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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

DIY Crafts~ Repurposed Soda Can Wall Art

Repurposed Soda Can Wall Art

Before you toss your soda can, take a second to consider the creative possibilities! Make Repurposed Soda Can Wall Art from Tiffany Windsor and find a sense of empowerment! Repurposing materials for crafts like this is a great green option.

Repurposed Soda Can Wall Art
  • Julianna Hudgins Spellbinders Dies (available at your local scrapbook, craft and hobby stores. Visit for store locations): LF-013 Jewel Goddess, S5-097 Jewel Treasures, S5-098 Jewel Stones
  • Soda cans
  • Craft knife
  • Scissors 
  • Jacquard Pinata Alcohol Inks (colors of your choice)
  • Jacquard Extender
  • Cosmetic sponge(s) (I cut each sponge into several pieces)
  • Craft wire (colors of your choice for jump rings and hair) or purchase ready-made jump rings
  • Pencil – for wrapping to create jump rings
  • Wire cutters
  • Round nose pliers
  1. Select soda cans that are large enough for the small goddess die. (I used Monster Drink.) Cut the top and bottom off with a craft knife and then cut down one side with scissors to create a flat piece. To help the soda can lay flat, roll the opposite way.

    Repurposed Soda Can Wall Art
  2. Keep a hold of the tightly rolled can for a few seconds and then lay it back on your work surface.

    Repurposed Soda Can Wall Art
  3. Prepare the die for cutting by placing on the silver side of soda can. Next place it between the Grand Calibur cutting pads and run through machine.

    Repurposed Soda Can Wall Art
  4. Once you have cut your piece, leave it in the die and place it on the embossing pads and run through machine. Your piece will now be cut and embossed.

    Repurposed Soda Can Wall Art
  5. Carefully remove the soda can from the die.

    Repurposed Soda Can Wall Art
  6. Your piece should now look like this. If you want, you can add more embossing design detail with stylus.

    Repurposed Soda Can Wall Art
  7. Lay shape on work surface and add inks.

    Repurposed Soda Can Wall Art
  8. Dab inks with sponge to cover entire surface.

    Repurposed Soda Can Wall Art
  9. Continue to blend.

    Repurposed Soda Can Wall Art
  10. If desired, add more ink colors.

    Repurposed Soda Can Wall Art
  11. Blend together until you have achieve the coloring you desire.

    Repurposed Soda Can Wall Art
  12. If desired, spray Extender over the ink to create splotches on the color.

    Repurposed Soda Can Wall Art
  13. Cut additional pieces from Stone die shapes and color with alcohol inks.

    Repurposed Soda Can Wall Art
  14. To create the head, cut a piece of soda can to the approximate size that you want the head. Place the Swirl die face down on the printed side and run through the embossing plates only.

    Repurposed Soda Can Wall Art
  15. Remove die carefully to reveal the design. Use scissors to cut to exact head size. Color with alcohol inks.

    Repurposed Soda Can Wall Art
  16. To create jump rings, wrap wire around pencil. Cut every other loop to create a doubled jump ring.

    Repurposed Soda Can Wall Art
  17. Punch holes at top and bottom of all pieces and additional holes for head.

    Repurposed Soda Can Wall Art
  18. Join all the pieces together with the jump rings.

    Repurposed Soda Can Wall Art
  19. To create hair, use pliers to create swirls on end of wires. Insert through a punched hole and insert straight end up through another hole. Use pliers to create swirl in remaining end. Repeat until you have created desired wired hair effect.

    Repurposed Soda Can Wall Art


Monday, September 23, 2013

DIY Project- Giant Button Wall Art

Giant Button Wall Art

By: Mitzi Curi from Mitzi Made It

Sewists, crafters, kids and adults will LOVE this Giant Button Wall Art from Mitzi Curi!  Made with a large wooden circle, this simple DIY decor project is perfect for adding a splash of color to a small corner or your children's bedroom.  This would also be an adorable addition to your future craft room.  You could even use a variety of circles to create a whole wall of adorable colored buttons! 

giant button wall art

  • Round wood tray
  • White spray primer (if you want to paint your button a light color)
  • Spray paint in the color of your choice
  • A drill with a large spade bit, about 1/2 to 3/4 inch in diameter (sometimes called a paddle bit)
  • Cotton filler cord (from the upholstery supply area of a fabric store)
  • A "D-strap" metal hanger
  • Sandpaper
  • E-6000 glue

  1. I decided to prime the tray first with a couple light coats of white primer so I could see the marks for the drill holes and for better paint coverage.

    giant button wall art
  2. Now I could measure the center and decide where to place marks for the four holes with a pencil.  At first, I used a measuring method, then I said "heck with this" and I positioned four pennies where I wanted the holes and traced around them.
  3. Using a drill with a spade bit, drill four holes.  Tip:  start drilling from the front of the tray.  The inevitable splinters will show up more on the back.  Of course, if you prefer two holes rather than four, that's fine too.
  4. Sand the drilled holes so they are somewhat smooth.  I rolled up a piece of sandpaper to get right inside.  Surprisingly, the tray I used had cardboard sandwiched between the two layers of wood.  Yours might not.  Remove all the dust with a damp paper towel or tack cloth.

    giant button wall art
  5. Now spray paint your button the color of your choice.  I had to use about three coats of "Perfect Pink", waiting between each coat to dry according to manufacturer's directions.
  6. Take your cording and thread it through the holes until you are satisfied with the appearance.  I decided to leave a "thread" hanging out the front, and I tucked the other end in the back.

    giant button wall art
  7. The package of D-strap hooks includes little nails, but I decided to use E-6000 glue instead because the tray was so thin I didn't think pounding a nail into it was a good idea.

    giant button wall art
  8. FYI:  I actually glued the hook closer to the top edge than what is shown in this picture.  Wait 24 hours for the glue to cure before hanging.
  9. After the glue dries for 24 hours, your button is ready to hang!


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