Tinsel Tuesdays: Repurpose cans and DIY a Soda Can Christmas Wreath

It’s a big week for entertaining, which makes it the perfect time to start collecting cans to make this Soda Can Christmas Wreath. This cool idea for a Christmas wreath gets kudos for ingenuity and repurposing. Depending on the cans you collect, it doesn’t even have to be a Soda Can Christmas Wreath. You could make it in the colors of your favorite sports team, or how about collecting beer cans for a man cave wreath? Maybe??

Cool idea -- make a Christmsa wreath from soda cans. Get the tutorial on CraftsnCoffee.com.

To make a Soda Can Christmas Wreath, you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” wreath
  • Soda cans, about 32 snack sized (Kathleen used red & white Dr. Pepper cans)
  • Exacto® knife or Utility blade
  • Low-temp glue gun
  • Tools needed: Old pair of scissors or knippers; straight edge; optional: gloves

To make a Soda Can Christmas Wreath:

Here's how to turn soda cans into a gorgeous Christmas wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com.

You could also use red and green cans for Christmas. Or, use cans in your favorite colors for any other season.

1. Wash and dry the soda cans. Using an Exacto knife, carefully slice off the top and bottom of each can. With old scissors or knippers, cut vertically from the top to the bottom of the can and flatten it. Hint: The cut edges can have little barbs and you might want to wear gloves when cutting the cans.

2. Using the straight edge and the utility knife, score deep lines, 1″ apart, on the cans. Follow these lines to cut the cans into 1″ wide strips.

3. Cut the 1” strips into 3 ½” lengths. You will need about 120 strips to cover the wreath.

4. Hot glue the ends of each 3 ½” x 1” strip together to make a loop.

5. Glue the loops onto the surface of the 12” wreath of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Begin by gluing the loops in a row around the inside edge of the wreath. Alternate the red and white loops and overlap about ¾” as you go. Continue gluing loops on to the wreath in four rows until the entire wreath is covered.

6. Cut two longer, 1” strips for the ribbon tails. Cut the ends at an angle and glue the ribbons onto the center back of the wreath.

7. Cut out a ½” x 2” strip of can. Use a paper punch to punch out a hole at the top of the strip. Glue on to the center back of the wreath for a hanger.

How to turn old soda cans into a beautiful Christmas wreath. CraftsnCoffee.com

Soda Can Christmas Wreath by Kathleen George.

Here’s another Soda Can Wreath, this one decorated with flowers made from old cans.

DIY a spring wreath with recycled soda can flowers

Recycled Soda Can Flower Wreath by Kathleen George.

Pretty ingenious wreaths, aren’t they? Now, I never drink “soda”, because we call it “pop.” My grandma always asked if you wanted a “coke”, regardless of which carbonated beverage was at hand. How about you? What do you call your carbonated drinks? Soda? Pop? Or??

Tinsel Tuesdays will be back again next week!

Tinsel Tuesdays is a new series on CraftsnCoffee, celebrating Christmas crafting all summer long.

Happy crafting.

Sharon

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13 Responses to Tinsel Tuesdays: Repurpose cans and DIY a Soda Can Christmas Wreath

  1. Love it! What an amazing idea!

  2. I grew up in Michigan and we called it “Pop”. My Dad lived in Texas and when I would visit he would offer me a “Coke” no matter the type. Now I live in California and I call it “Soda” because the first time I called it “Pop” I was made fun of so bad I never wanted that to happen again. Hahahah! As for the wreaths… I’m sorry but I really don’t like the Dr. Pepper one, I would never hang that. The other one looks really pretty though.
    LisaM6′s soda can butterfly idea peaks my interest!

    • Sharon says:

      I agree — the butterflies sound very pretty. Do you have a Sizzix machine? You can use your soda/pop/coke cans with a Sizzix and cut out all sorts of shapes. Happy crafting! Sharon

  3. Angie Dyer says:

    Love the floral soda pop wreath! Amazing how creative people can be with household items! Thank you for sharing!

    • Sharon says:

      Isn’t it great when you can create something so beautiful from what could become trash? Thanks so much for stopping in today, Angie. Sharon

  4. OMG! Hubby drinks so much Coke that I could make hundreds of these and still have leftovers! Will have to rescue some cans from the recycle bin so I can make him one of these. Super funkaliscious idea! TFS!

  5. LisaM6 says:

    What fun ideas for using soda cans. I made a couple butterflies using soda cans. You can use alcohol inks to add colors to the silver color. Love these ideas…. Need to see what the kids are drinking to save a few. Great tuts as always. :)

  6. Katiria says:

    WOW that is amazing! What a great way to reuse a can instead of just throwing it away.
    We say “soda” for any carbonated beverage.

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