DIY Upcycled Pop Can & Resin Heart Pendant

by Johnnie Collier

#Recycle aluminum cans into gorgeous jewelry #Resin #Upcycle @savedbyloves #DIY @Crafts

Do you have a pile of aluminum cans in recycling bin purgatory?  Well, if you have been around here long, you know I love to cut my cans and form them into various upcycled jewelry pieces.  Today, I am going to show you how I used a coke can, a bezel and some resin to create this fun, one of a kind heart pendant.  It would make a lovely gift for many occasions, and especially the rapidly approaching Valentine’s Day Holiday.  I made it for a gift and personalized it with a monogram stamped charm.  You don’t need a lot of expensive supplies and equipment to one of these yourself.  Here is how…


Empty Soda Can, rinsed with warm soapy water

Jewelry Shoppe Heart Bezel and corresponding heart paper punch (got mine at Hobby Lobby)

Resin Jewelry Tutorial, Upcycled Jewelry Tutorial


Any heart shape bezel and a sharpie or other permanent marker

Glossy Accents or other metal glue

Grungeboard or scrap cardboard

Embossing folder and machine

Perfect Pearls

3 colors of acrylic paint

Metal paint primer (I used Martha Stewart’s)

Vintaj Sanding Block

Magic Glos Resin


#Upcycled Recycled aluminum can jewelry #DIY #Craft tutorial @savedbyloves

This project came about as I was doing another project that I haven’t shared with you yet.  There was a leftover aluminum can punched heart shape, and I remembered I had the corresponding bezel.  I found the bezel and paper punch at Hobby Lobby (by My Jewelry Shoppe) a couple of months back.  I decided to emboss the heart and add some acrylic paint and Liquid Pearls for a cool effect.

#Recycle aluminum cans into gorgeous jewelry #Resin #Upcycle @savedbyloves #DIY @Crafts

For the other project, I needed rectangles with a heart cut out in the middle.  If you just want the heart shape used in this tutorial, you don’t have to worry about cutting perfect rectangles.  Just primer and paint your can sheet and punch the heart shape from it.  I showed you how to cut the cans into a sheet in the video here…

Make an aluminum can pendant
Make an aluminum can pendant
Trace the heart twice onto grungeboard, thick cardstock or cardboard and cut out inside the outlines with scissors.  Glue the cardboard hearts together, then glue to bezel.  Use clothespin to apply pressure for good adhesion.  This gives thickness to the thin can top layer.
Emboss your painted and primed can heart.  I used Tim Holtz Texture Fades embossing folder – Pattern and Stitches Set and my Sizzix Vagabond.  It you don’t have an embossing machine, you can hand emboss, or use the folder and a rolling pin like in this video by Sarah Hamer:

Now apply a second paint color over your base (Ranger Paint Dauber color Pool used here).

Ranger Paint Daubbers Pool

Ranger Paint Daubbers Pool

Let dry and and sand with sanding block to distress as desired.  Not shown here, but in my final pendant, I added a third paint color.  The red made the pendant pop.  If you sand away too much paint, it’s ok.  Just paint again and sand until you are happy with your piece.  The raised areas will lose color when you sand, while the depressed areas hold color.  The embossed design is enhanced by the contrast.  So fun!

How to emboss metal jewelry

How to emboss metal jewelry

When you are happy with your paint job, glue heart into pendant bezel on top of cardboard base as shown.  Hold in place with clothespin while glue dries.

How to emboss metal jewelry2

How to use Magic Glos resin

Let glue dry completely, then apply Magic Glos resin like I showed you in this Plaid Ring Bling tutorial.

You can use any resin you want.  I just had this on hand, and love the fact that it cures in minutes vs. the hours it takes 2 part resins to cure.  Maybe you are more patient than me!

Add chain and charms as desired and you are done!

#Upcycled Recycled aluminum can jewelry #DIY #Craft tutorial @savedbyloves


{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lana at iLoveMy5kids January 18, 2013 at 5:43 pm

I’m in love and now need to make a trip to Hobby Lobby! Awesome craft!


2 Laura / The Shed / Pet Scribbles / Socks for Sandy January 18, 2013 at 9:27 pm

Absolutely AMAZING, Johnnie! I have come to realize that you can create gorgeous art out of anything. Anything. :)


3 Brenda January 19, 2013 at 6:50 pm

Wow, you did an amazing job on the heart pendant! You would never know it came from a cola can. I love working with resin…it’s SO addicting! lol I didn’t know about the rolling pin trick. I’ve got to try that cause I don’t have an embossing machine…..yet. :) I’m putting your beautiful project on my “want to make” list. Looks like I’m gonna have to make a trip to Hobby Lobby next week too. ;) Thanks so much Johnnie for sharing your beautiful pendant! Very inspiring!


4 SavedByLoveCreations January 21, 2013 at 6:20 am

Thank you, Brenda! I am excited to see what you do. xoxo


5 Jill @ Create.Craft.Love. January 20, 2013 at 6:10 pm

That is sooooo cool! I love the texture and colors!


6 Lisa Hall January 21, 2013 at 9:24 am

Oh how cool this is!!!
I absolutely LOVE this Johnnie…what a great idea and it looks like an expensive piece of jewelry!
I have to try this one…already have it “pinned”.
Thanks so much for the inspiration!
Lisa H.


7 Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage January 21, 2013 at 6:58 pm

Seriously cool!!! I heart it!


8 Sarah February 27, 2013 at 10:39 am

AMAZING!! I have seen TONS of beautiful things made out of old cans, but I must say your wonderful piece of art is by far one of the most (if not THE most) gorgeous pieces I have come across. You would never be able to tell that it was made from something that would otherwise be trash. Keep up the amazing work! You have inspired me to give it a go.


9 SavedByLoveCreations February 27, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Thank you, Sarah!


10 Julia @ FaveCrafts March 20, 2013 at 3:35 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!


11 Ellen January 9, 2014 at 5:38 pm

I think I need to go dig a couple soda cans out of the recycler :)


12 Payal Bansal February 3, 2014 at 5:19 pm

If you havn’t given the tutorial.. no one could believe this is hand made… Osssummm


13 Caroline April 5, 2014 at 5:09 am

I appreciate this was last year but just found on Pinterest.
Absolutely wonderful idea, love it!! Presuming one has to be careful with can metal as rather sharp. I have variations of all things needed so will hopefully try the method. Tfs :))


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