Tuesday, November 19, 2013

LBH 12 Days of Ornaments: Day #3

Hello! Hilary here to help you create your next ornament.  In case we haven't met, I am one of the behind the scenes LBH gals that help with the prepping of the projects at the LBH.  I love to create and recycle so today's ornament is made from recycling a soda can or two. It's fun and a bit messy. I found leftover small can scraps to be very sharp! Be warned and extra careful.
Recycled Poinsettia Ornament
Designed by: Hilary Kern

Supplies Needed to Create this Ornament:
Empty Soda Cans
Layered flower die ( I used Sizzix Flower #6)
Rounded leaf die (Tim Holtz Alterations Tattered Leaves)
Die Cutting Machine
Versamark Ink Pad
Red Glitter embossing powder
Heat Gun
Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls Mist
3 small brads or bells (Mine were Jingle Bell Brads I had)
Glassine Paper
Peeled Paint Distress Stain
Coordinating Bakers twine
Crop-a-dile hole punch
½ inch chip board circles (optional)
Scissors-Tonic work great!
Glossy Accents or Strong Glue
Permanent Marker

     Open can with scissors cutting away flat cylinder from top and bottom. Cut the layered flower with your die and cutting machine. This may take several passes to get all the layers. (Printed part of can facing up, worked well) You can also just draw a flower and cut - you will need at least three layers in graduated sizes.

   Use Peeled Paint Distress Stain on Glassine Paper, you will need enough for 2 leaves. Die cut, or hand cut, 2 tear drop shaped leaves out of stained Glassine Paper.
 Emboss printed side with Versamark and embossing powder. again be careful as the metal will be hot after embossing.

     Mist bottom and top flower layers with Perfect Pearls Mist. This will help add a little  dimension to the flowers. Allow to dry.
Cut 2 chipboard circles to use as spacers in between flower layers. On smallest flower mark 3 dots, with permanent marker for brad placement.

    Layer from bottom- Start with the large flower, chipboard spacer, medium flower, chipboard spacer, and finally small flower. Remember to stagger flower Petals.

    Holding layers together use small hole punch or Crop-a-dile to make 3 holes for brads.

Insert brads into holes or glue jingle bells to center.

       Use bakers twine to make hanger and secure around a brad or two. Glue leaves into place. The leaves will cover the brad backs and bakers twine. Bend the tips of the petals to shape flower - Be careful the edges are sharp.

Now you have a colorful, recycled ornament to place on your tree or a special package. Traditionally Poinsettias are Red, today white and pink are also used in holiday décor. This soda can technique would make beautiful Spring Blossoms too!
Make sure to leave a comment for your chance to win this ornament.  Tell me how you like to use flowers in decorating for the holidays.

Keep Recycling!

WINNER from Day #2: Karen Blakeney
Congrats to Karen! Please stop by the LBH to claim your Ornament...
Thank you for commenting!


  1. HUGE congratulations to Karen!!!!

  2. Congrats Karen... I have one of my dads cowboy boots that hold a big bouquet of poinsettias... sits by my front door..

    beautiful ornament Hillary

  3. What a great idea...Go Green for christmas....so pretty and creative

  4. I use poinsettias on my front porch in a western planter. I love this ornament out of soda cans what a great use of recycling materials.

  5. I can not believe you used a coke can to make this. Awesome!!!! I am for sure going to make this one. I love decorating with flowers at Christmas. My tree is filled with off white magnolias. Love them!!! Thanks Hillary for an amazing idea.

  6. Great recycle project and an easy to find item! I like to have fresh flowers on the table. Its just fun!

  7. Cute & clever Hilary! I like it!

  8. Great way to recycle! Love this one!

  9. Love your ornament, Hilary! Great way to recycle and I think the little bells for the center is a really cute idea! We always have 1 or 2 pots of poinsettias in the house somewhere during the holidays.

  10. I like to make centerpieces and wreaths with poinsettias and ornaments. Then I give them away to family and friends.


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