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I have to tell you that while I only know what a touchdown and a touchback is, I actually love football because it brings our family together – we are so busy most of the time but we always make time to sit down for college football games especially the big college game. Adding fun foods to our family football time like, chips and dip, wings and Dr Pepper is a must! During halftime hubs and the guys like to discuss the game and even make their own playbooks and us gals, we like to get to crafting making something to remember our time together with.
This year during our upcoming homegating party we’ll be making one of a kind garden tags with Dr Pepper cans that we picked up at Kroger to prepare for our spring gardens! I’m going to give the low down on how to make them for your homegating craft party or as a little something you can attach to potted herbs and send home as party favors:
- Make sure to use the proper safety protection and take safety precautions like protective eye and handwear and anything else you see necessary.
- Tin snips
- Metal Letter Stamps
- Metal stamping block
- Metal hole punch
- Rubber mallet
- Fine tip permanent marker
- Wire or string
- Masking or washi tape
- Start by removing the top of your can with a can opener, you might find when you get close to removing the top that a small piece is keeping the top attached to the can – very carefully pry it off.
- With a pair of tin snips trim the angled top off.
- With the tin snips cut down the middle of the can.
- Trim off the angled part of the bottom of the can.
- Now you will have just the “flat” part of the can, but it will remain curled.
- With your scissors trim out a 1″ x 2″ rectangle or the size that suits your project
- Carefully fold all of the edges over starting with the longest edges to eliminate the sharp edges. You can use either the metal side or for a fun touch in the garden leave the Dr Pepper side exposed!
- Use your metal hole punch and punch a hole in one end of the tag.
- Flatten the folded edges by hammering with rubber mallet
Now for the stamping – you can use the tags for anything, you can stamp herb names like I’ve done or you could stamp your favorite team’s slogan or name or even stamp which game/year for a collectible memory tag and start a tradition by giving them out at every football homegating party!
- Lay your tag on the metal block and tape down with masking tape or washi tape (this holds it in place and creates lines so you can lineup your letters.
- Lay out the letters in order of the word you’re stamping and start with the middlemost letter, line it up on the middle of your tag and give it a tap (since it’s aluminum you probably only need one tap).
- On the right side of the middle letter continue moving forward like normal one stamp at a time. On the left side of the middle letter move backwards. This allows you to lineup your letters evenly and center the word on your tag.
- Now take your fine tipped permanent marker and fill in the letters wait for it to dry and use a polishing pad to remove any marker that got “outside the lines”.
- String on wire or string whatever you’re using and attach to your potted herb party favors or hand out as collectible game tags!
Your guests are sure to remember what a great time they had watching the big college championship, sipping Dr Pepper and making these fun tags (or receiving them) that they can use again and again!