How To Make An Upcycled Box From An Aluminium Can

Atomic Shrimp demonstrates how to make an upcycled box from an aluminium can.  It’s such a clever design and a cute little box – one that you can personalise with your own designs.


The central square is 2″ x 2″ and the side panels are 1″ deep and the tabs to be folded over, are 1/4″.  To make another box that fits together with that, make the central square smaller – 1.75″ x 1.75″.


This is a great reuse for pens that have run out of ink as you won’t end up with ink marks all over the aluminium!  If you wanted to personalise this even more, you could use alcohol inks to paint the box.

Some people seem to have struggled with this a bit when folding the edges as the can started to fall apart – aparently this could be down to the type of metal in the tin can or alternatively it could be because they pressed too hard or are using too sharp a tool.

Atomic Shrimp has made another video to answer various questions relating to the drinks can tin work which you can view below.

The materials and equipment that you’ll need to make your upcycled aluminium can are shown below.

  • Aluminium can
  • Fine grit sandpaper
  • Steel wool
  • Scissors
  • Gaffer tape
  • Piece of thick card or a wooden board
  • Ball point pen
  • Ruler
Did You Know?

According to the EPA, Americans discarded about 2.7 million tons of aluminium, the largest source being used beverage and packaging containers. And in the time it takes you to read this sentence, more than 50,000 12-oz. aluminium cans were made.

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