DIY Alcohol Ink Aluminum Can Christmas Wreath

Aluminum Can Poinsettia Wreath by @savedbyloves

If you are anything like me, you love Ranger Ink products.  I am particularly obsessed with alcohol inks, which paint vivid color on non-porous surfaces such as aluminum and glass.  How excited was I to be invited to share a Christmas project on the Ranger Ink Blgo?! Very. Come see how I created this Recycled Pop Can Poinsettia Wreath for less than $3 with cans, dollar store supplies and alcohol inks! With tons of other projects to inspire you, you will want to make sure to look around while you are there!

If you like this project, I have lots more you don't want to miss!

Fall Leaf Aluminum Can Wreath with Alcohol Inks

Aluminum Can Angel DIY

50+ Aluminum Can Crafts

DIY Recycled Can & Plastic Bag Flower Pendant

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Recycled crafts are a favorite of mine, especially upcycled jewelry.  Today's project brings these together in flower pendant made from recycled aluminum cans and plastic bags.  It's true.  I used a combination of techniques I have shown you in the past; dissecting aluminum cans and fusing plastic bags, both to be die cut with my Sizzix.  This project is fast, simple, eco friendly, and pretty awesome.

SUPPLIES:

Sizzix Die Cut Machine

Flower Layers #2 Die

Soda can

Metal snips

Chain for stringing pendant

Hole punch or hammer and nail to punch hole

Eylet and Eylet setter - I use Crop-a-dile

Paint for petals or you can use the color of the can - I used Vintaj Patina Antiqued Copper

Plastic Bags

Copy paper

Iron

Ironing board

2 pairs of chain nose pliers

Aluminum Can Crafts #recycledcrafts #upcycledjewelry Pendant tutorial

TUTORIAL:

The following video shows how to prepare the can and die cut the flower petals.  You will use the Flower layers die instead of the rose die in the video.

*If you don't have a Sizzix, you can still cut the can with paper punches like I showed you in this

As you can see in the pendant photo, you need 2 of the larger petal layer cut from aluminum cans.  Paint them if you are going to.  It would look cool with a fun color/patterned can too!  If you are painting them, use alcohol inks, Vintaj patina or spray paint for metal.  Acrylic paint won't stay put.

Now to cut prepare the plastic bags for cutting with the Sizzix, you need to fuse them as I showed you in this Recycled Plastic Bag Bracelet Tutorial

Die cut the two smaller flowers from your fused plastic bag material.

Now you are ready to layer your petals.  Hole punch the center of all 4 layers then, arrange them in a staggered fashion and insert and set eyelet.

Shape the aluminum petals with round nose pliers or a bamboo stick for dimension.  The plastic you can just fold into position with your fingers.  It won't bend and hold shapes like the aluminum, but you can cup it some.

CHECK OUT 50+ MORE ALUMINUM CAN CRAFTS WHILE YOU ARE AT IT:

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Aluminum Can Easter Egg Wreath

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Make an aluminum can Easter Egg Wreath @savedbyloves #sizzix #DistressPaint

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It's no secret that I love to transform recycled aluminum cans into home decor and jewelry.  This aluminum can Easter egg wreath fits that bill.  See how I used a new Sizzix die and Tim Holtz Distress Paint for this colorful and unique recycled can spring decoration!

Make an aluminum can Easter Egg Wreath @savedbyloves #sizzix #DistressPaint

SUPPLIES:

Recycled aluminum cans

Sizzix Framelits Die Set 10PK - Egg

Embossing folders of your choice

Tim Holtz Distress Paint

Foam Mount Adhesive Squares

Sandpaper

Wreath Form

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TUTORIAL:

Cut your cans into sheets like I show you in the aluminum can rose pendant video:

Emboss the sheets in your favorite folder, then cut into egg shapes using Sizzix.  I cut 2 egg sizes.  It doesn't matter exactly what size, as long as you have one bigger and one smaller size.

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Paint eggs with Tim Holtz Distress Paint.  This is the first time I have used this new product.  It is pretty awesome.  It is great for metal, such as cans!  Unlike alcohol inks, which you have seen me use on cans in the past, the distress paint is opaque.  I love the color palette too!  There is a chalky kind of look to the finish, which is fabulous.

After Sanding

Sand once paint is dry to reveal aluminum can color on raised areas of embossed/painted eggs.

Make an aluminum can Easter Egg Wreath @savedbyloves #sizzix #DistressPaint

Arrange eggs and adhere to wreath form as shown, using foam adhesives for varying height of eggs compared to one another.

Make an aluminum can Easter Egg Wreath @savedbyloves #sizzix #DistressPaint

I am loving it!  It is staying up until fall.

50+ Projects to Make From Aluminum Cans

[pinit]50+ Ways to Repurpose Aluminum cans into great recycled jewelry, crafts and decor @savedbyloves

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If you are looking for a great recycled material to create art, jewelry and home decor with, look no further.  Aluminum cans can be transformed in ways that you would have never guessed.  I rounded up some that I have shared here at SBLC, as well as some favorites I have spotted.  Be prepared to start hoarding cans.  Enjoy!

