Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Upcycled Ornaments

I bought this ornament for my husband (who likes Mountain Dew and bicycles) at a craft fair.

I started talking to the sellers about how they made it and realized that I had the tools at home to make my own. First, I just had to drink some cans of soda. My husband helped me with the task, since I have really cut back on soda the last couple of years.

I used my Big Shot and some wafer thin dies. (The seller at the craft fair used a Cuttlebug machine.) From my stash, I figured that the Butterflies Thinlits Dies would make the best ornaments. I also cut out words from the Hello You Thinlits Dies for some cards. I think that a few other options from Stampin' Up! might work well for this project. I may also check out a wider selection of dies from Simon Says Stamp. (They are based in my home state of Ohio.)

My main tip is to place wax paper between your die and the metal can. I used a craft knife and these scissors to cut my cans. The edges of the cut cans are not too sharp, so this is still a pretty safe project. (This comes from someone who had cut her finger on a paper trimmer before!)

Feel free to ask questions in the comments below. I would love to hear about your upcycled craft projects.

Happy Crafting!

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