Pop Stars

by Cindy Cade

Create stars out of soda cans.


  • Sizzix Bigz Die - Star, 5 Point 3-D
  • Clean aluminum pop cans
  • Old scissors
  • Die cutting machine with appropriate mats (electric Big Shot used here)
  • Embossing folders
  • Scoring tool (Provocraft cutter with score blade used here)
  • Tim Holtz’s Tiny Attacher and/or bobby pins
  • Alcohol inks and applicator (Ranger supplies used here)
  • Rubber gloves
  • Tags or wire for hanging


  1. Step 1

    Carefully cut your pop cans so you can get as large a flat piece as possible. Be careful as edges can be sharp.

  2. Step 2

    Cut the pieces using the Sizzix 5 point star die in die cut machine.

    You can get two pieces from each can. It takes five pieces per star or 2 ½ cans.

  3. Step 3

    Emboss star pieces with the Embossing folders.

  4. Step 4

    Since the score lines disappear when textured you will need to rescore. After using several score boards and a simple stylus with straight edge, I found that a simple cutter like the Provocraft or Fiskars with the score blade, works best on the rough textures. Score the folding lines on the back of the pieces. Usually you do this on the front side but with the aluminum this won't work as well.

  5. Step 5

    Color the pieces with alcohol ink and allow to dry or heat set.

  6. Step 6

    Assemble the stars folding the “wings” back and gluing with E6000, contact cement or similar and use a bobby pin or binder clip to hold until set. Punch a hole to hang or tape a loop to the back.

    I found that using a small stapler (Tim’s Tiny Attacher) very near the score lines worked pretty well. Finally I ended up doing gluing and stapling.


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Pop Stars. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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This is so beautiful in the tin! Thanks for sharing your tutorial, I would love to try this.
Joanne (sleepyinseattle)  |  Sat Nov 6, 2010 at 10:10 AM
Those look really lovely. I don't have the die, but will see can I find a similar paper star that I could work a template from.
Sabrina  |  Sat Nov 6, 2010 at 1:34 PM
What a lovely idea. Is there a pattern for the star pieces if we don't have the sizzix die.
Marilyn  |  Sat Nov 6, 2010 at 9:20 PM
Same remarks as others. Very nice project but if we don't have the die, how could we play without it??? I love that project.
fabienne  |  Sun Nov 7, 2010 at 6:27 AM
Great project and tutorial! Since my family doesn't drink soda from a can, I wonder if aluminum step flashing sheets from Home Depot/Lowe's would work. Hmmm ... I'll have to give it a try.

Thanks again for a great tutorial!
StampinHappyInCT  |  Sun Nov 7, 2010 at 2:09 PM
Love this in tin (I have the die and have done it in cardstock) thanks for the tutorial, it will be so pretty with some chunky glitter added!
Laura  |  Sun Nov 7, 2010 at 3:25 PM
I have created a template for you in the gallery. http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=20294 When making multiples you will want the Sizzix die though. I have made far too many to cut by hand.
Cindy Cade  |  Sun Nov 7, 2010 at 3:55 PM
Thanks for the template smile
Marilyn  |  Sun Nov 7, 2010 at 4:23 PM
Thanks for posting the template. Will be fun to play with.
Will try to get it to upload to SCAL and see if the Cricut will cut it out. That way I can make them any size that I want.
katie  |  Mon Nov 8, 2010 at 11:38 PM
i tried printing it out but it is printing way too large...any suggestions?
Loretta  |  Tue Nov 9, 2010 at 5:53 AM
To the gal who doesn't drink pop from cans: if you hold a job or have friends with children, just ask them to save cans for you. Why buy, when something when someone will give it to you free!
Mary Jo  |  Sat Nov 13, 2010 at 5:11 AM
Awesome tutorial! I just put the die on my next SU! order and may try it via the template in the meantime!
Cheryl  |  Sat Nov 13, 2010 at 6:37 PM
I have redone the template. It is supposed to print out at 4.75 inches. I hope it works for you. grin
Cindy Cade  |  Sat Nov 13, 2010 at 9:36 PM
Thank you so much for adding the template. I sized mine down for a smaller star and had great fun - thinking of making a set for a gift. I'd bought foil plates in the supermarket - but when I went to the recycling centre after that I should have helped myself to some cans!!!
Sabrina  |  Sat Nov 27, 2010 at 4:12 PM
These are so cute. I am wondering how sharp the edges of the star are after cutting. Did you have to handle them any special way to avoid getting cut? Thanks!
Cheryl  |  Fri Oct 12, 2012 at 1:36 PM

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