I love recycling items to create craft projects! Right now, I'm expanding my soda/beer can recycling undertakings. I recently attended a community cookout and managed to collect lots and lots of empty beer and soda cans. It's a great way to repurpose discarded or unwanted items into creating some of my crafting ideas. I had fun making this and this using soda cans. Recently, I've had a couple of projects swirling around in my thoughts - one of which is a candleholder. Yes, an adorable candle holder that looks chic and modern but so easy to make! And you can use it indoors or out! Here's how to make one:
Gather the following materials -
Beer or soda cans
Metallic spray paint
Loctite super gel glue
Cork sheet or felt for backing
Begin by washing out the cans to remove any sticky residue and let dry. Using an x-acto knife on the edge of can make a slice big enough for a scissor blade and then cut the tops and bottoms off with scissors. Next, cut through the length of the can to open and cut off any metal slivers or jagged edges. *CAUTION: Be very careful with the sharp edges of cut cans.
Roll the cut aluminum piece in the opposite direction - and smoothing out over something like a counter edge to help remove the curl of the can.
Freehand cut out a petal pattern from paper and trace on cardboard for a sturdy template.
Lay the cardboard pattern on the aluminum and trace outline or just freehand cut out petals without tracing like I ended up doing. It's much quicker to do since you need a lot of petals.
For the candle holder base, cutout a 4inch circle from the aluminum can and glue onto a cork sheet. Cut out the cork and attached aluminum.
Repeat steps for cutting cans and petals You will need at least 32 petals.
Spray paint the petals and let dry.
To add dimension to the petals, roll the edges using the stem of a paint brush or pencil . . .
and glue onto the edge of the circle, creating the first layer, all the way around using super glue gel.
Begin gluing on the second layer, overlapping and between the first row around.
This is how the underside looks.
Continue adding layers, alternating between petals until satisfied with the fullness. It should look like a lovely rose petal shape. Add the last layer of petals to enhance the candle, leaving an opening to accommodate a candle or jar.
Enhances any décor!
Place a LED votive candle in the center, turn a colorful jar upside down and have fun outdoors with this cool effect!
What a lovely way to repurpose those unwanted cans!
Take a little time to enjoy