{milk can vase}

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When I stumbled across this darling milk can vase at Michael’s this weekend, I knew I wanted it for my dining room table. I’ve recently made some changes in that area, including the connecting kitchen, and I knew it would fit perfectly!

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


  • milk can
  • spray paint
  • sandpaper
  • 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!).

You’re done!


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About Simply Kierste

Kierste is a blogger who shares her love of all things DIY. She is the mother of six, and focuses on simple ideas and projects to make a house a home! When she's not chasing around two sets of twins, a teenager, and a baby, she's working on a project, training for her next race, reading one of her favorite books, or baking something with chocolate in it.

7 thoughts on “{milk can vase}

  1. Nice job! I have my coupon from the Sunday paper too and I'm headed to Michaels shortly. Maybe I'll find something wonderful too.

  2. Adorable! I may do that but in sage green to go in my kitchen. With some dark red flowers. I love it!

  3. Pretty cute indeed. I wish I could visual projects as creatively as you do.

  4. So cute! I am going to try to find something like that – would go great in my guest br.

  5. I love that! My mom did something similiar to this with a bigger can and has it outside on her porch. She changes the flowers she puts in it every season (fake flowers, of course).
    I have a blog that showcases any crafts I do if you want any new ideas. For the most part, it's not too exciting yet but hopefully Ill get better.

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