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DIY Tin Can Vases

DIY Tin Can Vases

I hope you’re loving our DIY festival as much as I am! Tomorrow is our last day posting all the DIY projects for our fun little DIY Contest. I truly wasn’t expecting we were going to end up publishing over 20 entries, so thank you everyone who entered. It will be tough for you, that will have to choose the winners on Friday!

Our last project for today was sent by Cori, from Cori Cook Floral Design. Using empty tin cans and patterned gift wrap, she made a gorgeous group of small centerpieces. They were born for bridal showers, don’t you think?

DIY Tin Can Vases centerpieces

What you’ll need:
– Ruler
– Pencil
– Scissors
– Scrapbook Paper or gift wrap with interesting designs
– Decorative ribbon
– Spray Adhesive
– Containers to cover like an empty can, old unused vases and soda cans
– Floral foam
– Flowers

DIY Tin Can Vases centerpieces

Step 1: Choose the container you would like to cover and measure a strip of the scrapbook paper to fit around the container.

Step 2: Cut the scrapbook paper into a strip that fits around the container.

Step 3: Spray a thin layer of the spray adhesive onto your scrapbook paper strip on the side you want adhered to your container.

Step 4: Wait one minute for the spray adhesive to get really sticky.

Step 5: Then, carefully adhere the scrapbook paper strip to the container.

Step 6: To add more interest to your covered container, spray measured pieces of ribbon with the spray adhesive and adhere to the container.

Step 7: Then, fill your container about halfway full with water. Cut flower stems at an angle to ensure they get the most water pumping through their stems. For a more hand-picked feel, simply cut the stems and place in the container. For more of a controlled, full look, you can use floral foam. Simply cut the floral foam into a piece that fits snuggly into your container and insert stems into foam.

Step 8: This method of covering different containers can work for a variety of containers and creates a fun, custom look for each vase covered. Great for bridal showers, centerpieces, place cards, and votives. For larger containers, you can use a fabric covering using the same methods of adhering the fabric. Be bold and be creative!

*All photos by Flourish Studio Photography

View Comments (26)
  • lovin this!! so inspired! can you do this DIY thing more often?!

  • ‘Tis fantastic! I remember doing this in second grade [only it was a little less chic back then] and my mom STILL has that decorated can to put her pens and pencils in!

    I love it with the decorative papers and embellies!

  • Such a creative idea, and it looks so colourful. I buy a lot of canned fruit so I’d definitely have enough cans! The flowers look lovely – I do so love fresh flowers!

  • I made these yesterday as soon as I saw them, for our house! Turned out really cute but had a hard time getting the paper to stick to the cans with the spray adhesive so they started coming off 🙁

  • The different patterns make for some eye catching detail that you don’t see at too many weddings. Love the color!

  • These are great and a real lifesaver for a special area at my sister’s reception.

  • Wow! Great way to add to any table to get that extra flare!!!!!

  • I vote for #20!!! Adorable idea and something I will definitely try to use in the future!!! So fantastic!!!

  • These are my favorite!! I think it’s a fun and easy way to make any room personable and fun. I’ll be using this as a gift for friends and family!! AWESOME!

  • Cori is simply amazing and talented! Her ideas are wonderful, unique and practical!

  • Cori has fresh and original ideas that, combined with her talented hands, turn out some incredible works of true, floral art. Very impressive.

  • I love this concept! The execution for instructions will make anyone’s final project just as beautiful as Cori’s. This is beautiful!

  • I’m helping plan for a victoria christmas wedding on a very small budget. I can think of tons of ways to use this idea – victorian paper. Newspaper. Then fill with candy canes. Thanks for the great idea.

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