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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Recycled Flower Garden Art Craft Project

I have a friend, who is moving to Florida, and he stopped by with a bunch of odds and ends and asked if I could use them for crafts.  I looked at the stuff... clueless... wondering what I would do with it all, but I said yes.  That was about two months ago and until now, I hadn't really done anything with any of it.  Last week, an idea came to me for some garden art inspired by some of the stuff he dropped off!  A little time, paint and other odds and ends and Viola!  Here is my recycled flower.

You will need:

-  Empty and clean pop cans
-  A lot of pushpins (color does not matter)
-  A styrofoam ball
-  Dowel
-  Glue (use Weldbond or Ulitmate Glue for the pushpins and E6000 to glue the cans together)
-  Spray paint in light blue, light green and darker green
-  Thin wire

Here is the video tutorial:


1.  Paint the dowel a light green and allow to dry.
2.  Insert the dowel into the bottom of the styrofoam ball.  Remove, add glue and re-insert.
3.  Put some glue on a paper plate or something you can throw away.  Dip each pushpin into the glue and insert it into the styrofoam ball.  Your goal is to have the styrofoam ball completely covered with pushpins and glue.  The glue covering the styrofoam ball allows you to spray paint it without having it eat away and dissolve the styrofoam.
4.  Allow to completely dry.
5.  Cover the stem (dowel) with tape or cling wrap.
6.  Paint the pushpins blue (or whatever color you want!).
7.  Cut your cans into long leaves.  Leave a tab at the bottom to be able to attach it to the stem later.
8.  Take tape and tape one side of the leaf (this will protect it from the other color).  Spray the light green.  It may take a few coats and allow to dry completely.
9.  Remove tape and now put new tape on the painted side.  Paint the dark green and allow to dry completely.  Remove tape.
10.  Using a combination of glue and wire, attach the leaves to the dowel.  You can leave the wire color, or after the glue is dry, you can place tape around the leaves and carefully spray paint the wire.
11.  Allow to dry and remove any tape.

That's it!  Your first Spring Flower!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Crafting!


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  1. I too am ready for spring. Very creative!

  2. Golf tees? Whatever it is, it's super cute!

    1. Thanks so much! The answer is right at the beginning of the video!

      Thanks for stopping by!


  3. This is really cute. It would be great on my Repurposed Ideas Weekly Blog hop.

    1. Thanks Marlo - Let me know when it is, I have a few I could share!


  4. Love this so much! Going to make a bunch of these with my grandchildren!

  5. Just wonderful, love the video, Than you so much


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