What could be more American than Soda Pop? Last fall I saw a fall wreath made of leaves cut from pop cans. Since then I have wanted to make a wreath using pop cans but I couldn't come up with the right color combination. Then one morning on a walk I got an inspiration to make a patriotic wreath using red, white and blue-very popular pop can colors. This is one of those projects that makes you grateful that you recycle because the cost is minimal and the supplies are usually plentiful.
To begin you need to gather and cut your pop cans. To do this I used a plain old steak knife. I am not going to guarantee that this won't ruin said steak knife. I happen to have a surplus of these so I didn't mind destroying one for this cause and as it turned out it didn't destroy it. I just want to add that disclaimer so that no one gets upset if they ruin their good steak knives doing this.
Next you will want to cut your stars. I did this using die cuts at my husbands school. I was able to cut 2 stars from each pop can piece though the star die was bigger than the pop can piece was wide so some of the tips got cut off. An amazing thing happens when you cut the can with a die cut - the edges are not sharp. Now I know what some of you might be thinking, "I don't have any die cuts but I bet I could just cut those out with scissors." That is what I would have thought if I didn't have access to die cuts but let me tell you it will take longer, be harder, be sharper and probably won't turn out as good so I highly recommend finding some die cuts to do this. Many scrapbook places have access to them, and schools. Your neighbor may even have their own die cut machine-I know mine does.
I don't know exactly how many pop cans I used but it was quite a few-probably at least 2 grocery sacks full (of pop cans before they were cut down).
What a fun way to brighten up your front door this summer. I bet if you look around your garage long enough you will find pretty much all the supplies you will need. And it is a good reason to enjoy a cold soda on a hot day this summer.
God bless America.
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