Repurposed “Dipped” Cans

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By General Crafts Contributor Erin from the blog Lovesome.

Reuse old tin cans to make elegant storage.

With Earth Day around the corner, I’ve been trying to think of something I can do to repurpose an everyday item. One day I was washing some cans to put in the recycling bin and realized that their shape and texture was pretty great. All they needed was a little color and they would be perfect!

Here’s what you need to make your own dipped cans:

Clean Tin Can

The first thing you need to do is clean up the can. Scrape off any glue (it comes off really easy when wet) and make sure it is clean. Then sand down any rough/sharp edges around the top. I found that the cans sand really easily, and it keeps you from getting cut, so it’s important not to skip this step!

Paint and Tape Cans

I am really into the dipped look, so I did a little faux-dipping. To do this, first paint your can the base color, which will be the color at the top when you are all done. Let it dry completely, then tape off the section you want to be “dipped”. The tape doesn’t need to be perfectly straight, in fact it will look more like it’s been dipped if it’s not. Make sure you rub your finger across the edge of the tape to seal it, this will help you get the most crisp line possible.

Paint Dipped Side

Turn the can upside-down and paint away. I found that several thin coats were better than one heavy one. Once you reach the coverage you want, slowly remove the tape and let the paint dry completely.

Once the paint is dry use it and enjoy!

Repurpose old tin cans

I use mine for holding markers,

Recycled crafts from old cans

 and flowers,

Recycle a can to hold crayons

and my son painted one that holds his crayons. Pretty cute, right?

We love them!

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My name is Erin Lund and I share ideas and inspiration over at Lovesome (link: I live in Seattle, Washington with my husband and toddler-son, and have grown to love the rain, it gives me extra time inside for crafting and creating! As a preschool-teacher-turned-mother I love coming up with kid-friendly crafts, as well as pretty little projects for myself that make life a little more fun.

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3 Responses
  1. Jessica :

    Date: April 16, 2013 @ 10:45 PM

    Super cute! I am definitely going to make a few of these for my office. :)

  2. Cathi :

    Date: April 18, 2013 @ 8:39 AM

    So cute! I have plenty of cans around and can use this tip to create containers for my markers, scissors, etc. Thanks for the idea.

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