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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Keep adding until there are minimal gaps between the twigs, as shown below.
You will also notice some areas where the twigs curve, and you can fill in with shorter lengths.
Upcycled Twig Cans
To finish the cans, I tied a length of raffia around each one and tied a simple bow.
Although I plan to use these tin cans on a Fall Table Centerpiece, they look good with simple faux 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.
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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