Repurpose Beer Can Flower and Leaf Wreath
Recently, I was taken with a pressed metal flower and leaf wreath I saw online. OMG! Anytime I get a chance to do a knock off of some sort, especially using freebies like beer cans, I go for it! If you want to see my inspiration and complete tutorial go here: http://www.purplehuesandme.com/2016/09/repurpose-beer-can-flower-and-leaf.html But here is a quick version of the wreath.
Gather aluminum cans - beer or soda.
Find leaf and flower templates (large to small) online to copy, print, and cut out. Carefully cut off the ends of clean cans using a utility or craft knife. Make a vertical cut with scissors. Cut an even edge, removing any slivers or jagged edges. You may want to wear gloves for this. Smooth out the curve of the cans by rolling opposite sides on the edge of a tabletop or countertop.
Trace the outline of the flower and leaf templates with a pencil and cut out.
Leaf texture can be added by placing cut-outs on soft corrugated cardboard (anything with a cushion backing) and drawing on lines with a dull pencil point.
Do the same for making flowers, cutting out shapes from large to small. Spray primer paint on cut-outs and let dry.
Paint cut-outs with an array of acrylic craft paints.
Add texture to flower petals by rolling and shaping with a skewer stick.
Assemble flowers in layers, gluing on with E6000. Glue on short floral stem wire to leaves. Let dry. Shape rustic vine wrapped wire into a 15 inch circle wreath. Arrange and glue on finished flowers and leaves onto the wire wreath.
What a great repurpose use of beer cans! I love how this looks . . . and if I hadn't told you, no one would think the flowers and leaves are made from beer cans!
- Aluminum cans
- Rustic vine wrapped wire (craft stores)
- Utility knife/scissors/pencil
- E6000 glue/hot glue
- Flower, leaf templates
- Primer spray paint/acrylic craft paints
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!
Published September 19th, 2016 12:28 PM
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