What to Do With Your Old Soda Cans
Don't let your aluminum cans go to waste
What can you do with your used soda cans? pop cans? beer cans? What are your choices? Think your have two options: trash it or recycle it? I assure you, there are many more options than that. People worldwide are using aluminum cans in creative and amazing ways. Find out how to release the potential that lies within a used soda can.
Reduce, reuse, and recycle. With aluminum cans too RECYCLE is too often limited to cans with a deposit, and REUSE is forgotten altogether.
Make a Christmas Tree - Mountain Dew Christmas Tree
Run Your Car on Hydrogen
Okay, so not really practical, and not a project for the average person. But, hey, if you are the science experiment type, then give it a whirl.
- Run Your Car on Hydrogen from Aluminum Soda Cans and Lye
James Burgett of computer recycling fame shows me his test setup at ACCRC for running his Lincoln on aluminum soda cans. They threw this rig together quickly to test the concept. The concept works.
What do you do?
What do you do with your soda cans?
Make a Suit of Chainmail Armor
Using a couple hundred soda can tabs and some wire, you can make for yourself a custom fit suit of chainmail.
This will be perfect for the next Renaissance Festival, or any a role-paying event. Make a suit for Halloween!
Aluminum Can Craft Ideas
This site has some of the most amazing aluminum can projects that are within the range of possibility for most crafters. Included in three e-books are step-by-step directions on making hundreds of wreaths, ornaments, centerpieces, floral arrangements, handbags, baskets, wall art, and more.
Aluminous Publishing's Aluminum Can Craft E-books
Recycle aluminum soda beverage cans to wreaths, baskets, Christmas ornaments, wall hangings, pull-tabs purses with full-size patterns, pictures and instructions. Download, recycle and create.
Make a Soda Can Hat - Knit an aluminum can hat
Another pattern is available at knit1mag.com
If you are not one to crochet, then you may want to pick up one of these hats:
Aluminum Can Fact:
You can make 20 recycled aluminum cans with the energy it takes to make one new aluminum can from bauxite ore.(Community Recycling, Belington, Washington)
Cover Your House with Aluminum (Can) Siding - A new whole new take on aluminum siding
Architect Richard Van Os Keuls, a resident of Silver Spring, Maryland, has put up new aluminum siding on his house. Well, the siding is new, the aluminum is not. In fact, it's not really "siding", it actually covered in aluminum can shingles...flattened beer and soda cans laid over each other, covering the exterior of his house.
- Washington Post Article on Van Os Keuls House
Drinks on the House - When the Root Beer Is Gone, the Can Lives On
Make a Pop Can Stove - A backpacker's handy burner
Other Soda Can Ideas
- Soda Can Mini Golf - remove the lid from a soda can, and cut a few 1/2 inch lines vertically going around the top, fold them back (so it is not sharp). Next go out in the back yard and dig holes to fit the cans. You have a mini golf course ready to play!
Other Pop Can Ideas
Make a Shark
- Tesscar Aluminum Craft -- Recycle your favorite beverage can into a work of art!
Recycle aluminum cans into this adorable shark. Free instructions available.
Despite the fact that the deposit system used in some states includes only carbonated drinks, and therefore excludes canned lemonade, iced tea, bottled water, etc., do you think that the system of paying a deposit is appropriate.
Is a nickel deposit the right incentive to get people to recycle?
Pop Top Purse or Belt
Novica connects artists worldwide this shoppers equally as worldwide on eBay. Through Novica, Neide Ambrosio has the outlet to sell these amazing and hot handbags made with soda pop tops. Amazing!
Aluminum Can Fact:
An aluminum can that is thrown away will still be a can 500 years from now.
A recycled aluminum can be made into a new aluminum can in as little as 60 days, and then be recycled again over and over.
A nickel may not mean very much to you, but it means a lot to some.
Many local boy scout troops collect soda cans for fund raising.
Donate your aluminum cans to Habitat for Humanity:
Make an Airplane
- Do it yourself: make your own soda can airplane
Aluminum soda cans can be used in crafts; instead of recycling them all, why not use some to make a model? Find out how to make your own airplane with these step-by-step instructions.
Make 'Em Dance
Become a better videographer by directing your very own soda can stop motion animation. Very Sesame Street; very cool.
- Soda Tab Chain - Instructables - DIY
How to build a super-cool chain out of soda tabs.
- Recycle Cans into Ashtrays/Votive Holders
Create a simle yet beautiful ashtray, candy dish or votive holder. Another idea would be to make a wax potpourri burner by taking the top off one can and cutting pieces out of the sides (for smoke), then place one of these trays on top to melt a was
- Canned Heat: Solar Heater Built With Soda Cans
Some of the highest technology in the world is being brought to bear on the problem of saving energy.
- Pop Can Framed Mirror
Build a beautiful framed mirror.
- Heat your garage
Create a soda can solar furnace to heat your garage.
- Build a car, ship, truck or other vehicle
Recycle aluminum cans of your favorite beer or soda into works of art with TESSCAR ALUMINUM CRAFT construction plans. Build models of aircraft, race cars, trucks, locomotives, farm and construction equipment, ships, motorcycles and insects using temp
Recycle - Recycle Recycle Recycle
If you don't think that any of these projects are for you, or that you simply won't get to them, then the very least you can do is recycle your cans. Whether your state has a deposit system or not, recycling aluminum cans may be more important than you realized.
These are just a few reason why you should recycle your cans:
- The mining, processing, and manufacturing necessary to produce aluminum cans are responsible for large quantities of toxic solid wastes, the widespread destruction of wildlife habitat, and the displacement hundreds of thousands of indigenous people around the world. (Container Recycling Institute, 2002)
- The energy needed to replace all the aluminum cans wasted each year is equivalent to 16 million barrels of oil-enough to keep a million American cars on the road for a year. (Container Recycling Institute, 2001)
- A recycled six-pack of aluminum cans could save enough energy to drive a car five miles. One can equals the amount of energy a can half-full of gasoline would produce. (San Diego County Office of Education 1991. RAYS - Recycle and You Save.)
- Aluminum cans comprise only 1.4% of a ton of garbage by weight, but they account for 14.1% of the greenhouse gas impacts of replacing an average ton of garbage with new products made from virgin materials. (Container Recycling Institute, 2001)
Please let us know what you are up to with your aluminum cans. Do you know any interesting or amazing projects that we haven't yet discovered?