Sunday, June 17, 2012

30 Days of Flowers - Day 17 - Recycled Aluminum Can Outdoor Decor

Well, I guess you could consider this a "rednecky" kind of craft. No offense to anyone out there, but our backyard pool area is covered with this cane fencing over the wood. Then my husband put up all his license plates he has collected over the years.
These cute little flowers fit nicely in between those and add to the charm. His favorite place in the world is a junkyard and this backyard oasis of sorts makes him feel right at home. I have to admit, it has grown on me too. Why not. It is cheap, green and shiny too : )

These are a piece of cake to make. 

  • Aluminum cans 
  • Scissors 
  • Pencil 
  • Gloves/Goggles (For safety, if you wish)
Step 1: 
Carefully cut the top of the can off just below the ridge where it starts to straighten out.

***If you want to attract bees in your garden, leave the sappy goo inside the can***
 I guarantee you when you hang these little flowers in your garden the bees will come.
Otherwise, now is a good time to rinse the can out completely. 

Step 2:
Trim off any sharp edges

Step 3: 
Begin to make strip cuts down towards the bottom of the can leaving approximately 3/4 of an inch.

Step 4: Use your pencil and curl each strip around it all the way to the end of each cut. Curl one forward and then one backwards.

 Step 5. Once you have all the curls, push the forward facing curls into the middle of the can. You can also add extra curl strips in the middle if you like.

Then just hang them up. Here in AZ they catch the sun and shine so nicely, so I use them outside, but they could be painted and hung inside or used with a tea light on your counter top.

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