Introduction: The Tin Can Rose

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Why give a rose that is going to die in a week when you could go all out and make an everlasting one. I have seen metal roses in the past and always thought it was a good Idea. So this is my take on metal roses. These make perfect gifts for anniversary or if your into giving bae romantic gifts make a few. ;)

You are more than welcome to ask me any questions and I will answer them as best as I can.

And I would be honored to have your vote in the contests that this rose is in.

Step 1: Tools and Materials

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Tools you will need.

  • Hammer
  • Pliers, you might want a few different kinds.
  • A punch
  • and tin snips, scissors will work though.
  • sand paper
  • and a small belt sander is handy
  • It is a good Idea to wear gloves when you are working with the cut cans, they are very sharp.


  • Tin Cans
  • 4 gauge copper, of brass rod
  • some small washers
  • supper glue

Step 2: The Can

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So to make this a cheap project, I use tin cans. Your going to recycle any way so put it to good use. I like using tomato paste cans because they are gold on the inside and silver on the outside, witch gives the rose a cool look in the end. but the best cans to use are the ones that you can open both ends with a can opener. In the Picture notice the one that is rounded. You can not cut the rounded one with a can opener. you could do it with a grinder but it would be more messy, so try to find ones with a lip on both ends.

Step 3: Preping the Can

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Once you get the can cut you have to flatten the whole thing. You have to get the ruffles out of it, so I just took a hammer and pounded the metal all over. And as you can see I got a nice flat piece from it.

Step 4: Petals

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Here are my petals I cut out, each one is a little smaller than the last so that when you bend them up you end up with the layers of peddles.. The metal will be very sharp, so you have to sand all of the petals down. This is where a small belt sander comes in handy. The last thing you have to do is punch a hole in the center of each petal blank, and get ready for mounting.

Step 5: Mounting Petals

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Now take the piece of thick wire and push each petal on the wire. Then peen over the top like in the picture. The best way to peen over the wire is to put it in the vise and start tapping the end with a hammer, it should start to form a mushroom shape. All of the pedals should be staggered so that the small one is on top and the big one is on the back of the stack. Then slide the small washer on the back of the petals and put super glue around it, this is so the petals can not move once they are mounted, and helps in the shaping process.

Step 6: Shaping

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Once the rose is glued you have to shape it. The best way to go about shaping, is to look at a picture of a rose you would like to replicate and start bending. A needle nose works best I have found for shaping, also make sure you start from the center and work your way out. The pictures are of me shaping one, the other thing you have to do is make sure all of the pedals over lap each other. But in the end it is up to you on what you want it to look like.

One last tip, if you want the rose to stay shiny it is a good idea to get some spray on clear metal finish on it. This prevents any tarnish that might build up on the rose.

Step 7: Finished

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This is a very simple, and a fun project. the total cost for one rose is about $3 if you use copper wire and tin cans. And for something that is going to last a long time that is a pretty good deal. I hope you have enjoyed my version of this instructable.

I would like to thank my Dad, for always encouraging me to try new things and to not give up no matter what. He shaped the two silver roses in the cover photo.

Thank you for taking a look, Caleb.


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Mary AnneB5 made it! (author)2017-07-03

Thank you for the instructable...these are so much fun to make and so there are so many different projects to make with them. The pic i added is a wire wreath with some denim and twine added (I'm not thrilled with my bow yet).

arieltenorio (author)2017-01-09

i like you Rose , Very Good Job

The-Only-Duke (author)2016-09-06

very nice instructable! might try and make one for my friend

ShannonM111 made it! (author)2016-07-03

Took about an hour! Thanks!

ShannonM111 made it! (author)2016-07-03

Took about an hour! Thanks!

JosephVD made it! (author)2016-06-19

super cool

reynalange (author)2016-01-21

It is a uselful instructable thanks for sharing, congratulations.

Bill-der-Girl (author)2015-08-12

Love this! I made tin can roses about 25 years ago and entered them in a local fair under the "three homemade flowers in a vase" category. They went on to the provincials, which felt very good indeed. Not as elaborate as yours - they have colour in them from being made of pop tins and fastened to old refrigerator wire (which had started to go a light shade of green). Keep bringing back the old arts - it's nice to see they aren't forgotten!

OrionsAnvil (author)2015-07-14

Hey man those are great! I will have to give that a shot.

I just posted my first instructable a few days ago. I never thought about making one until I saw you mention it in one of your posts. Its pretty fun, so I just wanted to say thanks

CJStephens (author)OrionsAnvil2015-07-16

Hey great to see you've joined! Let me know how yours turn out.

I just saw yours great job! your welcome! I hope that it goes well for you. instructables is an awesome site. :)

GrimFolf made it! (author)2015-05-23

Made one out of a soda can, Doesn't look as amazing as yours though! thank you!

