If caffeinated soda is your poison of choice, you most likely aren’t at a shortage of Coke or soda cans. When most people finish their Coke, they toss the used it into the trash (or recycle) with little thought. After all, what could you possibly do with an empty soda can?
It turns out, there’s actually quite a few things you can do with empty soda cans, especially in crafting/DIY. Keep reading to learn why you want to keep those Coke cans around:
1. Recycled Coke can popcorn maker: Stuck on a camping trip with no way to pop your favorite treat? This fun trick lets you take two regular soda cans and turn them into a functioning popcorn maker. You’ll need to use a knife to make a few cuts and the edges of the can will be sharp, according to the tutorial from deba168. Check out the tutorial for the full instructions before your next camping trip!
2. Coke can stove: Your empty Coke can will come in handy in the next zombie apocalypse… or when you are just camping and hiking. With just 5-6 materials, you can make a Coke stove (see picture below).
Pretty neat, right? Full tutorial here.
3. Coke tea light drinks can: Use the empty can and turn it into a DIY light by your bedside. Full tutorial here.
4. Coke can pop art: This funky art project looks best when you use a few different soda flavors. The contrast of colors really makes it pop. This version, from Domestik Goddess, uses a standard mirror and a plywood frame. The labels are attached with contact adhesives.
5. Santa cupcakes with Coke cans: Who doesn’t love a good holiday craft? This adorable project from Living Locurto uses mini coke cans and free printables. You’ll use the ring tabs to make cute belt buckles, so don’t toss them! This project requires no metal cutting! It’s a cute kid-friendly craft project.
6. Coke can Christmas angel: This sweet recycle-friendly project manages to look really classy even though it’s made from an old can! You’ll need to cut your can into three different pieces to get the right design. Check out the full pattern from Holiday Happy.
7. Coke can tab bracelet: If you’re looking for a little bling without the ka-ching, check out this sweet project. You’ll use the metal tabs from 20-25 cans, two pieces of ribbon, scissors, and tape. DIY Fashion recommends using two different pieces of ribbon for a little extra flair.