I wanted to do something special for my wife for our recent anniversary. Since her birthday was only 8 days previous and I went all out I was on a budget. I was not about to let an anniversary slip by without a memorable tribute so I got to work.
I have a relatively unsophisticated collection of hand tools, no power tools to speak of and I'm not exactly overwhelmed with raw material choices around the house. After mulling over a bunch of ideas in my head over the course of a couple of days I decided on making her a dozen roses. I created them using pretty simple household stuff.
(6) Soda Cans
(12) 11" pieces of constuction or strong craft wire (for stems)
Scissors (Don't use your wife's sewing scissors because they will be dull and worthless after cutting through tin cans.)
Ballpoint Pen (Use a pen you don't care about because it will probably not write after this little adventure.)
Sanding Sponge or Sand Paper
Needle Nose Pliers (These will be used to cut and bend wire)
Please Note: Be careful not to cut yourself on the sharp edges of the soda can.
Step 1: Rinse and Prepare Soda Cans
Thoroughly rinse the cans with hot water to keep them from getting sticky and gumming up your scissors. Once they're clean and dry cut off the tops and bottoms of the cans so only the sides remain. You can use a metal ruler to straighten out the material once you've cut the edges straight.
Step 2: Sand off the paint
Use a sanding sponge or plain old sand paper to thoroughly remove the paint from the surface of the metal.
Step 3: Draw a swirl shape on the material
With a ballpoint pen that you don't need to ever use again and don't mind potentially destroying, trace a swirl shape from roughly the center of the material outward. The pen should make a little indentation in the material that you can use to cut out the final shape.
Step 4: Cut the swirl shape out of the material.
Once you have your swirl shape go ahead and cut along the line you just drew.