November 4, 2011

Stamped Metal Tags from Coke Cans!

Love the looked of metal stamping, but wanting to keep your crafting budget to a minimum? Use empty soda cans to create DIY stamped metal tags! Let me show you how it’s done.
Brilliant! Use empty coke cans to create stamped metal tags to embellish everything from Christmas ornaments to wearable accessories!
There is something so gratifying about taking something that would otherwise be tossed in the garbage or recycling bin and turning it into something beautiful. I have to say when the idea I’m sharing with you today first popped into my head, I was absolutely giddy!
I was playing with my Epic machine a few days back testing out some terrific dies that are set to be released by Lifestyle Crafts later this month (a sneak peek of one of my projects is below), when my ubiquitous can of Diet Coke caught my eye. 

Why, I thought, couldn’t I dismantle the can as I did last year for my Coke Can Napkin Rings and then run those metal pieces through my manual die-cutting machine like I would paper? 
Unsure of whether or not it would work, I decided to give it a shot. Lo and behold, it worked like a charm!

Once my tags were cut, I simply stamped them with my metal stamps, tapping ever so gently with my hammer. (Because the metal here is so thin, any vigorous hammering will make a hole in your tag, so tread softly.) 

To make the wording stand out nicely, I used a permanent marker to color in each letter on my tags, and then used a baby wipe to wipe away the excess ink. On some tags, I used a hole punch to make a hole for threading ribbon through (to use on gifts), and on some, I left the tags as-is to use as a decorative touch on any number of projects!

 Here is a sneak of the project I was working on when I dreamed up this idea. (Stay tuned for the full project later this month!) Would anyone ever believe this stylish little tag started out life as a beverage can? Let’s let it be our little secret, shall we?

Note: I only tested this process out on my manual die-cutting machine and NOT my computerized version. I would imagine this material would wreak absolute havoc on those delicate blades!
Thanks so much for reading! And Happy Friday!!
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29 Responses to Stamped Metal Tags from Coke Cans!

  1. Maureen November 4, 2011 at 7:28 pm #

    Oh my GOSH! This is genius!!!!! I love it.
    I’d love for you to link up this fabulous idea on my Fresh Friday Link Party!

  2. Jen @ My Own Road November 4, 2011 at 7:36 pm #

    Really cool idea! Never thought to try this!

  3. Sara Lambert November 4, 2011 at 7:45 pm #

    Genius indeed!! I blogged about you! Can’t wait to get some metal stamps. Where did you get them? Thanks for your inspiration!!

  4. Danielle November 4, 2011 at 8:12 pm #

    This is so cool. Thanks for sharing!!

  5. Desiree @ The 36th Avenue November 4, 2011 at 8:44 pm #


    Featuring this on my Sunday Best!

  6. Lookiewhatidid November 4, 2011 at 10:49 pm #

    I love what you did and I know what your talking about! I almost threw out an empty box but then I had a lightbulb moment….lookiewhatidid with it….

    Great idea…and I LOVE Diet Coke

  7. Lina - Fancy Frugal Life November 5, 2011 at 12:15 am #

    Love this!! Great idea 🙂
    Fancy Frugal Life via TT&J linky 🙂

  8. Lisa November 5, 2011 at 1:05 am #

    Fabulous idea! Now I need to pick up some dies!

  9. Nicole [The Lovely Poppy] November 5, 2011 at 1:34 am #

    wow, this is a great idea! i’m stopping by from tatertots and jello and would love for you to stop by my blog and checkout the huge giveaway going on. xoxo nicole

  10. Jenna November 5, 2011 at 1:35 am #

    Oh…SO perfect in so many ways! I love this!

  11. Vanessa November 5, 2011 at 1:50 am #

    Great idea! I’d love for you to link up at my Do Something Crafty Friday party:

  12. Jenn November 5, 2011 at 1:53 am #

    Oh my gosh! How stinkin cute!

  13. Nicole {Miss Mommy} November 5, 2011 at 2:00 am #

    Wow!. I’m a new follower and already think YOU are positively Splendid!. That idea is THE best idea!. I’d absolutely LOVE it if you came over to my place sometime too 😉

  14. Simply AJ November 5, 2011 at 3:47 pm #

    You are so clever!! How the heck do you come up with these ideas?? You always amaze us with your talent! I must give this a try. AJ@queenofmynest

  15. Hollie - TheSevenYearCottage November 6, 2011 at 2:16 pm #

    Very clever idea!

  16. ferrellgraph-x November 6, 2011 at 9:58 pm #

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  17. ferrellgraph-x November 6, 2011 at 10:00 pm #

    Awesome! Now I need to find some metal stamps!
    Kindest regards,

  18. Laura @ November 7, 2011 at 6:44 pm #

    Love the idea! Thank you so much for sharing!

  19. Christie November 9, 2011 at 8:32 am #

    This is so cool! Great idea

  20. Robin November 11, 2011 at 10:21 pm #

    THese are so adorable they make me want to go out and get a sizzix. I would love it if you linked it up over at The T-shirt Diaries Upcycling Linky party:

  21. Amanda K @ Every Creative Endeavor November 17, 2011 at 3:14 am #

    I love these! They are so cute – way to go my dear!

  22. Inspire Me Heather December 15, 2011 at 12:27 pm #

    Your tags are too cool and I’ve linked this to my gift tags post too today, thanks for the inspiration!

  23. Attempting Aloha December 21, 2011 at 3:01 pm #

    Aw, crap! I’ve already made my Christmas list, and my birthday isn’t until October. Mother’s Day also seems too far away…Boo. Must. Get. Epic. Machine. 😉


  24. Lorena January 11, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

    This is just what i needed to signal the trees in my backyard 🙂

  25. Julia @ FaveCrafts March 20, 2013 at 2:35 pm #

    What a cute project! I love it so much that I decided to feature it in our roundup of soda can crafts! Check it out here:

    Have a great day!

  26. Dee April 26, 2013 at 8:26 pm #

    AHH! Love this!! I am getting tired of stamping the same things over an over. Where the edges sharp after it was cut? xo, Dee From Wine to Whine

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid May 8, 2013 at 6:39 am #

      The way the dies cut on my machine, the edges where a bit rounded, and not too sharp. So glad you like this idea! 🙂 registered & protected

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