Ecofriendly homemade gift idea

Do it yourself: Soda Pop Can Bracelets


Recycled Bracelets
Recycled Bracelets
Now that winter has settled itself over most of the country, you might be looking for some cool at-home projects to pass the time. Or, you might be looking for some easy homemade holyday gifts
Well, these recycled soda pop can bracelets fit both of these bills.
Ok, bear with me here. I don’t have exact “instructions” for making these cool recycled soda can bracelets. But, Ronin did share some useful tips for making them, so here goes!
First, soda cans can be cut easily with scissors but the edges are sharp, so be careful!
Rolling the Edges…
There are several different ways to deal with the sharp edges once you have the basic shape cut out.
  • The most basic thing to do is simply roll them inward. Again, I haven’t made these yet so I don’t know how hard this is. But aluminum is pretty pliable so I don’t think it’d be that difficult.
  • You can buy heat shrink tubing at most craft supply stores. These come in a variety of colors and, once heat is applies, will shrink on the edges. This would not only protect your skin but also give the bracelet a cool effect if you picked a contrasting color.
  • You can also buy thin rubber tubing to handle the edges. Simply cut a slit in the tubing and carefully slide it down both sides of the bracelets. A few drops of superglue along the way will keep it in place.
Options…
These bracelets would make great gifts once you get the hang of making them. And with all the cool cans out right now, this would be a great way to recycle/repurpose some of them!
If you decide to roll the edges inward you could also play around with kinking the metal. I Googled “recycled soda can bracelets” and found some stores that had done this (theirs, of course, were selling for $39!). Anyway, the effect was really cool looking.

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