Create a Beautiful Upcycled Tin Can Vase in Minutes

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Don’t toss out those old tin cans—create an upcycled tin can vase instead! This easy tutorial will show you how to transform a tin can into a beautiful vase in just minutes.

Hello! Michelle here from Our Crafty Mom. I’m excited to share a budget-friendly craft project that you can create with just a few basic supplies.

I’ve been having some fun upcycling tin cans and this tin can vase may be my favorite yet!

tin can vase on wood base pin image

Let me show you the super simple tutorial so you can make your own pretty vase!

How to Make a Tin Can Vase

Once you make your first tin can vase you will want to make more! They are so versatile and you can use all different size cans to create them. Plus, there are so many beautiful napkins online and in stores that you can create all kinds of different designs and colors.

What you need: 

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These are the ingredients you’ll need. All the exact amounts are in the printable card at the bottom of this post.

Upcycled Tin Case Vase Tips

Remove the label

The first thing you want to do is remove the label from the tin can. Sounds easy enough, but sometimes it leaves a sticky residue that you also need to remove.

tin can with label removed

My favorite way to remove any residue is by using Goo Gone. If you don’t have this handy, you can use rubbing alcohol, but I much prefer Goo Gone. It works really quickly.

Even though you are covering the vase you don’t want any extra bumps to show through.

Paint the Tin Can

Next up, you want to paint your tin can. I love chalk paint, but you can use any paint that you have available.

white chalk paint

While you can cover the tin can without painting it, your napkin colors will show up much more vibrant if you paint the can white first. I’ve tried it both ways and much prefer the painted version. Trust me on this! 🙂

white paint on tin can

Give it a couple of coats using a foam brush and let it dry completely before proceeding to the next step.

Add Mod Podge

Once the paint is completely dry, apply Mod Podge directly to the can working in portions. Let the Mod Podge get tacky before applying the napkin. It only takes a minute or two.

mod podge and foam brush

Apply the Napkin

Now for the fun part! Take your pretty napkin and remove the top layer. Most napkins are 2-3 ply. You only want to use the top printed layer. I found these gorgeous floral napkins at the craft store.

floral napkins

They have a shabby chic feel to them that I just love. You can also use tissue paper, wrapping paper, or even book pages to decorate tin cans. Experiment and have fun with it!

securing napkins to tin can

Place the napkin directly onto the tin can with Mod Podge. Lightly pat it down and smooth any wrinkles as you go.

I found it easier to cut the napkin into four sections and apply it across the can, but it is very forgiving so go with whatever you feel most comfortable with.

close up of tin can vase

Trim any Excess Napkin

Now you want to trim off any extra napkin material from around the tin can. Fold it under the bottom of the can so it has a nice finished look.

Just look at how lovely this tin can planter is:

tin can vase with mod podge

If you are using the vase inside you can just apply a top coat of Mod Podge. However, if you plan to use it outside you also want to spray it with a clear sealant to protect it from the elements.

tin can vase on bird cage pin with text
tin can vase with mod podge
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Upcycled Tin Can Vase

Learn how to make a pretty tin can vase using napkins and mod podge.
Prep Time10 mins
Work Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Keyword: tin can crafts, tin can vase, upcycled tin can vase
Author: Michelle James

Equipment

Supplies

  • Mod Podge
  • Napkins
  • Goo Gone
  • Tin Can

Instructions

  • Remove the label from the tin can. Use goo gone to remove adhesive residue.
  • Paint the tin can with white paint. Let dry.
  • Apply a layer of mod podge directly to the can. Let sit for a minute or two.
  • Attach a napkin to the mod podge can and press down lightly to secure.
  • Repeat until the can is covered.
  • Apply a top coat of mod podge over the napkin. Let dry.
  • If using the tin can vase outside, apply a clear sealant.
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