine project!
Cute! Stars would be cute too!
Thanks! I actually have a post about Star Soda Can Lights, too.
patti @ Pandora's Box says
Cute ideas! I have even seen earrings made from soda cans!!
Carole West @Garden Up Green says
this is cool – thinking stars at Christmas – Thanks for the idea!
These are soooooo cute! I love how fun these look! Some people can just do this and keep their Christmas Lights up all year! Thank you linking up with us at the Tips and Tricks Link Party! I cannot wait to see what you have for us next week!
What an adorable idea. Love it. I need to collect some soda cans. We don’t drink much soda.
Thanks for sharing at Turn it Up Tuesday,
Okay, these are cool! Thanks for sharing at My Flagstaff Home!
This is soooooo cute. It’s easy to do and can be crafted to a lot of different occasions. Thanks for sharing !!
Crystal Green says
That is really neat!! I would have never thought to do this before. I love it! I love that it reuses soda cans in an unique way.
Brenda Young says
Love this upcycle project! So many celebratory possibilities, an absolute pin worthy project!
Congratulations! This post will be featured this week at My Flagstaff Home!
Lisa @ Recreated Designs says
Oh Noreen… I just love this project! It is sooo cute and you could do so many things with those little lights 🙂 Thanks for linking this up to our Bewitchin’ Projects Block Party this week! You are one of my Featured Picks tomorrow over at Recreated Designs. Hugs, Lisa