Decoupage Photo and Quote Cans

Give empty cans new purpose by covering them with colorful images and favorite sayings.
Decoupage Photo and Quote Cans

Decoupage Photo and Quote Cans

Transform an old tin can into a personalized, decoupaged storage bin. Let the kids cut out their favorite photos and sayings for a completely customizable look.

By: Michele Beschen

Materials Needed:

  • tin cans
  • super blue (available at gun supply stores)
  • metal cleaner/degreaser (available at gun supply stores)
  • photos printed onto flexible papers
  • spray adhesive
  • workable fixative or hairspray
  • clear sealer, such as shellac or varnish
  • headlines from old magazines or newspapers
  • bold spray paint (if desired)

Clean Cans

Sand can to remove coating using sandpaper or steel wool then rub with a metal cleaner or degreaser.

Sanding Tin Can

Sanding Tin Can

Sand the can to remove its coating using sandpaper or steel wool. Then, rub the can with a metal cleaner or degreaser.

Distress or Paint Cans

Give cans an aged look by applying a gun bluing product, such as super blue. Brush on, allow to work and then rinse. Tip: If you don't want a rustic look, instead spray paint cans with a bold color.

Distressing Tin Can

Distressing Tin Can

Give cans an aged look by applying a gun bluing product, such as super blue. Brush on, allow to work and then rinse. Tip: If you don't want a rustic look, spray paint cans with a bold color.

Size Photos

Size and print photos based on the area to be covered. Experiment with different papers, but only use ones that are thin and flexible enough to wrap around can.

Selecting Photos For Decoupage Tin Can

Selecting Photos For Decoupage Tin Can

Size and print photos based on the area to be covered on the tin can. Experiment with different papers, but only use ones that are thin and flexible enough to wrap around the can.

Seal Then Attach Photos

Spray photos with workable fixative, available at art supply stores, or hairspray to seal the ink. Attach photo to can with spray adhesive. Play around with fun captions or headlines from old magazines or catalogs.

Gluing Paper For Decoupage Tin Can

Gluing Paper For Decoupage Tin Can

Spray photos with workable fixative, available at art supply stores, or hairspray to seal the ink. Attach the photos to the tin can with spray adhesive. Play around with fun captions or headlines from old magazines or catalogs.

Seal Can

Cover all the paper on can with shellac or varnish and allow to dry.

Sealing Decoupage Can With Varnish

Sealing Decoupage Can With Varnish

Cover all the paper on the can with shellac or varnish and allow to dry.

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