Author: DOMINIQUE HOLMES
Throughout its history, The Coca-Cola Company has captured the spirit of the times through its advertising art. From its first promotional calendars produced in the 1890s, the Company linked itself to the popular designs and lifestyles of the era the art represents.
The Coca-Cola Company used the work of the top artists of the day, including the leading artists of America’s Golden Age of Illustration. Their work for the Company exemplifies the classic All-American image they helped create in the first half of the 20th Century. The famous illustrators produced paintings for The Coca-ColaCompany from the turn of the century into the 1960s, when their art form was replaced by photography in the Company’s advertising.
Much of the work of artists working on behalf of The Coca-Cola Company is beautifully displayed in a recent book, Coca-Cola Girls: An Advertising Art History by Chris H. Beyer (Collectors Press, Inc.). The richly illustrated history captures the Company’s compelling use of “radiant, vivacious, and breezy” young women, always dressed in the latest fashions, in Coca-Cola advertising since the late 1800s. The vast majority of the Company’s advertising posters and calendars featured these beautiful women, who became synonymous with the most recognized trademark in the world.
Campbell’s Soup Cans, which is sometimes referred to as 32 Campbell’s Soup Cans, is a work of art produced in 1962 by Andy Warhol. It consists of thirty-two canvases, each measuring 20 inches (51 cm) in height × 16 inches (41 cm) in width and each consisting of a painting of a Campbell’s Soup can—one of each of the canned soup varieties the company offered at the time. The individual paintings were produced by aprintmaking method—the semi-mechanized screen printing process, using a non-painterly style. Campbell’s Soup Cans’ reliance on themes from popular culture helped to usher in pop art as a major art movement in the United States.
Warhol, a commercial illustrator who became a successful author, publisher, painter, and film director, showed the work on July 9, 1962, in his first one-man gallery exhibition as a fine artist in the Ferus Gallery of Los Angeles, California. The exhibition marked the West Coast debut of pop art. The combination of the semi-mechanized process, the non-painterly style, and the commercial subject initially caused offense, as the work’s blatantly mundane commercialism represented a direct affront to the technique and philosophy of abstract expressionism. In the United States the abstract expressionism art movement was dominant during the post-war period, and it held not only to “fine art” values and aesthetics but also to a mystical inclination. This controversy led to a great deal of debate about the merits and ethics of such work. Warhol’s motives as an artist were questioned, and they continue to be topical to this day. The large public commotion helped transform Warhol from being an accomplished 1950s commercial illustrator to a notable fine artist, and it helped distinguish him from other rising pop artists. Although commercial demand for his paintings was not immediate, Warhol’s association with the subject led to his name becoming synonymous with the Campbell’s Soup Can paintings.
Warhol subsequently produced a wide variety of art works depicting Campbell’s Soup cans during three distinct phases of his career, and he produced other works using a variety of images from the world of commerce and mass media. Today, the Campbell’s Soup cans theme is generally used in reference to the original set of paintings as well as the later Warhol drawings and paintings depicting Campbell’s Soup cans. Because of the eventual popularity of the entire series of similarly themed works, Warhol’s reputation grew to the point where he was not only the most-renowned American pop art artist, but also the highest-priced living American artist.
I am super stoked about this week’s 50+, because I now have a ton of inspiration to feed my new Sizzix die cut obsession. Save those coffee, tuna, veggie and soda cans. The possibilities are vast. I hope you are as excited as I am. Enjoy, and feel free to comment with topics you would like to see in future 50+ round-ups!!
From gifts galore to wonderful home décor, I’ve found 20 amazing things that you can do with empty soda cans that will make you wonder why you ever threw them out in the first place. There are earrings, wind chimes, and even sculptures in this collection, and your friends and family will never know that you’ve made these out of recycled cans. Sort of reminds me of the egg carton collection we featured months ago.
The best part? These are all easy to do projects that are so much fun and will make you look forward to emptying out that next fridge pack of sodas – just so you can start another project.
If you love drinking soda (in a can) then you are in luck. There are so much cool things that can be made from soda cans. Some cool things include beautiful aluminum Christmas Angels, bracelets, pendants, a pencil or pen holder, flowers, stars, and animals. The list can go on and on.
