Today we are participating in an upcycle challenge with a few of our blogging friends. These challenges are always a lot of fun. We were challenged to create an upcycle project using metal, glass or plastic. I had a few tin cans in my craft stash and decided to come up with something using supplies I already had on hand. These tin cans are embellished with a simple sewn design using bakers twine.
Join us as we hop over to the participating blogs to see the creative upcycle projects shared by our friends today!
Make Your Own Tin Can Valentine Vase:
- Tin Cans
- Paper, pencil, masking tape
- Chalk Paint
- Bakers Twine
- Hammer, nail, small screwdriver
- Tapestry needle
I read somewhere, probably on Pinterest, that freezing water in the tin cans before punching holes in them, helps the cans to retain their shape. So I filled the cans leaving about 1/2 inch from the top and put them in the freezer for a few hours.
When the water was frozen I removed the tin cans from the freezer and taped a simple design that I drew on each can using masking tape. My son wanted to help, so I let him punch the holes in the can using a hammer and a nail.
He did a great job and the ice worked like a charm.
I filled the cans with hot water which quickly melted the ice enough for it to fall out. I dried the cans and gave them a light coat of paint with pink and white chalk paint. The cans looked a little worn with only one coat of paint and I liked the look. If you want better coverage, put on a 2nd coat of paint.
The punched holes left some sharp edges on the inside the can. Because I wanted to sew on the can, I used a small Phillips head screwdriver to help flatten the edges. I just rolled the screwdriver around the hole lightly pressing down the raised edges caused by the hole punching. It did cause the hold to widen a little, but I was okay with that. There were still a few sharp edges on the inside of the can, so I would not recommend letting a child do the sewing on this project.
I used bakers twine and a tapestry needle to sew a simple stitch through the holes on the cans. I repeated the stitch, so that I had a double stitch which filled the holes better.
Using a gold sharpie, I wrote the word ‘love’ in the heart. Who knew you could sew on a tin can?
This is a great project for inexpensive Valentine Decor that costs pennies and is easy and quick to do. Have fun using different colors and designs, yarn or even a thin ribbon might work if you don’t have baker’s twine.
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