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.
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.
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.
Scissors or Tin Snips
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.
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.
4. Cut part way down the side of the can.
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.
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.
9. Trim ragged and jagged edges.
10. Flatten with metal ruler edge.
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.
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 out shapes.
Run through a die cutter.