Introduction: Beer Can Art

another thing you can do with something common to many households, beer. My friend and co-worker Sullivan turned me on to this. It's her art, not mine, i just thought i'd post the idea.
you'll need:
a half rack of beer
a stomache
primer
paint
innate artistic ability (or the desire to "spruce up the place a bit" without prostituting your art.)
hammer
nails
foot
bag (i suggest paper grocery, that way you can keep these in one while keeping stencil in other...but that's another project.)

Step 1: Get an Empty Beer Can. Tall Boys Are Better But Anything Works.

Make sure to get the top and bottoms to fold on the same side, resulting in a fairly smooth side and a crappy side.

Step 2: Now Paint the Flat Side

I can't possibly begin to explain art to you, so you're on your own here. sorry.
don't forget to primer the heck out of this side....it's really for the best you know.

Step 3: Get a Big Bag Full of Completed Beer Cans

and nail them to some telephone poles, small children, moving cars, or churches. whatever, just put them out there!
The cool thing about these is they last a LOOONG time, especially if you nail them high. i suppose there might be some way to crush the can with magnets in it so as to just toss them up at metal lightposts, but i've never tried it....or thought about it until just this second really.

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jimwig (author)2009-01-14

paint the crappy side yeeeaahhhhhh!!!!!!

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marifer.fors (author)2008-05-02

Hi!... what kind of paint use your friend with the cans? I tried with acrylic, and... it was not good :S

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What do you mean "not good"? Did you primer it first? Because I would have thoguht that acrylic would have painted on fine if you did. I can understand why it wouldn't have adhered to the UNtreated smooth 'n' shiny surface of the can.

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Scurl! (author)marifer.fors2008-05-03

i believe it's first scoured with a green scrubbie or something, and then spray primered and spray painted, or it could be paint pens. not sure about that bit. maybe a combo.

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thoraxe (author)2008-03-14

Why is one of your tags "penis"?

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Scurl! (author)thoraxe2008-03-15

i can't believe it took years for someone to say something about that! you never know what someone will search for.

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Kathybear (author)2007-11-01

You could use those magnets that they sell to mount business cards on. I have a packet of them and this sort of things looks interesting... I'm a bit old to put them on signposts, but that's an idea...

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jakee117 (author)2007-09-08

so thats what cliche means

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Darkshot (author)2007-08-29

hey i have a question....could i try and imitate this art? because i had a cool idea for a stencil/ sketch and i was wonderin if i could get your permission :) thanks

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Scurl! (author)Darkshot2007-08-30

It's not my art, as I said in a comment a long while ago, so I really have no control over what you make your monsters eat. the person who actually did the art has moved on to a different style, i believe. but don't quote me on that.

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Darkshot (author)Scurl!2007-08-30

well i saw that comment but i guess i kinda worded it wrong :] hehe sry enyway i mean can you get YOUR FRIENDS permission please

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Scurl! (author)Darkshot2007-09-01

in all honesty, i've lost communication with them, since i've moved, and they very likely have too. i wouldn't see a problem with your imitation though, since (insert cliche here) and all...

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Darkshot (author)Scurl!2007-09-01

cool thanks i'll work on it on my vacation that im on rite now :] enyway cool...What is a cliche? hehe

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Scurl! (author)Darkshot2007-09-01

(copied from wikipedia) A cliché (from French, klɪ'ʃe) is a phrase, expression, or idea that has been overused to the point of losing its intended force or novelty, especially when at some time it was considered distinctively forceful or novel. The term is generally used in a negative context. specifically i meant "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery"

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Darkshot (author)Scurl!2007-09-02

ohhhhhhhhhhhhh thanks :]

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Yvonnepaigeness (author)2007-08-30

I love these! i am going to do some right now!!!

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Remote Man (author)2007-07-21

nice... need some cool art for my workshop... i have found it... 9/10 my friend

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woodknot (author)2007-05-05

Is that Frank Zappa picking his nose? He was brilliant. So is this Instructable. Thanks for the idea. I have a well made but ugly shed. My neighbors hate it. No I know how I can spruce it up. I live in Oregon and I would have to give up the refund, but what the heck. What are good neighbors for? Thanks.

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Yvonnepaigeness (author)2007-02-22

I love you I was doing stuff similar with vegetable cans now i will use soda cans thanks p.s. i pretty much love you for this.

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bloodymess (author)2006-11-06

I was looking for a kind of non destructive street art... I think I found it! thanks!

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Brother_Bear (author)2006-07-16

Really cool streetart man :)

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Scurl! (author)Brother_Bear2006-07-25

turns out it's not my friend Sullivan's, it's her friends art. I'm not at liberty to name name's here. Just want to give credit where it's due...to the extent that i can. Sullivan just nailed it to my wall.

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SporksEater (author)2006-07-10

Ohh~~ Sounds amusing. I may try this is the park by my house. >.>

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Scurl! (author)2006-06-29

yeah, figured it had it's problems. just thought i'd throw it out there (no pun...ok...yeah i did it what?)

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fungus amungus (author)2006-06-28

You'd need those magnets on the outside of the can if you're gonna try that. Just glue them down and use something like those trash grabbers to place them up high. Still, a good gust of wind would likely catch on the underside and knock 'em off.

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pencilneck (author)2006-06-28

magnets... hmmmm... now I have another reason to get my wife drunk!

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