Thursday, March 28, 2013

DIY Formula Can Easter Vase

Its about that time in my life again where I have a ridiculous amount of formula cans lying around. I nurse my babies till about 7-8 Months (aka: when they start biting) and then do formula the rest of their first year. So I am weening Carter right now. Formula is expensive too so I am trying to find a way to use those dang cans up so I feel like I am not wasting the money I just spent. So I came up with these cute Easter centerpieces. Did I mention they cost me $0. Even better. I have a feeling I might be using them for a few things, but here is how I did it.

What you will need:
-Formula Cans
-Paint Colors of Choice (I chose
White, Metallic Pearl, and Turquoise)
 -2 or 3 different sized tape
-Paint Brush

1. Grab your cans and rinse them out.
2. Rip off the paper/plastic on the outside of the can. Be careful not to rip the roil lining off too much.
3. Pick out your paint colors that you would like to use for the base. I chose a bright white. Paint the entire can and let dry completely. Then I painted on the Metallic Pearl color and let that dry.

4. After it has dried (which it should not take long), take your different sized painters tape and wrap tape around the can where you DO NOT want stripes. I did to big stripes but different width stripes and multiple colors would look cute too.

5. Grab your color of choice and paint.

6. Let it dry 85% of the way and carefully peal off the tape.

7. It will not be perfect but I kinda like the imperfection of it all. You can easily touch it up with paint. Also, I liked how the tape kinda pealed off some of the pearl paint that I put on top of the white. It gave it a worn texture. After it is fully dry you can lightly sand parts of it but I decided not to.

8. Find you some flowers. These little beauties grow wild down here in South East Texas and I happen to have a couple of bushes in my yard. So I just clipped some off to put in my vase.

9. Bunch up your arrange flowers how you would like them. *Tip: I use tape to hold them together sometimes and then stick them in the vase.

And...your Done! Seriously it took me 20 min. I really like how they turned out.

My husband said I should make some metal looking ones. We recently just did some Zinc letters for our sons bedroom so I did the same method on a can. It is so easy and there are a TON of tutorials online but I used this one.

I loved how they turned out. Cheap, quick and easy centerpiece for a brunch or party. Next week I will show you how they end up being used at our Family Easter Party.

I have a lot in store for all the cans I have so come back for more tutorials on different uses for formula cans. Also, leave a comment on some of the different ways you re-use formula cans!


  1. What a great re use for these cans! Thanks for sharing. Stopping by from A Glimpse Inside :)

  2. what a great idea! I love how they turned out!

    Thanks for linking up, I featured your post in my wrap up

    Happy Easter!