Asked on Mar 23, 2015

I need some great ideas to recycle 16 oz aluminum beer cans.

Susan F
by Susan F
16 oz aluminum beer cans with screw on top. For outside patio and garden. See pic.
  13 answers
  • Karon Nelson Roberts Karon Nelson Roberts on Mar 23, 2015
    Get a bottle of oil and wicks. Drill a hole in lid, to put wick through, fill bottle with the oil, screw tops back one, set around deck and light.
  • Kelly S Kelly S on Mar 23, 2015
    You could make the soda bottle plant tower that is on here. I don't know how to link the post or I would. Another idea is to cut the top and bottom off and along the length to make a rectangle and use the metal to make imitation tin ceiling tiles.
  • Bobbi Perreault Bobbi Perreault on Mar 24, 2015
    I like to cut them open, and cut out leaves. Paint the leaves, shape them into a wreath or a bottle flower and put that into the garden.
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    • Cyndi Neumann Cyndi Neumann on Mar 25, 2015
      @Bobbi Perreault - I adore what you have done here! Look FabUlOus! Smiles, cyndi
  • Becky Becky on Mar 24, 2015
    I was also given a case of them as the person "just knew if anyone had an idea it would be me". Well I haven't made anything yet but I am planning on cutting the bottoms out of about 6 or so and making them into a gathered hanging pendant light fixture like you see all over with jars! I have a few other things to get done first but hopefully it will be done sometime soon!
  • Lynne Daly Lynne Daly on Mar 24, 2015
    you can paint them, can't you? Punch holes for luminaries, candles are cheap, or you could use citronella if you're outside. Cut the tops and bottoms off and cut a seam up the side to make "tiles". Or cut the tops off and stack and attach in a pyramid to make cool storage, just make sure to cap the ends since they'll be sharp.
    • Shelly Shelly on Sep 21, 2016
      I saw a great idea for pop cans I'm from the North, now live in the South so people here call it "soda" lol - Pinterest is "very Helpful"
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  • Stephany Stephany on Mar 24, 2015
    Wind chimes!
  • Kelley M Kelley M on Mar 24, 2015
    Water fountain/water feature
  • Cyndi Neumann Cyndi Neumann on Mar 25, 2015
    I have been cutting the tops and bottoms off with tin snips and made them flat, hopefully flowers or something unique one day. Love to see what you do! Smiles,Cyndi
  • Cno8638988 Cno8638988 on Jul 17, 2016
    Sorry don't have pictures BUT cut can to flatten. Take old CDs and trace. Cut can, glue to printed side of CD, punch hole at top of CD, Do several and hang as mobile. Did this with Monster cans,,,they are really thin metal. Gave as gift and didn't take picture. Wish I had. Oh yeah, I took the bottom of can I cut to cover the hole on the shiny side of CD. Had 8 different types of Monster drinks so my mobile had 8 discs on it, Used fishing line to hang.
  • I know this isn't strictly a tin can, but there are great ideas for upcycling tin here:

  • Mogie Mogie on Jun 23, 2023

    I live in Oregon where they pay us to return empties to a bottle recycling facility.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Aug 07, 2023

    Paint them up and make yard animals:

  • Deb K Deb K on Aug 10, 2023

    Hi Susan, hope this helps you out.