Are you searching for tin can craft ideas? I’ve just created one you’re going to love, so let me teach you how to decorate a tin can planter using scrapbook paper.
Creating tin can decorations is a great way to be eco-friendly and save a few bucks on your home decor. Who’s all for recycling and saving money? Count me in!
HOW TO DECORATE A TIN CAN PLANTER
I’ve been collecting metal cans for a few months and I’ve managed to save a variety of different sizes for upcoming recycled crafts.
For today’s craft, I’m using a large tin can that once held sweet potatoes. It’s the perfect size for making a planter to hold my faux floral arrangement.
It’s time for another monthly Sustainable Craft Challenge, where my blogger friends and I create an eco-friendly project which we “use it up,” recycle, or upcycle a craft or home decor. Our February theme is “love.” Be sure to click the links at the end of my post to see many more “love” decor and craft ideas!
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- tin can
- chalk paint
- Mod Podge
- 12×12 scrapbook paper (size depends on can size)
- foam paint brush or artist brush
- burlap fabric
- white fabric
- alphabet stamps
- ink pad
- pinking shears
- floral picks
STEPS FOR MAKING A TIN CAN PLANTER
PREPARE THE TIN CAN FOR PAINTING
Wash with soap, scrub the inside, and dry. Carefully peel the label off to use for later. If it tears, no big deal, we’ll deal with that later.
Heat the glue spots with a hair dryer which will melt the glue enough to wipe off with a paper towel. You can also use rubbing alcohol or fingernail polish remover to remove the glue.
PAINT THE TIN CAN
Use chalk paint on your can because it sticks better that acrylic paint.
Scrapbook paper is thicker and an undercoat isn’t really necessary, so you can just paint the top, bottom, and inside.
However, I wasn’t sure how the Mod Podge would effect the transparency of my mostly white paper, so I painted the whole tin can to be on the safe side.
PREPARE THE SCRAPBOOK PAPER FOR DECOUPAGING
Measure the tin can from top to bottom and mark the paper for cutting. Also, determine the measurement for wrapping the scrapbook paper around the can. Cut the paper.
Don’t forget to exclude the top and bottom lip because that will be showing your coordinating paint color.
I had to add an additional thin paper strip to the back side since my can was more than 12 inches around.
ATTACH THE PAPER USING MOD PODGE
Use a foam paint brush or artist brush to apply a coat of Mod Podge to the tin can. It’s easier to work in small sections when attaching the paper.
TIP: Use plastic wrap or a Ziplock bag for pressing and smoothing the paper down.
Once the paper is completely on the tin can, let it air dry for 15 minutes before applying the top coat.
Apply a top coat of Mod Podge and let air dry.
FYI: I checked on the drying process after awhile and I noticed major bubbled section. Oh no! I thought it was ruined, but after it dried overnight the bubbles were all gone. Keep that in mind if you have the same issue.
DECORATING THE TIN CAN PLANTER
MAKE A DECORATIVE TAG
Use the alphabet stamps to make your saying on the fabric. If you haven’t used these stamps before, you should practice first.
I had planned to rip the edges of the fabric, but ended up having to make a decorative edge using pinking shears when the fabric didn’t rip well.
Once the fabric word is completed, determine the measurement that the burlap should be cut. Add a bit extra to each side so you can pull off 2 strands on each side.
Use Mod Podge to attach the fabric word to the burlap.
Wrap twine around the tin can 3 times and tie once in the front. Run one end of twine through a burlap hole, pull tag up towards the top and tie the ends into a bow.
Since the twine is only tied in a bow and not glued, you can make additional tags and easily change out what word you want to use.
ARRANGE THE FLOWERS IN THE TIN CAN PLANTER
Yay, we’re all done! What word tag will you make to hang from your planter decor?
YOU MAY ALSO BE INTERESTED IN SEEING:
BELOW, VIEW MORE UPCYCLED/RECYCLED “LOVE” CRAFTS AND HOME DECOR!
MEET YOUR CRAFTERS!
Sum of Their Stories ~~ Upcycled Plastic Container Painted with Hearts
Vicky Myers Creations ~~ Paper Valentines Heart Garland
Sew Crafty Crochet ~~ Valentine’s Day Gnome Scarf
Purple Hues and Me ~~ Tin Can Valentine’s Heart Wreath
Treasures Made from Yarn ~~ Crochet Hearts Garland
Christine Crafts ~~ 3-D Homemade Valentine Card Ideas
Life as a LEO Wife ~~ Valentine Place Card Holders
Decor Craft Design ~~ DIY Upcycled Love Container
A Rose Tinted World ~~ Valentine Heart Garland
Song Bird Blog ~~ Lace Fabric Hearts
Mimi Blog ~~ Rustic Valentine Heart Garland
Our Good Life ~~ Upcycled Wine Cork Phone Holder
Sharing my tin can planter decor at these fabulous blogs!