Intro: Soda Can Rose
Want to make something special for that special someone? This Instructable will show you how to make a beautiful flower with just a few materials and a little bit of time. The best thing about it is that instead of throwing away your empty soda cans, you can make a wonderful bouquet of flowers!
This Instructable was made for those who do not have access to many tools (like me) but still want to make something green and fun using things found around the house.
Step 1: Ingredients
Coke can (or two if you want)
Xacto Knife or something similar
Wire clothes hanger
Hot glue gun
Step 2: Cut the Wire
Using your knife, cut out a piece of your wire about 4-6 inches long for the stem of the flower. I bent mine a little bit after cutting it to make it look a little more real.
Step 3: Cut Up the Can
Before cutting up the can, take of the soda tab and put it to good use: you can either give it to the Ronald McDonald Organization to help raise money for buying wheelchairs etc. or make something cool out of it using some awesome Instructables!
Back to business. First, you might want to rinse out the can so the coke doesn't spill all over you like it did to me. Using your knife, stab a hole in the coke can, and then start cutting out a few rough circles (they should be rough so it looks more like a flower. the rougher the better). You can also use your hands to tear off the circles. Try making them each a little bigger than the one before it, with the first one about an inch in diameter and the last one around 2-2 1/2 inches depending on how big you want your flower.
When you have 4 or 5 circles, use your knife to make a small hole in the middle of each.
Step 4: Making the Pedals
Take the smallest circle and start crumpling the sides of it. The sides of the first pedal should be close together, and the next few should gradually begin to open up more. Look at the pictures below to get an idea of how you want it to look.
Step 5: Paint That Baby
Simple enough, eh? Slap some paint all over the stem and pedals. Not sure what kind of pain works best, but I used acrylic and it worked out fine for me. If you have something better, just leave a comment to let me know :-)
Also, you might have to use a couple of layers of paint to cover up the writing on the can.
Step 6: Stack Em' Up
Slide the pedals onto the stem one by one, gluing them around the holes.
Step 7: FINITO! (finished)
Now go and make a bouquet and give it to someone special!