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This weekend I didn’t get to do anything to creative.  I spent the weekend at bridal shows with my sister who is getting married next year.  I did see tons of cool stuff we would like to make for her wedding.  We are going to try to do a lot of it on our own.  I will probably start posting quite a few of “wedding on a budget” posts in the upcoming months.

Anyway, I didn’t do a whole else this weekend except look for examples of art made from soda and beer cans online.  I have seen all types of can art displayed in museums and online.  I think it’s really cute and fun.  Etsy sells a lot of cans that are cut into new items like jewelry shaped like animals and flowers, etc.  My sister has a beautiful flower on her wall that is made from many different cans that have been cut into petals and then painted various shades and designs.

I keep coming across this Charles Kaufman who does paintings on crushed soda cans.  I find them to be very fun and whimsical.  Check him out here at http://www.ToonToonz.com.

Isn’t this cute?  His can painting are mostly all cartoonish characters.  I adore them and decided I would try my hand at painting some cans a few weeks ago. I have a few more that I am working on, but here are two I did…

My tree is a little too fat on the one, but that was my first one and I got a little too crazy.  The other one is a design of my little girls.  She drew this picture on a piece of paper and I copied it onto the can. It is really funny and cute.  Now we have something fun to put on our fridge since I attached magnets to the back.  I am working on some new ones, but haven’t finished them yet.  I will post those later.

Here are some cute soda can flowers found over at Naptime Crafts http://www.naptimecrafts.blogspot.com

I love all of the different found objects that can be used as a backdrop for art.  If you like to paint or create new things, try looking around at your trash.  It’s amazing what can be done with some junk.  I have written about furniture trash that shouldn’t be overlooked, but there are a lot of other items that shouldn’t be overlooked either. Just let your imagination run wild!!!

Some other fun websites:

http://www.greenopolis.com – make a pinwheel or flower out of soda can

http://www.weburbanist.com

http://www.funkytrash.blogspot.com

http://www.craftstylish.com – how to turn a soda can into a spring flower brooch – One of my FAVORITE websites!!