Patriotic Recycled Cans

This is what I do with old cans. They make great gift "buckets".

By Artlady from Edmond, OK

June 10, 20080 found this helpful

That is so neat. What do you use for the knob to lift the lid up? Zig

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June 10, 20080 found this helpful

Those are very pretty. Could you post the instructions on how to make them?

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June 12, 20080 found this helpful

How cute how did you make these?? I would love to learn how!

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June 12, 20080 found this helpful

This looks like a great way to recycle cans! Could be used and decorated for any occasion. How do you make the lids?

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June 12, 20080 found this helpful

My brother-in-law made fun of me for keeping all my cans. I'm making him a "fishing" bucket. I'm putting in things like floats, bandaids, handi-wipes, suncreen, etc. I thought he'd get a kick out of seeing how I use my cans.

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June 12, 20080 found this helpful

This is my fourth try at giving directions for these cans. I am from Oklahoma and the wind has been playing havoc with the power lines.


Can w/lid (Remove lid with a can opener that separates the seal - no sharp edges)

Heavy gauge black wire

Glass Etching Cream (optional)

Wooden Candle Cup

Acrylic Paints

Crackle Medium

Antiquing Gel

Kilz Clear Satin Spray Paint

Craft Glue

Small Piece of Felt

Small Block of Wood

Large Nail



Fabric Strips and Embellishments

Brush etching cream on can and lid, let sit overnight. Be sure to put a thick rag under the can to protect your work surface. You can sand the can instead of the etching cream. Wash all etching cream off and let dry. There may be some rust, but I think this makes it look more "aged."

Paint can/lid/candle cup with a dark brown acrylic paint. Let dry.

Brush on crackle medium. Let sit 5 minutes.

Brush on off white acrylic paint. It will start to crackle as you brush. Let dry.

Mark off stripes and paint red, white and blue.

Brush on antiquing gel and rub off excess. Let dry.

Write sayings on with paint pen. Let dry 24 hours.

Spray with clear spray paint. Let dry. Repeat.

For handles:

Cut wire about 18" long, depending on size of can.

Wrap the center around a pencil to curl. Remove pencil.

Lay can on the block of wood - at the side seam. (You'll be hammering from inside the can.) Use nail to make a hole near the edge and one below about a 1/4" down. Repeat on opposite side.

Feed the wire in the top hole from the outside and through the bottom hole back to the outside. Close up with pliers. This keeps it from hindering the lid.

Glue the candle cup upside down on the lid.

Cut a piece of felt the size of the bottom of the can. Glue on. This will protect surfaces.

Tie on fabric strips and embellishments.

I know this seems time consuming, but it's really not. If you do about 5 at a time, it goes more quickly.

Any questions?

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