Saturday, April 9, 2011

Tin Can Alley


In order to stay grounded, it is important to reflect on where you come from.  In my case, creatively speaking anyway, one of the very first crafty things I did was altering used food cans with pretty paper.  As "scrapbook paper" wasn't around in the 60's, I used wrapping paper and wallpaper book samples.  

I carefully measured the can's perimeter and length, and then cut (with scissors, no paper cutters then either)the paper to the appropriate size.   To make it stick, stay stuck and protect it from tearing, I used Mod Podge.  I think I was MP's very first Facebook fan.  And because I've always been good at multi-tasking (a girl can dream, can't she?), this project probably also fulfilled one of my Girl Scout badges!  

So, here is today's take on one of my earliest altered artwork projects.  Sure wish I had a photo of the ones I made a mere few decades ago. 

Coordinating paper to mix & match

The cans covered with beautiful patterned paper

Bright acrylic paint to coordinate perfectly with the paper

Painted wooden clothespins

Altered painted clothespins with paper, ribbon and matching tags

Finished can embellished with flower, button, ribbon, and rhinestones.
And clipped clothespin with attached tag.  This one is for brushes.

And this one for my scraps of ribbon.

For my markers.

This tiny can was added to the mix to house my pink button collection.

My new colorful cans to help me stay organized.
Now to organize the rest of my life...       
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  1. These are really cool. I just found your blog and am having a lot of fun checking it all out.

  2. These turned out great! You did an awesome job! Thanks for stopping by and linking. :)

  3. These are great - I may have to make some for my studio!!

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  4. Love these! I really like the paper you used and the tags and clothespins look great!

  5. Those would be perfect in my craft room! super cute

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  6. hi doreen! lovely blog and what great inspiration, thanks for sharing! :)

  7. Very cute!

    Thank you so much for stopping by today and taking the time to drop a comment...

    Have an EXTRAORDINARY day!

  8. I love how they look together... Such a nice idea..
    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a sweet comment.. :)

  9. Oh how I love these!! Perfect project for me and my kiddos to do over spring break!!

  10. Glad to know I'm not alone in collecting food cans! esp the tall spaghetti and wide allen bean cans. I can get my hands into those easy enough. Cute and useful project - yes, badge worthy ;)

  11. Stopping by to let you know I featured your tin cans today on Made in a Day!

  12. Superb, and very economical, you were able to turn these tin cans into fancy custom tin containers or pretty pencil holders.


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