Upcycle Your Metal Cans For Your Decor

by RoomCrush
5 Materials
15 Minutes

For the most part, cardboard crafts usually don't fall under the home decor category, and it's simple to understand why.

Cardboard is flimsy and unattractive. Therefore, we will use a metal can for our structure which can be used as a vase, pencil holder, or storage for small items.

Next, we will peel the cardboard to reveal its decorative texture.

Huh? You'll see what I mean in a bit icon


  • Metal cans
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Tacky glue or glue gun
  • Paint
  • Mod Podge

If you have a difficult time removing the paper wrapper from the cans, use hot water or run them through the dishwasher.

Next, peel one side of the cardboard paper off. Admittingly this process could be time-consuming since the paper can leave a bunch of little pieces behind.

To speed this process along, use a rag soaked in water to dab the side you want to peel off.

If you like the natural look of the cardboard, you can stop the project at this point. I still recommend applying a layer of mod podge to protect the project and give it some durability.


I decided to paint one black and added a little metallic gold paint. I sprayed the other can white and added cardboard as a wrapper.

Side Note: You'll need to use tacky glue if you plan on painting the can first instead of a glue gun.

Lastly, I brushed on a layer of Mod Podge to both.

See my curated home decor shopping lists here!

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  • Em Em on Nov 12, 2021

    What keeps the cardboard from crushing every time you pick it up, especially with a plant in it?

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