Upcycled Can to Vase!

Posted by on August 27, 2015 in Crafts, Decor | 39 comments

Upcycled Can to Vase!

The definition of an “upcycle” is  to “reuse (discarded objects or material) in such a way as to create a product of a higher quality or value than the original”. This Upcycled Can to Vase certainly fits that description. Not only are you reusing the can, but, also, reusing a corrugated cardboard box! It make a perfect textured vase for a flower arrangement.

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Here are the materials I used, but you can change the color, ribbon, and flowers to suit your need.

I used a 15 oz can, ribbon, sunflowers, and a piece of corrugated cardboard.  Not pictured is spray paint.

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Take a piece of corrugated cardboard and cut just a bit larger than the can in height and long enough to go around the can. Tear off the top piece of paper to show the corrugated texture. Some of the paper will stick so use a damp cloth and rub down the ribs to loosen the paper and then use tweezers to get the extra paper off. Let the cardboard dry. Once dry, spray paint.

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When the paint has dried, hot glue the corrugated piece around the can. No need to remove the label as it won’t show.

Next, add a textured piece of ribbon or burlap and hot glue in place. ( a bow is optional). 

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Now, arrange the flowers in the “upcycled can to a vase”. Use floral foam, if desired, to hold the flowers.

Upcycled Can to Vase grandparentsplus.com

For other seasons, paint the corrugated cardboard a different color. Then, and add ribbon and flowers to coordinate with your color scheme.

If using for an outside event, fill the bottom of the can with rocks to add weight so it doesn’t blow over. Now, wasn’t that easy and inexpensive? 

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The sunflowers are from the Dollar Tree so it really is an inexpensive floral arrangement! 

So, don’t throw those cans or boxes away! Now, you know how to upcycle them! 

Have fun!


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  1. Love the simplicity of it. Perfect to make with the grand kids.

  2. Hi there
    Just stopped by to let you know that I featured this on my Saturday Spotlight post this week!

    Thanks again for linking up! Hope you have a great weekend!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

    • Many thanks for the feature. I appreciate it!

  3. What a great idea! And it’s so adorable. Thanks for sharing with us at Funtastic Friday.Your upcycled can to vase is being featured at this week’s Funtastic Friday. Please join us again.

    • Oh, thank you! I saw the feature!

  4. I think this is so cute and something that can be done with children. Thanks for sharing with Wordless Wednesday.

    • Yes, kids could do this!

  5. so cute and easy! I would love to make this!

    • Glad you like it! Thanks for visiting!

  6. Great project – I’m ready for fall and this would be super cute on the table. Bring in some fresh zinnias from the garden and enjoy. Beautiful – just have to be careful not to get water on that pretty covering.

    • Zinnias would be beautiful!

  7. How wonderful. I’d love it for myself. Thanks for linking it up at SHARE IT at FineCraftGuild.com Hope you’ll come again this Saturday! ~ Rose

  8. Phyllis, I love this one too. Another Fabulous idea. And you included the DIY.
    Let’s party!

    • Glad you like it!

  9. You just reminded me I have tons of the congregation from a prior move, how fun to make, they turned out darling.

    • Now, you can make something with them! Have fun!

  10. Great idea!!! Perfect kids craft!!! Thank you so much for sharing it on our Bowdabra Saturday Crafty Showcase!!!

    • Yes, it is an easy enough one that kids can do!

  11. So pretty! What a great idea. Visiting from Share the Wealth Sunday.

  12. This is so pretty and simple. Thanks so much for sharing at the Let’s Get Real Link Up!

    • I might add, easy!

  13. Looks like a fun project – especially for kids. Thanks for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty link party!

    • Yes, kids could easily do this.

  14. Love it Phyllis, I’ve doneea few of these myself! Yours are super cute! Thanks for sharing them with me at the What to do Weekends Party!

    • Thanks and I’m so glad you stopped to say “hi”!

  15. Phyliis,
    this is adorable, and really looks so nice. Great Fall decoration already……….
    This is my first time to visit, and I am a Grammy too………..
    Blessings, Nellie

    • Yea, for Grammy’s! Hope you stop by again!

  16. that looks great!!

  17. Cute idea! I never would have known that was an old can in that vase.

    • Don’t tell anyone! It’s a secret!

  18. What a great way to reuse products from the kitchen!! Beautiful and perfect for the season coming up!! 🙂

    • You can change it up for any season!

  19. So pretty!

    • Thanks! Doesn’t hurt the budget, either!

  20. What a pretty fall centerpiece. I have some fall flowers in a box int eh closet that I am going to bring out today. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Thanks! Usually these materials are easy to find. Have fun!

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