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…..




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



  • 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!


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



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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