Adults should always supervise children who are making crafts from any form of aluminum. Cutting it can use physical harm to children if they are not careful. Some crafts requires less supervision than others.
How to recycle and make cool stuff with empty pop cans with the following arts and crafts projects, ideas, instructions, and activities for children and teens
Aluminum Can Jewelry – Make a gorgeous pendant out of the Arizona Iced Tea Can.
Aluminum Can Jewelry – With a few empty beverage cans, you can make fun, colorful pieces of jewelry that look almost like enamel – but they’re not!
Aluminum Can Ornaments – Before anything else, parental supervision, guidance and a lot of SAFETY is needed for this unique metal crafting project. In the end, it will be worth it!
Aluminum Christmas Angel – If you are looking for the perfect ornaments to hang on your Christmas tree or to serve as unique decors, then look no further. Follow this easy guide to making your personal Christmas decorations.
Arizona Tea Can Bracelet – What to do with all those cans!
Awesome Cyborg Monocle – It is of Cyborg in the form of a monocle!
Can Crab Chomper – Before anything else, adult supervision is needed in making this craft project. Safety is everything but we assure you that once you are done making this craft, you will be pleased with the results.
Can Hats – Whoever thought that you can make a fashionable hat out of used soda cans? Well, we did and here’s how to make one…
Candy Stick Vase – This simple craft makes a colorful centerpiece for your holiday table or an easy Gift your child can create for someone special on her list.
Coke Can chicken: Figurine/Cream Holder/Oil Lmp– – This is actually a 3-in-1 craft project which you will find useful once you are finished making it.
Coke Can Necklace – Create this lovely floweret necklace using soda cans.
Coke Necklace – Make a cool Coke necklace.
Cookie Cutters From Aluminum Cans – – These creative cookie cutters made from aluminum cans not only provide ample opportunity for creatively shaped desserts, but they also provide a fun way to recycle soda cans. Since it won’t cost you anything but your time to make them, there’s no shame in simply discarding your used cookie cutters after you’re finished if you won’t use them again.
Crafty Can Cuff – Be the envy of coke lovers.
Crafty Candleholders – Combining recycled and natural materials, these easy-to-make candle holders and can be adapted to suit any decor.
Creative Christmas Balls – Have a creative and “green” Christmas with these fun balls that you can make yourself out of aluminum cans. Our old tree from last year has been given eternal life with this aluminum wrap!
Crushed Can Craft – This is making a colorful and funky piece of art with crushed aluminum cans. One of my very favorite things to do is to create something new and fun out of what normally would be thrown away–unless you recycle them, that is. This tutorial will show you how to recycle your cans is a completely different way.
Dangly Earrings – These are made out of soda cans and are actually pretty easy to make if you have the right materials
Easter Lilies – Real flowers tend to wilt, this one doesn’t.
Flower Pot From a Soda Can – Making flower pots is a great way to recycle old soda cans. The cans make perfect pots for small plants and can save you a lot of money on pots. Soda can pots can be used as temporary pots for seedlings or propagations instead of purchasing many small pots. However, you can also decorate them and use them as permanent plant holders.
Fireworks – Create fireworks with this firework craft from aluminum cans.
Hearts From Ring Pulls – Hearts made from the things on top of soft drink cans (With a little bit of wool.)
Lantern – Make these pretty lanterns for fall.
Lantern and Tea Light Holder – – There’s no better way to make a colorful candle holder than soda cans. Find the most colorful ones lying around the trash bin and transform them into a creative work of art.
Luminaria – Luminarias, or candle lanterns, can lend an extra glow to a stargazing party, an outdoor storytelling session, or a night hike.
Model Airplane out of Beer Cans – – Boys simply adore this ingenious craft project! If you haven’t made one yet, now is the time to do so and recycle those trash aluminum cans lying around the house.
Model Car Factory – Liven up a rainy afternoon by test-driving a fleet of homemade cars.
Model Magic : How to Make Stuff with Soda Cans –– Three projects that take advantage of simple, broad strokes, and the result is colorful, cartoonish sculpture. Plus, it’s neither greasy nor smelly, and you don’t need to bake it!
Pen Holder – Here is a quick and easy way to make a Pen Holder. Helps prevent misplacing all those pens you have. You can even use the can for any other use as well.
