Monday, April 16, 2012

On My Basket: Aluminum can flowers for spring

Did you have a lovely weekend? I sure hope so. Ours was filled with exploring more of beautiful Iceland and playing a murder mystery dinner game with the friends we are visiting here. I'll be showing you more, but FIRST! I did this DIY before I left Denmark (can you tell by the same dress I'm wearing!?! so sorry, I usually try and mix up my clothing changes). Since Denmark is the land of bicycles (40% of Copenhageners ride to work) I thought it'd be nice to do a monthly series of what's going on with my bike basket decor. What do you think? Yay? Nay?

You definitely know spring has arrived when women start putting the fake flowers on their bike baskets. I wanted to try something a bit different--something better suited to rain so I tried out aluminum cans and a flower punch. 
You will need: aluminum cans, flower punch, paint brush, acrylic paints, duct tape, wire wire cutters, glue for metal
Step 1: Punch the can with the scissors.
Step 2: Cut the aluminum getting as much out of the flat part as you can making a rectangle.
Step 3: With the flower punch, punch the aluminum can rectangle.
Step 4: Paint the flower white. You'll need to paint a few layers.
Step 5: Brush some color onto the petals to create a loose brush effect. Don't use much water.
Step 6: Glue two flower punches together so they are two layers.
Step 7: Fold the petals and then slightly curl them to create volume.
Step 8: Attach a pice of wire about 4" long to the back of the flowers with the duct tape.
Step 9: Insert the wire into the basket and twist it in the back. Cut off extra wire if necessary.

These flowers should withhold the elements much better than the fabric flowers and you can change it up according to the season.

Photography by Hilda Grahnat
Happy spring!

13 comments:

Elizabeth @ Pretty Chic Blog said...

Very pretty :)

Jacqueline said...

Lovely but lots of work.

kimi said...

I'm on it!!!

Ashten said...

Good idea for my bike basket!

melissa said...

wow you are amazing!!

An English Mamma in Stockholm said...

Wow, these look great! (And now I remember how much I loved Faxe Kondi when I lived in CPH!)

Tanei Atagi said...

So cute! Yay!

kimi @ www.californiapixie.com said...

I bought the punch!!! My first punch, btw. It felt fine.

Miss B. said...

@kimi, it was my punch too (it was really hard to bring myself to buy one)

John Boone said...

Very instresting very well done god bless you.

helena said...

Now a bike shop is no longer the only place to find a great bike, you can find one online and have it shipped to your door and assembled in under ten minutes.

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CalĂ­ope CorrĂȘa said...

Thank you for visiting in my blog, I was very happy to see you there ... Your design is really PERFECT!

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