It’s a big week for entertaining, which makes it the perfect time to start collecting cans to make this Soda Can Christmas Wreath. This cool idea for a Christmas wreath gets kudos for ingenuity and repurposing. Depending on the cans you collect, it doesn’t even have to be a Soda Can Christmas Wreath. You could make it in the colors of your favorite sports team, or how about collecting beer cans for a man cave wreath? Maybe??
To make a Soda Can Christmas Wreath, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 12” wreath
- Soda cans, about 32 snack sized (Kathleen used red & white Dr. Pepper cans)
- Exacto® knife or Utility blade
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Old pair of scissors or knippers; straight edge; optional: gloves
To make a Soda Can Christmas Wreath:
1. Wash and dry the soda cans. Using an Exacto knife, carefully slice off the top and bottom of each can. With old scissors or knippers, cut vertically from the top to the bottom of the can and flatten it. Hint: The cut edges can have little barbs and you might want to wear gloves when cutting the cans.
2. Using the straight edge and the utility knife, score deep lines, 1″ apart, on the cans. Follow these lines to cut the cans into 1″ wide strips.
3. Cut the 1” strips into 3 ½” lengths. You will need about 120 strips to cover the wreath.
4. Hot glue the ends of each 3 ½” x 1” strip together to make a loop.
5. Glue the loops onto the surface of the 12” wreath of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Begin by gluing the loops in a row around the inside edge of the wreath. Alternate the red and white loops and overlap about ¾” as you go. Continue gluing loops on to the wreath in four rows until the entire wreath is covered.
6. Cut two longer, 1” strips for the ribbon tails. Cut the ends at an angle and glue the ribbons onto the center back of the wreath.
7. Cut out a ½” x 2” strip of can. Use a paper punch to punch out a hole at the top of the strip. Glue on to the center back of the wreath for a hanger.
Here’s another Soda Can Wreath, this one decorated with flowers made from old cans.
Pretty ingenious wreaths, aren’t they? Now, I never drink “soda”, because we call it “pop.” My grandma always asked if you wanted a “coke”, regardless of which carbonated beverage was at hand. How about you? What do you call your carbonated drinks? Soda? Pop? Or??
Tinsel Tuesdays will be back again next week!