July 8, 2012

Vintage-Style Recycled Tin Can

At home we have a pile of used tin cans of milk powder and nutritional supplements that we do not use anymore but that I want to recycle them so I won’t throw them out.  Also I was in need of a container to store the cotton balls I use to clean my face and then I thought it was a good opportunity to use one of them.  Here it is the finished project:

For this project I went with a vibrant mustard color combined with raw sienna and a touch of gray.

I used the three colors at the same time, to create an uneven background.

The images are two black and white portraits of vintage ladies to which I have cut the background scene leaving only the silhouettes.  

To decorate the background I used stencils and vintage stamps.

The inside of the box was painted in white and the lid in black. 

This decoupage project is easy.  The materials you need are:

  • Tin Can
  • Anti rust Metal Primer & Paint Spray in white color
  • All surface spray paint in black color
  • Acrylic Colors: Raw Sienna, Country Gray and Mustard yellow (or other colors of your preference)
  • Scissors, Brushes and sanding paper of soft grit
  • Black and White photographs of vintage ladies
  • Mod Podge
  • “Fleur-de-lis” stencil style (you can use other stencils of your like)
  • Polka Dots Stencil
  • Vintage stamps and Ink
  • Photo or image Fixative in spray

This is how the container looked before.  A simple tin can of nutritional supplement that needed to be recycled, but you can use any tin can or metal container that you have at home. 

Step by Step:

1. Prepare the surface.  Remove the label of the tin can, sand it softly and clean it.

2. Metals require preparation against rust and I found a nice “anti-rusting primer & paint spray” all in one that works perfectly on my project.  So after sanding apply the anti-rusting & paint spray all over the tin can.  Let it dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions. 

3. Pour a little bit of the three acrylic colors on a palette and take a bit of each color with the brush and paint the center area of the container.   The three colors will mix together creating different shades.  You can also paint the surface using the colors separately, if you want.  The lid was transparent, so I just painted it in black with an all surface spray paint.

4.  Use the “fleur-de-lis” stencil style flower, laces & polka dots and paint them in the background according to your personal design.  If you do not have these particular stencils, you can use any other stencils you have to decorate the background. 

5. Take the vintage stamps & ink and play around with them complementing the background design.  For this project I chose vintage handwriting and letters stamps. 

6. Print the vintage images and spray them with a fixative if necessary, to prevent the ink from running.  Let it dry and plan their distribution on the tin can.  Then cut and keep.  

7. Glue the images on to the box with Mod Podge; apply it on the back of the images (not the front).  Let them dry. 

8. Once all is dry give 2 layers of Mod Podge to seal and protect the project. And then viola! The job is done.

Nowadays I do not throw away anything to the trash as I consider we can do something productive by reusing materials and with that we help our mother Earth.  This tin can is a good example of that thinking, and it turned out cute, right? 

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Every week we have the honor and pleasure to participate and share our projects in awesome parties, please visit them and see what talented artists and crafters are creating.  They are not in a particular order, just from the oldest till the newest I started participating at:

Brag Monday @ The graphics Fairy  
Vintage style link party @ Debbiedoo's 
Market yourself @ Sumo's Sweet Stuff  
Link party @ The Girl Creative 
Making Monday marvelous @ C.R.A.F.T.  
Boggieboard Cottage @ Masterpiece Monday 
Mod Mix Monday @ Mod Vintage Life  
Meet me Monday @ You're Talking Too Much
Calling All Crafters Monday @ All Things Fee  
CraftOmaniac Monday @ Craft O Maniac 
More the Merrier Monday @ DIY Home Sweet Home  
Make-it-Yourself Monday @ An Original belle 
Make it Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House
Under 300 Followers Blog Hop @ Pinkapotamus  
The Cure for the Common monday @  Lines Across
Craft and Tell @ Cherished Bliss
Mom's Monday Mingle @ The Naptime Review  
Made with love @ Colours Dekor

