Make this: Striped aluminum can vases

by Jourdan Fairchild in


Valentine's Day may be more than one month away, but I already have love on the brain. Among the many things I adored about living in New York: fresh flowers at nearly every corner. Yeah, I know deli blooms aren't the highest quality nor do they last very long. But they were cheap and made me happy, ok. And isn't that the point? The same is true for certain DIY projects. Sure, I have an endless list of beautiful, high-end designer products that I dream about owning. But until I can afford them, I'm happy to keep making my own pieces—like this set of can vases. I used washi tape to keep my paint lines straight, but I think the tape alone looked pretty sweet. 

Step 1: Spray paint the cans twice, allowing 30 minutes drying time between coats.  Step 2: After determining where you'd like to add stripes on a single can, use a ruler and a pencil to make marks that follow the same plane and go all of the way around the can. Repeat as desired for each can.  Step 3: Affix washi tape to the cans so that the marks will just barely be covered by the paint. Apply 3-4 coats of basic acrylic paint between the tape, allowing 30 minutes drying time between coats.  Step 4: Once the paint is dry, carefully remove the tape. Fill the cans individually with flowers (I went with hypericum berries), or group them together and tie them off with some sweet string.  

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