DIY Tin Can Vase

Hey friends, I'm glad you stopped by!  I want to let you in on a little secret......I love tin cans!  I use them in my work room to hold paint brushes, scissors, pencils, glue sticks and so much more. 

Tin cans are made to hold liquid, so they are perfect to use as a vase. 
Today I want to show you how I used two tin cans to make one vase with an antique finish.

This is how I turned two into one

I started with Two Empty Soup Cans  

A Basic Can Opener is the only tool I used for this project.

I took the bottom off one of the cans with the can opener

Now I have a cylinder

 I used LIQUID NAILS ADHESIVE to join the two cans together.
The cylinder is adhered to the top of the other can.

Now it is one tall vase
To give it an antique look....I used a foam brush and gave it several coats of black craft paint.
I mixed and layered different craft paint colors   
I used: black, burnt umber, turquoise & gold metallic

I made stencils by cutting numbers off a tag. 
 I painted the back of the numbers gray and pressed them on the can and peeled them off.  
I used a thin paint brush to fill in the empty spaces.

I love how the cotton seed branches look in the vase!! 

You can purchase the cotton seed branches from Decor Steals. See the ad on the side bar.


  1. I love the look of this - and the stencil is brilliant! I am not a frequent pinner, but I pinned this. Thanks!

    1. Thank you so much Judy for the visit and for pinning!!

  2. What a brilliant idea to put the two cans together to make them the right shape for a vase. And your cotton plant is just beautiful in it.

  3. I am always looking for ways to display on my craft table. super cute and inexpensive. thank you for sharing

  4. Wow, what a brilliant idea!! I have tons of tins, I think I will give it a try!!
    Thanks for sharing the how to, pinning!!

  5. So ingenious to stick two cans on top of each other! Visiting from Blogtalk.

  6. I'm having a little trouble with your terminology about the numbers. What do you mean that you cut the numbers off of a tag? A price tag? Was this a cardboard type of material that withstood being painted and used as a stamp? Sorry for the questions, usually I have a quicker grasp of the instructions, lol.

    1. I am happy to help you with my terminology about the numbers. The tag I was referring to is a tag you would get when you get your car serviced. You can see the tags I used in this post..

  7. Just found this on HomeTalk and love, love, love it! I will be saving for future use.

    1. So happy you found me on hometalk! Thanks you for the visit!


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