Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Snowman votive tutorial.

I had a couple people give me a couple suggestions and even someone who wanted a tutorial so here it is, I hope you will try it out and have it work well for you.

Things you will need:
Pop can
Box Cutters (scissors can be used it's just a little trickier)
Fine grit sand paper (for this I sanded most of the color off but before I just painted the inside so if sand paper is not available you can paint the side with the design on it)
Push pin
Something safe to push on (I use a telephone book it works great!)
Hot glue gun

The first step is to grab your pop can, rinse it out thoroughly and I just shook mine around quite a bit to get the water out.

 Cut the top off with the box cutter and cut one slice all the way down the side. Then begin cutting the bottom off. With the box cutters it's easy to get your hole poked in to start cutting through but if you're using scissors you may want a knife to get your cut started.
With the top and bottom cut off, use the sand paper to begin sanding the paint off the can, if you're painting I recommend securing the can to be as flat as possible and not get paint everywhere. I used clothespins at the each edge to connect to the telephone book.

The sand paper worked well, there are some dents in the can where the paint didn't come completely out but you won't notice it as this side will become the inside of the votive.

Now you will fold it. I fold three times for a square trying to make them as even as possible. You could probably make any shape you want, I haven't experimented too much with this so I'd love to know if anyone tries something different.
Last fold and push down on the edges for a good crease.  Also at the end of the last fold fold in just the end enough to attach to separate edges together like this ------------>
I push down with the handle end of the paint brush to have an idea of where I want to make my punctures. Use the push pin to push through the aluminum to punch in your design on as many sides as you want, this time  I went with three sides.

Once your snowman(men) are punched in you're ready to glue your separate edges together. On the right corner is how I put the edges together, this is why the extra edge is folded so it can be placed on the inside so the corner will appear seamless. Put your glue on that small flap and place the open edge on top.

This is the finished product with a tea light in it. You can still see some of the red but the light shines through the three sides punched. 

I have never written directions on anything so I hope this is adequate. I'm completely open to suggestions or ideas  on the tutorial as well as the project. Tweak it however you will and I would love to see what you have done! Please be very careful, I haven't had any problems with the edges of the can being sharp but the box cutters and scissors will be as well as the inside where the metal is being pushed through.


Colleen (Shibley Smiles) said...

What a cute idea! It is amazing what you can do with little money.

Seams Inspired said...

Autumn, this is fabulous! Can I feature you and your tutorial on my Thursday Concatenation? Larri at Seams Inspired

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