Make this metallic succulent wreath using craft metal or upcycled soda cans. Shiny and gorgeous this wreath can be displayed year round.Hi all! I know it's the first day of fall, but it's still running in the high 90's here in the desert. Ugh. When is my fall going to start? Since the cool, crisp autumn hasn't graced us with its presence yet, I decided to forgo usual Sparkly Autumn Leaf Wreath, and put up something a little different on the front door. Succulents are definitely great plants for anytime of year and this metallic succulent wreath will work in the spring, but it's perfect for early fall too. The cool thing about succulents is the great colors they come in. I wanted to show off the greens, blue-greens and red-greens of the succulents on a grapevine wreath. These succulents are made out of aluminum so they really shine. Spellbinders was gracious enough to provide me with their succulent dies, which I used in my Spellbinders Platinum Die-Cutting machine. This machine is awesome because with the steel rule dies, it can cut through craft metal, cardboard, felt and craft foam among other things. I was totally drawn in by the idea of felt crafting, but I'm loving using the metal as well. The succulents are made out of upcycled soda cans. We don't drink much soda around here, except for the occasional Diet Coke. In order to have enough cans I started drinking La Croix pamplemousse sparkling water (which is delicious) and I bought some store brand soda to pour out and use the cans. I also found a place that sells rolls of the aluminum, which I ordered and am going to use in a Christmas project...stay tuned.
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- Spellbinders Platinum Die Cutting Machine
- Sweet & Succulent Steel Rule Die
- Simply Succulent Steel Rule Die
- Aluminum from soda cans, or you can order a roll from Whimsie.com
- Alcohol Inks 3 pack Rustic Lodge and 3 pack Conservatory
- Alcohol Ink Applicator or just stick some felt to a wood block with velcro
- Hot glue gun with glue sticks
- E6000 or other adhesive that works with metal
- Large binder clip (optional)
- Grapevine wreath - they are super cheap at Michael's (use a coupon!)
***Disclaimer: Take care not to cut yourself or burn yourself while making this project. Keep out of reach of children. This blog or writer is not responsible if you injure yourself.***First cut out your aluminum cans to flatten them with metal snips or other heavy duty scissors. Be super careful because there will be sharp edges. Flatten the aluminum and sandwich onto the die following the machine's directions. It's super easy folks!