CJStephens (author)GrimFolf2015-05-30

Thats awesome! It looks great! I love to see people make my projects. :)

kristy.h.cyr (author)2015-03-28

I love these roses! So pretty and really cool! Great job:)

CJStephens (author)kristy.h.cyr2015-03-29

Thank you. :)

kevin424 (author)CJStephens2015-04-27

this look amazing. what are the sizes for each petal? my son would like to try these

CJStephens (author)kevin4242015-04-30

I just hand drew my petals. but I looked at vbows copper rose, and he has a pretty good pattern. It is almost the same as mine but I made mine a little smaller. Thank you very much.

YPF (author)2015-03-28

Nice job! Good luck for the contest.

CJStephens (author)YPF2015-03-28

Thank you. :)

TrollFaceTheMan (author)2015-03-27

Amazing job you did there, they look great!!

ArtistryIsComingBack (author)2015-03-10

rogue_norsemen (author)2015-02-26

could you use coke or peosi cans instead of soup cans?

Yes you can, they are just a little harder to work with. They are also way sharper so be careful if you try to use them.

patricia.devereaux.7 (author)2015-02-27

You are an artist. Just beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

YvonneM (author)2015-02-23

Beautiful Caleb! I will have the boys check out your projects.

EvelynR1 (author)2015-02-21

you can also use soda pop cans. my sister did and its better for cutting.

aphillips-4 (author)2015-02-19

Instead of cans, you could use Litho printing plates, and they can be cut with a Stanley knife or scissors. They are made from Aluminium and can be folded without much effort. Generally they start around the size of a newspaper and printers will generally let people have a few without charge ;-)

CJStephens (author)aphillips-42015-02-20

Litho printing plates. I have never heard of those before, It sounds like those would be awesome for making the roses though. I will have to try to find some, thank you.

aphillips-4 (author)CJStephens2015-02-20 You will see the durability of litho plates and what can be achieved. I'm building a Guns and Roses themed bicycle and your Instructable will help me with the 3D aspect I want to add

abaneyone (author)2015-02-20

Very nice! I think it'd be a cool effect to let them rust.

starforest (author)abaneyone2015-02-20

If you let them rust they would have orangeish color like a real rose.

egwillfriedel (author)2015-02-19

Simple and awesome!! I have some very good friends in college that will receive this for their suite very soon!!

cutshopguy (author)2015-02-19

Nicely done Caleb. I really enjoyed your project and the results look awesome.

nvilchis (author)2015-02-19

This looks awesome, can't wait to try it. By the way, you should remind people to use gloves, I've worked with cans before and you can get cut so easily.

epatterson3 (author)2015-02-19

I love this! I did tin can flowers but they were painted....this is refreshing. I have to try it. Thanks for sharing!

chrisinsunriver (author)2015-02-19

Good job Caleb! Thanks for sharing . . . you have my vote!

It is much appreciated, thank you.

lgee3 (author)2015-02-19

What a beautiful, artful project....also you must have an awesome, Dad :) Your instructions/pictures are clear and concise, well done!

CJStephens (author)lgee32015-02-19

Thank you. Yes I do have an awesome dad, best one ever I think. :) I am new to taking pictures so that is nice to hear.

jca245 (author)2015-02-19

This reminds me of the flower the guy makes in the Science fiction movie District 9.

botdfmiw (author)2015-02-17

I agree with sir woodster, but this is a lot easier to work with if you dont have the tools for the copper one i would think.

CJStephens (author)botdfmiw2015-02-17

Yes I was not trying to copy vbows rose, I had tried making roses out of ticker steel and it is costly, and can be a pain to work with. That is why I came up with useing the tin cans. It is alot easyer for someone who might just be getting in to mettal working. Thank you

gravityisweak (author)CJStephens2015-02-19

Good idea using a cheaper waste metal for your rose. But it looks like you used vbows printable template for cutting out your pieces. You may want to give credit where credit is due.

gaelrhh (author)2015-02-19

This is a Wonderful Project. I enjoyed every bit of the Steps. One day I will try to make a Rose myself, but I don't think it will turn out as Beautiful as Yours. Keep up the Great Work. You are a genius. Gael

amobley (author)2015-02-19

These are simply beautiful! I love it!

costumer341 (author)2015-02-19

Brilliant! It could also be highlighted with spray paint or more subtlely with an airbrush! Just a thought. I really like this one. Good Job!

CJStephens (author)costumer3412015-02-19

That is a great Idea. I am not too good with paints, but if you even do I would love to see how it turned out. Thank you.

origamiguy (author)2015-02-19

can this be done with aluminum cans?

CJStephens (author)origamiguy2015-02-19

I have not tried using aluminum cans. But I am sure they would work, I would just make sure that the edges are really smooth so no one cuts them selves on the thin metal. Thank you for asking.

denise.king.9083 (author)2015-02-19

Have you thought of selling them? I am not very handy with metal, but love metal roses and for the right price would be interested in buying a few from you.

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