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Recycled Aluminium Can and a LOVE Photo Holder

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Dump those boring old photo frames and decorate your space with this cute LOVE photo holder. Don’t get me wrong I love a pretty frame but sometimes photos are an odd size (coz you cropped it to remove that weirdo in the background doing something silly 😉 ) and finding the right frame that fits is nearly impossible. Or maybe you just want to display your photos in a different way.

An empty aluminium can, a piece of wood and wire is all you need to make this gorgeous LOVE photo holder #DIYHomeDecor #recycling #tincan #aluminiumcan

The photo holder is super easy to make and, best of all you get to recycle an aluminium can too. Here’s how you can make one too.

What you Need to Make a LOVE Photo Holder

All you need is an empty aluminium can, a solid piece of wood, a craft knife and a sharp pair of scissors to cut the can and the letters. I cheated a little. Since we’re a Sizzix creative team member I decided to use the Alphabet Die Cut Out  that we received in our box of goodies. Every few months they send us a whole bunch of freebies that we get to play with. It’s the first time I’ve seen one of these over-sized BIGZ dies and I’m loving it.

An empty aluminium can, a piece of wood and wire is all you need to make this gorgeous LOVE photo holder #DIYHomeDecor #recycling #tincan #aluminiumcan

You’ll also need a drill, a piece of wire and some screws to attach the letters to the block of wood. You can also glue the letters on if you prefer.

Making The Aluminium LOVE Letters

Start off by removing the top and bottom of the aluminium can with a craft knife. I found the easiest way to do it is to put a damp towel down on a flat surface and wedge the can up against it. The towel stops the can from rolling around when you’re cutting. You just need to make a small initial cut with the craft knife and then you can use a pair of scissors to cut all the way around. Scissors create a smoother edge. Once the top and bottom have been removed, cut down the length of the can and flatten out. You should end up with a decent sized piece of aluminium for your letters. Be sure to wear some gloves, the edges can be sharp.

An empty tin can, a piece of wood and wire is all you need to make this gorgeous LOVE photo holder #DIYHomeDecor #recycling #tincan

If you’re using a die cutting machine, place the aluminium sheet right side up over the letters you want before cutting. Unless you want to see the branding on the aluminium can 😉 Aluminium is pretty soft, somewhere between paper and cardboard, so you can cut the letters out by hand too.

An empty tin can, a piece of wood and wire is all you need to make this gorgeous LOVE photo holder #DIYHomeDecor #recycling #tincan

You can either use the cut out letters, or you can cut around the “cut-outs” and end up with something like this.

An empty tin can, a piece of wood and wire is all you need to make this gorgeous LOVE photo holder #DIYHomeDecor #recycling #tincan

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Creating The LOVE Photo Holder Base

Find a nice chunky piece of wood that’s wide enough to hold all your letters. I used one of the left over pieces from when we made a frame for Mozart. It was a bit rough around the edges so I gave it a quick sand before using a heat gun to make it look a little more weathered.

An empty tin can, a piece of wood and wire is all you need to make this gorgeous LOVE photo holder #DIYHomeDecor #recycling #tincan

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An empty aluminium can, a piece of wood and wire is all you need to make this gorgeous LOVE photo holder #DIYHomeDecor #recycling #tincan #aluminiumcan

Position your LOVE letters and screw or glue them on. Drill a small hole on top of the block of wood and insert a piece of wire that’s been bent into a curly shape.

An empty aluminium can, a piece of wood and wire is all you need to make this gorgeous LOVE photo holder #DIYHomeDecor #recycling #tincan #aluminiumcan

Add your photo and you’re done.

An empty aluminium can, a piece of wood and wire is all you need to make this gorgeous LOVE photo holder #DIYHomeDecor #recycling #tincan #aluminiumcan

An empty tin can, a piece of wood and wire is all you need to make this gorgeous LOVE photo holder #DIYHomeDecor #recycling #tincan

I’m loving the way the aluminium letters contrast so nicely against the burnt wood.

An empty tin can, a piece of wood and wire is all you need to make this gorgeous LOVE photo holder #DIYHomeDecor #recycling #tincan

Not a bad way to recycle an aluminium can, right!!?