Get your craft on @ Today'screative blog 
Knick of Time tuesday @ Knick of Time 
Tell it to me Tuesday @ Creatively Living 
Tutorials & Tips Link Party @ Home Stories A2Z  
Cowgirl up Linky Party @ Cedar Hill Ranch 
Tuesday’s Treasures @ My UnCommon Slice of Suburbia
Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday @ Kammy's Korner 
Be inspired link party @ Elizabeth & Co
Coastal Charm @ Nifty Thrifty Tuesday 
Power of Paint Party @ Domestically Speaking 
Take the Time to Challenge @ Raising 4 Princesses 
Turning the Daunting into the Do-Able @ Project Queen
One project at a Time @ A Bowl Full of Lemons
Linking Pary @ Passionately Artistic
Take a look Tuesday @ Sugar Bee crafts 
Open Call Tuesdays @ Salt Tree
Show me what you got @ Our Delightful Home 

Wow us Wednesdays @ Savvysouthern style 
Primp your stuff Wednesday @ Primp
White Wednesday @ Faded Charm 
Share the love @ http://verymerryvintagestyle.blogspot.com
It's a Party @ DIY by Design 
Whatever goes Wednesday @ Someday Crafts 
What is it Wednesday @ http://ivyandelephants.blogspot.com
Whatever you want Wednesday @ Free Pretty Things for You
Wicked Awesome Wednesday @ Handy man, crafty woman 
Show & Share @ Southern Lovely 
Show and Tell @ SNAP 
It's a Party @ CreativePrincess
Wildly Original Round Up @ I Gotta Create
Waste Not want Not Wednesday @ Pretty Shabby UK 
What We Wore and Made Wednesdays @ Rae Gun Ramblings
Time for a Party @ Fine Craft Guild 
Wednesdays Adorned from Above Blog Hop @ Adorned from Above   

Catch as Catch Can @ http://www.myrepurposedlife.net
Open House Party @ No MinimalistHere
Vintage Inspiration @ Common Ground 
Hookin' up with @ House of Hepworths
Time Travel Thrusday @ Brambleberry Cottage 
20 Below Thrusday @ Cristinas Adventures
Home and Garden Thrusday @ A Delightsome Life 
Made you Look @ Maid in a Day 
Treasure Hunt Thursday @ From my front porch to yours 
Show off your stuff party @ Fireflies and Jellybeans

Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest 
Weekend Bloggy Reading @ Serenity Now 
Inspirational Friday @ At the picket Fence 
Do something Crafty @ See Vanessa Craft
Friday feature @ Redoux Interiors 
Once upon a Weekend @ Family Ever After
Friday Fun Party @ Craftionary 
Finished Lit and Laundry for Friday @ Lit and Laundry
Feature yourself Friday @ Finger Prints on the Fridge 
Look at Me I'm so Crafty @  Fun to Craft
It's a Hodgepodge Friday @ It's a Hodgepodge life 
Friday Flair @ WhipperBerry
Fridays Unfolded @ Stuff& Nonsense 
Simply Link Party @ SimplyDesigning
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage   
Happy Hour Friday @ Happy Hour Projects 
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Rustic Restorations Weekend Linky Party @ Homespun Happenings  
Feture Friday Linky Party @ Blissful and Domestic 
Garden Fun & Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted In Thyme

Spotlight Saturday @ Classy Clutter 
Show and Tell Saturday @ Be Different act Normal
Site Nite special @  Funky Junk Interiors 
Get schooled Saturday @ Too much time on my hands
Scrappy Saturday @ CandaceCreations
Weekend Wrap Up Party @ Tatertots & Jello
Check me out Saturday @ Iam only 1 Woman 
Serenity Saturday @ - Serenity You
Saturday Seven Party @ Positively Splendid 
Strut Your Stuff Saturday @ Six Sisters' Stuff
Saturday Showcase @ Bowdabra Blog 

