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Recycle Tin Cans For A Gorgeous Spring Center Piece

Because I’ve always been a waste not kind of girl. I’m always saving tin cans to hold my paint brushes, pens, and flowers. They are the perfect size and I can always paint or stencil them.

I recently planned a Spring tablescape for my screened porch and the inspiration was these cute napkins that I fell in love with. Wishing I could have found more accessories to match these napkins, I decided I’d try my hand at covering some tin cans with extra napkins.

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Recycle Tin Cans


This project worked so well, I got carried away and covered several tin cans. Here are the steps and materials I used.

When I realized I wanted to cover several can, I decided to use Rust-oleum Chalk Paint spray to speed up the painting process. You just need to paint the exterior with a fast coat of paint. If you want your interior painted, you may need two coats for the inside finish.

Because you need to cut the napkin to the height of your can and you need it to be even across, I use a ruler to mark a straight line. Then cut the napkin along the line.

Most napkins are three ply. You will want to only apply the top layer.

Once your paint is dry, apply a very thin layer of mod podge to the exterior of the can. Apply to all areas you want to adhere to the napkin.

Being careful to keep the napkin straight, gently press it around the tin can.

Protect your Recycle Tin Cans

After the mod podge napkin is dry, then gently apply another thin coat of mod podge to the exterior of the napkin to seal. Note: you may see bubbles form. Don’t panic, these will smooth out once the piece is dry. Just be careful to use a light coat and move on. Over rubbing or brushing, while applying this coat, can cause the napkin to rip .

This is a large tuna can. I spray painted the interior with 2 coats of Linen Chalk Paint.

Recycled Tin Cans Centerpiece

These were just so cute! So I decided to add glass hurricane chimney’s and white candles to the tuna cans. I used a soup can to hold faux stems that mimic the flowers on the thrift store dishes.

What an inexpensive way to use recycled materials for a gorgeous centerpiece

This project was so quick and easy, I couldn’t stop!. Here is my new brush holder. See how I added napkins to fall pumpkins.

This Recycle Tin Cans project can be used for any season by purchasing seasonal napkins. There are so many options.

Don’t you just love a free project! See the 10 Tips for Free Fall Decorating.

I hope this will inspire you to try think outside the box when planning your home decor. If you have any questions, please ask me here. I appreciate all comments. Be sure to subscribe to my blog, so you don’t miss any DIY projects.

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Wendy McMonigle

Wednesday 29th of June 2022

This is so adorable Rachel and I love how they match your plates.


Thursday 30th of June 2022

Wendy, I'm so glad you liked this.


Wednesday 29th of June 2022

Omg this table is beautiful I love the yellow, lemons, placemats in green just love this


Wednesday 29th of June 2022

Debbie, I'm so glad you liked this table. It was so fun to do.


Wednesday 29th of June 2022

Very creative. They look so cute. You are definitely the queen of tin can art. Hugs to you, my friend


Wednesday 29th of June 2022

Renae, Thanks. You know I love free.

Mary from Life at Bella Terra

Wednesday 29th of June 2022

Rachel, those tuna fish cans are so cute! What a great idea! Now you’ve got me thinking about this….


Wednesday 29th of June 2022

Mary, Thanks


Wednesday 3rd of February 2021

Just found your site. Very Impressed! Did you do the dishes as well? Can you eat on them/wash them?

Wednesday 3rd of February 2021

Helen, I'm so glad you stopped by. Thanks so much for following along. No the dishes came that way. You would have to have a food grade washable sealer to use this technique on dishes. have a great day.