Decorative Tin Cans 1

I've been making these decorative cans for many years and they prove very popular at craft fairs.


These are ordinary tin cans that once contained beans, tomatoes and sweetcorn. I soak off the label and wash and dry them thoroughly before painting a base coat with a white stone paint (it's white paint with sand mixed in it). This gives a nice texture to the can.


I then either draw freehand or take a tracing of any design I like onto the surface of the can and then just paint it colourfully as possible with acrylic paints, adding sequins and any other embellishments that come to hand. I use gutta for the outlines. Pearlized acrlics are really good to use as they add shimmer.


Many of the cans I decoupage with images taken from gift wrap . I just base paint my can with white primer and then paint a second coat in whatever colour I want and then decoupage my images on top when the paint is dried. Napkins are very good for this and I seal it with either modge podge or any other good sealer.


These make really handy pencil pots, or little storage pots and I even put small plants in them and they brighten up my window sill. The uses are endless and it's a really good way of recycling:-)

  • lubsy1uk 7y

    Hi Sherry - Thank you - that's really nice of you to comment and you're most welcome:-)
  • Renee Stien 7y

    great idea and they are so pretty too!
  • lubsy1uk 7y

    Thank You Renee:-)
  • Flávia de Neve 7y

    pretty :)
  • lubsy1uk 7y

    Thank you Flavia de Neve I'm glad you like these:-)
  • artlover12001 6y

    What a brilliant idea, Lubna....and so bright and really fun. I shall have to stop sending my cans for recycling now and recycle them in a different way!!!LOL Love Chris xxx
  • lubsy1uk 6y

    Hi Chris! Thank you for your lovely comments:-)
    I've actually slowly eased out of making these over the past couple of years, but still have enough in my "stock" to sell at craft fairs.

    Since starting ATCs, Altered Arts etc I haven't had time to work on these anymore. Plus I guess it's a bit of "there's a time for everything" and when it's over it's over. I made hundreds of these and sold so many to schools aswell as privately and they proved really popular and I'm glad:-)
  • Mary Anne Enriquez 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Fan>TAB>ulous Aluminum & Tin Can ART, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • lubsy1uk 6y

    Thank you urbanwoodswalker for your interest in my cans and your invite to add this to your group - I've added it:-)
  • Jewelzy Bug 6y

    These look fabulous! I would so put one of these in my craft room to hold my suppies!
  • lubsy1uk 6y

    Thank you JB - that's so nice of yo to say:-)
  • Dogluvr 6y

    Wow you've been busy with all of these.. they look great!
  • lubsy1uk 6y

    Thank you Dogluvr:-)
  • Beverley 6y

    Your tins are gorgeous!!!
  • lubsy1uk 6y

    Thank you AA:-)
  • Amy 5y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Mod Podge Rocks!, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • MaryBTanck 5y

    I heart them! I might even steal it. I see a beer bottle sitting on the counter ...
  • lubsy1uk 5y

    Thanks Mary:-)
  • aliyaalyassin 5y

    Hi, these are great! Could I use this image for a craft project of mine where I plan to do something similar? Thanks. Aliya
  • lubsy1uk 5y

    Hi aliyaa - please check your flickrmail for my reply :-)
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