When it comes to crafting, it's easy to get swept away by the latest and loudest products available for purchase. But what if you could use basic household tools and a regular pop can to create a greeting card with a striking metal accent? Here are the step-by-step instructions on how to make a Pop Can Card for Earth Day, birthday or any other day!
1. Take a clean empty pop can and cut off the top and bottom. Cut down the side to get a rectangular piece.
2. Bend the piece back and forth a few times to flatten out the aluminum. You can use ruler or other flat object to smooth it out.
3. On the printed side of the aluminum, draw a design or little doodle. I used a simple elegant leaf shape with a few lines for texture and interest.
4. Flip over the sheet and cut out the design using a utility knife or a pair of scissors. You may want to exchange the blade after cutting several pieces as the aluminum can dull the blade.
5. Glue your shape directly onto to a piece of coloured paper to create an accent behind the aluminum piece. I used a piece of emerald green seed paper for the accent.
Special Note - you can have fun and get super creative with this part. Use a patterned piece of paper or add some painted elements if you'd like. The aluminum can be colored and accented with a permanent pen like a Sharpie.
6. Fold your card to whatever size and shape you like and add elements to suit your charm design. I chose some twine-type string with cream seed paper to give the card a very earthy and rustic feeling.
*Be careful working with the aluminum as the edges can cut skin. This craft is best done by adults or by children with close adult supervision.