How to make recycled flower garden art from pushpins

How to make recycled flower garden art

Here is my recycled flower.

You will need:

– Empty and clean pop cans
– A lot of pushpins (color does not matter)
– A styrofoam ball
– Dowel
– Glue (use Weldbond or Ulitmate Glue for the pushpins and E6000 to glue the cans together)
– Spray paint in light blue, light green and darker green
– Thin wire

Directions:

1. Pain the down a light green and allow to dry.
2. Insert the dowel into the bottom of the styrofoam ball. Remove, add glue and re-insert.
3. Put some glue on a paper plate or something you can throw away. Dip each pushpin into the glue and insert it into the styrofoam ball. Your goal is to have the styrofoam ball completely covered with pushpins and glue. The glue covering the styrofoam ball allows you to spray paint it without having it eat away and dissolve the styrofoam.
4. Allow to completely dry.
5. Cover the stem (dowel) with tape or cling wrap.
6. Paint the pushpins blue (or whatever color you want!).
7. Cut your cans into long leaves. Leave a tab at the bottom to be able to attach it to the stem later.
8. Take tape and tape one side of the leaf (this will protect it from the other color). Spray the light green. It may take a few coats and allow to dry completely.
9. Remove tape and now put new tape on the painted side. Paint the dark green and allow to dry completely. Remove tape.
10. Using a combination of glue and wire, attach the leaves to the dowel. You can leave the wire color, or after the glue is dry, you can place tape around the leaves and carefully spray paint the wire.
11. Allow to dry and remove any tape.

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