Poppies that are always in bloom :)

After posting photos of my real poppies last friday and as normal coming home to find almost all the blooms gone, I got to thinking about the shape of a poppy and how it kind of resembled the bottom of a soda bottle.  So here is what I came up with from plastic bottle and soda cans:

Hand cut each bottle and shaped them into petals.  Painted with regular craft paint and sealed with mod-podge.  The center of the flowers are punched, cut and painted by hand from soda cans.   The stem on the red bottle is too thin so I think I am going to have to try old fence wire or a metal coat hanger for the others.  
Check back this week for more plastic bottle flowers :).  
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I LOVE Arizona Cans, and I guess the tea :) & Massena Heritage Festival Craft Show is SATURDAY

My latest aluminum can madness is for Arizona cans.  I had never really had their products before except for the Arnold Palmer, but bought one last week just for the can and it turns out I actually like the tea too :).  The cans I used below were the peach green tea and the peach tea.  The colors on each can are fantastic, these two cans had light pink, dark pink, turquoise and off white!  This decoration set will be on display and for sale at the Massena Heritage Festival Craft Show at the Massena Arena, Saturday June 4th from 9am – 5pm.  Stop by and check out more of my new creations! Happy Weekend!

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Wedding Wednesdays: My first recycled soda can Bouquet ‚ô•

I have been making the recycled soda can roses for so long and I hadn’t had a chance to make a bouquet yet.  Last week during my mini-break, I started creating the roses.  It is a long grueling process to make so many roses, but definitely worth it once you see the end result.

Each stem is wrapped in floral tape, which is extremely sticky and a real pain to work with but once I had them all wrapped I coated the stems in corn starch and it removed the stickiness.   I also wired some old pearls from a broken necklaces and added them in as well.
I am considering selling these on a Made To Order basis b/c there are so many different routes you could go with it and I would love to make custom creations.  
Look whats next, HYDRANGEA ūüôā 
Check out this bouquet as well as lots of other new stuff this Saturday, June 4th at the Massena Heritage Festival Craft at the Massena Arena from 9 am – 5 pm.  
Enjoy and Happy Wednesday!
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Recycled Plastic Bottle Flowers :)

I have been trying to figure out how to make flowers out of plastic bottles for weeks now.  I have cut them up, melted them, put them in the oven and had no success until I started looking at the bottoms of the bottles which are already kind of star shaped, So I cut one from a 2 liter soda bottle apart and cut each little section into a pointy petal.  To create the leaf, I just cut a leaf shape out of a peice of the rest of the bottle that was already curled slightly.  For the small pink flower I did the same with a water bottle and then flipped the bottle over and pushed the petals out.  I think they are adorable.  A little paint applied kind of sloppy completes them.  I think a nice wreath of plastic sunflowers may be on its way!

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My New Recycled Flower: Is it a poppy or ranunculus?

This is my latest creation, a pink flower with a pearl in the center.  I am not sure if it looks more like a poppy or a ranunculus blossom.

So what do you think?  Is it a ranunculus or a poppy?  I think it could be either depending on the color and center decoration!  Either way it will make a great addition to my recycled wreath decorations, cuffs and I think I may branch into headpieces too!
A Red Poppy ūüôā
Photo Credit: Flower Info
Ranunculus
For all of you who have never seen it, since it does not grow well in Northern NY (trust me I’ve tried) this is Ranunculus aka Persian Buttercup.
Photo Credit: International Flower Bulb Centre
Enjoy!
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“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You” – Happy Birthday Dr. Suess! – Vintage Paper Rose Tutorial

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I have received some requests as to how I made my vintage sheet music paper roses, as seen on my music note bedspring wreath:

Here is the tutorial, it is very similar to my Recycled Soda Can Rose tutorial, but with some mod podge fun!

What you need:

1.  Soda Cans that have had the bottoms and tops cut off Рsee recycled rose can tutorial if you need more help

2. ¬†scrap paper (can be just about anything I’ve used newspaper, stuff from magazines, comics, old books, etc)
3.  Mod Podge (you may want to put paper or a mat down on your work surface)
4.  Paper Punch (I use a seal punch you could use a petal)
5.  Paint Brush
6.  Scissors
7.  Wire
8. A Tack (and something same to press it into)
9. A large nail or a skewer to use to roll the petals.
Step 1.  Cut out from the soda can using the paper punch at least 2 shapes for each rose.
Step 2: For each soda can piece, you will need two cut outs of the paper of your choice, I chose old sheet music.

Step 3:  Using an old paint brush, put mod podge kind of heavy on one side of the soda can cut out and line up the paper piece cut out over it and smooth it down and let it dry.
Step 4: ¬†If you didn’t use a petal punch, you will have to cut your cutout into even “petals” and then using the tack poke two holes in the center to thread the wire through.

Step 5:  Thread wire through the two holes on one cut-out and then on another.  Then using the nail or skewer , create your petals, by rolling each petal around the skewer or nail and shape it until you like it!

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“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You” – Happy Birthday Dr. Suess! – Vintage Paper Rose Tutorial

I have received some requests as to how I made my vintage sheet music paper roses, as seen on my music note bedspring wreath:

 Here is the tutorial, it is very similar to my Recycled Soda Can Rose tutorial, but with some mod podge fun!

What you need:

1.  Soda Cans that have had the bottoms and tops cut off – see recycled rose can tutorial if you need more help

2.  scrap paper (can be just about anything I’ve used newspaper, stuff from magazines, comics, old books, etc)
3.  Mod Podge (you may want to put paper or a mat down on your work surface)
4.  Paper Punch (I use a seal punch you could use a petal)
5.  Paint Brush
6.  Scissors

7.  Wire

8. A Tack (and something same to press it into)
9. A large nail or a skewer to use to roll the petals.
Step 1.  Cut out from the soda can using the paper punch at least 2 shapes for each rose. 

Step 2: For each soda can piece, you will need two cut outs of the paper of your choice, I chose old sheet music.

Step 3:  Using an old paint brush, put mod podge kind of heavy on one side of the soda can cut out and line up the paper piece cut out over it and smooth it down and let it dry.  

Step 4:  If you didn’t use a petal punch, you will have to cut your cutout into even “petals” and then using the tack poke two holes in the center to thread the wire through. 

Step 5:  Thread wire through the two holes on one cut-out and then on another.  Then using the nail or skewer , create your petals, by rolling each petal around the skewer or nail and shape it until you like it!

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