Upcycled Coffee Can Wall Pocket

4 Materials
3 Hours

I grew up in Washington DC and now live about twenty-seven miles from there. This time of year it's all about the Cherry Blossom Festival! Nothing signifies the arrival of spring in the nation's capital quite like the blooming of the cherry blossom trees and to honor American and Japanese cultures.

And then, recently on a Mod Podge Face Book group I belong to, it seemed like everyone was on a smashed tin can decoupage project rage and kept sharing their creations. So naturally I decided to jump on the bandwagon for smashing and decoupaging my cherry blossom napkins on a tin can.

Several months ago, I found cocktail napkins with a cherry blossom design at a Wegmans store. I couldn't resist the pretty cherry blossoms pattern with a chinoiserie border

Here's how to make a upcycled Coffee Can Wall Pocket:

Supplies Needed:

  • Coffee can
  • Can opener
  • Quick Hold adhesive glue
  • Chalk paint/paint brush
  • Mod Podge (Matt)
  • Napkin
  • Drill
  • Clothes hanger
  • Wire Cutters
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Cherry Blossom faux florals

Luckily, I already had everything I needed on hand - making this project at no cost!

How to:

I started with a clean, empty 48 oz. coffee can and . . .

removed the bottom and label which came off very easily.

Then, I placed the can on my rug and stood on the bottom edge to press or smash it together.

Next, I added Quick Hold adhesive between the bottom edges to keep the edges together, creating a pocket. Fyi, hot glue doesn't hold the bottom edges together.

Then, I painted a couple of coats of white chalk paint on the pocket, and let dry between coats.

Next, drilled holes on each side of the pocket for hanging.

To decoupage the napkin on the pocket, I opened the napkin and removed the plain ply layer from the printed one. To do this, lightly touch a bit of Mod Podge with forefinger and thumb. Then gently tap the edge of the napkin to separate the layers.

Next, lightly coat the pocket with Mod Podge in sections, starting at the bottom

and applying the border and portion of the napkin to the mod podged pocket.

Use clear plastic (I cut up plastic baggies) to help smooth out any wrinkles being careful not to lift the napkin. Paper napkin patterns are very delicate once the white backing layers are removed. Using clear plastic helps with the adherence and is less messy than the usual technique of applying mod podge first, and smoothing out the material with a brush. Continue applying mod podge and the rest of the napkin - smoothing out with plastic until the entire pocket is covered. Let dry.

Once completely dry, add another layer of Mod Podge to seal. Then cut off the straight wire bottom of a wire clothes hanger leaving a one inch portion of curve at the hanger sides for the handle. Attach to the pocket. Use needle nose pliers to curve the wire inside to keep from pulling out. A layer of varnish can also be applied to seal the finish.

How adorable is this!

Place cherry blossom florals in the pocket to complete the look!

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  • Judy Benner Judy Benner on Apr 07, 2022

    Somehow I’m still missing something. You step on the bottom edge to crush it, then fold that up in the back and glue it. Shouldn’t you see the folded up portion? It seems to look the same front and back… I’m sure I’m being dense but I don’t see it. Love this project! And I’m guessing you could use any can including soup cans?

  • Shi62057040 Shi62057040 on Apr 13, 2022

    What is Mod podge?

  • Debra K Wallace Debra K Wallace on Apr 26, 2022

    What type of glue did you use? I love, love cherry blossoms. They are so beautiful. A must TRY project for me. Thank you

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  • Carol de la Fuente Carol de la Fuente on May 20, 2022

    You are very welcome and we have great taste in trees!!! Lol!!!

  • Car1704495 Car1704495 on May 31, 2022

    Is the tin being used as a vase with water or for planting? Does the glue prevent from leaking? thank!

    • Gail@Purple Hues and Me Gail@Purple Hues and Me on May 31, 2022

      No, the wall pocket is being used for decorative purposes only. I used glue to keep it closed. I don't know of a plant that you can grown in this type of container except for maybe air plants or a type of cacti. Then you'd probably have to put a plastic bag inside to hold the dirt, but drainage would be a problem.