Published on January 6th, 2012 | by Bonnie Getchell8
How To: Pop Top Peace Sign
My mom is an elementary school teacher and has developed an obsession with cool peace signs for her classroom. When discussing a how to project this week, she asked me to make her a peace sign out of recycled materials. You guys know I’m all about fun wall art like the Laundry Cup Wall Art, Newspaper Art, and Burlap Chevron Paintings— so I was totally pumped to take on this challenge! After searching around the house, I grabbed a cardboard box they had left over from moving and a bag of pop-tops that my grandma had collected. Here’s how to make your very own pop top peace sign!
What You Will Need:
1. Cardboard– you could use an old box, a pizza box, etc.
2. Pop Tops.
3. Scissors or a razor blade.
4. Hot glue/hot glue gun.
How To Do It:
1. Draw a peace sign on your cardboard. I used a bowl to make the circle and then used a ruler to draw the rest.
My peace sign looked like this:
2. Cut out your peace sign. I first used scissors to cut it out, but I realized that using a razor blade would be much quicker. It’s up to you to choose which one, but please be careful if you decide to use a razor blade.
3. Start gluing your pop tops to your peace sign. (Warning: Work quickly! Pop tops are aluminum, so your hot glue will heat up the entire pop top–not just the place you’re putting the glue– causing your fingers to burn! I know from experience, unfortunately.) I turned the peace sign over to the cardboard side, instead of the white side shown above, because I wanted to hide as much of the cardboard as I could. I started gluing the pop tops in the middle section first to make sure everything was as even as I could get it. You will notice that I cut some of the pop tops in half in areas where I ran out of room. This is what the first layer of pop tops looked like:
4. I didn’t like how you could still see the cardboard, so I put another layer of pop tops on it. Don’t put the second layer directly on top of the first one– vary it a bit so it really fills in the gaps.
Now your peace sign is ready to be hung up!
I love it’s shiny qualities and that we didn’t buy a plastic or paper one from the store. Plus, if peace signs aren’t your thing, you could make other fun shapes as well.