Are you a gardener?  Then you will know flowers are not that plentiful in late summer and fall gardens. The herb garden generally do not have showy blooms either.  Why not make some recycled soda can flowers to add to garden beds or in planters for some extra color? 

There are many ways to make these flowers if you look for them on Youtube.  Here are a few of my favorites by some very creative folks.  Each construction method is very different. 

Just be careful when you are cutting up the cans with scissors. Those edges are sharp - I have cut myself on these before. And slivers in fingers? Not fun either.  I highly recommend you wear some protective gloves.  

I would also use a sanding pad to make sure those edges are dull.  A flex shaft tool or a Dremel with the right attachment will make this task go faster. 

The first tutorial for a lovely sunflower design shown above, is by EcoHeidi Borchers for Cool2Craft. Her method uses alcohol inks to great effect.  I also like how she uses small metal pieces to hold the wooden dowel behind. 

I love how the recycled metal is spray painted for colorful flowers in this tutorial. The US designer is Bea from the School of Visual Philosophy

My! The poppy flower here is a stunner!  The Canadian mixed media artist is Ilene McInnes.  She uses a bunch of wire lengths to attach the wooden dowel to the petals. The fun part is clearly the coloring of the recycled metal. 

This rose flower tutorial is by Canadian Sunny Lin.  She did not realize until after she constructed the flower that it would have been better to paint each component before assembly. 

H/T to Sonya of Rocpoet 

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