6 Easy Ways To Dress Up A Tin Can

A Cheap & Easy Craft Idea That Doesn’t Suck

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If you’re looking for fun and easy upcycling ideas, try adding some personality to simple old TIN CANS! You would never guess that these beautiful and unique containers were made out of soup cans that would normally end up in the trash.

They can be used for home and office organization, pretty table displays, holiday garland, a clever little vase, makeup brush holders, or anything else around the house you want to keep organized or just make a little prettier.

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6 Easy Ways To Dress Up A Tin Can -- A fun, easy and cheap craft idea! These are great for DIY home organization, holiday displays, vases, make up brushes and more! Recycling and Upcycling Ideas That Don't Suck

BE CAREFUL when washing the cans. Your can opener might hide tiny sharp edges that make it easy for people like me to cut themselves.

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I really like the way all of my random designs look bunched up together, so I ultimately ended up using these cans as organizers in my office.

1. Sticks & Hot Glue

Although this one took me the longest to make, it’s probably my favorite. The sticks make for the perfect rustic container for displaying holiday garland and flowers. My daughter said it looked like something I bought at a store. Isn’t she the BEST!?

DIY Tin Can Makeover -- using sticks and hot glue! 6 Charming Ways To Dress Up A Tin Can

  • LEARN FROM MY MISTAKEΒ Cover the can first in something that is close to the color of the sticks you’re using (like brown). You could use paint, paper or fabric. The reason for this is that the sticks will obviously NOT line up perfectly, so you will end up with tiny gaps, and the can is more shiny and noticeable than my quibbling brain would prefer.
  • Because I live in the desert, I ordered these sticks on Amazon. They ended up being the perfect height for these cans (I didn’t have to do any trimming). However, if you are using sticks from your yard, you will obviously need to trim them to size. {HUSBAND: “You paid for sticks?” ME: “Shut up”.}
  • Align the first stick you apply as straight as possible as it’s the ultimate guide for how all of the other sticks will lay.
  • Some of your sticks will not be friends, so be choosy in which ones you lay next to each other before applying the glue in order to avoid large gaps (and relentless stick fights).
  • When laying your sticks down onto the glue, start at the BOTTOM of the can. It’s best for them to be staggered at the top and straight on the bottom
  • Now that you have all of these helpful tips in mind, simply place a small bit of hot glue to the top and bottom of the can where you plan on laying each stick, and then press it into the glue for a few seconds before moving on to the next.

DIY Tin Can Christmas Craft Idea -- using sticks and hot glue!

I happen to think that this little tin can turned out quite charming! I even tested it out with some bright foliage I had out yonder.

***After making this, I had the idea of drilling holes all over the can before applying the sticks so that it could be used as a tea light holder. There’s just enough gapΒ in-between the sticks to let the light shine through. Wouldn’t that be pretty!?***

DIY Tin Can Vase Idea -- made with sticks and hot glue!

2. Mod Podge & Print Outs

This one is so simple, and can be used with any kind of paper (newspaper, book pages, sheet music, etc). I simply printed out some floral ephemera to size.

Once you have your paper cut to size, use a sponge brush to apply a thin layer of mod podge to the back of the paper and then press it down onto the can using your fingers to smooth out any lumps (if you’re covering the entire can in paper, it might be easier to apply the mod podge to the can and then apply the paper).

This is probably the easiest way to add little personality to a tin can. You can print out just about anything imaginable.

This would look really cool on a weathered and rusty tin can. You could even use a little sandpaper to roughen up the paper once it’s dried– you know, make it look “antiquey”.

6 Easy Ways To Dress Up A Tin Can -- using paper print outs and mod podge!

3. Large Burlap Ribbon

Burlap ribbon makes for the perfect tin can disguise, especially for holiday centerpieces.

I used this 5″ burlap ribbon that I bought last year for my Christmas tree, and it was the ideal length for covering a can. Simply use hot glue to adhere one end, wrap it around the can, and then use a little more glue on the other end to keep it in place.

Tin Can and Burlap Makeover

I finished it off by wrapping and tying a little bit of twine over top. You could also use a colorful ribbon, and even switch it out for each changing season (red for Christmas, black for Halloween– crap like that).

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4. Wrap It In Rope

Once again, your hot glue gun will come in handy for this! Simply wrap and glue, wrap and glue, wrap and glue, and continue all the way around the can until it’s completely covered. Capish? I started at the top and worked my way down.

You can use just about any kind of small rope or twine for this. I used the extra cotton cord that I had layering around from a project I did years ago.

DIY Tin Can Crafts -- Rope covered tin cans! Beautiful for displaying office, craft and makeup supplies. This cheap and easy craft idea is a great project for both kids and adults!

5. Paint & Chalkboard Stickers

Painting seems like the obvious way to dress up a tin can, but it looks much more attractive if you use sandpaper once it dries to antique it. I also attached a chalkboard sticker that I had left over from my pantry labels (I’m super organized).

I just applied white matte acrylic paint with a small paint brush, and because I was planning on sanding it once the paint dried, I wasn’t worried about having a few brush strokes. I just applied one sloppy coat and it turned out looking fabulous.

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6. Fabric

Use leftover scraps of fabric or even old clothes! This takes a little more time and effort (plus ironing) to get it right, but it’s totally worth it.

  • Start off by measuring your can, and then add about an inch to each side when cutting your fabric so that the edges can be folded.
  • If you’ve measured an extra inch for your fabric, fold the top and bottom 1/2″ edges in, and then iron into place. Because your side edges will over lap, only one edge needs to be folded and ironed. Be sure to leave enough room for overlap. I really don’t know how to explain this, but you’ll probably figure it out.
  • Now, simply use a hot glue gun to adhere the fabric to the can. ONLY apply a small amount of hot glue to the edges so that you don’t end up with any weird lumps or discoloration.

Fabric Covered Tin Can Makeover -- A cheap and easy craft project anyone can make! These are great for home organization, especially for an office or craft room. I use mine as a brush holder. This is Upcycling that doesn't suck.

Here’s a shout out to the HUBBY! He saw me making these and suggested that I use the leftover scraps of leather he had stuffed in a drawer. Don’t tell him that I said this, but it turned out to be a pretty decent idea.

How else could you dress up a tin can?

  • Lace
  • Newspaper
  • spray paint
  • scrapbook paper
  • stickers
  • dried leaves
  • stencils
  • quotes
  • buttons
  • feathers
  • pipe cleaners
  • pom poms
  • googly eyes
  • beads
  • glitter
  • drilled holes for tea lights

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