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With Christmas knocking on the door I had to begin with some Christmas decoration. I like the thought of reduce, recycle, reuse and the idea of free material. I went down in the basement were we collect our cans to bring them to the recycling central. With only one can and a piece of wire or cotton you can create beautiful stars. There are many tutorials how to fold a star in paper or metal. These stars are only beautiful on the front side, but I never have found a tutorial there these star have a nice backside too and it doesn’t matter if the star turns around in the wind or in your Christmas tree. In this instructables you learn how to fold a star which is nice on both sides. It’s up to you if you want the print of the can on the outside of your star or if you choose for the aluminum look and use the inside of the can for the outside of your star (inside out so to say).This is a nice activity which can drive you crazy. If you press too hard on the folds the metal will break, but don’t give up! I succeeded after the third time but my daughter succeeded right away. So take a soda or a beer , drink it and let’s start.

Step 1: The Three Ingrediens: a Can, Wire and Glue

Only one can, a piece of wire and a little bit glue to mount the wire (this is optional)

<p>Thanks! Very cool idea!</p>
<p>I am glad you liked it!</p>
Very cute and fairly easy to do! Thanks for the idea!
<p>well Done Stephanie! </p>
Thanks!!!!
<p>You dis a great jobb! I have a christmas tree with can stars too</p>
<p>did</p>
<p>Nice ideas really I mean it</p>
<p><strong>Thankyou</strong> for not using pepsi cans. </p><p><em>-COKE is the BEST-</em></p><p>Excellent Instructable</p>
<p>Ha Ha, thanks for the compliment</p>
Made me think of the movie Twister and their cut up hands.
<p>I'm glad I've never seen that film.</p>
<p>so cute... I might do it with a Polar Seltzer can</p>
<p>Nice.... can't wait to see it</p>
<p>Beautiful!!! I have just sell a big bag of soda can for a dollar....Should have seen this earlier. </p>
<p>Time to collect again ;-)</p>
<p>origami (paper folding) but with metal... need to try this myself</p>
<p>Yes indeed, good luck!</p>
<p>Great idea! I made one out of a Special Brew Can (<a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/B004EAFDGS/ref=cm_cr_dp_see_all_btm?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1&sortBy=bySubmissionDateDescending">http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/B004EAFDGS...</a>) I'm sure the kids will love it when they see it. Thanks</p><br>
<p>Looks awesome!</p>
<p>Thanks for sharing, Amaries.</p><p>Thumbs up!</p><p>Mei Yu from Paris</p>
<p>Thank you Mei Yu from Paris!</p>
<p>thanks for this. now we don't need to buy the star ornament s for the xmas tree. we can make them..happy days.</p>
<p>Ornament your Christmas tree with the single most powerful symbol of capitalism and exploitment... :P So American. But at least it looks good. </p>
<p>So maybe she should have used that canned piss WARSTEINER for a golden ornament;p</p>
<p>I realy didn't think that the coca cola sign could be an issue.... call me simpel :-)</p>
Not to worry Amaries, somebody always has something to say about everything. Don't let it drain your good intentioned energy :)<br>
<p>She is recycling, and hopefully showing the company side for illustration purposes only. She did show the opposite silver side to use. And because your sensibilities are so delicate, you can always spray paint them different colors. A most American thing to do is to make something out of nothing :) </p>
<p>Thanks LeslieGeee I realy didn't think that the coca cola sign could be an issue.... call me simpel :-)</p>
That was fun. I knew there was a use for old beer cans.
<p>How nice, keep drinking ;-)</p>
<p>But not too much</p>
Super cool, I love the finished look
<p>Thanks for the compliment McFizz</p>
<p>Looks great! Reminds me from my childhood of mylar and also reflective cardboard ornaments Coca Cola gave away back in the 60s and 70s. I still have one or two around. A classic look for the holidays!</p>
<p>Thank you sosclosetandfurniture (nice name)</p>
<p>these look so good, deffo trying this</p>
<p>Nice it's fun!</p>
<p>Very creative idea. cheers.</p>
<p>Thank you Kreat0r nice to read.</p>
<p>These are neat. I tried making some out of 2 different aluminum cans, but both cans kept breaking at the bends on the mountains.</p>
<p>If your stars are breaking on the mountain folds, you have to mutch presure when you bent these folds. Try it one more time and press only slightly. The same happend to me when I tried this the first time. I succeeded with the third try. Good luck and dont't give up.</p>
<p>A cool tip for flattening aluminium cans is to use a sandwich maker. See here: https://www.instructables.com/id/Papercraft-with-Aluminium-Cans/</p>
<p>Thank you for the tip, I liked it!</p>
<p>Note for the viewer, step 11 has more pictures, beyond the 3 it shows, its a a lot clearer if you click the &quot;Show All Items&quot; below the pictures </p>
<p>I don't understand lack of gloves. There are thin cut-proof gloves that would protect skin. Nice instructable, I will give a try.</p>
<p>Great idea I will test them but honestly I never rarely cut myself.</p>
<p>Great job, beautiful ornament. I'll surely try to make one to put on my tree! Thanks for sharing it here.</p>
<p>Beautiful ornaments! Great job on the 'ible too. Thanks for sharing this!</p>
<p>Thanks Uncle Kudzu</p>

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