I’m smack dab in the middle of raising my 4th teenager now, and there’s a standard answer he gives me when I ask why he did something.
“Because I can.”
Well, I’m stealing his answer today, because my tin can stash is overflowing again, so it was time to repurpose some of them, and turn them into summmerish decor.
I printed a few of my vintage can labels (links to printables below) to add to the cans. You’ll notice that these labels usually have several images on them, so depending on the size of your can, both images may show on opposite sides of your can. I print each label individually, then compare them to the cans I have to see which labels fit my cans the best.
Sometimes a label is the right height for a can, but it’s not long enough to go all the way around the can. In that case, you can either let the can show through the gap (since it will be in the back), but if you don’t want that gap, cut a piece of white paper the same height as the label and use it to fill the gap.
For instance, on this can, I began by decoupaging the label onto the can, and when I came to the gap where the two edges of the label didn’t meet up, I glued the white paper underneath, with the label overlapping the white paper. I use plain school glue mixed with a bit of water to decoupage and seal my cans, but you could also use a non-yellowing poly sealer to protect them.
Once the cans are dry, drill small holes just under the lip of the can on opposite sides.
Thread wire into one hole, and twist it, then do the same on the other side, to create a handle.
Fill them with flowers, ad TADA! … total cuteness.
Imagine putting a small plant like a cactus or succulent in these. Select one that stays small so it won’t outgrow the can.
You can also fill them with water and some cut flowers from your garden, and hang them here, there and everywhere!
Come back tomorrow, and you’ll see how I used one of these cans! 🙂
See more quick and easy Tin Can projects here.