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How to Cover Tin Cans with Twigs

Y’all know I love to recycle tin cans and I’ve shared How To Paint Them, How to Decoupage Them, How to Rust Them and more…

Today I’m sharing How To Cover Tin Cans with Twigs for a Free Recycle Craft. 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.



How to Cover Tin Cans with Twigs

This is such 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 the hold my paint brushes, 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 a dark color 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 easily paint various cans for a free projects here. I also decoupaged several tin cans with napkins for a Spring Table 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 difficult part is finding a flat side and many will not have one.

Don’t worry if it doesn’t lay flat because it will all work out in the end.

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 it will be necessary to fill in with smaller twigs.

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

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

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

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

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

Finish Twig Cans

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

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

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

As I look at this photo, I’m already envisioning them with a wash of white paint for the holidays. So many fun options.

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

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.

Stay tuned for, Ideas for Friendsgiving Table Centerpiece, using this project.

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

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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.

Blessings,

va

Rachel

Thursday 18th of November 2021

I appreciate your sweet compliments so much.

Kimberly

Tuesday 12th of October 2021

Always love the way you make something beautiful out of what others would discard and for pennies you can create lovely decor!

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Wednesday 13th of October 2021

Kimberly, I appreciate you for saying this. I love thinking outside the box and I'm so glad you appreciate my efforts.

Margie Clements

Monday 11th of October 2021

I love that idea! thanks for sharing Rachel!

rahrags@gmail.com

Monday 11th of October 2021

Margie, I appreciate you for stopping by. I'm so glad you like this.

Patty B.

Monday 11th of October 2021

You are so clever- always such good ideas! Thanks for sharing.

rahrags@gmail.com

Monday 11th of October 2021

Patty, I appreciate you so much. Thanks for this sweet compliment.

terri hiner

Monday 11th of October 2021

love these, so autumn

rahrags@gmail.com

Monday 11th of October 2021

Terri, Thanks for stopping by. So glad you like them.