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Recycled Soda Can Flowers Wall Art

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While looking through my latest GrandinRoad 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 the $299 price tag for the original!
Don't you just love a knockoff?
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To see more: http://plumperfectandme.blogspot.com/2015/06/upcycled-soda-can-flowers-wall-art.html

Got a question about this project?

  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY

    This. is. AWESOME! Oh I love.

  • Heliane Ripley
    Heliane Ripley Fort Worth, TX

    Very, very cool !

  • Darlene Curran
    Darlene Curran Woodbridge, VA

    I like your "knockoff" better than the GrandinRoad. Nicely done!

  • Susan @ Saw Nail and Paint

    Yours is definitely better than the original!

    • Paulaacm
      Paulaacm Ormond Beach, FL

      I agree the homemade one is much nicer

  • Teri
    Teri Creswell, OR

    I like yours better than the inspiration piece as well. Your colors are so much brighter and more cheerful. Great job! I may just try this if I can ever get through the projects I already have lined up, lol.

  • Mary McNamara
    Mary McNamara Johnstown, PA

    Very nice

  • Sherry M.
    Sherry M. Umatilla, FL

    Beautiful....yours is so much better than the original!

  • Barbara Heist

    Awesome and I agree, way better that the original!!!!!!

  • Lorraine Rabalais
    Lorraine Rabalais Shreveport, LA

    Honestly, I like yours so much better than the original.

  • Xena Nierobisz
    Xena Nierobisz Raleigh, NC

    Wow this is amazing! And I have to agree with the rest... Yours is so much prettier!

  • Julie
    Julie San Antonio, TX

    awesome, for those that cant afford alcohol inks, cheap nail polish and alcohol works really well.

  • Bert Wright
    Bert Wright Edwardsport, IN
  • Sally
    Sally Fort Gratiot, MI

    Awesome!

  • Leah Ann Wallace

    I actually like yours better than the original. It's got more vibrant color to it.

  • Lisa Fleckenstein
    Lisa Fleckenstein Mckeesport, PA

    Definitely like yours better!

  • Maryann soehl
    Maryann soehl Copiague, NY

    beautiful great job

  • Diane Mastermaker
    Diane Mastermaker Port Norris, NJ

    Absolutely gorgeous! And yours is better than the original!

  • Laurie Eng
    Laurie Eng Portland, OR

    fantastic job!

  • Heather Smith
    Heather Smith Cordova, TN

    I agree with everyone, I like yours better than the inspiration! Great job!

  • Wendy
    Wendy Dayton, NV

    This is amazing! I've been looking for one last piece for my new gallery wall and this is it!! I already have everything on hand and sodas all around! ;-)

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