Bridal Beauty

Metal Can Bud Vase {DIY}

So, with the springness here, I was feeling the need for some pretty flowers in my house.  However, my vase situation is less than desirable, consisting mostly of those free glass ones that come with bouquets from Harris Teeter.  I was trying to think of something that I had laying around the house from which I could craft some bud vases and decided on good old Campbell’s soup cans.  I am a soup fiend so I basically have them coming out of my ears.  I have been totally obsessed with gold and white recently (which is funny because I used to hate gold) so I thought some gold and white stripes would do the trick.  These came out much better than I expected.  I super heart them.  They were so cheap (free other than paint) that I think this would also be a great craft project for a wedding.  Bud vases for centerpieces?  For free?  Done and done.

What you’ll need:

– Soup can or other canister of your choice.  I also used a coffee can along with my soup cans.

– Craft paint.  I used Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Paint in Wedding Cake and Gold.

– Paint brushes.  I used one big and two littles.

– Paint tape

– Sand paper

– Shellac Sealer (or other protective finish).  I used Bulls Eye Shellac Traditional Finish and Sealer.

What you’ll do:

1) Take the labels off of your cans.  There will likely be some glue on the side so use your sand paper to sand it off.  I really didn’t work too hard on this.  Paint them white (or other paint color of your choice).  This took several coats.  I started out using a small brush and then on coat three I finally got smart and used a big brush.  Much quicker.

2) Tape off the parts that you want to keep white.  Press down on the edges of your tape to make sure paint doesn’t get through.  

3) Paint the untaped places with gold (or other color).  Again, use a big brush if possible.  Takes much less time.  Once you’ve painted several coats, let dry.  Peel off the tape CAREFULLY.  I mean slow as molasses.  I had a major sadness occur when I was peeling off my tape and it took off half of the white paint underneath.  If some of the white paint came off, or gold paint got under the tape, use a small paint brush to do any necessary touch ups.   Let touch ups dry.  Then spray with the shellac for a protective finish.

Although this took more time than I originally thought it would (which is always the case with DIYs), it was super easy, ridiculously cheap, and probably one of my favorite home DIYs to date.  You know how I like it when I get to recycle things.  Makes me happy.  When I don’t have fresh flowers, I plan to use my little vases to hold other items or just to beautify my shelves.






  1. Megan

    Love these Bean!! They turned out so cute.

  2. Lindsey Regan Thorne @ be pretty

    My two most creative DIY’ers in the world… once again, you knock my socks off! Amazing… I’m doing this! 🙂 I love this! Adorable, gorgeous, easy and inexpensive! Looks so pretty with the pink flowers! 🙂 Love it! I’ve missed you girls the last few days! Hope your weekend was great and thank you for the email last night! Happy Monday Colleen + Megs! xo

  3. Lauren Tate

    These are so very pretty. You talented crafty lady you. I may just have to make these myself! 🙂

  4. Nicola

    Loooooove those!!! totally going to do that for the house. Awesome idea girls, so creative and fun! Inspiring me with lots a DIY projects, keep it up Colleen and Megan!

  5. Taylor

    Ooo likey!! Good job. I wanna do it 🙂

  6. Colleen

    Thanks so much everyone!

  7. Jennie

    Keep these coming!! I’m a huge Dan of your artsy-ness!!

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  9. Blair Scheepers

    Love this idea. Saving up my soup and formula cans for Ava’s strawberry themed 2nd birthday. Yes, I have already started planning. Going to plant strawberry plants in the cans and use them as the center piece for the table and then as thank you gifts for the guests!


  10. Drew {Coral Cafe}

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these!! What a simple way to spice a vase up with soup cans! (I’m craving Panera soup all of a sudden 😉
    Love the white and gold! Such a great contrast and romantic, yet rustic look!

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  20. Eco Friendly Living

    I’ve been looking for craft projects for the kids that don’t involve me writing out a check to the craft store. Thank you for the inspiration!

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