Patriotic themed repurposed tin can vase

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Have you heard of All You magazine?  This is the cover of their July issue.

All You magazines July issue

Back when I was couponing heavily and frequenting lots of coupon blogs and forums, All You magazine was very valued for the rare and sometimes high value coupons that it contains.  But All You is definitely not all about coupons!  They have many articles from recipes,  household management helps, money saving tips, and even DIY projects and crafts.  Their recipes are amazing too and they even list every recipe in the table of contents by cost-per-serving, so if you are on a tight budget and need a low-cost recipe but delicious recipe, they have you covered.

While I was doing my grocery shopping at Ingles preparing to go on our anniversary trip last week, I picked up a copy of the July issue of All You magazine.  I knew I would have plenty of time while at the pool or at the beach to get some good magazine reading in.  And I did – nothing like lounging in a pool chair reading a magazine with no to-do list on the horizon!

reading All You magazine at the pool

Recipe for Coffee waffles, how to save money using apps on your phone, and some simple tips on making your home happier with color are just some of what you can find in this issue of All You magazine

I especially loved this one particular column that they have just started called the Craft Challenge.  They challenge 2 crafty bloggers to repurpose an everyday item into some kind of pretty home accent or décor.  Totally up my alley!  The 2 bloggers had $5 and a tin can to work with and needed to create a project in 3 steps or less.  You’ll have to pick up a copy of the magazine to see what they created.

So I thought I would give myself a little craft challenge and see what I could come up with using a tin can and less than $5.  

Here’s what I came up with:

Patriotic themed repurposed tin can vase 

Would you have guessed those were made with repurposed aluminum cans?

Patriotic themed repurposed tin can vase

Here’s how you can make your own.  You will need:

  • 3 craft paints – $0.59 at Michael’s,
  • a spool of rope  – $3.00 at Home Depot,
  • 3 cans from the recycle bin
  • You will also need a glue gun, glue sticks, and paint brush – which hopefully you will have on hand.

I am in summer/beach mode in my decorating right now and I love the look and texture of rope or sisal combined with flowers or plants.  So I decided I would do a rope wrapped can.  It was easier and much faster than I thought.  I think each can only took about 5 minutes to wrap.

Patriotic themed repurposed tin can vase

I started the rope and secured it with a little hot glue and then wrapped about 1/3 of the way around the can, secured with a little more hot glue, wrapped a little more secured with glue… you get the picture.  I glued each line of rope about 3 times as I was going around the can.   Just make sure you get it nice and tight to the can and the rope is wrapped close together.  Patriotic themed repurposed tin can vase

Here’s my 3 cans all wrapped and done.  I just tucked the end of the rope sort of over the edge as I plan to use these mostly for flowers so you won’t see that part at all.

Patriotic themed repurposed tin can vase

Then to add some more interest, I wanted to give it a “paint dipped look”.  I used some Frog Tape that I had on hand to mark off the measurements of my bottom stripe and then taped a strip around the rest of the can. 

Patriotic themed repurposed tin can vase

Took those 2 pieces off that were marking my measurements and painted the bottom portion of the can. 

Patriotic themed repurposed tin can vase

I did one can white, one can blue, and one can red.  There is so many options with these – you could do stripes up the whole can or vertical stripes or even do a chevron pattern.  And any color you choose too – customize them for your party, décor, or even for wedding centerpieces.

Patriotic themed repurposed tin can vase

I picked up some clearance tulips from the store and then cut some other flower stems and greenery from around my yard.  Hydrangeas would be gorgeous in these too!    Just take a look around your yard and see what you have – the red leaves are just off a non-flowering bush in my yard and I love them in this – simple, easy and FREE!

Patriotic themed repurposed tin can vase

Then you can use them as a centerpiece or outside on a side table – wherever you wish. 

Patriotic themed repurposed tin can vase

I keep my kitchen table set with placemats and napkins all the time and I love to have a pretty centerpiece on there as well.  These rope-wrapped, paint-dipped repurposed aluminum cans are the perfect decoration for my table!

Patriotic themed repurposed tin can vase

I love just the hint of the red, white, and blue with the natural look of the rope.

Patriotic themed repurposed tin can vase

So fun!    I am going to be keeping my eye out for a larger can to do this with and make a large white striped one to use year round. 

Patriotic themed repurposed tin can vase

So about you, challenged yourself to repurpose a household item into pretty décor for your home recently?  I am looking at the recycle bin and other things around my home a bit differently now, thinking “How could I repurpose that?”   Can’t wait to see what next month’s craft challenge is in All You magazine! 

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  1. Love this idea Christina. It’s so versatile! I’ll definitely be trying this in all different colors! Thanks for such a great post.
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  2. Hey Christina,
    I LOVE this idea! They look great on your table, with the patriotic placemats!! A larger can, like a juice can or large vegetable can would look great, too! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Michelle O says:

    I just discoverd All You magazine. I love it! I’m planning to subscribe, but will also definitely pick up the July issue!

    I also can’t wait to try this idea. I have tons of paint at home and several empty cans.


  4. Oooohhh…love them, Christina!! What a fun project!
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  5. What a great idea! Not only can I make this as a patriotic theme for my home, I can also make this a French Acadian theme for my dual citizen husband – he is from the French Acadian section of Nova Scotia. This would give him a taste of home. 🙂

  6. Great idea! This actually looks like something I could do!

  7. These are adorable Christina! Love how they turned out!
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  8. These are beautiful! I would not have thought to do this. Would be great for the Christmas season too with red and green!
    Amelia recently posted..Chocolate Cherry Almond SmoothieMy Profile

  9. Those look terrific! I have to make some, I think I even have the materials maybe. I hope you had a great 4th. Take care – Dawn
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  10. They really turned out cute, Christina! Love the fact that you can use any color to embellish them.
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  11. I love that project! And the best part is, I have all the materials 🙂

    Can’t wait to meet you at Haven!!!
    christina @ homemade ocean recently posted..A patriotic pair….My Profile

  12. Love these! Perfect for summer. Great job!


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