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Crafts for Kids: Soda Can Flowers

Get a jump on your spring flower garden this year with this classic and colorful craft from small hands big art.


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Get a jump on your spring flower garden this year with this classic and colorful craft!  These funky flowers have a cool retro look, and don't require a green thumb to make!  Fashioned from aluminum soda cans and wire coat hanger stems, these environmentally conscious perennials are fun and easy to make at home.  Wow your neighbors, have fun with your kids, and ease your guilty conscience about your secret Diet Dr. Pepper addiction at the same time!
 

You Need:

• Empty soda cans (you'll want to make these by the dozens, so have a good supply on hand!)
Coat hangers or other strong wire
• Wire cutters

• Scissors (strong scissors like tin snips or poultry shears are recommended to remove the top of the can, but regular scissors are fine to cut the petals)
• Hot glue gun
• White school glue
• Acrylic paint & paintbrushes
• Glitter Do-dads to adorn the flowers (buttons, bottle caps, jewels, sequins, etc.)
• Clear outdoor spray sealant (optional)

 

How to Do It:

1 Ahead of time, rinse out the cans and cut off the tops of the cans.  Using the tin snips or poultry shears, hold the can in one hand and pointing the scissors away from you, carefully poke a hole in the top of the can where it bends. Cut all the way around the bend to remove the top of the can. Though not difficult, this is the hardest part of this project, and we recommend that an adult complete this part.

2. Hot glue the stems on.  The stems can be made from wire coat hangers or other strong wire.  With wire cutters, cut the wire to the desired length, and bend/twist the end to form a little "clump" of wire that can be hot glued onto the concave back of the can.

3. Using regular scissors, make the flower petals by cutting from the open end of the can all the way down to the bottom bend of the can.

4. Carefully bend the petals back one at a time by bending them from the bottom of the can.  Trim the edges of the petal into your desired shape (round, angled, etc.).

5. Paint with acrylic paint and sprinkle with glitter while wet.  Allow to dry for 10-15 minutes.

6. Decorate with buttons, jewels, and recycled materials such as colored water bottle lids, bottle caps, etc.

7. Suggestions for getting creative:  stack two flowers together by using hot glue around the bottom of one can and placing in the center of the other; curl the flower petals by wrapping them around a pen or paintbrush handle; punch holes in the petals with a paper hole punch; cut the petals at angles rather than straight lines; and "scratch" a design in the dry paint with a piece of wire.

8. These flowers will last forever outside, but like all beautiful living things, without adequate sunscreen their beauty will fade in the sun over time.  A little clear outdoor spray sealant (found at the craft store) will help extend their color.

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Cost: Free.

Where:
Beatties Ford Regional Library
2412 Beatties Ford Road
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-3000
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Search for and keep mineral treasures like garnets, topaz, rubies, emeralds and rose quartz in the running water sluice.

Cost: $10-$13, includes museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 East Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6900
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Features a Panthers’ practice capped off with a  fireworks and laser show. Fans will also receive a 2015 team roster photo card with a 2015 schedule. Stadium gates open at 6:30...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bank of America Stadium
800 S. Mint St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Spend your Friday evening watching a feature film, participating in activities and taking in a musical performance. August 7: "Big Hero 6" and Mr. Nigel August 14:...

Cost: Free

Where:
SouthPark Symphony Park
4400 Sharon Road
Charlotte, NC  28211
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Telephone: 704-364-4411
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Music and entertainment before the movies. Movies start at Dusk.

Cost: Free.

Where:
Village Park
700 West C Street
Kannapolis, NC
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Telephone: 704-920-4343
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Watch Herself Rising as they blend storytelling and theater to combine the defining moments of each performers personal life. Rated PG-13.

Cost: $20-$30

Where:
"Blumenthal Performing Arts, Booth Playhouse"
130 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC
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Discover how early settlers carved a life from the wilderness in the Piedmont of North Carolina in the 18th Century during this outdoor program at the Backcountry Farm. 10am and 2:30pm.

Cost: $6-$9, includes museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 East Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6900
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Explore conditions that make life favorable on our planet and throughout the universe. Discover the diversity of life here even as humans embark on the search for life in the universe....

Cost: $6-$10

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 East Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Telephone: 704-866-6900
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Follow the story of Gastonia-based Tony's Ice Cream, enjoy displays of Ice cream production equipment and memorabilia. Museum hours: Mon.-Sat., 9am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm.

Cost: $6-$9, includes museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-806-6900
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Examines the long-standing impact of colonialism on prevailing societal attitudes that define black culture in America. Museum Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm.

Cost: $7-$9, children under 5 free

Where:
Harvey B. Gantt Center
551 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Telephone: 704-547-3700
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Explore a gallery of rare instruments, experiment with the science of sound, and rock out with real keyboards, drums and guitars. Museum hours: Mon.-Fri., 9am-4pm; Sat., 10am-6pm; Sun., noon-5pm.

Cost: $12-$15, includes museum admission

Where:
Discovery Place
301 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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Participate in Octonauts Training Academy and learn what it takes to become a member of the crew. As cadets, master the specialties of their favorite characters across 6 fun zones, meet Kwazii and...

