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PrincessPickles
« on: July 12, 2011 10:26:59 AM »

I wanted to make something out of the neat tea cans I was drinking from. So I made two wind decorations out of them.  I used a big circular hole punch for the hanging circles and a little hole punch for the holes to hang the big circles.  I used wire to connect the pieces, added some beads, and ta da!



I'm in college so I go through a lot of notebooks for my classes, so I used notebook wire on this one instead of throwing out the wire.  I also covered the sharp edges on the top piece with a little bit of fabric.


And finally, I made some can flowers to spiff up planters around the house.  Once again, I reused notebook wiring for the flowers and I just used old beads I had laying around for the center of the flowers.
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KristenNicole
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2011 10:54:04 AM »

This is awesome.  What a great way to spruce up old cans.
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« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2011 11:13:38 AM »

I have a bunch of these cans in my recycling bin.  Thanks for sharing your talent  Grin Grin Grin
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PrincessPickles
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2011 11:51:12 AM »

I have a bunch of these cans in my recycling bin.  Thanks for sharing your talent  Grin Grin Grin
They're really not hard to make, if you have the cans you should try it!
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jazzysmama
« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2011 01:07:16 PM »

Very cute
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coldinaugust
« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2011 07:07:58 PM »

Neat!  I love the idea of reusing notebook wire.  You are a top-notch re-user!  How did you cut the top of the can (the part the circles are hanging from)?  Do scissors do the trick, or wire clippers?
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PrincessPickles
« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2011 06:29:04 AM »

Neat!  I love the idea of reusing notebook wire.  You are a top-notch re-user!  How did you cut the top of the can (the part the circles are hanging from)?  Do scissors do the trick, or wire clippers?

I used scissors, but it's not the best way for a clean cut or a straight cut.  If you want a really nice straight cut, I'd recommend filled the can with water and freezing it, then using a table saw to cut it.  It'd simply be better to do that way, but I haven't done it mostly because I don't like using saws (I'm prone to cutting myself on things so a saw would be a bad idea for me).  If you don't want to use a saw, I used a razor once.  The cut was cleaner but more crooked.  Certainly gives it character when it's not even though. I hope that helps!
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coldinaugust
« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2011 07:17:43 AM »

Thanks.  Good to know that scissors will work.  The saw idea sounds smart, but I'm with you--pretty wary about using them, and I don't own one so I couldn't even if I wanted to ;-)
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PrincessPickles
« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2011 08:21:45 AM »

If you're going to use scissors, it might be fun to try those scissors that make patterns when you cut.  I don't have any to try, but it'd be neat to see how that turned out.
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« Reply #9 on: September 17, 2011 02:51:38 PM »

ADORABLE what a great way to make a window pretty!
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