Step 1: Sample Drink Can Craft
Edit: In answer to a couple of questions the edges aren't sharp and don't need to be filed or sanded. But if you were making something with corners then that would be a little sharp. So just stick to curved things or cut just the slightest curve on any corners you do have.
Edit: The painted label can easily be removed with 320 grit sandpaper. I haven't tried any other grades.
Update: See https://www.instructables.com/id/Drink-Can-Butterflies/ for an excellent instructable that features a more 3D look and uses permanent markers to add color. It also has good butterfly patterns there to trace. Thanks clintonmc
Step 2: Materials and Tools
--Small blade screwdriver
Step 3: Prepare
Roll out until it sits flat.
Step 4: Draw Your Design
Step 5: Cut Out the Design
Step 6: Texture Added
Step 7: How to Add the Texture
Here's what do do. TURN YOUR PIECE OVER SO THAT THE PLAIN SILVER SIDE IS DOWN. YOU NEED TO WORK ON THE LABEL SIDE. My animation show me working on the plain side but that's so you can see it better.
You will be making dents in the can. So you'll need to work on something slightly soft like a newspaper.
Place the screwdriver near one edge of your design. Lean on it from one corner of the tip to the other tip in a rolling manner. Then move the screwdriver so that one corner of the tip sits in one of the little holes you just made. Repeat the rolling movement. Keep doing this until you've gone all the way around or whatever looks satisfactory to you.
Step 8: How to Display
The method involves putting one end of a length of thin wire in a drill, I used a cordless one, and wrapping the other end around something solid like a nail sticking out of a fence. Then turn the drill on. The wire will twist and stiffen becoming quite springy. It will then support the weight of these little drink can insects or flowers. They will sway around in the wind.
Edit: In answer to a question I attached the flower to the wire with Blu Tac. A more permanent solution would be hot glue. Maybe even chewing gum would set nice and hard to form a good bond.
Step 9: Hearts
The two bigger hearts are 4cm/1&1/2inches across.
Step 10: Plant Markers
I have now found that SteveGerberhas already published How-to-make-durable-plant-markers/
His idea is for labelling buried bulbs. I'll be using my tags when I plant seeds in trays.
Step 11: Badges/Labels
Step 12: Festive Decorations
You could also make stars, bells or christmas trees. Cookie cutter shapes could be a good inspiration.
The snowflake is a bit fiddly to cut. I cut six really fat 'fingers' and then cut little side bits out of them. I'd say that most people could do a better job than I've done as I've never drawn a snowflake before (snowflake making is not a tradition in my country - Christmas time is hot here).
For texture I drew around the edges with a non working pen on the back instead of making indentations with a screwdriver.
There will be lots of small offcuts, so be sure to collect them all for disposal. I've left the corners on my snowflakes. You can round them off if concerned about them.