Upcycled Cans for Fall Decor DIY Tutorial

by | Sep 8, 2016 | DIY & Crafts, Holiday Decor

Good Day fellow crafters,

So this pregnancy has led me to being quite forgetful from time to time…basically everyday! But at least I know that I am not going crazy and my mind will come back to me once Luna gets here….I mean I hope it does anyways! 
One of the things I often forget to do is prep my beans at the beginning of the week. (Read about why I do a weekly prepping day here) I cut up all my fruits and veggies, infuse all my waters, par-boil my rice and pasta…but I have been forgetting to soak my beans! This month has led to a few too many times going up to the store to buy some beans. I am not a big fan of canned beans and actually found a brand that carries cooked beans in a packet…no not that little box thing, but a packet. The brand is called Green Valley and I have seen them at my local (and not so local) Natural Grocers & Whole Foods.
I believe they are at Sprouts as well, but I am not positive.
However there have been times when they are out and I’ve had to get the canned beans… are you buying organic and no-bpa lined cans??
Upcycled Cans for Fall Decor DIY Tutorial

Anyways I ended up having a few left over cans that I wanted to upcycle and decided that since my images from the Thanksgiving up cycled cans needed some work I would just redo that post’s images with my newer camera.
Well I didn’t have enough cans to spell out “Thankful” so I just decided to make a new and updated post that only needed 4 letters….and of course “FALL” was perfect!
This craft can also be used for mason jars if that’s more up your alley. Most of my mason jars are full and brewing right now and probably will be until after the winter holidays. So cans it is for me!! 
Upcycled Cans for Fall Decor DIY Tutorial
Upcycled Cans for Fall Decor DIY Tutorial
A beautiful way to upcycle your cans and turn them into usable fall decor
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  1. 4 cleaned cans
  2. 4 colors of paint (I used acrylic)
  3. Burlap Ribbon
  4. Lace Ribbon (I'm sorry but I can't find a link to this exact one, you should be able to find it at your craft store in the ribbon aisle)
  5. Orange Ribbon
  6. Alphabet Stencils (I used these ones from Martha Stewart, they include the little flower designs that are on my ribbons)
  7. Burlap/Lace Flower pin
  8. Hot glue & HG gun
  1. Measure your cans circumference and cut your ribbons according to that measurement.
  2. Next, paint your cans. I used about two or three coats on each can letting them dry in between coats.
  3. While your cans are in between drying sessions, paint the letters F A L L onto your 4 burlap ribbon strips in black.
  4. Let those dry and paint your second coat onto the cans. While cans are drying again, add your flowers and floral design to your burlap ribbons. Feel free to add pumpkins or whatever shape best suits your style.
  5. Now, after your cans and ribbons are painted to your liking and dried, it's time to add the ribbons to the can. Using your hot glue gun, glue your lace ribbon near the top of the can. I wanted color to show on the top so I left room for that.
  6. Place your orange ribbon on top of the lace and glue over.
  7. For the burlap, you only want to glue the tips to the back. If you notice in my notes, if you glue in the front, the glue will be visible when it's dry and it's not as clean looking.
  8. Once your ribbons are glued on, add your flower pin by hot gluing the heck out of it and sticking it to your F can.
  9. Now fill them with flowers, fall decor, herbs, or just leave them be.
  1. You can hot glue your burlap ribbon to the orange ribbon, however note that the glue will show through even when dried (notice the F can) For a cleaner look follow my directions. 🙂
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What fun I had making this craft! As of right now they are up on my shelf near my front door, so I can see them every day! I plan on putting some fall flowers in them and bringing them outside once the fall equinox gets here! 

Upcycled Cans for Fall Decor DIY Tutorial

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Written By: Ashleigh Nicole

Written By: Ashleigh Nicole

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  1. Tori K

    What a smart idea! I need to start saving my cans and do this for fall! Can’t wait to see what you do for winter *hint hint*

    • Ashleigh Nicole

      haha! I will have to think of something fun for winter to do…getting out the thinking pen now 😉


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