Can Do!

Like most people we have tin cans coming out of our ears at home, and whilst we do our bit on the recycling front I am becoming increasingly keen on trying to upcycle as well as recycle (of course). Used tins of tomatoes, tuna, sweet corn, soup etc have all been used to great effect over the years for creative projects so whilst this is nothing new or inventive, it is something that I had forgotten about. Taking a used tin can, washing it out and just using it as a pencil holder is one of the nicest and easiest things you can do, but I wanted to add a little bit more finesse to it so I decided to buy a can of spray paint, some cute little ribbon and try to glam it up.

You’ll need:

  • 1 x Tin Can
  • Can of Spray Paint (I opted for a creamy white)
  • Safety Mask (to avoid breathing in any toxins)
  • Thinners or White spirit (preferable, not essential)
  • Some nice ribbon
  • Glue Gun


  1. Clean the tin can off thoroughly and dry. If you have thinners then this will get the label glue off the tin far quicker than a normal wet cloth.
  2. Spray the tin can in a well ventilated room using a safety mask. I sprayed one even coat, left it to dry, turned the tin can over and sprayed again.
  3. Leave to dry.
  4. Measure and cut the ribbon so it fits around the top of the tin and overlaps itself by about 5mm.
  5. Take the heated glue gun and dab the glue on to the can in the places where the ribbon will go, immediately putting the ribbon on top before the glue dries, dab one last bit of the glue on top of the end of the ribbon and overlap the other end to stick it place.
  6. Voila, you have a glammed up tin can!

Use for anything from flowers to stationary.