Cans are the New Mason Jars aka Easy DIY Tin Can Flower Vases

My friend Kate from Farmhouse 38 is one of the craftiest people I know - and I mean that in the very best of ways! So when she recently let me in on a little secret that cans are the 'new' mason jars, my wheels started turning. Thanks to the wonders of Pinterest and Instagram, I saw so many cute tin can crafts. Seriously lacking much time, I settled on making some super easy tin can flower vases for Valentine's Day, Easter or Mother's Day.

What you need:

Three tin cans
Spray Paint
White Acrylic Paint
Small paintbrush
Cut Flowers
A wicked-looking drill bit/cordless drill

I rummaged through our recycle bin to find three tin cans, so happy to  be repurposing them instead of dooming them to a landfill right away! After washing them out and drying them thoroughly, I drilled small holes on either side right near the top lip using this wicked looking drill bit. It did the job.

Then I applied two coats of pastel spray paint to two of the cans, leaving the third untouched. I think the silver will compliment the pink and lavender pretty nicely.  For the pink I used Valspar, the lavender is Painter's Touch.

After letting the cans dry, I strung twine through each hole, knotting and then tying bows on the ends so they stay secure, and making each twine 'loop' a bit different length.

As an aside, did you notice my nifty twine thingy? I got it from Gerswhin & Gertie HERE and just love it! I am always using twine and always looking for a pair of scissors so this is not only super functional but attractive as well.  

Then, because I thought they looked a bit plain, I dotted some white dots along the base and top edge using acrylic paint (I added pink and purple dots on the unpainted can).

Then I arranged some cut flowers in each can and added a bit of water. Super cute and festive - and so easy!

You could also use dried or silk flowers or some herbs even if you don't have fresh flowers. You can just set them on your windowsill or counter and tie the twine around the middle instead and be done with it or hang them on a doorknob like this.

(p.s. if you love fun, easy, super crafty ideas,  head over to Farmhouse38 and say hi to Kate on Facebook and her Blog. You'll just love her stuff!)


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  1. Love easy crafts, and these are so cute. I love the nifty twine thingy!

  2. These are so cute! I would love if you posted it on my link up going on now

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  4. Nice! Beautiful transformation. I have used cans here at home and this project will be worth a try.
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