Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Upcycled Soda Can Flowers Wall Art

While looking through my latest GrandinRoad catalog, I came across dimensional wall art, mostly done in metal, I knew I could re-create. 
GrandinRoad Source

 What a great upcycled craft to make using soda cans!

To make, gather the following supplies:

Soda cans - empty/clean
Craft scissors/old scissors
X-acto knife
Alcohol inks
Q-tips (for ink application)
Wire clothes hangers
Cardboard (vase)
Hot glue
Tacky glue
Acrylic paints
Foam brushes

  • Wash out soda cans to remove any sticky residue and let dry.  Using an x-acto knife on edge of can make a slice big enough for a scissor blade.  Using craft scissors, cut top and bottom off.  Cut through the length of can to open and finish sides, cutting off any metal slivers or jagged edges.  *CAUTION:  Be very careful with the sharp edges of cut cans.

  • Roll the cut aluminum in the opposite direction to help remove the curl of the can.  Next draw a shape of a flower and cut out or simply cut  flowers out free-hand.  Repeat steps for cutting cans and flowers.  You will need at least 10 flowers.

  • Place cut out flowers on soft surface and press in center to shape and manipulate. Edges can also be rolled using a pencil or pen.

  • Cut out a piece of cardboard the shape of a vase.  Lay cut out flowers and cardboard in position to determine placement layout.

Cut off straight metal pieces from wire hangers for the stems, shape into curves and place under flowers on canvas.

  • Begin coloring aluminum flowers with the alcohol inks.  Alcohol inks are great for adding colors to non-porous surfaces such as aluminum.  I used three colors - butterscotch, plum and blue to achieve so many different shades and hues just by dripping a drop or two onto the surface, swirling the ink around and using a q-tip to spread.

  • Paint the canvas background and cardboard vase similar to the GrandinRoad artwork.  *I am not an artist or painter and just improvised with doing this!  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 it up a bit!

  • Add hot glue to underside of flowers and place on stems.

Wow, I'm loving this!!!
And it costs just a few dollars to create - as opposed to the $299 price on the original!

Don't you just love a knockoff?
Take a little time to enjoy
Happy Crafting!


  1. Wow, wow, wow! I love this, Gail! Your soda cans looks like expensive artwork :) Happy day to you! Hugs!

  2. This is amazing Gail! I have to say that this is one of my favourite projects that you have ever done. It has a funky elegance that I really love. What a fabulous knock of!

  3. I LOVE yours!! Thanks for sharing : )

  4. That is so creative! I love 3D art. Thanks for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things and have a happy 4th!

  5. I absolutely love recycled crafts and this one is so awesome. I love it. :-)


  6. Wow! I think you've outdone yourself. Great work.

    Have a wonderful 4th of July... :)

  7. This is so cool! I like your version better than the Grandin Road. :) Pinning!

  8. Wow, this is awesome!! How creative to think of using pop cans!

  9. Gail, you are the queen of creativity. It's amazing what you think of and it is fabulous! I want to personally thank you for your kind words. I know all who have pets, do experience this heartache. Thank you for your comforting words. Yes, those darn thieves. It's a shame we cannot do much about it. Have a safe and happy 4th. xo

  10. Thank you for sharing your outstanding creativity. I love the changes you made, as I am a purple lover too. This is simply awesome. Very impressive.

  11. Wow Gail this is so cool. Your creativity just amazes me. I would love to have this in my house.

  12. Beautiful! How big is the background canvas you used? Thanks!

  13. Thanks for sharing at the #sundaysdownunder linky party! I've pinned your post.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  14. Wow oh Wow! Your lovely wall art is beautiful; 'tis so very creative and clever. Just visiting from the bottom of the world via Roses of Inspiration. So, so happy to have happened upon your lovely blog.

  15. Oh my goodness! You certainly have a way with soda cans and paint! Gorgeous.

  16. I am waiting for your Queen of Crafting book to be published. This is the best hack I have seen.

  17. Fantastic! It's so amazing what you can do with recycled things. Thanks so much for sharing this on homework | The Inspiration Board. I featured you today http://www.carolynshomework.com/2015/07/the-inspiration-board-spotlight-213.html

  18. This is gorgeous! I love all the details. Thanks for sharing on Snickerdoodle Sunday!

  19. Flower looks great, wonderful job

  20. AMAZING!! wow Gail this is so lovely! what an awesome work of art! I love it!! I am going to have to get some of those alcohol inks to experiment with now, too cool like tie dye!! Thanks for linking to Snickerdoodle - I hope you will link to the creative challenge?!?!

  21. Dear Gail,

    Thank you for sharing this tutorial at Friendship Friday at Create With Joy - you are SO talented! Your wall art is simply stunning! I love everything about it and your tutorial is fabulous too - if I had soda cans in the house, I'd be inspired to create a canvas of my very own right now!

    Congratulations - you are going to be "In The Spotlight" at this week's Friendship Friday Party (#180) - I hope you have a fabulous week!

    Create With Joy

  22. Gail!!! How inventive! Super crafter!!! Best wishes, Linda @Crafts a la Mode

  23. Wow! I love how this turned out! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday, hope to see you again tonight!

  24. Wow! I love how this turned out! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday, hope to see you again tonight!

  25. WOW! A true work of art!
    This is truly creative. Your skills amaze me, Gail!
    Again thanks so much for sharing with Creative Craft Challenge. You always bring new ideas to the table... in this case... that wall! Awesome!

  26. That is beautiful!! I've never heard of alcohol inks before, and will definitely be checking them out. Love this!


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