iLovetoCreate Canned Creativity

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by Cheryl Ball, iLovetoCreate

iLovetoCreate Canned Creativity

Let old beverage cans be the inspiration for new frames!

Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:1 hour

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Project time does not include drying time for the glue.
  • 2
    Wash old beverage cans then set upside down on paper towel to drain excess water.
  • 3
    Use scissors to carefully cut top and bottoms from beverage cans then cut down one side and smooth out for a flat piece of metal. Caution: the cut edges of beverage cans are very sharp.
  • 4
    Dry any remaining water if needed, then cut out names or designs from beverage cans.
  • 5
    Cut out desired patterns from pattern sheet. Use felt pen to trace design on inside of beverage can, determining color for each. Carefully cut out sections.
  • 6
    Bend metal as needed to create flattest surface possible.
  • 7
    Measure and cut cardstock to fit inside frame. Use an Original Tacky Glue Stick to add layers of cardstock and pictures together. Insert into frame.
  • 8
    To create a Random Frame:
    Position metal pieces where desired.
    Use pushpin to lightly score back of metal pieces and section of frame where they will be placed.
    Apply a thin layer of glue in back center of each metal piece then use finger to smooth glue close to edges.
    Press piece in place, then add small pieces of low-tack masking tape to hold in place till dry.
    Any wet glue can be wiped away with a damp cotton swab.
    Glue all pieces in place.
    Let dry overnight then carefully remove all tape.
  • 9
    To create a Chain Frame:
    Add a thin layer of glue in a circle on front of frame.
    Starting at center, hold chain up then let end lay in center of glue.
    Start swirling chain to fill circle.
    Cut off excess with wire cutters and let dry.
    Repeat until you have the number of circles desired.
    Cut off any excess parts on back of jewelry piece so it sits flat.
    Cut several lengths of chain so they can be layered as shown.
    Glue ends of outside chain to top of frame, holding ends with tape.
    Glue other two sections in place.
    Let dry, remove tape then glue jewelry piece in place; hold with tape until dry.

Project Details

  • Level:beginner
  • Time:1 hour

Project Supplies

  • Aleene's Glue Gun Kit 104182877
  • Old Beverage Cans
  • Coordinating Cardstock of Your Choice
  • Coordinating Craft Chain of Your Choice
  • Low Tack Masking Tape
  • Old Jewelry Pieces
  • Paper Towels
  • Permanent Felt Pen
  • Pushpins
  • Clear Plastic Frames
  • Panacea Heavy Duty 8 inch Wire Cutters 104455865
  • Scissors
  • Cotton Swabs