Make: Hold-anything painted cans

 
Cans 1
Cans 1

We've been eating a lot of soup recently. The children have developed an almost obsession with cream of tomato soup. At first I felt ashamed but then I realised that actually there is nothing overtly wrong with canned soup and after a brief survey of supermarket fresh versus canned cream of tomato I came to the conclusion that actually the canned stuff is often healthier. And they eat it - which is always a bonus when you want a stress free lunch.

paints
paints

Anyway this tinned soup habit means I've collected a fair few tin cans. So I decided to paint a few in spring like colours and see how I felt about them. They hardly warrant a step by step. Take can, paint and brush and use paint and brush to paint the can. Leave to dry. They needed two coats and I found it best to choose the "back" of the can and start each brush stroke there, pulling the paint around in one full circle to avoid brush strokes.

Can with flowers
Can with flowers

I used Rustoleum Painter's Touch Paints which came in handy mini pots from my local Homebase and seem to be available from most DIY stores. I bought a pot of white to tone down some of their pastel shades and it worked quite well. I've used them for various things but they make great planters for kids because they don't break if your drop them or knock them over. If you choose the pull ring opening cans there's no jagged edge from a can opener either. They make sweet alternatives to vases too. You could make one to put your Mother's Day flowers in.

straws in painted cans
straws in painted cans

This dipped effect can was easy too. I just put some masking tape around the tin and painted the rest, left it to dry and removed the tape. You could do striped ones too. They'd be handy for cutlery and napkins during BBQ season as well.

playhouse cans
playhouse cans

If you have older children they'd probably enjoy this little project too. The paint is water based so washes off easily and it's weatherproof too. So the little planters I've filled with mini daffodils outside the boys play house should hold out a treat.