It’s fall in Michigan. The trees are changing color, the days are getting shorter and the temperature is getting colder with each gust of wind. The changing of the season is beautiful but it also marks the end of the blooming season for most flowers.
The bright pops of color that flowers provide during the spring and summer months provide such a boost to my mood each day. I won’t let the changing season get in the way of having flowers to admire though! Functional Rustic is about building what I want with what is in front of me. I want to see flowers – so that is what I’m going to do!
Using items I already have laying around I created a quick, easy and FREE way to make my own flowers that bloom year round and can’t be killed!
Pop Can Wall Flower – DIY TUTORIAL
Supplies: Pop Can, Scissors, Paint (marker works too), String
Rinse out an empty pop can.
Using a knife or scissors puncture the can along the ridge on the top of the can. Cut along that ridge until the top of the can is removed.
Cut down the length of the can until you reach the ridge at the bottom of the can.
Just as you did for the top of the can, cut along the ridge of the bottom of the can until it is removed.
Using the scissors, make small cuts into the bottom part of the can that you just removed. Cut all the way down to the next ridge in the bottom of the can. See below.
Tip: Wear gloves when you do this project or be very careful the edges are sharp.
Flatten down the pieces you just cut. Sort of like turning the can inside out. I flatten them down because I am going to paint them next and it is easier if they are flat.
Trim the jagged edges so that the ends of the pieces are similarly straight. I actually liked how it looked when it had the jagged edges, but I struggled when trying to paint them so I recommend trimming.
Paint your flower. I use oil based paint markers for my flower. Permanent marker, spray paint, and nail polish are other ways to color your flower.
Puncture a hole in one of the “petals” so you can hang the flower.
The scissors or knife you used to cut the can work but I used a hammer and nail because I wanted a round hole instead of a slit. And using a hammer is fun. 🙂
Thread a string through the hole and tie a knot so you can hang it.
You can use anything for your string. I use thread, twine and wire right now but I plan to test out fishing line and floss next. Get creative with it.
Instead of hanging your flower you could also glue a stick to it and put it in a flower pot. Again, get creative with it.
Take pictures of your creation and share it on DIY Projects of Facebook.
Written By: Sarah Palmer – Owner, Functional Rustic
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