If you have feline friends to feed, chances are, you amass quite a few empty cat-food tins at the end of the day (I have three cats, so when I say “quite a few,” I actually mean “a ginormous pile”). While recycling these cans the old-fashioned way is certainly laudable, why not use this free metal to your advantage by upcycling it into some shiny new jewelry for yourself? Heaven knows you deserve it for being such a devoted cat parent. Just follow our simple instructions to make this cute ring in the shape of a cat or any other design you think is the cat’s meow.
Get your cats to eat their food, then wash and clean your catfood can and remove the paper label. If the label is super-sticky, soaking it in vinegar usually gets most of the goo off.
Use a can opener to remove the “lip” of the can (I’ve actually made bracelets out of these, but that is another post altogether). Then, carefully using scissors, cut a slit down the side and then all around the can, splitting it into two halves.
Once you have your two halves, cut out a thin sliver of metal (about 1/8×3 inches, but you can adjust it to your own finger size). This will be the band that makes up your ring.
Position the metal strip perpendicular to your finger (the one you want to wear the ring on) and gently bend it to form a “U” shape around your finger.
Then, bend each end of the “U” two times: once to form the tip of the cat’s ear and another time to form the top of its head. Make sure that there is some overlap where the two ends of the metal band meet.
Last, cut another square of metal that is 1/2×1/2 inches. Holding your cat ring so that the ends are touching, fold one-third of the square over the piece that forms the top of the cat’s head and clamp with pliers.
Then, do the same with the remaining flap of metal so that the metal square holds the two ends of the ring together. I usually don’t need any glue when I do this, but you might want to use a dab of nontoxic glue if you want your ring to be super secure.
Et voila! You now have yourself an adorable kitty ring to flaunt—as well as material for at least 10 more—all from one can of cat food!