Tin Can Makeover

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I’ve been driving my husband a little nuts lately, in a good way. (Is there a good way, kidding!). I will save nearly every container, glass jar, bag, tie or anything that comes because what if there is another use for it?

Sometimes I’m really good at getting to these things in a few days but other times the items line our counters for two weeks at a time! But, I LOVE being able to make/create new stuff using the item you already have, or items in your house laying around. I LOVE thrifting but I think my problem (if it can be called that) is that I see TOO MUCH potential in things. I buy things thinking about the potential in them, not usually to keep them the same.

Anyways, these metal/tin cans sat on my counter for some time. And so I finally got going and set up to give these tin cans a makeover. I envisioned them to be black and white, with a sort of tribal/aztec print on them.

Here is what I used:

So I used tin cans from tomato sauce,a sponge brush, modge-podge, Waverly chalk paint, a scrap of suede, sandpaper (not pictured) and a permanent marker. I had all of these supplies at home, which is my favorite way to do a DIY project, using what you have. However, lets talk about this chalk paint for a minute. I bought mine at walmart but you can grab some at Amazon using the link below. This paint is high quality and thick and it goes a long way. I have used it for many projects and if you are redoing furniture or even painting picture frames or small decor pieces it gives a really nice finish. Check it out below.

Waverly Inspirations Matte Chalk Finish Acrylic Paint, 16 oz ( White )

So first off I sanded down some remaining paper left on the can and then painted the can. I waited for the first coat to dry and painted on a second coat.If you wanted to leave it a little distressed you could just do the one coat.


Next, I took the sharpie and drew up the pattern. I had a look in mind but I did freehand it. I’m sure there is a stencil out there if you would want to try that.

Next I measured out the suede straps. You could also use leather or a stronger material such as upholstery or others if you prefer. I’ve gotten a leather jacket thrifting for as cheap as $5. I measured them to be 2″x0.5″ but you could make them longer or thinner, what ever you fancy!I used Modge Podge to secure them to the can.


So a little story behind this Modge-Podge. It was probably at least 5 years ago that I saw this huge tub at Walmart for clearance price of $21. At first I just couldn’t get past the price. Fast forward 5 years and I haven’t made a DENT in it, it is still significantly full! A few times I have been tempted to get rid of it, but then I remember the handful of occasions I have used it and it is nice to have it around. So although I cannot package it into tiny little containers and send to all of you I will share that you can get a 16oz bottle in the link before for just under $7.

Mod Podge Waterbase Sealer, Glue and Finish (16-Ounce), CS11302 Matte Finish

This is how my final can turned out, perfect for a pencil holder or plant holder. It would be a perfect gift for someone with the addition of a plant. You know what else it would be perfect for? To decorate your wedding! Inexpensive and fun DIY project.

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