Introduction: 3D Flowers for Jewelry Made From Soda Cans

Here are easy steps to make really fun and affordable three dimensional  roses from soda cans that can be used for pendants, earrings, hair clips, and more!

Step 1: Preparing the Can

1. Wash a soda can.
2. Using sharp scissors, poke a hole in the side of the soda can near the top. I usually do this in the nutrition label.
3. Cut all the way around the can and remove the top part of the can.
4. Cut straight down the can through the nutrition label to the bottom of the can.
5. Cut around the can and rmove the bottom part of the can.
6. Trim the edges to remove jagged edges.
7. Flatten the piece of aluminum you have left.

Step 2: Punching Out the Flower Parts

1. Place the flower punch on a flat, sturdy surface. I have the McGill Petite Petals Punch, which punches out 3 1" flowers, 2 tiny flowers, and 1 accent shape at one time.
2. Slide the flattened can into the flower punch.
3. Press down firmly on the punch until you hear the punch pop through the metal.
4. Lift the punch and slide the punched flowr parts aside.
5. Continue moving the aluminum around punching out as many flower parts as possible from the one piece. I like to use as much as I can.

Step 3: Creating the Flower

1. Select 4-6 of the 1" flowers to create your 3D flower shape.
2. Select the flower you want to use for the inner most petals. Using needle nose pliers, bend the petals up to form a tight bloom. You can use the printed side or the blank inside- both look nice! Curl the edges of the petals a bit using the pliers.
3. Repeat the process with the other flowers, leaving them more and more open. The final flower should be basically flat as this is the base of the flower.

Step 4: Assembling the Flower

1. Heat up your hot glue gun.
2. Place a dot of glue in the middle of the bottom flower and lay the next layer on top of it. Press down gently to bond them.
3. Repeat this process with all of the flowers until you have assembled your 3D flower.

Step 5: Finishing the Pieces

For Hair Clips:
1. Hot glue the finished flower to a hair clip. You can cover the hair clip with felt or just leave it plain.

For Pendants:
1. Drill a hole in one of the back petals using a small drill or a strong needle.
2. Use needle nose pliers to attach a jump ring.
3. Slide the finished piece onto ribbon or memory wire.

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