What can you make with old soda cans? Just ask Kathleen George! You won’t believe what she made from two soda cans, old scissors, a ball of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam, and a few other supplies. Using her crafty magic, Kathleen whipped up this very clever (and cute) Repurposed Soda Can Owl. This is a craft teens might like, too, but be sure to follow Kathleen’s warning and wear old gloves while working with the soda cans. Those edges are sharp! (If you love owls, don’t miss these DIY Sock Owls, too.)
To make a Soda Can Owl, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3” ball
- Soda cans, two (empty and clean)
- Googly eyes, 7mm, two
- Acrylic craft paint in silver
- Permanent marker with a thin tip
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors (old pair); serrated knife; old candle or bar of soap; stiff bristle paintbrush; Xacto® knife or utility knife; old washcloth; straight pins; metal skewer or other pointed tool; old newspaper or cutting matt; protective gloves, like gardening gloves
To make a Soda Can Owl:
1. Wax the serrated knife blade with a bar of soap or an old candle. Cut a small slice from the bottom of the 3” foam ball so that it sits flat and doesn’t roll.
2. Paint the ball silver and let dry.
3. Carefully slice off the top and bottom of two soda cans using an Exacto® knife or other utility knife.
4. Make a cut from the top of the can to the bottom with scissors, and lay the can flat. Run the old washcloth over the metal piece until it is thoroughly flattened. (Note: The can is easy to cut, but the edges are very sharp. Kathleen recommends wearing gloves while cutting!)
5. Trace the patterns onto the patterned side of the metal sheet. Cut out the pieces with old scissors.
6. Place the metal pieces on a pad of newspapers or a cutting mat. Punch holes in the metal pieces with the skewer or other pointed tool.
7. You’ll attach the pieces to the foam ball using glue and craft pins. To start, glue on three rows of eight – nine feathers around the bottom of the ball. Add pins to help hold the feathers in place while the glue dries. Overlap each feather with the one next to it by about 1/8”. Overlap each row about 3/8”.
8. For row four, add three feathers centered across the front.
9. Finish row four by pinning and gluing on the side wings and tail.
10. Glue on the beak and two eyes.
11. Insert the eyebrow feathers into the foam ball right behind the beak.
12. If there are holes, add additional feathers, and if needed, trim the feathers to fit the openings.
13. Glue wiggly eyes onto the eyes.
This isn’t the first time Kathleen has created something beautiful from old soda cans. For example, check out her brilliant and beautiful Soda Can Christmas Wreath.
When Kathleen discovered that she could cut soda cans with her die-cutting machine, she made the flowers for this Repurposed Soda Can Flower Wreath. After cutting out the flowers, she fed them through the die-cutting machine a second time using an embossing plate, creating textured petals.
Kathleen is so clever! Who knew you could create such beautiful crafts from old soda cans? What have you crafted with old cans?