An empty aluminium can, a piece of wood and wire is all you need to make this gorgeous LOVE photo holder #DIYHomeDecor #recycling #tincan #aluminiumcan

That photo of our kids was taken almost 18 years ago and it’s still one of my favorites.

An empty aluminium can, a piece of wood and wire is all you need to make this gorgeous LOVE photo holder #DIYHomeDecor #recycling #tincan #aluminiumcan

And I think the LOVE photo holder is the perfect way to display it. What do you think?

An empty aluminium can, a piece of wood and wire is all you need to make this gorgeous LOVE photo holder #DIYHomeDecor #recycling #tincan

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Until next time, hope you have a beautiful, love filled week.

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Comments

  • Posted: August 16, 2018 18:03

    Christina Makri

    This is the most clever and chic can upcycle I have ever seen! Pin it into my future DIYs!!!
    • Posted: August 17, 2018 05:15

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Christina 🙂
  • Posted: July 29, 2018 00:22

    Leanna

    This is unique and so original thank you for the tutorial on how to work with aluminum. I have never done that so this is super helpful.
    • Posted: July 29, 2018 07:37

      acraftymix

      So glad you enjoyed it Leanna. Aluminium can are loads of fun to recycle
  • Posted: July 27, 2018 15:38

    Claire

    What a clever Cola can upcycle. I love it so creative.
    • Posted: July 29, 2018 07:43

      acraftymix

      Thank you Claire 😍
  • Posted: July 21, 2018 04:13

    Nailil

    This is such a pretty craft! It would make the perfect gift!
    • Posted: July 21, 2018 05:28

      acraftymix

      Thanks Nailil, ga;d you like it 😉
  • Posted: July 21, 2018 01:12

    Daria

    So cool and unique looking. It has lots of personality and great style.
    • Posted: July 23, 2018 09:36

      acraftymix

      Glad you like it Daria, thanks so much
  • Posted: July 20, 2018 15:18

    Mel

    Really love how you mixed tin with wood! It's such a creative up-cycling project and that picture is adorably cute!
    • Posted: July 23, 2018 09:37

      acraftymix

      Thank you Mel 😍
  • Posted: July 20, 2018 14:36

    Marie-The Interior Frugalista

    So much better than store bought! Love that you creatively recycled a coke can. Especially like how you didn't lay the letters flat - the ripples add more visual interest. But your adorable kids take center stage - how cute are they!
    • Posted: July 21, 2018 05:27

      acraftymix

      Awwww my babies are no longer so small but they're still cute 😉
  • Posted: July 20, 2018 09:38

    Merry Cross

    What a fantastic way to recycle cola can. It takes me 2 minute to realize exactly which one is the photo holder, great work.
    • Posted: July 20, 2018 10:31

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Merry 🙂
  • Posted: July 20, 2018 02:42

    FLORENCE

    Michelle, that is so sweet...made even better by the fact that it's handmade, and I can tell those are your kids. I appreciate the tutorial. I didn't realize aluminum was so easy to cut and use for projects. Nice to know I can use the heat gun to age wood. Never thought of that even though I've used it a million times to strip furniture!
    • Posted: July 20, 2018 11:01

      acraftymix

      Aluminium cans are really easy to cut and work with and there's so many things you can do with them too. Hope you have fun playing with the heat gun Florence 😀
  • Posted: July 19, 2018 09:51

    Julia @ Vintage with Laces

    I always love an upcycling project and this is such a wonderful idea, Michelle. Your photo holder is beautiful and your kiddies are so cute!!! Did you ever get my package? The tracking number has no delivery date listed. :( I'd be very sad if it got lost.
    • Posted: July 27, 2018 15:14

      acraftymix

      Noooo, I'm still waiting but our postal services aren't always the best. I hope it hasn't gotten lost too. Those brooches are way to precious to disappear and we do have a tracking number so I 'm sure we'll find them.
  • Posted: July 19, 2018 09:16

    NAti

    This project is so sweet! I love the letters done with aluminium can and it's also a good way to recycle a can!
    • Posted: July 20, 2018 11:01

      acraftymix

      Thank you Nati 😊
  • Posted: July 18, 2018 18:14

    Ayana Nell

    I love the way this turned out Michelle!! It's so rustic and cute and very well done!!
    • Posted: July 19, 2018 08:46