What's Your Sunday's Best! @ My 1929 Charmer 
Weekend features @ Sisters of the Wild West
Simply Klassic Sunday @ Simply Klassic Home 
Sundae Scoop @ I (Heart)Nap Time
DIY Project Parade @ DIY showoff 
The Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table andDreaming 
Creative Bloggers's Party & Hop @ Homemaker on a Dime
Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things 
Sunday Round Up @ Heather & Kayla 

Have a wonderful week,



  1. Your project came out great! I love the images you selected, thanks for sharing, Laura

  2. I like the mustard yellow agaiat the black and grey.

  3. Recycling at its finest! What a great use for something that would have been thrown out. Love the colors you used and all the fun details.

  4. *love* it! You should sell these on Etsy.

  5. Awesome project!
    Greetings from Australia♥

  6. Another beautiful project from you! Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

  7. Great Project! Would love for you to share on Simple & Sweet Fridays. I'm your newest follower.


  8. Very cute! I love the vintage look!
    ♥ Terrie ♥

  9. What a lovely idea. They look really pretty, no one would know that they once were ordinary tins. Ali x

  10. Came over from Elizabeth and Co. to see your project. It is so great that you took something ordinary and made it extraordinary! Love the vintage details.

    Distressed Donna Down Home

  11. I LOVE your recycle/art project♥

  12. Looks great! I also have a hard time throwing out any container with a plastic lid. I've got a few saved.

  13. What a fun project! I will have to think of this next time I have an empty tin lying around.

    Thanks for sharing on Show and Tell Wednesday at SNAP!

    xoxo, Tauni

  14. I love anything vintage, these look adorable well worth the work you put in :)

  15. That is so pretty!!! I love it!!

  16. This is such an awesome, clever idea! I am your newest follower. Found you over at Time Travel.

  17. You made the can a work of art!

  18. So very beautiful! Your tin can is a work of art.


  19. Beautiful work! I love the colors you picked.

  20. Love this project - just pinned it to one of my "crafts I want to try" boards! :) (Visiting you via the Serenity Now blog's weekend bloggy reading party!)

  21. What a fabulous idea! You did a great job decorating it. Looks like you bought it somewhere! Thank you so much for linking this up to Rustic Restorations Weekend!

  22. Too cute! Thanx for sharing at THT!

  23. What an awesome idea. I have a lot of big tin cans that I am decorating. Will see if I can do one like this. Thanks for the great idea.

  24. Love this! Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  25. Oh my gosh! What a great idea! You did a great job.

  26. These are gorgeous! Just adore them all!
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

  27. AnonymousJuly 15, 2012

    Oh my gosh.. I simply cannot believe how you've transformed this one.. wow!! wow!! Im featuring this on the CD fb page..http://www.facebook.com/ColoursDekor

    Also, thanks for linking into Made with Love.. :)

  28. I love the mustard color and the pretty images! I think you can make anything look amazing!

  29. This is so lovely! I would love to feature this on Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle. Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. Thanks!

  30. Really very lovely, who knew a tea can good looks so beautiful. I really like the mustard color and all your gorgeous images. It has really been transformed! So glad you shared your creative inspiration with Sunday's Best!

  31. Beautiful! Love your color and graphics choices. Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday!

  32. Every time I see one of your creations, I say to myself - WOW! This is just too lovely - what a beautiful reuse of this cannister! Love the graphics - Mod Podge is so wonderful!
    I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  33. Thanks for sharing this creative project on Simple & Sweet Fridays.


  34. Erika, Congrats! You were featured for this beautiful recycled tin on Simple & Sweet Fridays. Don't forget to grab a button and have a great week!


  35. This is a great container, what a fun project. I love the graphics Fairy images, sometimes use them on my cards and tags. Check out my blog, you would like my tags with the vintage images, I'm following you now, maybe you would want to follow me.

  36. What a creative decoupage project. Featured here :-)


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