Cost: Starting at $11.95

Where:
Sea Life Aquarium Charlotte-Concord
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC  28027
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Learn about the myriad of experiences that the Lebanese-Arab immigrants went through traveling to North Carolina. Museum hours: Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., Noon-5pm.

Cost: $5-$8, children 5 and under free

Where:
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC  28202
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Telephone: 704-333-1887
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Features dynamic interpretive kiosks, hands-on components, and objects on loan from NASA and the Smithsonian Institution. Museum hours:  Mon.-Sat., 9am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm.

Cost: $6-$10, includes museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
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Telephone: 704-866-6900
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Using animatronics and interactive technology, this traveling exhibit enlarges and brings to life the hidden world of insects through a variety of robotic creatures 40 to 120 times their size....

Cost: $10-$20, includes museum admission

Where:
South Carolina State Museum
301 Gervais Street, Loading Zone D
Columbia, SC  29214
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Telephone: 803-348-6010
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A continental perspective on wolves today and those that once roamed the Carolina Piedmont. Includes audio and interactive components. Museum hours: Tues., Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm.

Cost: $3-$6

Where:
Museum of York county
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC  29732
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Telephone: 803-329-2121
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Ride in a five-seat plane. See how people get Internet in the rainforest. Voice demonstrations into the JESUS film. Get an up-close look at Bible translation, and why it relies on practical support...

Cost: $5-$20 for activities

Where:
JAARS
7405 JAARS Road
Waxhaw, NC
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Telephone: 704-843-6130
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An end of summer celebration packed with fun activities for the whole family including music, food and arts and crafts.

Cost: Free

Where:
Rainbow Child Care Center- Ballantyne
7801 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy.
Charlotte, NC  28277
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Meet the animals that call the nature center home. Discover snakes, lizards, turtles and a learn a few things about them.

Cost: Free.

Where:
Reedy Creek Nature Center
2900 Rocky River Road
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-432-6459
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Hide your identity using artistic superpower to create the perfect disguise.

Cost: Free.

Where:
Beatties Ford Road Regional Library
2412 Beatties Ford Road
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-3000
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Bring your 20-hour summer reading prize and give your sound some style. Use available art supplies to decorate your speakers and make them your own.

Cost: Free.

Where:
Beatties Ford Road Regional Library
2412 Beatties Ford Road
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-3000
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Children can enjoy favorite stories, songs, and movement activities that support early literacy skills.

Cost: Free.

Where:
ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-4600
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Join the special guest for a fun celebration of books.

Cost: Free.

Where:
Hickory Grove Library
5935 Hickory Grove Road
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-416-4400
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Join a scavenger hunt and find some surprises along the way. Discover what threatened and extinct really mean and how you can help encourage survival amogst these animals. Create your own coloring...

Cost: $3-$5

Where:
Museum of York County
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC
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Telephone: 803-329-2121
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Learn the different ways to start a fire using modern methods and ancient primitive skills.

Cost: Free.

Where:
Reedy Creek Nature Center
2900 Rocky River Road
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-432-6459
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Part of Discovery Places newest exhibition, Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked The World, guests can enjoy a free concert series featuring local artists. From international inspirations of sitar to...

Cost: Free.

Where:
Tryon Street Patio in front of Discovery Place
301 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC
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Telephone: 704-372-6261
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"Grab a photo beside the massive five-ton machines, meet the drivers and enjoy all the pre-race festivities."

Cost: $10-$25

Where:
The Dirt Track at Charlotte
5555 Concord Pkwy. S
Concord, NC
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Telephone: 800-455-FANS
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A continental perspective on wolves today and those that once roamed the Carolina Piedmont. Includes audio and interactive components. Museum hours: Tues., Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm.

Cost: $3-$6

Where:
Museum of York county
4621 Mt. Gallant Road
Rock Hill, SC  29732
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Telephone: 803-329-2121
Website »

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Follow the story of Gastonia-based Tony's Ice Cream, enjoy displays of Ice cream production equipment and memorabilia. Museum hours: Mon.-Sat., 9am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm.

Cost: $6-$9, includes museum admission

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC  28054
View map »


Telephone: 704-806-6900
Website »

More information

Using animatronics and interactive technology, this traveling exhibit enlarges and brings to life the hidden world of insects through a variety of robotic creatures 40 to 120 times their size....

Cost: $10-$20, includes museum admission

Where:
South Carolina State Museum
301 Gervais Street, Loading Zone D
Columbia, SC  29214
View map »


Telephone: 803-348-6010
Website »

More information

Participate in Octonauts Training Academy and learn what it takes to become a member of the crew. As cadets, master the specialties of their favorite characters across 6 fun zones, meet Kwazii and...

Cost: Starting at $11.95

Where:
Sea Life Aquarium Charlotte-Concord
8111 Concord Mills Blvd.
Concord, NC  28027
View map »


Website »

More information

Explore conditions that make life favorable on our planet and throughout the universe. Discover the diversity of life here even as humans embark on the search for life in the universe....

Cost: $6-$10

Where:
The Schiele Museum
1500 East Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
View map »


Telephone: 704-866-6900
Website »

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