Showing posts with label cans. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cans. Show all posts

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Upcycling: faux patina

Do you like the look of patina and rust?


Some people collect vintage rusty items while others think of rusty items as junk. I love the look of vintage rusty cans, especially to use as planters or vases.

Originally, I planned to create my own rusty cans by letting my cans rust naturally. But then I found this great site that offered images of rust and patina. You can check it out here.

I printed out some of the textures of rust and Mod Podged them onto my cans.

Instant patina!

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Upcycling: moss gift can

I was searching for another “upcycling can” project and came across the cutest moss covered cans on Once Wed. The minute I saw them, I knew I had to make some. Once Wed, used them as centerpieces with live plants. What a great idea!

My spin on these is to use them as a gift holder.

To make these moss covered cans you’ll need:

- Used cans
- Moss and/or moss sheets
- Glue
- String
- Optional: supplies to make seed packets and plant sticks

Start by savings cans. Make sure any sharp edges are crimped down. You can use moss sheets or use regular loose moss to cover your cans.


I knew the moss sheets would be easier to work with but I wanted a more natural looking top edge so I glued loose moss around the edge of the can.


Then I cut a piece of the moss sheet the height of the can and rolled it around the can.


Wrap string (I used heavy duty thread) around the can several times and tie off. Add loose moss to cover any bare spots.  


Next I made the seed packets and plant sticks. For the plant sticks, I used bamboo corn holders and paper cut outs covered in clear contact paper to waterproof them. The seed packets are made out of coin envelopes.




Love these. Thank you Once Wed!