Coca Cola Can Book

This project shows you how to recycle those flat cans into something funky for your desk or purse.

Coca Cola Can Book

What you need

1 empty Coca Cola can
Hammer
Ring bound notepad
Metal scissors
Nail



Instructions

To begin you will need a small ring bound notepad that is smaller than a flat coke can.

Take your coke can and flatten it with your foot (wear a shoe), directly in the middle of the can. Then hammer the can flat. Remove sharp folds by hammering each edge as much as possible till it feels flat against your hand.

Take your notepad and remove the ring binding by untwisting the wire. You may need to start it off by bending back the wire ends so they are straight as shown in the picture.

Remove Notepad Binding

Clamp your notepad as you do this to prevent the pages slipping.

Take the front cover off the notepad.

Line the notepad cover onto the can and using a nail, punch holes into the can.

Punch holes in can

Place the can onto the notepad and carefully wind the wire back through all the holes. You will need to go slowly to avoid bending the wire. Once the wire is twisted all the way through, close the ends by bending the wire at a 90 degree angle.

Your can will need to be trimmed down to fit the paper stack. Do this using sharp kitchen scissors or wire cutters but cut it slightly larger than the paper so that you can fold the sharp edge over to form a hem.

Trim Can

This can came out quite rounded, so the paper was also cut to round it off at the bottom.

Tap this folded edge with the hammer to remove any sharp edges.

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Comments

  1. Not crazy about this. It is bulky and impractical for carrying around. It would have been better to cut a rectangle from the front of the can and hem the edges down flat, and use it for a journal type book cover. But each to his own, but I think it is a lot do time ans trouble and it still looks like something that should be thrown away.

  2. first: thanks for this idea
    second: i just use one notepad each year BUT i drink maybe 600 cans each year.
    so i think this idea is very creativity to be a funky notepad but not practical to recycle flat cans, specificly in the end you will put this notepad with can in the trash
    advice: change the title to ” FUNKY NOTEPAD”
    thanks

    Best Regards

  3. first: thanks for this idea
    second: i just use one notepad each year BUT i drink maybe 600 cans each year.
    so i think this idea is very creativity to be a funky notepad but not practical to recycle flat cans, specificly in the end you will put this notepad with can in the trash
    advice: change the title to ” FUNKY NOTEPAD”
    thanks

    Best Regards

  4. I love this idea! I might just have to make one for myself! I’m such a Coca-Cola addict it’s a huge joke within my group of friends and family! They would see this notepad as a hilarious expression of me! Thanks for the idea! <3

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