Saturday, April 14, 2012

My Aluminum Plant Stakes

Stampin' Up! asked me if I would be a presenter at the San Antonio Regional this past January.  I had an idea, so I said yes.  I started working on my samples and I couldn't stop myself!  I was addicted to creating these cute plant stakes!  I had seen an idea for one a year ago and had originally copied it, but once I made that one I found the possibilities were endless!  I had so many people asked me if I had a blog that I would share on, and at the time I did not.  So I am going to post them here now.  They are super easy to make.  You need a Big Shot, various Big Shot Dies, embossing folders, brads, Chalkboard Vinyl, Aluminum Roof Flashing (I found mine in a 10" x 10' roll at Loews), and the Wire I used is 12 gauge hanging wire (I also found this at Loews in a 100 ft roll).

Cut your aluminum into squares to fit on your die.  Run this through your big shot to cut the shape out.  Then put it in a embossing folder and run it through the Big Shot again. Use a Crop-a-dile to punch a hole in the shape you cut out.  The wire I cut with wire cutters and just used pliers to bend the end around to hang the cut out shape on. I also made the little jump rings myself.  I used thin wire, I think it is around 20 gauge.  I used my needle nose pliers and formed a double ring.  You attach your jump ring to your cut shape and then hang it on the 12 gauge wire. I did all kinds of fun designs. 
This is me presenting at the San Antonio Regional in January
The black labels are  Stampin' Up! chalkboard Vinyl.
See how I bent and curled the wire to hang my pieces from.

I first used a primer, let it dry then sprayed on a color..
I sanded off some of the paint from the raised

The flower is from the Island Floral Die.
Two Tags Die with Beautiful Butterflies and punched out the chalkboard vinyl

Oval Frame Die, Island Floral Die and Ovals Die

Spray paint and light sanding.  Scallop Circle Die
and Beautiful Butterflies Die

 Love the Elegant Bird Die!
Oval Frame Scallop Die, Ovals Die and Beautiful


  1. I love these Linda. I was at your stamp camp and had a blast. These were so fun and unique to make. Thanks for sharing!!

  2. I am glad you enjoyed it. I love making these! They are so much fun!