National Beer Can Appreciation Day {Can Crafts}

I recently have been on a kick to find some small way to take notice of some of the odd holidays that exist. I’ve been pinning them and projects that go with them on my Interesting Holidays board on Pinterest. Yesterday the coolest odd holiday was National Handwriting Day. I wanted to write some letters to celebrate, but the most I hand-wrote was my list of stuff to do! Not only is today National Beer Can Appreciation Day, but it’s also National Give Someone A Compliment Day and National Peanut Butter Day.

Last month, before Christmas I noticed that everyone on my Uncle’s street had a nice wreath out, so I went and told him he needed a wreath. His first reaction was to laugh and say absolutely not, but once I told him I was making it out of Beer Cans he was excited to join in the festivities.

Beer Can Wreath

My favorite can craft I have yet to make out of a beer can. I love this Coke Can Necklace I made awhile back. I have it on a keychain now, because I have a tendency to break necklace chains.

Coke Can Necklace TutorialIn the past I have made all sorts of different can bracelets, but I couldn’t find a picture of one I made from a beer can either. My favorite of these was my Cherry Dr. Pepper Bracelet, but I will always still love the original Coke Can Bracelet too!

Aluminum Can Bracelets

 If you are itching for more beer can crafts, head over to Pinterest. I follow this amazing board for all of my Aluminum Can Craft needs!

Cherry Dr. Pepper Can Bracelets

Last year I made these Coca-Cola Can bracelets. Every month it is still my most popular post. I hadn’t made any in quite awhile but a friend was disappointed that she never got one, so I had to pull my stuff out again to make some. This time I was a little bit more creative and we decided to bling them out a little bit more.

Go check out the first tutorial before you try to follow this tutorial, it will make everything easier!

Differences

Make the shape of the bracelet a little different, in the past I made them mostly square but the edges would catch on stuff and they would poke you or could rip.

You can choose to turn the edges back or forth. You will get a silver lining if they are turned out, but if they are turned under they will be less noticeable. It’s all about what you think looks best. I sometimes like the silver lining and sometimes want a cleaner edge. If you turn the edges under they shouldn’t scrape you as long as they are pressed very flat.

Instead of big holes for the ribbon, make very small holes with a pin and add jump rings. We also added metal clasps instead of ribbon for some of them. Or you can skip the holes all together if you roll the edges, and thread a small ribbon or elastic through.

Add more decoration to them by adding flowers or bows with hot glue.

Add fabric lining to give the bracelet a little more structure as well as comfort. I used t-shirt scraps because they don’t fray and just hot glued them in.

More Coca-Cola:
Coke Can Necklace
Decorating with Coca-Cola
Wallet with Charms from Coke Can
The Day I Wore a Coca-Cola T-shirt

Vinyl Swirls Behind Coca-Cola Sign

My husband and I really like Coke stuff. He works for Coca-Cola now, but even before then we were decorating with Coke bottles. You might have seen my Coca-Cola Bracelet from a can and my Coke can necklace too. When I found a 1990 Coca-Cola button sign at The Desert Peddler I knew I wanted it because of the looks and the year (year I was born). My husband said I could go get it and I did. After hanging it I noticed two holes that weren’t noticeable before. (Our house was painted when we bought it, we have just been using pictures and stuff to cover up the marks and holes.)

With the leftover vinyl from my car stickers I decided to make some swirls that would cover up the holes and make my Coke sign stick out a little more. The red on red isn’t my favorite but I really don’t feel like repainting my kitchen right now. (Or maybe I do, but I feel like I need to wait for my husband to come home and decide on the color for me)


I first drew some swirls on a piece of cardboard, and held it up to my sign to see if that shape would work. I then folded my vinyl in half so that I knew how much space I had to work in, and I copied the swirls to one side of my vinyl (on the back). I perfected them and traced some of the lines with a sharpie.

I then folded my vinyl in half again and used clothespins to hold it together while I cut it out. I used scissors to cut it out, but next time I think I need to try practicing with an xacto knife. It would probably be easier.

After the swirls are cut out, they need to be put up on the wall. Start where the three of them meet, and get a little bit of each one to stick to the wall by peeling back a little bit of the backing and pressing it down with the included popsicle stick. After that, work on pressing down one swirl at a time. After one swirl is pressed down I found it easier to rip off the backing from that swirl to get it out of the way. Continue doing this until all the swirls are pressed to the wall.

So far I’m pretty happy with the way mine turned out. Up close you can see how rigid some of my cuts were, but from far away it looks fine.

Some Other Decorating Ideas:
Vinyl Car Decor
Painted Wall Quote
Once Upon a Time Closet Doors
Ruffled Curtains

Dimensional Magic Jewelry

I have been on the lookout for a locket for a little while. I’m being picky about it because I know I will be wearing it for the next few years. (I never take off my current necklace.) I saw this cute charm that was made by Polish the Stars. Her’s is actually glass and it’s customizable! But.. I’m kinda a DIY girl. So I found a bracelet with a metal ribbon slide that said hope. I put my tiny picture down and put the dimensional magic over the entire thing, giving it that glass-ish look. After it dried (wait the entire 24 hours to touch it! Mine has a finger print!) it turned out great and I just added a ribbon to it. Now I can wear a bracelet with my two favorite boys on it until I find my perfect locket. When I do, I was thinking a little strap of leather could make this a boy-ish cuff bracelet for the little man when he gets bigger.

New Wallet

I’ve been wanting a new wallet, so I finally made myself one. My Pinspiration was this envelope system wallet and this clean and simple clutch.

I followed the lined zipper purse tutorial pretty closely, except my dimensions of the fabric were 4×8″. I made 5 of them, and then I made my own zipper pull charms with coke can scraps.For the zipper pulls, I used my metal stamps that I won from beaducation. I pounded my envelope category names into the coke can. I went with Eat, Shop, Play and Save. I bent the edges, punched a hole and added a jump ring. Now I can try to remember what that money is for each time I go out.The clutch I made to fit my zippered pouches. I did it a little bit differently than the tutorial, but I used the basic layout and added an extra pocket behind my smaller two. I also put my magnetic clasps into the lining only so that they didn’t show through the outside, and didn’t stitch all the way up on the sides, so that my other pouches would fit better.