Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Metal Flower Tutorial

Today I'm going to share with you how I made the metal flower embellishments in my Counterfeit Mossy Knoll Add-On Kit. They are really easy to make and you can make a couple of dozen from one recycled soda can. That's great for my scrap budget!

First, gather your materials: a clean, empty soda can, utility scissors, a small flower punch, small gems or bling brads, and a paper piercer (if you're using brads.)



Carefully cut off the top and bottom of the soda can. Cut a slit up the entire side of the can. Be very careful, as the sides of the can are very sharp!



Smooth out the sheet of metal enough to slide it into the punch.



Punch flowers from metal sheet.



For each flower, bend each petal up slightly. The center of the flower should sit flat on your work surface, and each of the petals should stand up just a bit.



Now curl each of the petals by gently pulling on them. Shape as desired-the metal is very pliable.



Add a small gem or bling brad to the center of each flower (use your paper piercer to poke a hole if using a brad.) I used a smoky gray gem to the center of each-I thought it looked great against the metal.

Here's a sneak of a project that I made using these flowers:

This is my project for our first mini challenge-make sure to check back on the 13th for all of the details and to see my project in full!









18 comments:

Dawn said...

what a great tutorial ~ I must try this, Your flowers look amazing

Margie said...

These are awesome!! Now I definantly have to make some of these!! Love them!!

Crystal aka Caitlynsmommy said...

I love it! Thank you for sharing. I have all the supplies to make these YAY!!!!

juliekintaiwan said...

Fabulous tutorial, thank you!

Lesa said...

Awesome flowers and great tutorial!!! I'm putting those flowers on my to-do scrappy list!! Can't wait to see all this project !!!!

Tricia said...

Awesome tutorial - I love your little flowers!

Ayana Posadas said...

What an awesome tutorial!

Clair said...

Your flowers look amazing on your project! Such a great technique!

Kim Strother said...

I would think the metal is too thick for the punch....but I guess not so I will have to try this! Thanks!

Erin said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE!

~Mar said...

You rock! They look awesome. I never would have thought of using an aluminum can.

~amy~ said...

fun tut!!! Love the blooms!

A Creative Operation said...

I made some of these yesterday! What a cool way to recycle and to use up some rhinestones I had forever! Thanks for the idea!

Pam from Maine said...

Sherri, I love the metal flowers. How clever you are---but of course I already knew that! Can hardly wait to see your whole project.

Vicky said...

I so enjoyed reading this!!! Reminded me of my old hobby "jewelry making". I love the final look. They are so pretty

nomorelittlemonkeys said...

Beautiful!! I just used an aluminum can to try and sharpen one of my punches, and now I see this!

ZoezMom said...

What a great idea! Love this! Thanks for sharing!

Coley said...

This is so creative! I need a reminder to check my punches when I get home to see if I've already got a flower punch I can use. Thanks for the great tip!!!