Recycle Aluminum Cans Into Flower or Leaf Designs
Since I am all about using what you have around the house, I decided to use up some aluminum cans that were headed for the recycling center. My husband usually brings them home from work crushed up, but I begged him to leave them whole for me so I could try this out.
My Supply List:
- Aluminum Cans
- Gloves/Goggles (if you want to be really safe)
- Ballpoint Pen
- Spray Paint
- Glue (Tacky or Hot glue)
- Find a petal or leaf shape that you like and make a cardboard template out of it.
- Cut the top and bottom off of your cans and then cut down the middle to open the sheet of aluminum flat. (use weights to help hold it open)
- Cut the leaves out or leave them all on the strip. I found that leaving them all together made it easier to paint them.
- Emboss your leaves with the ballpoint pen. First draw your lines on the front side. Then, flip the leaf over and retrace the lines you just engraved/embossed with your pen so they pop out the front. (If you left all the leaves on a strip now you will paint)
Paint your leaves/petals and let them dry. If you are impatient, your leaves will be tacky and not be easy to work with. I used an aluminum finish Krylon spray paint.
Put your leaves/petals together with tacky or hot glue by layering them on top of one another. I used one leaf rolled up in the middle of mine to finish it off.