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Ayana 🙂
  • Posted: July 18, 2018 17:12

    Kesha

    This is a fantastic idea! We are moving and I would love to put a few of these up in our new home.
    • Posted: July 20, 2018 11:03

      acraftymix

      That's great Kesha, glad you liked them
  • Posted: July 18, 2018 16:51

    Tanvi Rastogi

    What a wonderful gift idea. I am sure your loved ones much truly appreciate their one of a kind hand made presents :)
    • Posted: July 20, 2018 11:02

      acraftymix

      😊 Thank you Tanvi. We'll definitely be making some more to give as Christmas gifts
  • Posted: July 18, 2018 15:54

    Karla

    This is incredible and you make it look like even I could make this. I haven't ever tried anything like this. It's beautiful.
    • Posted: July 19, 2018 08:46

      acraftymix

      I'm sure you'll be able to do it Karla, they are really easy and you can all kinds of cute words too
  • Posted: July 18, 2018 12:41

    Tiffany Yong

    Wow, the die-cut is really useful in making this photo holder letters from aluminium can. Was it hard cutting it out?
    • Posted: July 18, 2018 14:54

      acraftymix

      Not at all. I love how beautifully the BigZ Sizzix dies cut. The edges are always super smooth. But a good pair of really sharp scissors work well too.
  • Posted: July 18, 2018 11:55

    Elizabeth O

    Your creativity always astounds me this is a lovely idea! It would make a really pleasant gift for someone!
    • Posted: July 18, 2018 14:56

      acraftymix

      I was thinking the same thing Elizabeth and if I start now I can make quiet a few for Christmas 🙂
  • Posted: July 18, 2018 06:47

    Katrin

    Gorgeous!! Photo holders are my favourite and yours is so unique with the aluminium letters!! The photo of your Lovelies is so cute!!
    • Posted: July 18, 2018 14:56

      acraftymix

      I love them to Katrin and you get such lovely ones now
  • Posted: July 18, 2018 06:20

    Preet

    What a fun and a great idea. This is such an awesome creation. I would love to try this at home.
    • Posted: July 18, 2018 14:57

      acraftymix

      I hope you do get to try it Preet and they're really easy to make and customize too 🙂
  • Posted: July 18, 2018 06:14

    Sam

    This is a really good idea! I really like the idea of upcycling with an aluminum can for this project. I also like how it looks against the burnt wood. Well done, Michelle!
    • Posted: July 18, 2018 06:25

      acraftymix

      Thank you Sam, glad you liked it
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 19:34

    Em

    Wow so creative, sharing this with my cousin, sounds like something he will love doing
    • Posted: July 18, 2018 06:24

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Em
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 18:36

    Emily Leary

    What a unique and clever way to display your precious photos! I showed this to my mum and she's going to give it a go!
    • Posted: July 18, 2018 06:24

      acraftymix

      That's great Emily, I'm sure your Mom will enjoy making one for pictures of her grandbabies
  • Posted: July 17, 2018 12:59

    Ashley

    Wow! What an amazing DIY idea. I loved the outcome and this would be great to do in spare time for personal touches around the house
    • Posted: July 17, 2018 15:02

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Ashley, so glad you liked the idea
  • Posted: July 16, 2018 23:51

    Mary

    Michelle I absolutely agree with you! This is the perfect photo holder for that sweet photo of your babies! How fast they grow and of course you want to hold onto them in any way you can. This is the perfect way of doing so.
    • Posted: July 17, 2018 10:16

      acraftymix

      You're so right Mary. Sometime I wish I could package them up and store each moment away safely forever. They grow up so quickly 💕
  • Posted: July 16, 2018 13:48

    Keri

    Michelle, the soda can recycle is fantastic. I love how the letters look against the weathered wood too. The photo of your babies is awesome and they're just so beautiful.
    • Posted: July 16, 2018 14:12

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Keri, those aluminium letters turned out great and I'm real happy that I could make something for that lovely photo of the kids. They're all grown up now

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