I made this bag (pretty much the same design, except the fringe, as this DIY bag from last year) but thought it looked boring and needed something to spice it up.
I decided to decorate it using a soda can. Yep, my mission to make pretty stuff out of trash just reached a new low. I can’t fully take credit for this idea though, I saw this video on Youtube a while back and was inspired to make something like it myself.
I used various tools to initially cut up the can. I used regular scissors to cut out the shapes from the metal. If you do this with scissors, make sure you use some that you’re not afraid to ruin as the metal will destroy the sharpness of the blade.
I used my hole punch (that also got kinda ruined by the metal) to make holes evenly around the shapes.
I made a pattern in the metal with a ball point pen. If you get ink on the metal, you can clean it off using nail polish remover.
I sewed on the embellishments onto the bag. Turned out really great!
I think soda cans work great as a substitute for metal sheets you can buy in the hardware store. The metal is easy to work with, the edges don’t get that sharp (I didn’t need to sand anything) and hey, it’s almost free!
I’m thinking you could easily make jewellery and other accessories for a Halloween costume using soda cans…