Reusing Soda Cans and Beer Bottles?

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October 14, 2003

I'm looking for uses for empty soda cans and beer bottles. Specifically, I recall seeing a wall made of the bottoms of beer/wine bottles. I am amendable to any artsy, groovy use. Also, I would like to learn about crafty uses for used soda cans. Please, no pencil/scissor/knitting needle holders. If anyone could advise on decent websites, that would be appreciated also! Thanks!


By Tawnda (Guest Post)
May 5, 20040 found this helpful
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If you have enough beer bottles that you can save the caps, you can cut squares of fabric and sew around each cap. It doesn't have to be pretty, the back of the cap isn't seen. Hot glue onto your favorite wreath style or make your own wreath from wood or cardboard. A great kids craft. My sister won a first place ribbon at the county fair when we were kids by making this wreath. (That was also when most sodas came in glass bottles.


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The tabs from aluminum cans can be taken off and collected for local dialysis centers. In many areas dialysis patients are given a discount for so many tabs.

Maybe you could recreate the license plate purses using soda cans, only making them smaller for dinner purses.

You could glue a row of soda cans together and fill with sand and use as a decorative door stop, book end, etc. Seal the top with an apoxy type glue.

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August 5, 20040 found this helpful
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Lighted Christmas Tree
225 Aluminum cans
225 Christmas Tree Lights
Ice Pick
Large Phillips head screwdriver
Metal Glue
2 Lawn stakes (5')
Remove the tops from 225 aluminum cans. Trim the cans to 2" from the paint line. Using the ice pick, poke a hole in the center of each can bottom. Use the Phillips head screwdriver to enlarge the hole to fit a small Christmas tree light.


Glue the cans in 30 rows with the following number of cans in each row: 1,2,3,4,5,6,3,4,5,6,7,8,5,6,7,8,9,10,7,8,9,10,11,12,9,10,11,12,13 and 14. Push a Christmas tree light through the hole in the bottom of each can. Prop the tree against two 5' lawn stakes and secure with wire.

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December 15, 20090 found this helpful
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Think of these products as raw materials to use in creative ways. Soda bottles have a curve to them so you would have to work with it but soda cans can be thought of as sheets of aluminum to be bent and shaped to your will.

2 liter soda bottles
*put together and make a bag holder - mine is next to the trash can
*make a watering system for your plants
*cheap food storage containers - I store sugar, flour, beans, pasta, biscuit mix because of the bugs


*use as a funnel
*plant terrarium
*fish bowl
*[since I hate cardboard around my house - roaches] kleenex/tissue holder hung on wall
*pencil/pen holder - my kids are constantly looking for a pencil that works so I have several of these holders around the house to collect said pencils.
*recycle for cash
*curtains of color -
1 lace = cut the bottom of the bottle making a flower then attach them together
2 geometrical = cut out rounded edged shapes and rounded circle shapes then attach them together making long strings of shapes to hang

soda cans
*I save the tabs of these cans and other food pull tabs to sell on
*jewelry -- flickr
*recycle for cash
*create picture frames
*wind chimes
*light catching tree - once saw a sculpture of a tree and they used soda cans as the leaves, only one side of the leaf was painted - these were attached so that when the wind blew the "leaves" the sun would reflect off of the unpainted aluminum


glass bottles
++ 2 pieces of equipment is needed to work with glass - glass cutter and a rock tumbler
*jewelry after rock tumbler worked its magic
*set of drinking glasses
*mosaic tile work after bottle have been broken
*pebbled rocks after rock tumbler worked its magic
*trivet - cut off the curled lip (making a circle of glass) and glue together side by side
*tray - someone melted down a wine bottle so that it could be flattened and made a serving tray
*vase - typical
*candle holders on the cheap

scrolling on flickr (recycle, soda bottle, cans) gives great ideas. Someone even make a series of sculpture of great looking underwear out of aluminum cans!

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By nora (Guest Post)
June 19, 20040 found this helpful

you could fill the glass bottles most of the way with sand, then stick a candle in the mouth. you may want to pour a little bit of melted wax in right before you put in the taper candle so that it sticks well.

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