Hello everyone! Hope you had a swell weekend. We did. We saw our friend Kate performing in a great classic Goldoni play out in a park in Lake Oswego. She is part of Masque Alfresco this summer, and the show rotates Park locations and runs through August if you’re in the area. Then we got invited to the cast party, and had a great time meeting new theatre friends and getting caught up with old ones. Not that they’re old, at least not all of them, but our friendship has endured for some time!
I am on a quest to use up crafting materials that I already have on hand, and so I made a list of what I had hanging around and remembered that I had several #10-size cans that at one time held Costco-sized tomato sauce. (We transfer it to 2-cup sized containers and bags, and then freeze it for use–less than half the price of smaller cans.) So I had these big empty cans, and something told me to save them. I washed them and kept them.
For quite a while.
Today I decided that I should do something creative with them, using what I had available here at the house.
I went on Pinterest, of course, for inspiration. I got sidetracked (imagine that, on Pinterest!), and I started reading about homemade Mod Podge. And that is when I came up with my idea for my tin cans.
Here is the before of the cans:
And here’s what they look like after:
It was pretty simple. I started by spray painting the top and bottom edges with Krylon spray paint in Blue Ocean Breeze–love that shade. I then had one extra can that still had the label on it, so I carefully took that off and used it as a pattern to cut out the decorative papers that I used. The green-striped and the white-patterned ones are wallpaper, and the antique map one is giftwrap.
I made homemade Mod Podge, consisting of half white school glue and half water (although some recipes called for an optional 1 teaspoon of varnish, I omitted this), which I measured into a glass jar with a lid, and then shook it well to mix it. I used a 1-inch brush to brush the Mod Podge mixture onto the back of the paper, and then I glued the paper to the cans, and let them dry. The heavier wallpaper was a little easier to glue in place than the giftwrap, so just take a little extra time and patience if you choose to use a lighter-weight paper. I plan to use these indoors for decorative purposes, so they are fine as is. If you want, you could give them a coat of clear satin waterbased polyurethane to protect the paper. If you like, you could also add paper glued to the inside of the can and you could hot glue some grosgrain ribbon to cover the inner top edge of the can, which does have a couple of sharp spots on it from the can opener.
Here are a few different looks you can try if you want to make some decorative tin cans of your own:
This map paper reminded me of ancient Greece with a nautical feel, so I went with it, and added in a copy of Homer’s Iliad, a basket and some sea shells, as well as pretty bottle with an “Athena” label on it! A friend gave it to us one night when we were singing at a local piano bar, and I loved it and use it to decorate.
I love everything about peacock feathers–gorgeous colors–so that was my inspiration, along with some natural shades of tan, as well as smooth and rough textures in the other items to balance everything out.
I knew I wanted some bright pink with this when I saw that white decorated can, so I ran out to the garden and picked a handful of roses, and a white filler called Clethra. The other items were thrift store finds, and the blue bottle on the right was a gift from my Mother one Christmas years ago.
I hope this post causes you to look at a tin can in a new light!
What creative things have you done with tin cans or Mod Podge, store-bought or homemade? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments, so stop by for a visit!
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