Need a Handmade Mother’s Day Gift Idea? Here’s One….

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Mother’s Day is in 12 days.

Can you believe it?

Coming up so quick!

And I have a super simple & fun handmade Mother’s Day craft I’m going to share with you
today.
With a few simple items you can make a really cute “vase/vessel” for flowers for your Mom.
After the flowers are gone she can use it for pens/pencils or anything else really!

So what is it?

It’s a soup can. Simple, right?

I happened to use Progresso soup cans with the pull top lid.
Or you could use any cans….just be sure to use a can opener that is made to leave a
clean, un-sharp edge.

And then you can make these pretty little things….

DIY Decorative Handmade Tin Can Craft Collage using Graphic's Fairy graphics - Mother's Day Flowers or Centerpiece

Can’t get much easier!

BUT….I will tell you, I made these, all 6 of them, with special”moms” in
mind…but I want to keep them ALL. ;)  I won’t, of course.
But I had no idea I would love them like I do!
I’ll be making some for me…pronto! ;)
And they were so easy I most certainly will.

I love the vintage look they have.
And what better way to display those gorgeous flowers you’ll
be giving your Mom on her special day?

DIY Decorative Handmade Tin Can Craft Collage using Graphic's Fairy graphics - Mother's Day Flowers or Centerpiece
Because surely you’ll be giving her flowers, right? ;)

I love fresh flowers in the house!
Once upon a time I used to tell my husband…please DO NOT
waste money on flowers that are just gonna die! Silly me. What was I thinking?

Well no more of that silliness, I LOVE fresh flowers around the house. I have clued
my husband in on that as well. No excuses now Mr. ;)

Ok, so onto the super simple tutorial…..

Wash out your cans really well.  Let them dry.
I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint because I have a bunch of it.
And because I love it. And because it sticks to metal so well.
BUT you can use acrylic craft paint found at any craft store if you like.
OR you can even spray paint them. SUPER easy!
If I’d had pink or red spray paint laying around I’d probably have gone that route.

DIY Decorative Handmade Tin Can Craft Collage using Graphic's Fairy graphics - Mother's Day Flowers or Centerpiece

Then I went to The Graphic’s Fairy site and found a bunch of gorgeous graphics for the
fronts of the cans. I printed them out on regular ole printer paper.

Then I ripped them. Literally. I wanted the edges old and torn looking…vintage.

DIY Decorative Handmade Tin Can Craft Collage using Graphic's Fairy graphics - Mother's Day Flowers or Centerpiece

I used 2 coats of paint (again, you can use whatever kind you like here).

DIY Decorative Handmade Tin Can Craft Collage using Graphic's Fairy graphics - Mother's Day Flowers or Centerpiece

I made a mix of Elmer’s Glue All with just a little water….

DIY Decorative Handmade Tin Can Craft Collage using Graphic's Fairy graphics - Mother's Day Flowers or Centerpiece

Then spread that onto the back of my “ripped” paper with the graphic.

DIY Decorative Handmade Tin Can Craft Collage using Graphic's Fairy graphics - Mother's Day Flowers or Centerpiece

I carefully lined it up how I wanted it on the can.
Picture below is before I “aged” them, you can leave them just like this (un-aged)  if you like.

DIY Decorative Handmade Tin Can Craft Collage using Graphic's Fairy graphics - Mother's Day Flowers or Centerpiece

Once that was dry I sprayed the entire can (label and paint) with MinWax Polycrylic.
I did two coats, letting it dry between each coat.

DIY Decorative Handmade Tin Can Craft Collage using Graphic's Fairy graphics - Mother's Day Flowers or Centerpiece

Next up, a little Annie Sloan Dark Wax to “age” them.  Or you can leave them as is if you like.
I wanted them to look “vintage” so I aged them. You could also use Brown Acrylic craft paint
for this step if you want. Just mix it with a little water and rub it on…and wipe it off.
(doesn’t take a lot…of either one)

DIY Decorative Handmade Tin Can Craft Collage using Graphic's Fairy graphics - Mother's Day Flowers or Centerpiece

Isn’t that “aged” ripped edge just great? I love how they turned out.

