I am becoming quite addicted to upcycled projects, while I do love saving money by not buying cute decor at expensive home stores its not just for that reason- It is the thrill of turning cast aside items or even trash into “treasures”. I also really like the look of anything industrial with a softer element to give it an interesting contrast. Finally, I really enjoy decorating for Fall- pumpkins, leaves, scarecrows, anything that celebrates the harvest season- this project fit all my requirements.
How to Make a Rustic Tin Can Pumpkins
- 3 tin cans-various sizes
- orange spray paint
- 3 screws
- green felt
- hot glue gun/glue sticks
Remove paper from aluminum cans, wash and dry thoroughly. If there are rough edges, remove with pliers and smooth with sandpaper.
Wipe cans down well with an rubbing alcohol dampened paper towel to remove dirt and oil, this will help the paint stick better.
Place cans outside in a well ventilated area on newspaper. Spray with a light tack coat of paint, allow to dry for 5 minutes before adding a second and third coat if needed to achieve your desired coverage. After final coat let it dry for at least 3 hours before adding decoration.
Use the hammer to pound the tip of your screw into top of can up to the first thread, screw it in a few times until it grips into can well but is still mostly sticking out.
Cut several leaf shapes from felt and hot glue to the top of your pumpkin, scrunching and tucking to make it look more alive.
If you are going to keep your pumpkins outside you may want to spray it with a couple coats of clear spray to further protect it.