You’re probably familiar with the eco-friendly adage “reduce, reuse, recycle.” When it comes to being green, which “R” you choose to focus on probably depends on the item in question. Paper and plastic bags can be used again and again for shopping (and reduced with reusable tote bags), water and energy usage can be reduced by making mindful choices, and food waste can be minimized with smarter buying and storage.
When it comes to aluminum cans, which is how many of you enjoy Jack’s Hard Cider, chances are you think of recycling. (We know Jack’s fans aren’t throwing recyclables in the garbage!) But did you know there are some really fun, crafty ways to reuse Jack’s cans once all the tasty cider is gone? Here are a few ways to put those empties to good use. Just take care with those sharp can edges while crafting!
- Aluminum lanterns: Light it up! With nothing but a sharp box cutter and a little imagination, you can transform a Jack’s can into a charming lantern for a votive candle. Follow these simple directions from the craft blog Pointless Pretty Things to DIY. Though the post is Christmas-themed, we think these lanterns would be a lovely addition to a table any time of year. You have the option of painting the can (the blogger uses gold), but Jack’s cans are already so cheerful and colorful, feel free to skip that step!
- Jack’s can ornaments: This one is a little more advanced, but it’s so cool! By carefully cutting apart and reshaping a Jack’s can, you can create a beautiful, star-shaped Christmas ornament. Follow this detailed tutorial on Instructables to make your own. Once you get the hang of it, craft a few extra as gifts for your cider-loving friends and fam. Too much effort for you? We found these cuties already made by LizardSkins on Etsy.
- Custom cookie cutters: Seems too obvious to have never considered before, right? Cut apart your Jack’s cans into metal strips and then fold those into any shape cookie cutter you can imagine: letters, animals—whatever you can dream up! Find complete instructions at the DIY Home Sweet Home blog. Important note: Be careful of the sharp edges—use a gloved hand or spatula to push the cookie cutters into your dough.
- Jack’s keychain: Make your own awesome Jack’s swag! We love Diary of a Craft Lady’s very specific, detailed DIY for how to turn cans into little keychain charms. She uses heart shapes, but we think circles, squares or stars would look rad, too. With the help of Mod Podge Dimensional Magic, you can transform colorful Jack’s cans into a one-of-kind keychain. It would look really cool to use a bunch of different flavors/colors all together.
- Bonus craft: Jack’s pint glass candle holders: We were totally inspired by these lovely candles made by Recycled Karma (be sure to check out its Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages!), a small, Ohio-based company that pours natural candles into upcycled wine bottles, and, in this case, pint glasses. It takes extra equipment and skill to cut, sand and smooth down glass to be able to do this, but if you want to try it out, here’s a DIY tutorial from wine company La Crema (it’s for used wine bottles, but the theory is the same for pint glasses).
Jack’s Hard Cider — Produced from Pennsylvania Apples. Pressed On-Site. Never from Concentrate.
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