Turn a Can into an Upcycled Vase in 10 Minutes

A tin can turned into a nautical inspired vase.

With time I developed the ability (or should I rather say the need #packratanyone?) to see if something has the slightest potential to end up in one of my DIY projects . So lately, when I am cooking and am using a can of tomatoes or corn, I will clean the can and keep it. Just today I turned one of these cans into an upcycled vase within minutes.

They make for a good gift, if you’re invited, too … just pick a view wild flowers on your way!

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Related: And here is another upcycled vase idea from recycled glass bottles.

With my huge stash of accumulated craft goodies I can save a lot of money in craft supplies, and can craft happily away whenever I feel like it. But you can probably guess that I am in constant need of new storage room, too.

Where to store all the craft supplies? #TheStruggleIsReal

If you are a crafty hoarder like I am, you might be interested in these storage creating DIY projects:

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DIY upcycled vase using a tin can and rope


Supplies to make an upcycled vase

  • recycled tin can
  • recycled jar (only if you’ll want to use real flowers)
  • rope
  • hot glue gun
  • scissors

Supplies for a diy up cycled vase made from rope and a tin can


Step by step instructions on how to make an upcycled vase

Apply hot glue to half a round of your can. Start at the very bottom.

glue the beginning of your rope to the can to get started with your upcycled rope vase


Continue glueing the rope round your can. Make sure to push the rope together if you don’t want the can to show through.

Work the rope row by row to the top of your upcycled vase


When you’ve reached the top, cut the rope and glue the last bit to the can.

Cut the rope and glue the ending tightly to the top of your nautical inspired upcycled vase.


Why don’t you add some color to your upcycled vase?

If you want to get creative, go for it! Only the sky (or should I say your imagination) is the limit!

in this version of my upcycled vase I twisted rope and yarn twisted and glued it to the can


I found some blueish yarn and twisted it around the rope. This was a bit tricky and I didn’t pay close attention to the hot glue…not a good idea, I am telling you:

Watch it, hot glue is suuuuper hot!!!


Put your upcycled vase to use – various options!


If you want to use your up cycled can for flowers, I suggest you place an empty jar inside. This way the water won’t be directly in the tin can and the flowers will probably last longer.

Noticed that you can use them not only for flowers? You could also use it as a pen holder, a succulent planter or as a lovely center piece.

center piece with roses in an upcycled rope vase.


Have you ever used recycled cans or some other recycled things for a crafty project?

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Want to get to know some of them? In order to work with all the goodies we collect over time, we challenge each other every month to craft something solely with our stash and add ons for no more than 10 bucks. See what wonderful creations were made this July: #CraftRoomDestashChallenge



PS: If you’d like to join in the Craft Room De-Stash Challenge, you can! Request to join our Facebook group here.

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Comments (22)

  1. Hmmm I have to buy cord for an upcoming project. Now I know what to do with the leftovers! Love a quick, satisfying projects such as this one 🙂

  2. This is such a simple and pretty project! I have a ton of twine in my stash. It would be perfect for this project.

    1. Oh, thank you Chelsea! I guess I’ll be making many more as it is so simple and a wonderful little gift, too.

    1. Thank you Michelle! I love coastal decor, too! I’ll be at the beach soon and get new inspiration 😉

    1. Thank you Michelle! The idea was born out of need. Was invited on short notice and wanted to bring something ?

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