DIY Decorative Handmade Tin Can Craft Collage using Graphic's Fairy graphics - Mother's Day Flowers or Centerpiece

DIY Decorative Handmade Tin Can Craft Collage using Graphic's Fairy graphics - Mother's Day Flowers or Centerpiece

A little French, ohh la la & white……

DIY Decorative Handmade Tin Can Craft Collage using Graphic's Fairy graphics - Mother's Day Flowers or Centerpiece

Or maybe floral & pink? Which do you prefer?

DIY Decorative Handmade Tin Can Craft Collage using Graphic's Fairy graphics - Mother's Day Flowers or Centerpiece

And did I happen to mention I made these in about an hour’s time total?

Super simple & easy, really pretty handmade gift for your Mom on Mother’s Day.

Those are the best kind. Handmade

I know, because I’m a Mother. :)
I treasure and appreciate every gift my children have
ever given me but the handmade gifts have a special place in my heart.

I hope you will give these a try!
For Mother’s Day or for any gift giving occasion.
They would even make great centerpieces for any special event.

DIY-Decorative Repurposed Tin Can Steps

Which one is your favorite?

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Comments

    • Nancy says

      Thanks for pinning Christy! These would be a totally fun project for your daughter…I had fun making them! ;)

    • Nancy says

      Hi Jen,
      Thanks so much! It was a fun little craft to do with so many possibilities for design and use! Thanks so much for stopping by :) Nancy

  1. Carol Lore says

    Hello, I love this hand made craft, Im from latin america, I would like to know if you can give me some other option for the elmers glue, cause that brand is not known on my country, or maybe how is the composition or the consistency to look for some replacement, thank you very much ¡¡

    • Nancy says

      Hi Carol,
      Sure, it’s just a regular “school” type of glue. Basic white glue.
      You could try Mod Podge if you have that available to you.
      Hope that helps!
      Nancy

  2. Karen says

    I’m surprised the dark wax adhered to the paper edges after they were sealed. Did you only put the was on that part of the design? Or on the entire can and then rubbed most of it off? I have not worked with chalk paint or was before.
    Thanks. So cute!

    • Nancy says

      Hi Karen,
      Yep, it adhered just fine! I wiped it all over and then rubbed most of it off. I just wanted a touch of “age” to them. :)

      Thanks!!
      Nancy

  3. Shirley says

    This takes me back to the 70’s when we ran a youth club.
    The church frequently had meat and potato pie suppers and the peas came in a very large tin.
    We asked the members to save us the tins which we then got the children to make a bin for their bedrooms using pictures from magazines ,comics or pop star magazines.
    I’m 63 now so it shows that what goes around , comes around.
    No Graphics Fairy in those days though!

    • Nancy says

      OH that’s so neat Shirley! I remember the 70’s was big on recycling so that makes sense! I am sure I probably made something similar as a kid back then (although I can’t remember back that far much anymore! ;) )
      Hope you have a great weekend!
      Nancy

    • Nancy says

      Hi!
      I just used a regular ink jet printer. Nothing fancy!:) Thanks, it’s a super simple (and fun) little project.

      Nancy

    • Nancy says

      Hi Laura,
      I just saved the graphics to my computer and then printed them out in the size I needed. Most programs will let you change the size of the photo. (usually you just click on it and size it right there in the window before printing, or sometimes it will have pre determined sizes to change them to depending on the program you are using)
      Hope that helps!
      Nancy

  4. Karen H says

    What a really great idea, Nancy! Again, something I’m sure I would never have thought of!

    I’m especially fond of the French graphics! xo

  5. Lisa says

    I want something more to protect the wax color/finish. Can I apply another layer of poly over the wax? Water based?

    • Nancy says

      Hi Lisa,

      You can apply poly *instead* of wax. But you can’t apply poly over wax because it won’t adhere. If you want more protection, you can try several coats of wax (drying about 3-4 days in between) -OR- several coats of poly instead. Either/Or.
      Hope that helps!
      Nancy

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