Pepsi Can Crab – A 3D crab made out of a single aluminum Pepsi can. Similar to the plastic bottle crab plastic bottle crab.
Pop Can Christmas Tree Craft – – Find out how to make this easy yet creative Christmas craft. Follow the directions and you can make a Christmas tree using soda pop cans.
Pop Can Purse – Be unique. That’s what this project is all about. Young ladies, or ”tweeners” will surely want to have one of these.
Recycled Aluminum Flowers – – Don’t toss those old cans; turn them into funky flowers that add a colorful touch to any garden. Recycling has never looked so good
Recycled Soda Can Frogs – This craft project would look great hanging on your door, just as any frog would look like on a tree branch.
Shark – Recycle aluminum cans into this adorable shark.
Silver and Gold Soda Can Stars – – If you can find other uses for this easy craft project other than hang it on as a Christmas décor, let us know.
Silver Bells Wreath – Make some savings for Christmas by not spending a dime on decors. Use all those trash aluminum cans you can find in making this pretty unique silver wreath.
Silly Soda Can Clown Magnets – Aren’t these adorable…make these adorable clowns from empty pop cans, ribbon, yarn, googley eyes, ribbon, etc
Silver Bells Wreath – Make a silver wreath for the holidays using aluminum cans.
Smashed Soda Can Animals – – A smashed soda or aluminum can becomes a funny cow, pig or bear. This is fun activity is a great way to teach kids about recycling.
Soda Can Candle Tray – – Make a candle tray out of soda cans.
Soda Can Penguins – This penguin is made by painting a soda can and adding wings and face. Fun!
Soda Can Cuties – – These are really adorable little toys! In order to make one, you have to follow our easy guide though. Here’s how…
Soda Can Flowers – – They’re also a “greener” alternative to traditional bouquets. What’s more, soda can flowers can be recycled when you’re done with them.
Soda Can Lantern – – Since this project requires cutting with sharp objects, we suggest you ask for Daddy’s help before you proceed. But once you’re done, nothing else can compare to the feeling of accomplishment.
Soda Can Rose – – Want to make something special for that special someone? This instructable will show you how to make a beautiful flower with just a few materials and a little bit of time. The best thing about it is that instead of throwing away your empty soda cans, you can make a wonderful bouquet of flowers!
Soda Can Sculpture – – Students will use reusable objects and individual creativity to create wonderful sculpture.
Soda Can Star Lights – – These easy party lights can be made faster than your average fireworks explosion, not to mention that you probably already have the bulk of the supplies in your pantry. It also proves that from an artistic standpoint, soda pop cans are just as awesome on the outside as they are inside.
Soda Can Treat Holder – – Here’s a little holder for those pretty little trinkets.
Soda Can Wallet – – Stash your cash in this soda can wallet. Ingenious!
Soda Pop Can Baby – – This unique baby craft can be made in a rainbow of pastel colors. Wouldn’t these easy crafts be a fun way to personalize baby shower decorations?
Soda Pop Can Bat – – These cute, flying bats are easy to create and would make fun decorations for a Halloween party or haunted house.
Soda Can Tiled Art Mirror – Make this super cool tiled soda can art around a mirror or a picture.
Soda Pop Can Cow – – Why not make an entire herd of these tiny cows?! They don’t all have to be black and white; you can get creative and make them in many different colors.
Soda Pop Can Ghost – – Find out how you can easily create a flying ghost using an aluminum pop can. Another fun Halloween decoration, and for a fun twist, see if you can find glow-in-the-dark paint at your favorite craft store.
Soda Pop Can Pig – – Make several little piggies using soda pop cans. I promise these pigs will not eat you out of house and home.
Soda Pop Can Puppy – – You can easily make a ‘best friend’ for every man, woman, and child you know; and these puppies don’t even have to be house broken!
Soda Pop Can Santa – – Start out by making a Santa using a crushed can and then follow the same directions and make several elves to help him out.
Soda Pop Can Spider – – Besides using an aluminum soda pop can, this craft is made using handprints.
Soda Pop Can Witch – – This adorable little witch won’t scare a soul. This is a fun and unique Halloween project.
Soda Pop Tab Bracelet – – Here’s a new, fun way to recycle!
Spring Flower Brooch – – An ordinary soda can provides pretty graphics and shiny metal. They combine to form a bold and beautiful flower brooch.
