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Aluminum Can Poinsettia Wreath by Johnnie Lanier

Guest designer Johnnie Lanier joins us to share an amazing holiday wreath created with alcohol ink and upcycled aluminum cans.

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Aluminum Can Poinsettia Wreath by Johnnie Lanier | www.rangerink.comHi Ranger fans! My name is Johnnie and I blog at Saved by Love Creations. I am as excited as can be to share my poinsettia wreath project with you. If you know me, you know I love to create with recycled materials, especially pop cans. Today, I am going to show you how to cut aluminum cans, color them with alcohol inks and combine them with some dollar store supplies to create a beautiful Christmas wreath for less than $3!

Supplies:

  • Surfaces: Aluminum cans (rinsed out and dry)
  • Dies: Tim Holtz Tattered Poinsettia
  • Adirondack Alcohol Ink: Red Pepper, Oregano
  • Distress Paint: Antique Linen
  • Ice Stickles: Gold
  • Mediums: Glossy Accents
  • Tools: Felt Applicator Tool, Non-stick Craft Sheet, Tim Holtz Kushgrip Snips, Craft Pick; Vagabond or die cutting machine
  • Adheisve: Hot glue sticks and gun
  • Other: Wreath form and “Merry Christmas” decoration from the dollar store

Aluminum Can Poinsettia Wreath by Johnnie Lanier | www.rangerink.comThe first step is cutting the aluminum cans so that you end up with rectangular sheets you can run through the die cut machine. (If you don’t have a die cut machine, there are tons of free poinsettia shape templates you can download, print and trace onto the can to cut by hand).

Aluminum Can Poinsettia Wreath by Johnnie Lanier | www.rangerink.comBe very careful when cutting cans. The exposed edges can be sharp! Begin by inserting scissors into the mouth of the can and cutting through it down to the can’s side. My favorite scissors for cutting cans, and everything really, are Tim Holtz Kushgrip Snips. They go right through the aluminum, no problem.

Aluminum Can Poinsettia Wreath by Johnnie Lanier | www.rangerink.comCut around the can as shown to remove the top.

Aluminum Can Poinsettia Wreath by Johnnie Lanier | www.rangerink.comNext, cut down the side of the can to the bottom.

Aluminum Can Poinsettia Wreath by Johnnie Lanier | www.rangerink.comCut around the can to remove the bottom as shown.

Aluminum Can Poinsettia Wreath by Johnnie Lanier | www.rangerink.comYou are left with a rectangular sheet that can be die or cut by hand.

Aluminum Can Poinsettia Wreath by Johnnie Lanier | www.rangerink.comThe die cuts 4 layers for each flower.  I used 12 flowers to create the wreath.

Aluminum Can Poinsettia Wreath by Johnnie Lanier | www.rangerink.comOnce your shapes are cut, it is time to color them! I love alcohol inks for this. They are so vibrant, and are made for non-porous surfaces like metal. I started with the bottom (largest) flower layer using Oregano for the leaves as shown. Working in a non-stick craft sheet, just place a line of ink on the felt applicator and dab the color onto the leaves.

Aluminum Can Poinsettia Wreath by Johnnie Lanier | www.rangerink.com

Aluminum Can Poinsettia Wreath by Johnnie Lanier | www.rangerink.comColor the red petals the same way, using Red Pepper. Use this on the remaining 2 petals on the bottom layer, and the entire top three layers.

Aluminum Can Poinsettia Wreath by Johnnie Lanier | www.rangerink.comPoke holes in the 3 bottom layers using the needle tool.

Aluminum Can Poinsettia Wreath by Johnnie Lanier | www.rangerink.comAttach the 3 bottom layers together with Tim Holtz Long Fasteners.

Aluminum Can Poinsettia Wreath by Johnnie Lanier | www.rangerink.comUse Glossy Accents to glue top layer onto the Long Fastener as shown.

Aluminum Can Poinsettia Wreath by Johnnie Lanier | www.rangerink.comApply Gold Ice Stickles to the top layer for the yellow center of the poinsettia.

Aluminum Can Poinsettia Wreath by Johnnie Lanier | www.rangerink.comHot glue the finished poinsettias onto the wreath form.  This one I found on a recent dollar store trip.  Add burlap ribbon to the top before placing flowers there.

Aluminum Can Poinsettia Wreath by Johnnie Lanier | www.rangerink.comThis “Merry Christmas” decoration I found at the dollar store was screaming for some distress paint to make it perfect for my poinsettia wreath! It had a felt snowman that was easily removed. I went over it with 2 coats of Antique Linen and attached it to the burlap ribbon with clear string.

Aluminum Can Poinsettia Wreath by Johnnie Lanier | www.rangerink.comAdhere the decoration to the wreath.

Aluminum Can Poinsettia Wreath by Johnnie Lanier | www.rangerink.comNot in the market for a wreath? These recycled can poinsettias are great for embellishing your art projects too! Just adhere it onto your piece with a foam square or Glossy Accents.

Johnnie

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Johnnie Lanier a crafter and DIYer that blogs at SavedByLoveCreations.com.  Johnnie is a master at using reclaimed materials to make something new.  You can find more of Johnnie’s projects and tutorials at: Blog , FacebookPinterestTwitter, Instagram, and Google+.



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