You CAN do this

I have been off the grid for a whole week! I got hit hard with a nasty bug and had no energy to write or even opshop, for what felt like an eternity! Today I am fit, well and excited to share with you this easy and creative way to turn your old tin cans into something fun and personal!

Last week, HTB and I celebrated four amazing years together and as I was stuck inside all week and going a tad crazy to get crafty, I came up with this unique gift with items I had lying around the house

Tin cans –  we all use them at some point and all struggle with them if you have an ancient can opener like me! I am sure you recycle them too, but have you ever upcycled a tin can? I hadn’t either and wanted to give it a go, so here it is…..

 

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I wanted to create a gift that incorporated HTB’s love of maps and destinations we have been to and are planning to visit in our future.

 

What you will need

  • Tin can ( keep the old labels on)*
  • Spray paint
  • Glue
  • Map
  • Hammer
  • Nail
  • Candle

and..

Instructions

  • Spray the inside of the can with your chosen colour of spray paint
  • Let the paint dry
  • Measure the can
  • Mark and cut the required section of map to display
  • Glue the can surface
  • Stick the map onto the can and use a dry cloth to flatten any creases
  • Hammer through the dried map to mark out any places that have special meaning

Super easy right?!

*With this project, leave the existing labels on the cans. It is a lot easier to glue the map section directly to these labels.

On the larger tin, I hammered through the map to the destinations we want to visit in the future, I placed a tealight candle in the tin so at night the light shines through the nail holes! You can easily adapt this project so that it is personal to you, like – where you first met your special someone, where your family live, where you want to travel to……there are no limits to this project!

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You can also use these upcycled tins as storage containers like pictured

 

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So there you have it, an easy DIY project to start the week off. This week I plan to take good care of myself, plenty of Vitamin C and D.I and Y! Whatever you are up to this week, I hope you have time to get creative!

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