It’s flower season in New England — daisies, lilies, petunias, zinnias, and other brightly colored flowers are blooming in every corner of the region. If you don’t have a flower garden of your own, farmer’s markets are bustling with flower vendors. Road side stands also offer charming bouquets for reasonable prices.
As much as I love flowers, however, I do not keep vases (it’s a quirk of mine — as soon as a vase enters this house I love to fill them with flowers and give them to someone else). Instead, I enjoy transforming recycled and re-purposed containers into “vases” for bouquets. This month I made such containers from recycled tin cans — tomato paste and olive cans were just the size I needed for these petite bouquets from the garden.
I used a paper pattern with lighter colors to match the brightness of the yellows and pinks of the mixed bouquet.
I chose darker papers to accentuate the orange hues of the tiger lilies.
And when the bouquets expired, I repurposed the cans once again as desk organizers.
This project is so quick and easy– I especially love customizing the papers on the cans to fit the decor of a room, dinner table, windowsill or desk top. Wallpaper can even be used as the decorative paper. Ribbon can be added for detail as well.
- Tin cans
- Decorative paper
- Clear tape
- Ribbon (optional)
- Thoroughly clean and dry the tin cans you are using.
- Measure the height of the can from the lip at the top to the lip at the bottom.
- Cut a strip of decorative paper to fit the height of the can.
- Wrap the strip of paper around the can. If it is too long. you can trim it as needed.
- Make sure the paper is wrapped tightly and then tape it into place. Tape the “seam” where the papers overlap.
- Add fresh flowers.
- Add water to the can. Be careful not to drip water on the outside of the can or the paper will get wet.