Shabby Vintage Tin Can Craft

Com join me and make your very own Shabby Vintage Tin Can Craft! 
This whole
upcyle, recyle, reuse, repurpose thing…
is pretty darn cool!

After my first try at repurposing with
I still had lots of tin cans in my stash!
 So I gave these three a shabby makeover
using two shades of burlap,
some just twine…
and vintage shoe clips.
(They wanted some sparkle!)
Yes, they told me so.
It’s was pretty much a no-brainer to
add a few fresh flowers to these
newly prettied containers.
So I did.
Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best.
The rhinestone encrusted bits are the
vintage shoe clips.
(Courtesy of my mother in law.)
I tell ya… she finds me the best goodies!!
I am a doubly lucky girl.
sent me the prettiest bauble on a bobby pin.
Well, it slips right out of my hair. Boo.
Sort of a good thing though…
Because I love it here!
(thanks girl!)
I doubt you need a tutorial but
I will share one soon just in case!
I’ll walk you through making some of your own step-by-step.
It’s easy, promise.
Start saving your cans, bottle and jars.
You can use about anything!
I’m really trying to take better pictures…
so please humor me with the 87 shots
of a tin can I just subjected you too.
(plus, I think they are pretty!)
They make me smile.
PS-Don’t forget to save some tins cans and glass containers (jelly jars, etc..) so you can repurpose them into pretty shabby containers too.Linking up at: savvy southern style, the 36th avenue, french country cottage,
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  1. Maria Lambrou says

    Hello Shannon and thank you soooo much for the beautiful idea you gave me! We are going to christen our baby boy in 2 months and I was searching for ideas of how to use empty tin cans, as centerpieces, for the christening after party!

    Ever since my baby was born, I couldn’t breast feed it, so I have been using formula milk. I had an inspiration of saving the empty tin cans of the milk. Now I have plenty of them and I was looking for ideas like yours, to decorate them and use them at the party. I have 2 sizes of tin cans, big ones of 800 ml and smaller of 400 ml. I was thinking to put 2 of them, a big and a small one, as centerpiece arrangements.

    I have a few questions for you:
    1. Can I use paint spray?

    2. What kind of glue have you been using? I’m planning of buying a glue gun for this job!

    3. Can you pls give me instructions step by step, because its the first time that I will actually do something like that! :)

    4.Our christening theme its snowflakes! So I was thinking of putting some gypsophila white flowers and stick some 2 snowflakes (glued on plastic sticks) in each tin can. What do you think for the whole idea? And

    5. Can I skip the shoe clips and use something else, cheaper and easy to make? Any ideas? I was thinking of just making burlap bows and glue them.

    Ahh! I’m so excited for all these ideas and also stressed because I don’t know how its going to end up! I’m looking forward for your answers and any other ideas that you might have for my project! Thank you once again!

    • says

      Congratulations on the birth of your son!!

      1. Yes.
      2. Low Temp Melt Glue gun and glue
      3. I stick my hand in the can, then just twirl it as I paint. If using spray paint. Follow directions on can for ventilation and spray in light even strokes, building the coverage.
      4. Snow flakes would be so pretty and they have them at Dollar Tree this time of year.
      5. Yes, I just happened to have those. Burlap bows would be very cute. Good idea (:

      Have a wonderful christening. Blessings to your family!

  2. says

    I Love these …..the I am doing these with the resident s I work with in June…..On Activity Directors sharing Ideas on facebook

  3. says

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  4. says

    These turned out super! What a great transformation. Can you believe I just threw away a 1 gallon tin can this week. I really do need to start saving them for craft projects, my husband will think I’ve lost my mind though because I save so many other things for crafts.

  5. says

    These are lovely Shannon! Aren’t they so much fun to play with? I made some not too long ago and just love them!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. says

    Love it! I have a overflowing crate in the garage full of cleaned out cans that I use for different things..but I have yet to do white/burlap/bling!


    Lucky 7 Design

  7. says

    Just gorgeous! I agree, sometimes the simplest ideas are the best. I am concerned that your cans are talking to you though. Only furniture is supposed to talk…..

  8. says

    You *are* a double lucky girl! Fabulous skills and awesome mother-in-law! I LOVE these, Shannon … so simple, yet make such a wonderful impact! You *know* these are going to pop up all over blogland now, don’t ya?

  9. says

    I love em Shannon!!! I think I might need to make some of these for my craft room to use as storage containers for pens, paint brushes, etc…. So friggen cute! I love that your items “speak” to you telling you what they want. I often have items speak to me too… so I totally understand!

    I hope you’ve recovered from your yard sale! Those can be exhausting!!!

    Diana Anyone Can Decorate

  10. says

    Ever since your first post with the aqua duo, I have been collecting cans and bottles. My kids looked at me with the ‘ ohmygosh, Mommy is turning into a baglady’ hands on cheeks look. I even accepted some coffee cans from my neighbour. It’s an illness!!!
    Sigh… I can sooo see bunches and bunches of flowers in them, and candles and sprigs, and……

  11. says

    Now that is just too danged cute! I love it and you are right- simple is best most times. Now, I really need to get OFF MY CAN and get something done. I am off to Milwaukee to pick up SweetCheeks this afternoon. She went home with Auntie but is homesick for her own bed. Have a great day, Shannon- xo Diana