After you cut out your own butterflies out of aluminum cans, you can use them in many creative ways. Here are a few ideas.
These butterflies were made by a middle school student. She is working on making a collection of them to flutter up her wall.
She choose to paint hers. Don’t they look sweet? Add antenna if you like.
Make them into a mobile. This was made by a friend.
Use them as ornaments. Here is one I made and it seemingly rests on my finger.
I attached some to my ceiling fan pulls to help remind me which is the fan and which is the light.
I like the idea of using them in the garden as garden art. Further, they can be attached to trees to help one navigate down a winding forest path.
To learn more about how these were made, you may want to see my post: aluminum-can-butterfly-candle-holder.
Make your own fun fluttery butterfly candle holder this summer. I love the way the aluminum can butterflies create shadows on the table or walls. I’m really pleased how well this project turned out. What do you think? I used aluminum cans found during one of our local roadside clean-ups. I see possibilities in trash.
Wash your aluminum cans. Cut the bottom and top off. Also cut along the side so you can lay the metal flat.
(Older children can do this project. My 13 year old, in the photo above, was able to make very nice butteries on her own.)
Next, gently fold the metal to accommodate a stencil or to draw on a butterfly the desired size. Keep in mind that if you fold with the color on the inside, then you will have the color on the top side of the butterfly like in the picture.
Cut out the butterfly; I designated an old pair of scissors for this job. You can also get metal cutting shears from the hardware store. Don’t use your favorite pair of paper scissors!
Gently unfold the metal. Be careful because this seam has a tendency to break if you over work this edge. These can be painted if desired.
Save all your wine corks so you can make one of these cute/ functional cork boards. This project is pretty self explanatory. I didn’t even bother to glue the corks. Cinch the belt tight and they stay in place.
OK, it was just before Valentine’s day when I took these photos. Hence, the heart…
Make a thrift store coffee pot into something much more fun and interesting. You can use it as a vase with flowers or use it to serve a beverage.
This coffee pot was silver plated but it didn’t look good anymore because the silver was worn away in places and couldn’t be properly polished.
I used very fine sandpaper: the kind for metal work. I sanded the exterior of the coffeepot. Sanding helps the paint to adhere to the metal. Also, I recommend using a metal primer before applying a top coat of the color spray paint that you desire. I say, why not go bold?!
I painted mine purple because it looks good in my daughter’s room with the collection of thrift store tea cups she has.
I also used this coffee pot as part of the décor during a Mad Hatter’s Dinner Tea Party. Most of the feathers were collected over the years from my chickens when they molted. A few peacock feathers etc. came from local farms. The feathers are bunched together in small bouquets and tied to the top of chopsticks and then arranged in the pot.
Something as simple as covering a plastic nursery pot with bark can have wonderful results.
Adding a ribbon around the pot is a nice touch.
Nice for a house-warming gift or teacher gift.
Beautiful for a wedding or dinner party.
Add bark in a horizontal pattern or a vertical pattern.
We have a wood burning stove so I’m able to gather bark from around our log pile. Alternatively, you can harvest some from fallen trees. Using a hot glue gun, attach strips of bark. I used a pair of pliers to break the pieces to the appropriate length. Work your way around the pot: adding strips as you go. Reuse plastic pots you have hanging around your garage or find some secondhand. This blog is about wise use of resources so ask around and reuse items as much as possible.
I used 3 inches tall pots with square tops for a windowsill herb garden and I used a 4.5 inches tall round pot for a centerpiece.