Tin Can Frankenstein Halloween Decoration – – Make this darling little Frankenstein out of felt, glue and a tin can. Fill him with lollipops for Halloween or use as a pencil holder for your homework desk. This looks great as Gift handouts or for your class Halloween party.
Tin Can Mummy – This cute little mummy is a perfect recycling project. This will work great for holding pens, pencils, or even some Halloween flowers. How about filling your mummy can with lollipops?
Tin Can Storage Containers – – Practical and pretty, and costs next to nothing to make!
Tin Can Train – – Don’t let looks fool you. Assembling a shiny freewheeling toy train like this one is a cinch — the pieces are simply stuck or clipped together. Chances are most of the parts you’ll need for this model-making project are ready and waiting in your recycling bin.
Tom Turkey Recycled Soda Can – – A great soda can craft to celebrate Thanksgiving celebrations.
Totem Pole – – September 25th is Native American Day. Here is a chance to recycle those tin cans into this fun totem pole and teach young people about our Native American heritage.
Tray Cans – – This fun project will amaze your friends/girlfriends by its simplicity and efficiency. I’ve been doing these “trays” for a long time now, mostly on holidays, at the beach house when you got time to spare and there’s nothing to put your ashes in.
Turkey Wreath – – You can make a sign “Eat More Pork” to go around one of the turkey’s neck if you want.
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A Scary Spider Puppet : Soda Can Crafts Ideas for Kids – – This makes for a great Halloween activity for school or just fun. You’ll need to save your soda can and bottle caps for this one.
Aluminum Can Granny Square Tote Bag – – A tote bag made of Lion Brand yarn, aluminum cans, an old t-shirt and bamboo.
You just can never find the right cookie cutter in the right size and at the right time. Well, if you make your own, you can have exactly what you want when you need it. These DIY cookie cutters are super easy to make from any old soda can, and you can cut them into all of the shapes and sizes you need!
Detailed instructions: diyhshp
Table Pendant Lamp
This gorgeous lamp is made from the tabs of soda cans. It’s definitely unique and so gorgeous. Imagine having this hanging in the living room or even the bedroom. It’s flexible and very easy to make. You’ll need quite a few soda can tabs, so unless you drink tons of soda every week, you may want to have your friends and family help you to gather the tabs for this little project.
Soda Can Bracelets
These bracelets are really cute and very easy to make. Imagine giving these away as gifts. You’ll spend literally nothing since you’re recycling the materials from empty soda cans, and they certainly do make a unique fashion statement. You can dress them up however you want, so they’re perfectly customizable and imagine how many you can create from just one soda can!
Detailed instructions: twelvecraftstillchristmas
These tin flowers, created from your empty soda cans, are the perfect way to dress up your porch or lawn this spring. I love how colorful you can make them, and they have such a wonderfully vintage feel about them. You’ll love how easy they are to make. You literally just cut off the top and then slice them vertically to create your flower shapes. Then paint them your favorite spring colors and you’re all set!
Detailed instructions: sweetfajr
These hanging lanterns are perfect for evenings on the porch. Imagine having them hanging outside during your summer parties! A tealight completes the look or you could even burn a citronella candle if you want during the warmer months. These are so easy to make, as are all the soda can projects, and add the perfect rustic touch to the porch or patio.
Detailed instructions: dollarstorecrafts
A bit different than the lanterns are these amazing little tealight candle holders. You can use these indoors or out. Imagine them on your patio table or gracing the porch, or leave them on a foyer table – they’re unique and really creative. If you don’t want the actual can to show, you paint these as you would the lanterns or flowers and make them really match your décor.
Detailed instructions: aureliaslittleroom
You know teenagers are going to love a keychain sporting the logo of their favorite soda! Imagine the graduation or birthday gifts you can create. These keychains are so adorable and very easy to make. Whether you’re creating them for yourself or someone special, you are sure to brighten up your road trips when you keep your car keys on a customized soda can keychain.
Detailed instructions: craftyladylindsay
Soda Tab Belt
Make quite the fashion statement with your own DIY soda tab belt. You simply weave ribbon through individual soda pop can tabs to link it all together, and you can make it as big or as small as you need. Make a few of these in different colors or put all your colors into one belt. It’s easy to make and a great project for pre-teens and teenagers who love fashion and want an easy and fashionable DIY project.
