Upcycled Cinnamon Stick Centerpiece

3 Materials
30 Minutes

Fresh flowers are a beautiful way to decorate your home. Skip the glass vase and make this upcycled centerpiece instead. A frugal craft idea using just an empty tin can and whole cinnamon sticks, this homemade flower vase is simple to make for Earth Day and every day!

Empty tin cans can certainly be recycled, however, there are so many creative upcycled crafts you can make with them instead.

All you need is an empty can (be careful of sharp edges!), cinnamon sticks, and a hot glue gun.

Wash the tin can and remove the label. You may need to file down the rough edge inside the rim with a metal file but just be careful.

Remove the label from the can. Soak it in hot, soapy, water if it won't come off. You can also rub the glue area with a bit of coconut oil and let it sit before scrubbing with a stiff brush.

Buy cinnamon sticks in bulk to save money, don't buy them in the little jars in the grocery store!

The key to holding these cinnamon sticks on permanently is a good hot glue gun. Once they are glued on, let them cool and harden for a bit before adding water and flowers to your tin can vase.

Once the cinnamon sticks have hardened onto the can, add water and flowers. You will need to cut the stems shorter than a traditional vase, however, the short profile of the tin can flower vase makes it nice for a dinner table so you can see your family and friends across the table!

Check out the blog post and get more recycled craft ideas.

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Diane Hoffmaster
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