As you may have noticed, my sister and I like to take old things and make them new. First, it was an upcycled quilt. Now, it’s upcycled tin cans.
Since my spellcheck is complaining about the word “upcycled” I’m guessing it’s not a commonly known term, yet. Basically, it’s upgrading and recycling stuck together. Thanks to the movement to clean up our planet, not to mention the need to save a buck wherever we can, upcycling is quickly becoming a household practice.
- Clean cans
- Spray Paint
- Mod Podge for fabric
- Sponge brush
Following directions on the spray paint can, spray paint the clean cans in an open, ventilated area. I spray the entire can, inside and out, with two coats, just to be thorough. However, if they look a little messy, don’t worry; they will be covered with beautiful fabric in no time. Allow them to dry fully between coats. Once the second coat is dry, move on to Step 2.
Cut a piece of fabric that is equal to the height of the can (except for the little lip at the top, I like to leave that showing), and the circumference of the can with an additional .25″ for overlapping.
Place the fabric on the can so that the top edge of the fabric lines up just beneath the top lip of the can. Smooth the fabric as you wrap it around the can. The fabric should overlap slightly. Trim any additional frayed bits so all four edges are nice and neat. Allow to dry for two hours.
I use mine for all sorts of things: makeup brushes, pens and pencils, flowers. I even use cans to hold supplies for small projects to keep them all organized.
My Recycled Can Tutorial was featured here: