Save Your Tin Cans

I've been saving tin cans with the idea of finding a use for them one day. I have saved many sizes - my daughter thinks that when someone starts saving "garbage," they are bonafide hoarders. Well I beg to differ. Maybe I will send her one of these and see what she thinks.
You must wear leather gloves. Tin is sharp until you sand the edges. I use Tin snips and needle nose pliers.
Cut your cans in petal shapes. I try and make different shaped petals for contrast. Spread the petals and pull down; then drill a hole in center of each can. Make sure you sand the edges of each petal - it's not as hard as you think. I used a nail emery board for the first one. Spray paint - I used an enamel white and I did one in yellow. Let them dry completely. Find a draw pull that would work for a center
This was a draw pull I got from Hobby Lobby for .50 a few years ago. Slip petal onto screw back of pull I then hammered an aluminum pole flat on the end and drilled a hole in it to secure the draw pull and added the bolt.

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  • Patsey R
    Patsey R
    on Oct 29, 2018

    How did you attach the rod to the back of the flower and what did you use for the rod?

    • Veronica Medina
      Veronica Medina
      on Feb 16, 2019

      the post explains every step. “Aluminum post, hammered flat, drill hole, that goes through screw also. I assume tighten bolt on back of all of that (pull should come with a bolt”

  • Penny
    on Jan 6, 2019

    Can you provide more information on how to cut the petals please?

  • Suzanne Bowman
    Suzanne Bowman
    on Oct 18, 2020

    I’m not sure I understand “...then hammered an aluminum pole flat on the end and drilled a hole in it to secure the draw pull and added the bolt.” Is that for a stem on the flower? So just flatten out an inch or two to act as a washer for the nut and affix a stem to the flower?

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  • Patsey R
    Patsey R
    on Feb 16, 2019

    I can do this! Thank you so much.

  • Erikita
    on Apr 8, 2019

    I went to home goods and see this flowers so pretty and read your project and I can definitely try to do this is fun, looks beautiful and inexpensive thanks

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