DIY Farmhouse Decor time! Upcycle an empty soup can into a farmhouse-style container. Quick & simple project that is customizable, as well as, functional. Fun to make along with being eco-friendly & low to no cost to make.
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Today, I’m going to show you how you can create dozens of these containers quickly. I will also share a few ideas on different ways you can put them to use & where you can find these (& many more) free printable graphics.
variety of sizes & decorating options
If you are looking for an inexpensive centerpiece you can add plants, flowers and candles in staggering sizes of decorated cans for a simple yet beautiful display.
Tin cans come in a variety of sizes from tiny 2 inch cans up to the big 10 pound cans.
These simple little containers can be customized to fit in to any decor or event. See my post Tin Can Craft – Ways to Upcycle & Decorate for different decorating ideas.
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What can I use an empty tin cAn for?
Sooo many things! Here are just a few….
- Planters or flower vases (shorter tin cans are perfect for succulents & air plants)
- They make a great art project for kids to paint or design & print their own labels to add.
- Filled with treats & used as party favors.
- Table numbers
- Filled with treats for gifts (candies & cookies are one idea)
- Storage for pens, crochet hooks, markers, make up brushes, paintbrushes, and much more
- Utensil holders for picnics
- Candleholders (we love these faux candles)
- Outdoor citronella candle holder for summer
- They add a simple, cozy touch in your home placed on your tables, shelves, window ledges, and fireplace mantels.
- Or filled with any type of treats or flowers and they make the perfect gift to brighten someone’s day.
Using the same technique you can also transform paint cans. See my post DIY Planter’s from Upcycled Paint Cans. Other uses are an ice bucket, a larger vase or to hold anything else needed for a table centerpiece!
materials & tools – DIY Farmhouse Decor
Washed & dried tin cans (any size)
Mod Podge & brush to apply
White Paint (we used spray paint for quicker application)
Printed images on regular copy paper
Newspaper or cardboard (to paint cans on & let dry)
Grab your cans & Let’s create -DIY Farmhouse Decor
#1- Remove label & wash with hot soapy water
(if stubborn glue still remains you can remove with Goo-gone or a drop of citrus oil) just be sure that any oil residue gets washed off.
#2- Spray paint a thin coat & let dry preferably outdoors on a windy and sunny day so they dry fast
Once they have dried apply another thin coat of paint
#3- Print your images on regular copy paper & cut them out. Figure out which design you want on each can. (We used an inkjet printer & made sure ink was dry before gluing.) TheGrahicsFairy.com is the perfect place to find vintage printables that are easy to use! I was able to download and resize the graphics within minutes!
#4- Hold your can with the label in place with one hand
Lift up HALF of the label & brush a light coat of MP on to the can wear that half of the label will go. Press down and smooth out. Repeat for the other side of the label. Gently take your finger and smooth out any bubbles & wipe away any excess of MP.
I hope you enjoyed this post & have fun creating your containers! I would love to hear your ideas for your upcycled projects!
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Here are our FAVORITE art & craft supplies that I always try to have on hand. These items will be used in countless crafts and DIY projects that we will be sharing with you!
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1. Tulip Dimensional Fabric Paint (extra bottles of white for the look of icing)
2. Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint by Plaid (even though it’s very inexpensive we have never had a problem with coverage)
3. Mod Podge Water-based Sealer, Glue & Decoupage Finish (gloss version) & (matte version)
4. Sculpey Polymer Clay – I could do an entire post just on the different things my kids create each week with this amazing clay!
5. Sharpie Permanent Markers– I use these often in my business and now find us using them quite a bit for our projects as well!
6. E-6000 Glue – Using this in a well-vented space for sure! But it works very well.
7. Burlap Roll 5 inches wide – Burlap is compostable, which is just one reason I use it in various projects.
8. Jute Twine String– Biodegradable & environmentally friendly and used in dozens of household projects.
9. Chalk Paint Furniture & Craft Paint – My go-to paint to use for upcycling n repurposing items.
10. Kassa Watercolor Set – Painting Kit for Kids & Adults – Bundle Includes Water Brush Pen (3 Assorted Sizes), Water Color Paper (30 Sheets) & Watercolor Paint Set (21 Colors) – I can not say enough about the quality of this set – and it is mess-free!