3 Clever Ways to Reuse Soda Cans

Whether it’s to save money or to just get creative and have a little fun with a few common household products, you may want to try one or more of these fun hacks for turning soda cans into clever creations for your home.

Brooke at What’s Up Moms has put together a video that shows how you can turn soda cans (in this case, Diet Coke cans — though any cans should do) into a DIY colorful herb garden, a silverware caddy, and personalized candle holders. For all of these creations, you will need a can opener, spray paint (Brooke doesn’t use spray paint on the silverware caddy, but we’re going to), and then a few other items depending on the creation (such as glue, a metal hole punch, and a paper-wrapped floral wire for the caddy, and tape for the candle holders).

Here’s the how-to of our personal favorite creation:

DIY Herb Garden


  • Soda cans
  • Can opener
  • Spray paint
  • Chalk labels (optional)


Step 1: Use a can opener to take off the top of your soda can.

Step 2: Spray your can the color of your choice, holding the spray can 8-12 inches away from the can. You’ll need to do 2-4 coats, allowing the paint to dry a minute between each coat.

Step 3: Once the paint is dry, fill with a pre-grown herb or just some soil and seeds!

Step 4: Label your herbs! Brooke uses write-on chalk labels (like these on Amazon) but you can distinguish yours whichever way you’d like.


For the other two brilliant DIYs, make sure to watch the video below! What do you think of these upcycling projects? Do you reuse soda cans in a different way?