DIY Tin Can Vase | love my simple home

DIY Tin Can Vase

February 18, 2016

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 workroom 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 NAIL ADHESIVE to join the two cans together.


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 craft paint.


I made stencils by cutting numbers off a tag. (The kind you get when you service your car)  I painted the back of the numbers gray and pressed them on the can and peeled them off.  I used a thin paintbrush to fill in the empty spaces.


I love how the cotton spray stems look in the vase!!  The stems come in a set of three and you can purchase them at

Cranberry Morning said...

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

Julie Nichols said...

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

mary scott said...

Genius & cute!! thanks

Julie Nichols said...

Thank you Mary!!

Rebecca at said...

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.

Julie Nichols said...

Thanks so much Rebecca!!

Sue Van Dyke said...

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

Pili said...

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!!

DazzleWhileFrazzled said...

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

live2quilt72 said...

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.

Julie Nichols said... 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..

Laura W said...

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

Julie Nichols said...

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

Unknown said...

Found you on Pretty Handy Girl. This is awesome. I pinned it.

Julie Nichols said...

Thank you so much for the visit and for pinning!

FraniQ said...

Love having you visit with your awesome projects! Kudos!!

Julie Nichols said...

Thank you so much Emily!

Unknown said...

Brilliant idea. Haven't thought put the two tins together. Love this DIY tin vase. Thanks for posting.

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