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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.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, August 2006


  • Metal cans

  • Metal file

  • Nylon brush

  • Semi-gloss latex paint

  • Drinking glasses

  • Water

  • Flowers


  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.  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.

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