Saturday, September 17, 2016

Repurpose Beer Can Flower and Leaf Wreath

I recently found a wonderful site called Terrain that's an offshoot of Anthropologie.  Briefly, Terrain is a celebration of nature and design that highlights a fabulous collection of unusual earthy items. There were so many  things on the site that caught my eye, but I was truly taken with a lovely metal flower and leaf wreath as seen below.

OMG!  Anytime I get a chance to do a knock off of some sort, especially using a freebie like cans - I go for it, as seen here and here.   Oh yes!  So here is how I made my version of their wreath.

Materials:
Aluminum cans
Rustic vine wrapped wire
Utility knife/craft knife
Scissors/pencil
Flower/leaf template
E6000 glue/hot glue
Primer spray paint/acrylic craft paint
Floral stem wire

  • Gather aluminum cans - beer or soda.
  • Find leaf and flower templates (large to small) online, print, and cut out.
  • Carefully cut off the ends of clean cans using  a utility knife. Make a vertical cut with scissors. Cut an even edge, removing any slivers or jagged edges.  Smooth out the curve of the can by rolling on the edge of a table or countertop. You may want to wear gloves for this!

  • 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 (cushion backing) and drawing on lines with a dull pencil point.




  • Do the same for making flowers, cutting out gradually from large to small.
  • Spray primer paint on cut-out and let dry.



  • Then 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.
  • Shape rustic vine wrapped wire into a 15 inch circle wreath. 
  • Arrange and glue on finished flowers and leaves onto the wire wreath.







After trying on more flowers (different color) and leaves, I went for a cleaner look with fewer leaves and flowers. 


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 were made from beer cans!




Take a little time to enjoy


and


Happy Crafting!




12 comments:

  1. Wow Gail- you are so inventive! This is so cute and I love the colors you chose.

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  2. Such a cute knockoff. So fun and creative and using materials you have on hand makes for a great project. Thanks for sharing the new site you found. have a lovely weekend Gail.

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  3. This was awesome, Gail! Great way to repurpose! :)Thanks for sharing at Dishing It & Digging It! Your projects are so inspiring!! :)

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  4. Great repurposing project Gail! I absolutely love how your turned out.

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  5. Oh wow...what a neat idea! :)

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  6. love your results. cans are a great medium. Thanks for sharing your link with us at #CCBG

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  7. That's just beautiful. No one would know the flowers are made with cans if you didn't say so. Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned!

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  8. Hi, Gail, I was visiting today and went through a lot of your Christmas posts. Amazing ideas, here. Then I looked at your current post. You really made those flowers from beer cans? It does not look it at all. I don't know anyone who can turn nothing into something like you can. Do you sleep at night? Had fun visiting and looking at all your crafts and ideas. Your friend, Linda @Crafts a la mode

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  9. Wow! I soooo want to try this! Thanks for sharing with us at Funtastic Friday!

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  10. Wow! That wreath is so beautiful and so cheap and easy to put together. Definitely going to have to try and do one for my door.

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  11. Your creativity reached Brazil. So beautiful wreath! I love it! Obrigada por compartilhar! :)

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