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Project

Tin Containers

When the garden is especially exuberant, it seems you can never have enough vases. Make a matching set of vessels by painting metal cans in muted hues. We refinished soup, tomato, and coffee tins in assorted sizes, and fitted them with drinking glasses to prevent rusting.

Materials

  • Metal cans
  • Metal file
  • Nylon brush
  • Semi-gloss latex paint
  • Drinking glasses
  • Water
  • Flowers

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Smooth jagged can edges with a metal file, then use a nylon brush to apply two coats of semi-gloss latex paint; let paint dry overnight.

  2. Step 2

     Insert a glass into each container, fill it with water, and tuck a few blooms into it (we chose pink and purple hydrangeas, plus lady's mantle and stock). Place several containers together for a bountiful display.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, August 2006

Reviews (4)

  • 22 Aug, 2011

    I have done this many times - and I find that spray paint (enamel) like Krylon works well too. I spray the inside too so it won't rust. A nice can is the tall thin can that Asparagus comes in - no rings or lines on it. Makes a nice pencil or paintbrush holder too.

  • 9 Aug, 2010

    Flowers really looking beautiful and thanks for motivating us to grow more and more trees which are very beneficial for the environment as well as the living beings.
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  • 18 Jul, 2009

    hey, where do you get the brazian coffee? thx

  • 16 Jul, 2009

    Before I got so picky about what coffee I drink, I bought coffee based on the can...."How good will this look with a plant in it?" My favorite, a Brazillian coffee can with parrots all over it, is soon to be too rusted, but for now still looks great with sedums flowing out.