Upcycle Tin Cans

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Hi Everyone! Hope you all had a nice weekend! Mine was very productive. All day Saturday, I worked on adding category labels to my blog  so you can find what you're looking for a lot easier (you can find that on left side), adding buttons to my 'I Party Here' page, spray painting a few items from blah to beauty and a couple other crafts.


This mini project however, is one I actually did last week. I've always wanted to try this ever since I saw it on Pinterest some time back. Who would have thought cans that once housed your soups could be transformed to something pretty and useful? I sure wouldn't have! That's why I love Pinterest! You can get so many super-fab ideas! However, getting the ideas on a board is one thing.....actually realizing the idea is another. I really do try to finish the Pinterest projects I love most.

For this project you will need:

  • Can/s of whatever size your darling heart desires
  • Rope (I purchased 50 ft at Home Depot for under $6)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue sticks (obviously, right?)

I know the process is pretty much self explanatory but I personally enjoy seeing step by step pictures (I'm a visual kinda person) so I will assume that someone reading this may be the same way.

This is what my can and rope looked like before I make them a perfect match with my glue gun. Make sure your can is squeaky clean! You definitely don't want any odors to emerge from it once it's all prettied up. I washed mine with hot water and soap.

1. Get your rope on!

Apply some glue to about 2-3 inches of the circumference of your can (I started on the bottom). I don't recommend applying it all the way around since this glue dries so darn fast! I tried it and it was a big fail!

2. Continue on getting your rope on (seriously, that's about it. Pretty easy, right?)

Keep going upwards all the way around, always pressing down on your rope as you glue it.

Here is what mine looked like about half way through...

Almost finished!


3. Don't leave the rim out of the fun!

You want to make sure to cover the rim or you'll be able to see it from an angle.

4. Put your rope and glue gun down and step away from the can. Seriously, admire your work.

I decided to use mine as a vase and I just love the rustic look it lends!


I decided to make another one with a bigger can and I'm using it to hold all my facial products. Purposeful and display worthy! Definitely better than the plastic container they were in!

I really enjoy these easy 30 minute projects that still make an awesome difference, don't you?

Have you done this already? If so, how are you using your new roped cans?

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