Monday, October 13, 2014

DIY Metal Leaves

Easy fast DIY Metal Leaves made from Tea light tins

1)  TAKE A USED TEA LIGHT


2)  SCRAPE OUT THE WICK AND ANY WAX RESIDUE


3)  FOLD IN THE MIDDLE


4)  FLATTEN DOWN WITH YOUR HANDS


5)  TURN OVER


6)  HAMMER FLAT



7)  TURN OVER AGAIN -  YOU'RE READY TO SPRAY PAINT ( OR NOT )




USES ?

HANGING MOBILES  ( NURSERIES MAYBE - PAINTED I N PASTEL COLORS )
WREATHS ( ANY COLOR TO MATCH DECOR )
SCATTERED ON RUNNER FOR THANKSGIVING DINNER
FLORAL ARRANGEMENT ON BRANCHES ( HANGING BY THREAD )
GREAT FOR OUTDOOR - WEATHER PROOF GARDEN ART !
YOU COULD CUT OUT A CIRCLE - AND USE THESE AS PETALS ALL AROUND THE
PERIMETER AND CREATE FLOWERS
SPRAY PAINT WHITE AND USE FOR WEDDING CENTERPIECES AND RUNNERS
and probably thousands of uses I can't think of at the moment !!!

I spray painted mine gold - but the possibilities are endless ( and they won't be staying gold - that was just for the tutorial )

Now I have to do enough to make a wreath..................................

I saw artwork done from this method once - and can't find it anywhere ( I'm not even going to tell you how long I searched the internet ) - so I'm going from memory ( which is most definitely NOT what it used to be )
If anyone knows please drop me a line?
I'd like to give credit ( where credit is due ! )
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John says - Why the hell are there so many candles burning all over the house ?
John says - It looks like a witch's coven ..............................

But this witch is on a mission now.

Have a wonderful day everyone !
Much love,
Me


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59 comments:

  1. Oh, what a great idea! I bought a really sweet 'garland' of gold metal leaves on wire last year and have it hanging across the dining room window for fall. I love it! The metal does flake off a bit when handled though. :)

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  2. Aren't you a clever girl? You aren't going to start making those crocheted hats using beer can covers now are you? xo Diana

    ps. You can buy one here~https://www.etsy.com/listing/106421976/vintage-crocheted-beer-can-hat-miller

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  3. Can't wait to see the finished product!!! Love all your creativity!!! How is Little Soda doing? Hope she is better!!! Have a blessed day!! XOXOXOXOX Karen

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  4. what a cool idea, I can't wait to see this complete!

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  5. Excellent idea, and it's one of those projects in which you get to have fun providing the materials, like having many flickery candles and a witchy ambiance.

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  6. Well, aren't you just too clever!! Now I wish I hadn't thrown out my used tea lights! Tell John he just doesn't realize the artist he's living with.

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  7. I love it..... another idea with such potential. Went to two craft shows this weekend - Ball's Falls and Vineland ..... so many people with so much talent. It was very inspiring...... this is what the world needs..... people like you and many of the artisans and crafters sharing their talents.

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    1. Wow - me an artisan? LOL
      I saw someone else do a wall mural using these tea light containers - it was magnificent !
      thanks so much XOXOXO

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  8. Great idea... You could also use Alcohol Inks to color them...
    TFS!

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  9. Oh my. I love those. I can't wait to make some.

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  10. I don't burn tea lights but if I did, I'd be making some of your leaves! Great idea and I can't wait to see your witch's coven wreath! ;)

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  11. I love the leaves, but seriously - you have too much time on your hands. Or, you never sleep. When do you find time to make metal leaves?

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  12. Great crafty idea! Can't wait to see what you do with them : ). Hope you are having a lovely Thanksgiving. Patty

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  13. Well aren't you Miss Crafty. I love this idea. You go girl.
    Kris

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  14. Look at you! I love this idea Suzan! My craft wheels are turning!

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  15. Suzan, this is BRILLIANT!!! I am going to burn a bunch of tea lights tonight. lol I bet ribbon and/or wire could be pounded into the middle also! Thank you!!!
    ~ Christina

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  16. Wow! Totally Brilliant! I always have these left over from eating and enjoying a glass of wine outside. I get to lazy to throw them out when done. I wait till I need a romantic glow and realize I'm out. So now I will save them or go get them out of their holders. I'm thinking painted metallic copper and with the Thanksgiving centerpiece. Great share. Tell John to stop questioning you. Your brilliant!
    Barbara Ann
    Etsy.com/shop /barbaraannscreations

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    1. Lol - I tell John that every single night BarbarAnn - he doesn't agree !
      Thanks so much -
      ( they'd be beautiful in copper ! )
      xox

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  17. Don't know if this will help, but there is a leaf wreath shown at shakentogetherlife.com - it is made of cork (same shape leaves as yours), but you can certainly use your metal leaves for the design.

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  18. How cute are these...but not nearly as cute as John. :)

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  19. I love this! Great way to recycle! You know, I would bet these would be gorgeous layered over a styrofoam cone - you know - to look like a metallic christmas tree! It will be fun to see what you end up with. I can't wait - post soon! ;)

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  20. Hi again, I also found this http://www.favecrafts.com/Frames/Tea-Light-Frame - it says for a frame but made larger, it could be a wreath

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  21. I'm so trying this! I switched to the Dollar Tree battery operated ones and I have a whole bag of these I didn't know what to do with. Now I do!

    Shannon ~ bohemianjunktion.com

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  22. Great idea :) It proves that,there is use for everything if you creative enough!:)
    I do hope you will share some of your creativity at my Link Party-Big Autumn Bash:
    http://milaslittlethings.com/2014/10/big-autumn-bash-the-link-party.html

    Stopping by from Inspire Me Monday

    xx
    Mila
    milaslittlethings.com
    milawayable@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks so much Mila - just went over
      xoxo

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    2. Thank you for linking up !
      Your project has been featured :)
      xx
      Mila

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  23. OH my gosh, I thought at first you'd cut each one out! Love them! And so easy!!
    Makes me wish for that very large bag of empty tea light holders my mom had saved and we found when cleaning out the house. I can't tell you how we laughed and wondered if she planned on reusing them. :o)

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  24. Pure genius! I have often wondered what could be made from those little metal cups! I love this idea...:) Thanks so much for sharing with us. I will be making some of these for sure. Have a wonderful week!

    Blessings,
    Vicky

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  25. wow i burn tea lights all the time i luff luff luff this new to me use for them thanks so much for sharing

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    1. I KNOW you do - this is a perfect project for you too Anj lol!
      xoxo

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  26. Oh my goodness Suzan what a fabulous idea to recycle those little tins!! Pinning to remember. I could have a lot of fun with those little metal leaves. ;)
    Thanks for sharing your Great Idea with us at Project Inspire{d}!

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  27. OOh they're pretty, great trash chic craft!

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  28. That is incredibly clever, and easy enough that even I could do them. Gotta pin this one, Suzan!

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  29. That is a brilliant idea! I can hardly wait to see your creation.

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    1. Thanks Karen - it's going to take awhile before I have enough for a wreath !
      When I think of the hundreds I tossed into the recycling bin this summer ( I light the garden with them all summer )
      XOXOXO

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  30. Genius! Dang, I just threw out a handful last night after our Thanksgiving Dinner. Thanks for the idea and now I'm heading to the kitchen to do some garbage picking. yuck
    Marie@The Interior Frugalista

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    1. LOL - at least you still have them - I can't count how many I tossed into the recycling bin this summer - it's going to take awhile to get enough for a wreath LOL
      Thanks so much Marie
      XOXO

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  31. Such a talent,can not wait to see end result.Men,now if you went out and fixed his car he would think you were brilliant. lol

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    1. Well I'd think I was brilliant too - if I could repair the cars LOL
      Thanks so much Marlene!
      xoxo

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  32. I kept some of these for awhile thinking I could reuse them...now where did I put them! lol Great idea my friend! and hammering will work out frustrations! Have a good week! Hugs, Diane

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  33. I burn tea lights all day long...and then I throw them away! Wish I'd been saving them and I'm sure going to start! I love it when you do a craft girl!

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  34. Well, now you show me this! I just threw away a bag of the used tin cups. I will start saving them now - cute idea.

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  35. Great idea! Like everyone else in your comments, I have thrown so many away...well, not anymore! Thanks so much for sharing! Kyla @ http://houseofhipsters.com/

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    1. Oh the ones I threw away this summer !!! ( I light the garden in the evening with them ) Thanks so much Kyla !
      xoxo

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  36. Just gave you a wee shout out over at https://www.facebook.com/AmazingWomenRock :)

    XOX

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  37. Brilliant idea. I hate throwing anything away,so this is great. I use so many of these.

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    1. I hate throwing things out too - wish I had of just hung on to all the ones I used to light the garden this summer - for parties it was well over a hundred at a time !!!
      Thanks so much Jeanette
      xxxx

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  38. This is so amazingly simple and clever! I want to try this idea and share it with my crafty friends. So creative... thanks for showing us how to make these.
    Cheryl

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  39. What a clever idea! I can see so many uses for these Suzan. Would make a fabulous wreath! Thanks for sharing them with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  40. Hi Suzan, what a wonderful way to repurpose the used tealight tins! Thanks for sharing Lisa@ Sweet Tea N' Salty Air

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  41. What a great idea....I know I won't be throwing the tea light holders away now...Thanks for sharing the idea!!!!

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  42. WOW Suzy!!!! Such a great idea!! They are so cute!

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  43. Well how cool is that! Great idea, pinned!

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  44. Suzan,
    This is such a cute idea. I would never have thought of this. Thanks so much for sharing with Adorned From Above's Link Party. We hope to see you at tonight's party.
    Debi

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