Recycled Pop Can Heart Earrings

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#DIY #Upcycled Recycled aluminum can heart earrings by @savedbyloves

Need some earrings to show your Valentine's Day spirit?  Give these recycled Coke can heart earrings a try.  They are super cheap to create, and your friends will be amazed that they came from a can.  You can used a paper punch or a die cut machine for the heart shape.  The embossing can be done with a die cut machine or embossing folder and rolling pin, like I showed you in my recycled can heart bezel pendant tutorial.

#DIY #Upcycled Recycled aluminum can heart earrings by @savedbyloves

SUPPLIES

Aluminum can

4 4mm jump rings

Earring wires

Metal hole punch

Texture embossing folder

ICE resin

Vintaj relief block

Red acrylic paint and sponge brush

Metal primer

2 pairs of flat nose jewelry pliers

TUTORIAL

Cut aluminum can and primer

See recycled can heart bezel pendant for more details on preparing the can.

Emboss and cut heart shapes

I showed you in the heart bezel pendant tutorial  (linked above) how you can emboss without an embossing machine.  Emboss first, then cut shape (aren't you proud, Amy?)!

vintaj reliefing block

apply ICE jeweler's grade resin

To dome the resin, pour in middle and pull out to edges with toothpick or needle tool.  Don't pour too much.  You can always add more resin if needed.  Having resin run over the edges of your piece is no fun.  Seriously.

doming resin instructions

When resin is dry, paint the other side of the earring and hole punch for jump ring placement.

metal hole punch tutorial

punch holes for jump ring placement

Use pliers to open jump ring and attach it to another jump ring and an ear wire.  Close, then open end ring an attach to heart.

inserting jump rings into earring holes

That's it!

Make upcycled aluminum can jewelry @savedbyloves

Make an Aluminum Can Poinsettia Wreath

[pinit] How to Make A #Christmas #Wreath from #Recycled Cans #Upcycle #DIY @savedbyloves #Sizzix

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Last week, I showed you this paper poinsettia wreath tutorial using a Sizzix flower petal die and card stock.  I decided to use the same die to create this aluminum can poinsettia wreath.  The "wreath form" is a stove top piece I picked up at my local Habitat for Humanity Restore, making this an all around eco-friendly holiday decoration.  Total project cost - about $1.

How to Make A #Christmas #Wreath from #Recycled Cans #Upcycle #DIY @savedbyloves #Sizzix

How to Make A #Christmas #Wreath from #Recycled Cans #Upcycle #DIY @savedbyloves #Sizzix

My Aluminum can rose video shows you how to cut the cans.  Be careful - they can be sharp when cut.

For creating the flowers using the die or template (provide in the following linked post), see the paper poinsettia wreath tutorial:
I use alcohol inks to color my poinsettia petala , like I showed you in my aluminum can leaf wreath tutorial.  To give each one some variation, I went over the petals with copic markers.  For the leaves, I used Martha Stewart Glitter paint.  I sealed my leaves with Mod Podge Pearl Spray Sealer.  I love the look of this sealer with the alcohol ink. 
How to Make A #Christmas #Wreath from #Recycled Cans #Upcycle #DIY @savedbyloves #Sizzix
How to Make A #Christmas #Wreath from #Recycled Cans #Upcycle #DIY @savedbyloves #Sizzix
To adhere the flowers to the circle stove part, I use Beacon Fabri-Tac.  This stuff rocks.  It is like hot glue in a bottle.  Dries strong and fast.
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I finished the wreath off with a silver wire ribbon bow.  I love it against our off white door.  It was going to be a gift, but it just can't leave that spot.  Sometimes that happens, right?!
Like aluminum can Christmas decor?  Check out our aluminum can angels:

Upcycled Aluminum Can Fall Wreath DIY

Aluminum Can Leaf Wreath Tutorial at savedbylovecreations.com #fall #wreath #upcycle #repurpose #recycledCrafts

This is one of my favorite projects ever.  I cost pennies to create, I absolutely love fall decorating and crafting, and upcycling is my thing.  To make this wreath, I used my Sizzix and Tim Holtz leaf die, but if you don't have a die cutter, you could do this part by hand with a leaf template, or use leaf shaped paper punches.  They work great on aluminum cans. Let's get started on this vibrant, eco-friendly autumn leaf wreath!

Aluminum Can Leaf Wreath Tutorial at savedbylovecreations.com #fall #wreath #upcycle #repurpose #recycledCrafts

SUPPLIES:

Tim Holtz Tattered Leaves die

Sizzix

Ranger Alcohol Inks in your fave fall colors; Check out my friend Amy's awesome color palate for fall, and how she used the inks on a shower curtain cut with the leaf die

Felt applicator for alcohol inks

Straw

Aluminum cans

Metal snips

Cardboard

Circle shapes to trace for inner and outer diameter of wreath

Pen

Scissors

3D Foam Mounts

Duct tape (optional, but recommended if you are putting your wreath outside)

Non stick craft mat

Aluminum Can Leaf Wreath Tutorial at savedbylovecreations.com #fall #wreath #upcycle #repurpose #recycledCrafts

TUTORIAL:

Rinse out your cans with soapy water and cut them into sheets like my aluminum can rose video:

Aluminum Can Leaf Wreath Tutorial at savedbylovecreations.com #fall #wreath #upcycle #repurpose #recycledCrafts
Metal snips
What do you think?  Do you want to make one yourself?  What are your favorite fall decor projects?