Recycled Aluminum Flowers

Don't toss those old cans, turn them into funky flowers that add a colorful touch to any garden. Recycling has never looked so good.
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These aluminum flowers don't have to be perfectly shaped. One of the authentic traits of Mexican folk art is its primitive style.

Materials and Tools:

utility scissors or tin snips
colorful aluminum beverage cans
envelope clasps
awl
hammer
metal rods or small wooden dowels
non-permenant marker
steel wool
hot glue gun
thin-guage wire

Steps:

1. Wash empty cans and allow them to dry. Use utility scissors or tin snips to remove top and bottom of cans to create a rectangular sheet of aluminum.

2. Lay aluminum sheets flat and on the plain metal side (inside of can) draw two basic flower shapes, one larger than the other. Cut out flower shapes and rub edges with steel wool to remove burrs or sharp edges.

3. Stack the graduated flower shapes and punch a hole through the center of both layers with an awl and hammer. Insert envelope clasp through hole, open prongs and attach them to the back of flower with hot glue. Bend or curl flower petals to create a fanciful shape.

4. Attach flower to a metal rod or wooden dowel by feeding thin-gauge wire through envelope clasp and wrapping wire around end of dowel.

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