How to turn soup cans into decorations!

 

 

soup cans

 

 

I have a few of these cute little soup can decorations sitting around the house. I say soup cans but really just about any can will do; I use all different sized cans, short & fat, tall & skinny, whatever you like. You can also inter change the flowers according to the season/holiday.

What you will need:
Empty soup cans.. whatever you have left after a meal
1 can flat black spray paint ( I think Flat black looks the best but you can use any color you wish depending on your style)
1 bag of the graish color Spanish moss
a few strips of fabric depending on how many cans you are doing
your choice of fall flowers ( dollar tree has a nice selection!)
some old news paper to spray paint on

Directions:

Rinse soup cans out well. Be very careful of any sharp edges due to using the can opener, if there are a few try using the flat side of a butter knife to flatten them down ( BE CAREFUL! ) if they are too bad use a different can. Outside, place cans on top of news paper and be sure you are far away from anything that could be ruined by spray paint ( DO NOT spray paint near siding! the spray paint mist will travel leaving a light dusting on your siding, NOT GOOD!) Spray the cans making sure you did not miss any spots. Nest stuff a handful of Spanish moss into the cans, being careful of any sharp edges. Next arrange your flowers into the can and stuff a little more Spanish moss around the flowers so it hangs out just a little. Now take a strip of fabric and tie around the can. Ta-Duh! you have a new beautiful inexpensive decoration. =)

 

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Rustic Easter Egg!

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Primitive Easter eggs!
Remember these?? I bought mine at the dollar tree. Do you know what they are used for? ha. I don’t but I know what I did with them.Let me show you how to turn them into a beautiful rustic Easter Egg. 🙂

 

 


First you will need:

  • 1 piece of 3/16 osb (If they are in bad condition at your local home improvement store then try using a thicker piece)
  • 1 felt decor egg ( or whatever it is that they are called)
  • white paint
  • 2 different spray paint colors of your choice
  • stain ( I use a dark cherry)
  • Spanish moss (the brown/gray color looks the best)
  • 1 glass votive
  • 1 can frost spray paint for glass
  • hot glue gun & glue sticks
  • Duck tape
  • sander
  • 2 old rags
  • chop saw
  • tea light with a switch
  • jig saw

I know it seems like a lot of materials, but this is actually very easy to do. First lay your felt Easter egg on the pl wood and trace it. Cut out the Easter egg, brush off the saw dust and paint it white. Next lay the felt Easter egg on top of the all ready painted egg and pick which color you want to use first and where you want colors. Tape up the lines that you are not going to color first. No that they are taped up using your first color spray paint where you did not cover. Let dry. While this is drying its the perfect time to spray your glass votive. To do this I just stuff a paper towel inside the votive and then begin to spray the out side of it. Let dry. Once your egg is dry you can tape up the holes that you just painted leaving the opposite holes exposed. Now spray them and let dry over night. Once this is dry run your sander lightly over it to rough up the edges a little. Then brush off all the excess dust. Using an old rag, dip the tip of it into the stain and rub all over the egg, immediately follow with the other old/clean rag wiping off the stain you just applied. This will give your egg a rustic primitive look. Let dry, stain takes a while to dry, I usually wait 1 to 2 days for it to dry on a small project like this. Once your egg is dry you can screw the base to the bottom of your egg. I am sorry to say I do not measure when I do this, but let me explain what I do. I take a ruler and a pencil, then I sit the egg on it with the votive and eye ball about the size it should be ( sorry I have a bad habit of “eye balling”). Once the base is screwed on you can take your hot glue gun and glue the votive in the front of the egg centered. Use lots of glue on the bottom of your votive so it does not come loose. Now take your Spanish moss and glue it all around the base. Turn your tea light on and place it in the votive and you now have a beautiful rustic Easter egg! 🙂

 

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