I love using soda cans to make crafts with kids. They are free after you drink your soda; they are easy to cut; they last forever, and they are so CUTE!
Here is a round up of soda can crafts, some for the wee ones, and some for the older crowd! Moms and dads find themselves liking these, too!
First of all: How to cut a soda can for crafting!
This video uses scissors and a craft knife; I have used scissors alone to cut cans, and it works fine. Just poke a hole with a sharp point in the scissors, and cut. I have never been cut too much from cutting cans, but if you let the kiddies do some cutting, you might want to use gloves or cut the can up first, and then let kids do the rest!
Soda Can flowers
This is the easiest soda can flower, super simple for wee ones! For the littlest folk, mom and dad do the can cutting, and let the toddlers and 2-year-olds do the paint!
Paints – for outdoor use, try acrylic, or spray clear acrylic on after the kids’ painting dries.
Cut off the top of the can, but not the bottom.
Cut down the can to the bottom, making “petals.” Try different widths and shapes of petals like the picture.
Flatten out the petals.
You can attach the flowers to dowels for the garden, or use to decorate around the house.
Soda Cans, with both ends cut off and the middle flattened
Paint if you want!
Brads for scrapbooking
Cut out three flowers of slightly different sizes:
Paint if you wanna!
Layer the flowers and insert a scrapbook brad into the center of all three flower shapes.
Soda Can Lanterns (for older kids)
Take an empty soda can and fill with water.
Freeze for about six hours.
Make twelve dots with a marker around the top and bottom of your can.
Draw a line from a dot at the top of the can to the dot just behind the same one as you just drew but at the bottom .
After drawing the lines, use the craft knife to cut the lines.
Let the ice melt!
Slightly twist and flatten the can to create the lantern shape.
Punch two holes in the top for a wire to hang, or use the tab if still intact!
Pop Tab Bracelets (or belts if you are inspired), for older kids
Flattened soda can portraits – super fun for all ages!
Who says you have to have perfect soda cans for art?
Take flattened soda cans.
In the pic above, older students then glued their soda cans onto collages they made with junk paper. And you can do that, too!
Just glue the pic onto a piece of cardboard (and let the kids marker and paint it first, too)
How cute are these?
Be as wild as you want:
Soda Can Dog Tags
For little ones, cut out the dog tag shapes from your soda can; for the bigger kids, let them cut their own.
Use a hole punch or your scissors (I have done both) to make a hole to hang the dog tag.
These in the picture are left unpainted.
Glue on them!
Soda Can dog tags, like the flowers above, are a great blank slate for kids to make art!
Feeling inspired! I was at a picnic this weekend and came home with dozens of cans, and am working on flowers! Please share any fun ideas you find.
Get out there, get your kids, and get making summer art!