It started out as a galvanized metal can, and I found it back in the vase section of the store. It was also reasonably priced at $8, and with a 40% coupon, a definite steal. With a little paint and sandpaper, it was transformed--so easy! I added the number 7 to make it a little interesting, and because I love using numbers. Why 7? That's how many are in our family. :)
Milk Can Vase
ITEMS YOU NEED:
- milk can
- spray paint
- craft paint
- number stencil
1. I wanted to have a base color of black, so it would show through the cream when I sanded it. So, I sprayed the can black first, and let it dry completely. Once dry, I added the second coat--the cream color.
2. After the paint was dry, I took a small piece of sandpaper, and rubbed it along some of the edges of the can. I also took off paint around the main part of the can--so it would look scratchy and old. Once I had it the way I liked it, I wiped it down to remove all the dust.
3. I printed off the number 7, cut it out with an exacto knife, then taped it to the vase. I suggest using as much tape as you need to get the stencil as flat as possible. I could have done that better, so learn from my mistakes! Apply the craft paint with a foam brush--it doesn't take a lot, and you don't want it to bleed through. Let dry completely.
4. Take your sandpaper once again, and lightly go over the number (or monogram, which would also be darling!).