DIY (Super Easy) Metal Leaves

It's becoming somewhat of an obsession with me ( although a good obsession to have unlike many of my others ) that I find a way to recycle almost everything. I'm on a quest to throw out less and less all the time.These little tins that tea lights come in were a particular pet peeve of mine - soooo many have been tossed in the recycling bin every year ( especially in the summer when I light the garden with them - for parties sometimes 100 at a time ) I once saw someone create artwork out of them - and decided I would jump on the bandwagon. This photo shows the steps. The easiest craft I've ever attempted ( and I am NOT a crafty person lol )
You simply scrape out the wick - and any wax residue
fold in half
turn around and hammer flat
Turn back around and voila
A little spray paint and you have Metal Leaves - now I have to burn tea lights nightly because I want to make a "laurel" wreath out of these babies!

Simply Suzan
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  • Kelly S Kelly S on Dec 21, 2014
    I was going to try to cut leaves out of the soda cans, but this looks safer and easier to do. Thanks for the great idea.

  • Kate Kate on Oct 31, 2016
    You could just take the candles out of the metal cups, and then set the wax aside for other projects.