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How To DIY Tin Can Vases In Two Styles

A quick and easy up-cycle for your tins and how to DIY tin can vases in two styles.

Summer is slow over here and I’m enjoying every bit of it. I am taking things easy, but also using the time I have now to de-clutter kitchen cabinets, my kids closets, etc. Next on my list is our office, I can’t wait. No you didn’t hear wrong, I actually love de-cluttering, it’s like therapy. I feel so free after and organized and just relieved to let stuff go. Anyways, while de-cluttering the kitchen, I found these Nesquick tins I had collected to up-cycle. I didn’t even remember!


How To DIY Tin Can Vases In Two Styles

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What I used:

empty tin cans in two sizes

wood sticks [similar]

hot glue gun

white chalky paint [similar]

marbled contact paper



Rustic Vase

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My wood sticks are scraps I picked up, after a storm had blown off our terrace roof last winter. They were pretty weathered which is what I liked and I just broke them into different sizes and glued them on the tin can using hot glue.

After, I gave the wood some brushes of white chalk paint.


Marbled Style Vase

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This one is so easy, it literally takes 5 minutes to make and turns out quite cute. I picked up this marbled style contact paper and just wrapped it around the tin can, measuring the size and then cutting it into shape.

While sticking it around the tin, I rubbed it with a towel to get rid of air bubbles.

It doesn’t get easier than this, hey?


And this is how they turned out. The rustic vase ended up on my living room side table and is holding lavender from my garden. Very simple, but it really makes quite a nice decor piece.


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how to diy tin can vases in two styles kreativk.net


how to diy tin can vases in two styles kreativk.net


how to diy tin can vases in two styles kreativk.net


The marbled style vase is in my guest bathroom, in a crate, holding a faux plant. I think the look fits in with the bathroom tiles and looks cute next to my straw bag with towels in it.


how to diy tin can vases in two styles kreativk.net


how to diy tin can vases in two styles kreativk.net


how to diy tin can vases in two styles kreativk.net


how to diy tin can vases in two styles kreativk.net


Have you ever turned trash into home decor before?  Or wrapped something in contact paper to give it a whole new look and purpose?

Wishing you a lovely day! Thanks for stopping by today!


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  • Pili
    09/08/2018 at 19:13

    Love them Katrin, especially the wooden sticks one. It looks so rustic and at the same time, it fits on a nautical decor too because they seem like the sea drove them for a while. I hope you stay cool in this heat wave. Take care!

    • Katrin
      16/08/2018 at 09:10

      Thanks Pili!!

  • Naomi S
    01/08/2018 at 06:06

    These are very attractive and unique. I like the one using the sticks best, I think. The marbled one is nice, too, but I think I would like it better if the rim of the can was painted or camoflaged in some way. But that’s just my personal preference. I have been wanting to make a planter similar to your stick one but with sticks from my maple tree branches. I haven’t found the right size container yet, though. I think these would make great gifts with a real plant in them or a faux bouquet of some type. Great idea! Thanks!

    • Katrin
      01/08/2018 at 07:44

      Thanks so much Naomi, I can imagine your idea would look great and yes, a real little plant in them would be lovely!

  • Leanna
    31/07/2018 at 06:18

    The way you take the simplest of material and make something beautiful always amazes me. This is so bright, serene, simple and sweet. Love what you created.

    • Katrin
      01/08/2018 at 07:41

      Aw Thank you so much Leanna, that means a lot!

  • Debrashoppeno5
    25/07/2018 at 23:34

    You would never know these started as a tin can. They are charming.

  • Julie Briones
    25/07/2018 at 19:50

    I have some wonderful birch wrapping paper (heavy duty), that I plan on doing this with! Great inspiration, Katrin!

  • Keri
    25/07/2018 at 16:32

    Katrin, these vases are awesome! I think it’s a great way to reuse the tins and both the weathered wood and the marble contact paper look fantastic.

  • Marie
    25/07/2018 at 06:18

    You always come up with the greatest ideas, Katrin. My favorite is the whitewashed stick vase 🙂 Pinned to share

    • Katrin
      26/07/2018 at 20:23

      Aw that’s so nice of you, I appreciate it, Thanks Marie!!

  • Ellen
    23/07/2018 at 19:13

    Summer is never my favorite season, as I barely tolerate heat and humidity. Thankfully, there has not been prolonged periods of either…so far! Benjamin and I spend some time outdoors in the early morning hours and then happily go into the air conditioned indoors. So happy that your summer is going well too! I adore these vases. I am always picking up pieces of bark in my yard from our old oak trees and have often wondered what they could be used for, besides the fireplace. You have provided the inspiration to try hot gluing them onto a tin can! Thank-you!

    • Katrin
      24/07/2018 at 08:14

      Oh I’m glad it’s not too hot for you either. Here it is perfect, I only wish we’d have a very cool Fall as well, but I think, we might get a hot one like last year, which I really didn’t enjoy! Anyways, I am happy you liked the project, I can imagine these lovely with tree bark!!

  • Mary
    23/07/2018 at 17:09

    Katrin I have to say they are both great re-purposes. I love the first one with the sticks. It has loads of personality and really makes a statement. And what do you mean summer is almost over, you know you have a few more months of heat left. 😉

    • Katrin
      24/07/2018 at 08:10

      Thanks Mary, yes the rustic one really makes a statement!!

  • Linda at Mixed Kreations
    23/07/2018 at 17:01

    These are both so pretty! I really love the rustic one with the weathered wood. The perfect vase for holding lavender with its rustic charm. ❤
    I am glad you are enjoying your summer, it is miserable here. Yesterday was 110 degrees. I’m ready for it to cool off.

    • Katrin
      24/07/2018 at 08:04

      Thanks Linda!! Oh no, I hope it cools down for you real soon…

  • Tanya Derrey Bingham
    23/07/2018 at 16:37

    These are so cool Katrin! I love to use materials we would typically throw away to turn them into something beautiful, and that you did!

    • Katrin
      24/07/2018 at 08:03

      Thanks Tanya!!

  • Michelle Leslie
    23/07/2018 at 12:48

    I’m so happy you’re enjoying the long lazy days of Summer Katrin and a little jealous too. I really miss the warmth but our jasmines have started flowering so Spring isn’t too far away – Yay!!! Love how you made over the tin cans. They’re both really pretty, but I think the little wooden one is my favorite. It’s so rustically charming.

    • Katrin
      24/07/2018 at 08:02

      It is a cool summer, but they say we might have a hot fall, oh no. Jasmines are lovely, enjoy them!!