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Recycled Soda Can Flowers Wall Art

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While looking through a popular home decor catalog, I came across dimensional wall art, made mostly of metal, and I knew I could re-create the look! What a great upcycled craft to make using soda cans! For complete instructions visit: http://plumperfectandme.blogspot.com/2015/06/upcycled-soda-can-flowers-wall-art.html
Cost: $10.00 Difficulty: Easy
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Gather the following supplies of clean soda cans, craft scissors, x-acto knife, alcohol inks, q-tips, wire hangers, cardboard, glue, acrylic paints, foam brushes and canvas. Using an x-acto knife, make a slice big enough for a scissor blade and with craft scissors, cut the top and bottom off. Next, cut through the length of the can to open and finish the sides by cutting off any slivers or jagged edges. Be very careful with the sharp edges of the cut cans.
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Roll the cut aluminum in the opposite direction to help remove the curl of the can. Then draw a flower shape and cut out or just cut out flowers free-hand.
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Repeat steps for cutting cans and flowers. You will need at least 10 flowers. Place cut out flowers on soft surface and press center to shape and manipulate to give dimension. Edges can also be rolled using a pencil or pen.
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Cut a piece of cardboard the shape of a vase. Lay cut out flowers and cardboard in position to determine placement layout.
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Cut off straight metal pieces from wire hangers for the stems, shape into curves and place under flowers on canvas.
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Begin coloring aluminum flowers with the alcohol inks. Alcohol inks are great for adding color to non-porous surfaces such as aluminum. I used three colors to achieve so many different floral shades and hues just by dripping a drop or two onto the surface, swirling the ink around and using a q-tip to spread.
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  • recycled soda can flowers wall art, crafts, how to, repurposing upcycling
Paint the canvas background and cardboard vase similar to the GrandinRoad artwork. Improvise like I did if you know nothing about painting. Glue sides of vase using tacky glue and apply to canvas, lifting the cardboard so it doesn't lie flat and is open on top to allow for the wire stems. Add the wire stems by hot gluing ends and inserting into vase. Of course I had to add some purple and switch up the design a bit!
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Next, add hot glue to underside of flowers and place on stems. Then, stand back and admire your creation!
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And best of all, this costs just a few dollars to create - as opposed to a very high price tag for the original! Don't you just love a knockoff?

To see more: http://purplehuesandme.com/2015/06/upcycled-soda-can-flowers-wall-art.html

  • Theresa Kaveney
    Theresa Kaveney Varna, IL
    on May 8, 2017

    ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS. A must do and soon. Just love it.

  • Susi
    Susi West Kingston, RI
    on May 8, 2017

    This entire post is a copyright violation, both of Grandin Road, whom I am quite certain did NOT give you permission to use their professional photo & trademarked name, as well as the professional fine artist who created the artwork, and who owns ALL copyrights to that work. That means ALL_--as in, the work cannot be reproduced by any person or entity without specific permission of that artist.

    Making DIY "art" is all well and good, no issue with that, but you don't get to put your hand in the pocket of an artist who worked very, very hard to earn the licensing of their work by Grandin Road or any other e-retailer/print catalogue. As a professional fine artist myself whose income depends upon my royalties from retailers like Grandin Road, I am incensed by this not-so-innocent effort to take something that doesn't belong to you.

    There are severe fines for IMAGE THEFT and you/Hometalk.com can be sued for this. If you think that's far-fetched, Google "Image Theft" or "copyright lawsuits" and see for yourself. Just as using a trademarked/copyrighted image/name to create knock-off purses is illegal, so is this. To further clarify: cutting up soda cans and using alcohol inks to color them is absolutely something you can do to create your own ORIGINAL artwork; using a photo of a published, professional fine artists' work as a pattern to follow is NOT.

    While there's nothing to keep people from getting a catalogue & attempting to copy artwork from it, publishing copyright violations on the internet will get you in a lot of trouble. Also considering that you've used a major retailers' trademarked name to boost interest in your post, which likely makes $$ from click-throughs, and you've got a very real problem.

    Hometalk.com needs to take this whole page down ASAP. I can't care too much who is offended by my post here---this kind of thing is rampant on the internet and we have to knock it out wherever we find it. I'd like to think any other professional artist would defend my work, too, if they saw this type thing happening. The people here praising this woman have no idea , I'm guessing, that they're patting her on the back for breaking several laws. It has to be stopped. Just because you see something you admire in a catalogue or on the internet does NOT MEAN IT'S YOURS TO TAKE.

    At some point, common sense, honesty and decency has to mean more than having some DIY fun.

    • John
      John Copperas Cove, TX
      on May 22, 2017

      I have had people photograph my work with their cell phones while I was standing right next to them....they even try to ask how it is done....people need to use free patterns/ideas and not copyright work. I do a lot of intarsia with my own patterns and if I wanted them copied, I would post instructions on the net....I do sell some of my patterns and by buying them, you have permission to recreate them....otherwise, ask permission.....Disney Corp. sues for the smallest infringement of their copyrights....don't even think about making a mickey mouse cake without a license agreement with Disney. I would notify Hometalk of the infringement and demand it be removed....I have done it several times with Pinterest.

  • Maureen Barringer
    Maureen Barringer Myrtle Beach, SC
    on May 12, 2017

    love it-thank you I always wondered how it was done

  • Linda
    Linda Bow, NH
    on May 29, 2017

    Beautiful! I'm going to try making the flowers with stems long enough to fit an antique slender necked vase. As they say, "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery".

  • Dfranci3
    Dfranci3
    on Jul 19, 2017

    i have a modern style preference. such a great idea! i think i will do mine with unpainted posies, except maybe a color dot for center. then mount them on a framed dark background. also thinking about a mirror background. and the ideas are still coming. thank you for the inspiration!

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