Give empty cans new purpose by covering them with colorful images and favorite sayings.Michele Beschen, borganic.net
Sand can to remove coating using sandpaper or steel wool then rub with a metal cleaner or degreaser.
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.
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.
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.
Cover all the paper on can with shellac or varnish and allow to dry.