DIY a Repurposed Soda Can Owl

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.)

What a great idea! Repurpose old soda cans and make a Soda Can Owl!

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
Love this owl made from soda cans!

Wear gloves when working with the soda can pieces!

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.

Repurpose soda cans to make the cutest Soda Can Owl!

The feather “scallops” are cut from soda cans.

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.

Super cute -- an owl made with old soda cans. Teens will love this one!

Whooose looking at you?

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.

Love this craft! How to make an owl from soda cans.

The finished owl is not very big, and you can nestle him in your palms.

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.

Soda Can Christmas Wreath

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.

DIY a spring wreath with recycled soda can flowers

Kathleen is so clever! Who knew you could create such beautiful crafts from old soda cans? What have you crafted with old cans?

Happy crafting.


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13 Responses to DIY a Repurposed Soda Can Owl

  1. ddzenner says:

    This is so clever and absolutely adorable. I fell in love. I am very impressed. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Infoélla says:

    These are super cool!! Love these craft ideas!!

  3. Angie Dyer says:

    Isn’t it amazing how crafty people can recycle soda cans! I think that the owls are fun. Love the two wreaths! The one with the flowers really caught my eye. Do you recall many years ago, creative people would turn a soda can into an ornate miniature rocking chair? On the chair seat, would be added fabric and padding to make a pin cushion. Love your ideas!

  4. CraftyB says:

    love the owl, who who!! My faves, though, are the wreaths, particularly the floral design. Awesome idea to use soda cans to make something fun!

  5. LisaM6 says:

    Wow. What a cute owl. I have loads of soda cans since my boys inhale the stuff. The Dr Pepper wreath would be blue with Pepsi cans for me. Lol Great tut! I will have to add this to my list!

    • Sharon says:

      🙂 Frosty blue could be very pretty! And then you could feed the cans through the die-cutting machine to cut out snowflakes to hang in the center . . . Have you tried using your die-cutting machine with soda cans? It’s amazing what you can do and how easily they cut & emboss. I know you’ll have fun with this, Lisa! Craft on! Sharon

  6. OOOOOOOOO! These are Awesome! I really love the Dr. Pepper wreath and the flowers on the spring wreath are lovely!! I am going to have hubby pick up a six pack or a twelve pack so I can give this a try!!! Thanks again for even more inspiratioN!! Stay cool!

    • Sharon says:

      🙂 Will you use Dr. Pepper cans, or another variety? Just think of how you can change up the wreath, depending on the cans. The owl would be cute using printed cans, too, don’t you think? Happy crafting! Sharon

  7. Wow…These are great projects that I would never have thought of. Thank you so much for sharing these fabulous ideas and tutorials! Have a fantastic creative day!

    • Sharon says:

      Don’t you love surprising craft ideas, and the “ah ha” moment when you figure out how something is made? I’m so glad these inspired you! Thanks so much for stopping by. Sharon

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