Today, I have a recycled craft idea for you. Have you seen the beautiful soda can bouquets? Well, we’ve displayed our soda can bouquet on a DIY flower wreath. Aluminum soda cans (or as we say in my neck of the woods, pop cans), are so flexible that it’s easy to cut out and texture the flowers and leaves.
There are two ways to make the flowers and leaves:
- Kathleen George used a Sizzix machine to cut out the flowers and leaves, and to add the texture.
- No Sizzix machine? No problem. You can cut out the flowers and leaves with scissors (preferably not your best pair), and texture the pieces with a dull pencil.
There’s another variation to consider, too. We used the reverse, silver side of the cans, which shows off the texture. But, you could skip the texture step and instead, display the colorful side of each can.
To make a Recycled Soda Can Flower Wreath, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” wreath with flat back
- Acrylic craft paints in gold and silver
- Soda cans, eight or so
- Metallic buttons, eight
- Wire, 6” length
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Stiff bristle paintbrush; Exacto® knife; old pair of scissors or knippers; dull pencil; gloves
- Optional: Sizzix machine; Sizzix dies: Leaves #2, Flower layers #3; Cuttlebug Texture die
To make a Recycled Soda Can Flower Wreath:
1. Wash out your soda cans and let them dry.
2. Paint the wreath ring gold and let dry. Using a dry, stiff brush, lightly dry brush silver paint on the wreath, adding silver highlights.
3. With the Exacto knife, cut an opening below the top rim in the side of each can. Insert your scissors or knippers into each opening and cut the tops from the cans. Cut down to the bottom rim of each can and cut away the bottoms. Flatten out the body of each soda can. Caution: The cut edges are sharp and you may want to wear gloves.
4. Cut 12, 3” x 4-1/4” pieces from the flattened cans (this is the size required for the flower die).
5. Following the manufacturer’s instructions, texture six of the pieces of aluminum using the Cuttlebug texture die. Or, draw patterns on the reverse side of each piece using a dull pencil.
6. Use the Flower layers #3 die to cut out 12 sets of flowers – six textured and six plain. Or, trace a flower onto each piece and cut out with scissors.
7. Glue the flowers to the wreath, alternating the textured and smooth layers. Glue a button to the center of each flower.
8. Cut 12, 2″ x 3″ pieces of aluminum. Texture six of the pieces. Cut out 12 leaves – six textured and six plain.
9. Glue the leaves to the wreath, alternating textured and smooth leaves.
10. Twist wire into a loop for a hanger. Insert ends into the back of the wreath and add a dab of glue.
Have you made anything from soda cans? Please share!