Detailed instructions: planb.annaevers
Soda Can Necklace
I love this soda can necklace. This is such a gorgeous jewelry piece, and something that you can customize depending on what you need. If you are looking for a unique handmade gift idea, this one is perfect. Or, if you need a special piece of jewelry for an upcoming event, create exactly what you need. This is a great project for teenagers and so easy to do.
Detailed instructions: cutoutandkeep
Tin Flower Box Topper
Imagine dressing up gifts with these gorgeous tin can flowers. You can use these to decorate gift boxes or for decorations within your home, whatever suits you. Just cut and create your flower and then use them to decorate just about anything you want. People will adore getting a gift with a special box topper or just give a bouquet of these gorgeous flowers.
Detailed instructions: favecrafts
Cut the top off those empty soda cans and use them to create these unique and very handy pencil holders. Kids will adore decorating these, or imagine what a wonderful gift they would make for a favorite teacher! Of course they’re easy to make, as are most of these projects, and they can be fully customized and decorated however you want. Covered with cork, they’re versatile and so adorable!
Peace out with this adorable Peace wall hanging created solely from empty soda cans. If you have someone who’s really into hippie-dome, or even if you just want a creative and unique way to express your own creativity, this peace sign wall hanging is perfect. Leave the tabs as they are in silver, or paint them if you really want to make it unique.
Detailed instructions: craftingagreenworld
Soda Can Coasters
Imagine putting your soda can down on these adorable soda can coasters. Rest your favorite soft drink on top of your favorite soft drink – or something like that. Anyway, these coasters are super easy to make and the perfect addition to any living room. These are so much fun and a great project for rainy days with the kids.
Detailed instructions: theidearoom
Soda Flower Magnets
Imagine dressing up your refrigerator with these adorable flower magnets, created from your favorite cans of soda. You can leave these plain with their own colors for a more vintage look or paint them if you want to really be creative. However you go, they’re the perfect addition to your kitchen or office and will beautifully hold your papers and letters in place.
Soda Can Wreath
Whether you’re looking for an autumn wreath, want something for the Holidays, or you prefer a spring colored decoration hanging on your door, you can create a beautiful wreath with soda cans. This one is an autumn wreath that is filled with beautiful leaves, but you can cut flowers or anything else from your cans to customize the wreath for the season. Make a different one for every season!
Detailed instructions: savedbylovecreations
This gorgeous butterfly mobile is perfect if you’re looking for an easy project that will instantly invite warmth and spring-like features into your décor. The butterflies capture sunlight and give the entire area a warm glow. Imagine having beautiful butterflies gracing your patio or porch. This is an easy project of course, and one that will bring you many days of joy while you sit outside and gaze at your creation.
Detailed instructions: gingerbreadsnowflakes
Texas itself would be proud to display these rustic stars cut from empty soda cans. These are easy to do and can be used in any number of other projects. Use them to decorate a porch, inside wall, or create unique Christmas tree ornaments from them. The possibilities are endless! You can also use these to create a mobile or wind chime if you like, or just sit them around the house for a little added sparkle.
Detailed instructions: milomade
Speaking of wind chimes, wouldn’t you just love to sit outside and listen to the wind brush through this gorgeous soda can chime? The sound alone is worth the project effort, which is actually really easy. It’s also a very pretty wind chime that you can customize and decorate however you want. Forget about paying a fortune for wind chimes and use those empty soda cans to create one for free.
Detailed instructions: madebymarzipan
Soda Can Earrings
So, I showed you a great necklace earlier. Now here’s a pair of soda can earrings that you can create to go along with your new necklace. You will need basic earring hardware, which you can pick up at any craft store and each can will make a few different pairs. Spray paint them or leave them as they are. You can customize these however you want and make a different pair for every day of the month, without spending anything at all.
Detailed instructions: bywilma
This gorgeous box can be used for gift giving or just for keeping on a table for décor. It’s easy to make, makes great use of those empty soda cans and can store trinkets or jewelry, or whatever you have that you need to hide away in a gorgeous box. Emboss it or leave it as it is. You can create multiple boxes from your empty cans and have something for giving gorgeous gifts or just decorating up any room in the house.
Detailed instructions: atomicshrimp
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