If you tend to drink a lot of soda, chances are you have a lot of soda cans lying around the house. Even if you typically recycle those cans for cash, there are things that you can do with empty soda cans that are even better than getting a few pennies for them at the recycling center.
From gifts galore to wonderful home décor, I’ve found 20 amazing things that you can do with empty soda cans that will make you wonder why you ever threw them out in the first place. There are earrings, wind chimes, and even sculptures in this collection, and your friends and family will never know that you’ve made these out of recycled cans. Sort of reminds me of the egg carton collection we featured months ago.
The best part? These are all easy to do projects that are so much fun and will make you look forward to emptying out that next fridge pack of sodas – just so you can start another project.
You just can never find the right cookie cutter in the right size and at the right time. Well, if you make your own, you can have exactly what you want when you need it. These DIY cookie cutters are super easy to make from any old soda can, and you can cut them into all of the shapes and sizes you need!
Detailed instructions: diyhshp
Table Pendant Lamp
This gorgeous lamp is made from the tabs of soda cans. It’s definitely unique and so gorgeous. Imagine having this hanging in the living room or even the bedroom. It’s flexible and very easy to make. You’ll need quite a few soda can tabs, so unless you drink tons of soda every week, you may want to have your friends and family help you to gather the tabs for this little project.
Soda Can Bracelets
These bracelets are really cute and very easy to make. Imagine giving these away as gifts. You’ll spend literally nothing since you’re recycling the materials from empty soda cans, and they certainly do make a unique fashion statement. You can dress them up however you want, so they’re perfectly customizable and imagine how many you can create from just one soda can!
Detailed instructions: twelvecraftstillchristmas
These tin flowers, created from your empty soda cans, are the perfect way to dress up your porch or lawn this spring. I love how colorful you can make them, and they have such a wonderfully vintage feel about them. You’ll love how easy they are to make. You literally just cut off the top and then slice them vertically to create your flower shapes. Then paint them your favorite spring colors and you’re all set!
Detailed instructions: sweetfajr
These hanging lanterns are perfect for evenings on the porch. Imagine having them hanging outside during your summer parties! A tealight completes the look or you could even burn a citronella candle if you want during the warmer months. These are so easy to make, as are all the soda can projects, and add the perfect rustic touch to the porch or patio.
Detailed instructions: dollarstorecrafts
A bit different than the lanterns are these amazing little tealight candle holders. You can use these indoors or out. Imagine them on your patio table or gracing the porch, or leave them on a foyer table – they’re unique and really creative. If you don’t want the actual can to show, you paint these as you would the lanterns or flowers and make them really match your décor.
Detailed instructions: aureliaslittleroom
You know teenagers are going to love a keychain sporting the logo of their favorite soda! Imagine the graduation or birthday gifts you can create. These keychains are so adorable and very easy to make. Whether you’re creating them for yourself or someone special, you are sure to brighten up your road trips when you keep your car keys on a customized soda can keychain.
Detailed instructions: craftyladylindsay
Soda Tab Belt
Make quite the fashion statement with your own DIY soda tab belt. You simply weave ribbon through individual soda pop can tabs to link it all together, and you can make it as big or as small as you need. Make a few of these in different colors or put all your colors into one belt. It’s easy to make and a great project for pre-teens and teenagers who love fashion and want an easy and fashionable DIY project.
Detailed instructions: planb.annaevers
Soda Can Necklace
I love this soda can necklace. This is such a gorgeous jewelry piece, and something that you can customize depending on what you need. If you are looking for a unique handmade gift idea, this one is perfect. Or, if you need a special piece of jewelry for an upcoming event, create exactly what you need. This is a great project for teenagers and so easy to do.
Detailed instructions: cutoutandkeep
Tin Flower Box Topper
Imagine dressing up gifts with these gorgeous tin can flowers. You can use these to decorate gift boxes or for decorations within your home, whatever suits you. Just cut and create your flower and then use them to decorate just about anything you want. People will adore getting a gift with a special box topper or just give a bouquet of these gorgeous flowers.
Detailed instructions: favecrafts
Cut the top off those empty soda cans and use them to create these unique and very handy pencil holders. Kids will adore decorating these, or imagine what a wonderful gift they would make for a favorite teacher! Of course they’re easy to make, as are most of these projects, and they can be fully customized and decorated however you want. Covered with cork, they’re versatile and so adorable!
Peace out with this adorable Peace wall hanging created solely from empty soda cans. If you have someone who’s really into hippie-dome, or even if you just want a creative and unique way to express your own creativity, this peace sign wall hanging is perfect. Leave the tabs as they are in silver, or paint them if you really want to make it unique.
Detailed instructions: craftingagreenworld
Soda Can Coasters
Imagine putting your soda can down on these adorable soda can coasters. Rest your favorite soft drink on top of your favorite soft drink – or something like that. Anyway, these coasters are super easy to make and the perfect addition to any living room. These are so much fun and a great project for rainy days with the kids.
Detailed instructions: theidearoom
Soda Flower Magnets
Imagine dressing up your refrigerator with these adorable flower magnets, created from your favorite cans of soda. You can leave these plain with their own colors for a more vintage look or paint them if you want to really be creative. However you go, they’re the perfect addition to your kitchen or office and will beautifully hold your papers and letters in place.
Soda Can Wreath
Whether you’re looking for an autumn wreath, want something for the Holidays, or you prefer a spring colored decoration hanging on your door, you can create a beautiful wreath with soda cans. This one is an autumn wreath that is filled with beautiful leaves, but you can cut flowers or anything else from your cans to customize the wreath for the season. Make a different one for every season!
Detailed instructions: savedbylovecreations
This gorgeous butterfly mobile is perfect if you’re looking for an easy project that will instantly invite warmth and spring-like features into your décor. The butterflies capture sunlight and give the entire area a warm glow. Imagine having beautiful butterflies gracing your patio or porch. This is an easy project of course, and one that will bring you many days of joy while you sit outside and gaze at your creation.
Detailed instructions: gingerbreadsnowflakes
Texas itself would be proud to display these rustic stars cut from empty soda cans. These are easy to do and can be used in any number of other projects. Use them to decorate a porch, inside wall, or create unique Christmas tree ornaments from them. The possibilities are endless! You can also use these to create a mobile or wind chime if you like, or just sit them around the house for a little added sparkle.
Detailed instructions: milomade
Speaking of wind chimes, wouldn’t you just love to sit outside and listen to the wind brush through this gorgeous soda can chime? The sound alone is worth the project effort, which is actually really easy. It’s also a very pretty wind chime that you can customize and decorate however you want. Forget about paying a fortune for wind chimes and use those empty soda cans to create one for free.
Detailed instructions: madebymarzipan
Soda Can Earrings
So, I showed you a great necklace earlier. Now here’s a pair of soda can earrings that you can create to go along with your new necklace. You will need basic earring hardware, which you can pick up at any craft store and each can will make a few different pairs. Spray paint them or leave them as they are. You can customize these however you want and make a different pair for every day of the month, without spending anything at all.
Detailed instructions: bywilma
This gorgeous box can be used for gift giving or just for keeping on a table for décor. It’s easy to make, makes great use of those empty soda cans and can store trinkets or jewelry, or whatever you have that you need to hide away in a gorgeous box. Emboss it or leave it as it is. You can create multiple boxes from your empty cans and have something for giving gorgeous gifts or just decorating up any room in the house.
Detailed instructions: atomicshrimp