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How to Upcycle Tin Cans with Foraged Twigs

Looking for ways to upcycle tin cans into usable home decor? You will love this rustic DIY project that uses recycled tin cans and foraged twigs for free Fall decorating. They can be used for a beautiful fall centerpiece or alone with fall stems. This easy tutorial will be a fall favorite.

The twig-covered cans are beautiful to add to your fall decor as well as for all seasons.

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How to Upcycle Tin Cans with Twigs?

This is a simple and almost free project, plus it’s great for recycling tin cans.

First, you need to save cans. I always have a collection ready and waiting for a project. I use them to hold my paintbrushes, pens, scissors, and other craft supplies between projects.

Begin with clean tin cans in a variety of sizes of your choice.

Perfect way to use and recycle tin cans of various sizes.

Paint Tin Cans

Next, you will want to paint your cans dark so the shiny metal will not be exposed. I used Hammered Copper by Rust-oleum, but brown or black works fine.

You can see how to paint various cans for free projects here.

Gather Twigs

Hunt and gather twigs for your project. You want to select small to medium size twigs that are relatively straight.

Then, measure the height of your cans and cut the twigs to those lengths. I added approx. 1/4 of an inch to the twigs, which allows the twigs to extend above the top of the tin can.

Once you have a good selection cut, you are ready to begin adding the twigs to the cans.

Gathered Twig from yard, cut to length, ready to adhere to tin cans.

Add Twigs to Tin Cans

Begin by adding a bead of hot glue to the flat side of your twig.

The most challenging part is finding a flat side; many will not have one.

Don’t worry if it doesn’t lay flat because everything will work out.

Show how to add twigs to a tin can using hot glue.  Easy tutorial

Continue around the can until the twigs meet.

You will see gaps between the twigs, so filling them in with smaller twigs will be necessary.

Show how to add twigs to a tin can using hot glue.  Easy tutorial

Keep adding until there are minimal gaps between the twigs, as shown below.

Tin can covered with twigs for easy, free recycled decor.  Rustic Farmhouse Style Decor

You will also notice some areas where the twigs curve, and you can fill in with shorter lengths.

Tin can covered with twigs for easy, free recycled decor.

Upcycled Twig Cans

To finish the cans, I tied a length of raffia around each one and tied a simple bow.

Upcycled Tin Can Covered with Twigs for great fall decor.  Just add fall floral stems. Rustic Farmhouse Decor

Although I plan to use these tin cans on a Fall Table Centerpiece, they look good with simple faux stems.

Upcycled Tin Can Covered with Twigs for great fall decor.  Just add fall floral stems.

As I look at this photo, I already envision them with a wash of white paint for the holidays—so many fun options.

I hope you enjoyed How to Cover Tin Cans with Twigs and that you will be able to use this tutorial for a project yourself.

I recently made these Twig Napkin Rings that are so easy to make.

How To Make Twig Containers Using Recycled Tin Cans Video Tutorial Here

If you missed How Rust Tin Cans or my DIY Fall Wreath made with Rusty Tin Cans, be sure to click the highlighted links. For another creative twig arrangement, check out DIY Hydrangea & Twig Arrangement.

Using this project, you will want to see Ideas for Friendsgiving Table Centerpiece.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today! I look forward to sharing my next adventure with you!

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Cheap tin can diy using foraged twigs and Rust-oleum paint. Upcycle tin can project.


Sunday 8th of October 2023

This is so clever Rachel and I love the end result.


Monday 9th of October 2023

Wendy, I appreciate this. Thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday 3rd of October 2023

Hi!I'd like to make this project, but I'm wondering where you get such tall tin cans? Maybe it's just the photo, but they seem really tall.


Tuesday 3rd of October 2023

Kelli, These are regular 15-16oz. cans that black beans or pinto beans come in.

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Monday 3rd of October 2022

[…] had to go back and find this DIY tutorial from Rachel at The Ponds Farmhouse. Walking to my mailbox I had so many small twigs that fell from the crazy windy days we had last […]


Tuesday 4th of October 2022

Jennifer, Thanks for sharing.

Cheryl Atkinson

Friday 23rd of September 2022

Hi Rachel! I love this idea. Cheap and rustic is right up my alley. Thank you for sharing and givinge souch inspiration.


Monday 26th of September 2022

Cheryl, Thanks for stopping by and I'm so glad you like this idea.

Va in NC

Thursday 18th of November 2021

Love this and plan to try for table arrangement for Thanksgiving.

Love all your ideas. Thank you for sharing.




Thursday 18th of November 2021

I appreciate your sweet compliments so much.