Soda Can Hydrangeas Wall Art

7 Materials
3 Hours
I love hydrangeas, but unfortunately, they're only around for the summer! Here's a fun way to create a lasting impression of a favorite flower using soda cans and a hydrangea petal craft's punch.
To get a smooth sheet of soda can aluminum:

*Caution: You may want to wear gloves for this! Carefully cut off one end of a clean soda can using a utility knife and craft scissors. 
Make a vertical cut with scissors across the can to get to the opposite can end to remove. Cut an even edge, removing any slivers or jagged edges.
Once you have the aluminum cut, smooth out the curve of the can by rolling aluminum in the opposite direction or rolling on the edge of a table or countertop. 
To make the petals:

Insert the aluminum piece into the hydrangeas petal punch so you can see that the aluminum is under the petal shapes completely and then punch the petals out. Once the petals are punched, adjust the aluminum to punch more or remove the excess using small needle nose pliers to pull the aluminum out.
As you punch out the petals, arrange them so you'll know how many you'll need for your flower design.
Then paint each petal with white chalk paint . . .
And let dry.
After the chalk paint dries, paint the petals with various colors you like to mimic hydrangea petals.
Use floral wire attached with glue on the back of petals to a few of them to add dimension to the flower design.
For placement of the flowers on canvas:

 Begin with cut out pieces of a clothes hanger shaped as stems and painted green. Glue onto canvas using a quick dry multi-purpose glue (RapidFuse). Arrange a few small floral wire stems at the tip of the main stem and attach smaller hydrangea petals . . . 
then arrange the larger petals into a flower - attaching the floral stem wire ones first, using floral tape to the larger stem, and then gluing on the single ones next.
Draw leaves freehand using the tip of an ice pick on the soda can aluminum - adding veins and painting green. Let dry and attach with glue to stems. 
And the hydrangeas wall art is done! 
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  • Diane Diane on Jun 02, 2021

    Do you think you could paint the aluminum before it was punched or would that gum up the punch? I was thinking of painting it in mottled purple and green and I'm basically too lazy to paint the individual flowers. Lol. You did a wonderful job btw and I think it's a beautiful, creative idea.

  • Ava Ava on Aug 11, 2021

    Is the large painting in the centre a collage or print?

  • Pmacneilawr Pmacneilawr on Apr 01, 2022

    Who the hell has a punch,let alone a petal punch

    Apparently everyone but me.

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  • Tammy Tammy on Feb 14, 2023

    If u wanted to do it in paper and cover in glass in a frame or not - easier than metal- find patterns online or make your own, can do a shadowbox even. All sorts of ways to expand on this beautiful idea. Can use different types of materials like coffee filters, cupcake liners, colored paper- just about anything! Even old magazines, etc. - paint, magic marker, whatever you have. This is gorgeous, but just one lovely idea!!!!

  • Katen Katen on Feb 14, 2023

    I did not see end result coming. Pleasant surprise. You have vision; you kept your metal punch! I’m always amazed to those few who take soda/beer cans and make something lovely. Thanks for sharing