Tin Can Flowers

By | June 11, 2013
Tin Can Flower

We made these tin can flowers a while back.  I could not post them because the girls gave them to grandma for Mother’s day.  And my mom reads the blog so the only way to have a surprise for her is to not post.

However these are not just a mothers day present.  We made some extra to put in our yard too and I just LOVE them.  They are so pretty and make a great yard decoration!  Then when you add some bird seed to them they change to one of the prettiest bird feeders I have ever seen.

 And as usual with some of our projects they end up being a learning experience.  We originally made four of these two for grandma and two for us.  But then we learned that we used the wrong paint.  Yep I originally used regular old craft pain, and it all started chipping off the flowers after a week.  So lesson learned we went and got some outdoor craft paint and made a couple more for grandma and they turned out great!

I am also happy to report that my mom’s squirrel was not able to get up the flower stem to get the bird seed.  He tried but the stem is just too thin for him to climb so until he learns to pull it out or tip it over these appear to be squirrel proof.

If you decide to make these with your child just note that I did all the cutting of the cans and supervised the kids while they painted them.  They did not get any cuts the entire time we did this, however that is not too say your kids wont get cut, so keep an eye on them and be careful.

Check out our SPRING  and RECYCLED CRAFT boards on Pintrest for more fun ideas!

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14oz Tin Can
Tin Cutters
Washable Marker
Green Plant Stake
Out Door Craft Paint
Heavy Duty Glue
Clear Sealer/Protectant


 Use your hammer and nail to put a LARGE hole in the bottom of your can.  NOTE: You need the hole to be big enough to fit your plant stake, so you may need to do more than one hole and connect them.
Make sure you don’t make the hole too big, this is what it should look like when done.

Use your washable marker to mark of where you are going to cut.

Use your Tin cutters to cut the can where you marked.

Bend your petals down

Using your tin cutters snip the ends off of each corner of petal

Paint your cans Now paint your flowers.
 You can do any pattern you like, make sure to paint the inside and outside since you will see both.
soup can flower Once the paint is dry. Insert your Planting rod into the bottom of your can.  Then apply your heavy glue on the inside of your flower
tin can bird feeder And then apply the glue on the outside of your flower.

Once the glue is dry bring your flowers outside and spray your flowers with clear protectant to help protect from the elements.
 recycled bird feeder Fill your flowers with bird seed and watch the birds come to enjoy your pretty flowers.
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50 thoughts on “Tin Can Flowers

  1. why_in_the_heck

    How cute! I usually just throw birdseed on the grass to tempt the birds but they never seem to find it. I’m going to have to try this :)

  2. Lita

    This is a cute idea. Thanks for linking up at What’d You Do This Weekend? Hope to see you again next week.

    Ashes for tasty dishes,
    Tumbleweed Contess

  3. Kristina Lewis

    That has got to be the coolest thing I have seen! I mean really.. I called my son over to take a look at them and he was like cool can we make one for our flower garden!!!

    1. Tracey Kite

      Thanks Kristina! I just love them and am so happy with how they turned out, I want to make a bunch more with different size tin cans!

    1. Tracey Kite

      Thanks Heidi! And yes they are, my mom loved them even more because the girls made them! I just love homemade gifts.

    1. Tracey Kite

      Thanks Laureen! And trust me when I say you don’t need to be good with them, this was my first time ever using them. They are just like scissors but they cut tin.

  4. Heather Kaluf

    This is so cute! I need to make some and put them around our house and in the garden’s. Would love to have you join my friend Kayla and I at our link party, Circle of Faith. We would love to have you share this and any other posts :) We have no rules.
    xoxo Heather

  5. Gina Wamsley

    Found you on Let’s Connect Thursday! I’m a new follower! I love this bird feeder idea! My girls will love it too. We will try this. I don’t think I have any ‘tin cutters’. I don’t even have a good can opener that works! :)
    I’d love for you to visit me and follow back @ Gina’s Craft Corner. :)

  6. Handmade aJ

    I thought I loved the yarn butterflies – but then I saw these! OMG, so much fun! What can I cook for dinner from a can???

    1. Tracey Kite

      Hi Judy! We had no issues with the edges being sharp. And after snipping the corners off of the flower peddles there are not pointed edges either. I was very comfortable having my girls paint these and none of use were cut by the cans at all.

  7. Carrie

    What a great idea!! I was wondering the same thing as the commenter above about the sharp edges. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

    1. Tracey Kite

      Thanks so much for hosting Carrie, no worries about having sharp edges. We had no sharp edges on these and neither the kids or I were cut in the process of making these.

  8. Mackenzie

    I seriously love this idea! We need a bird feeder and have few large trees this would be perfect! Thanks for the great idea! :)

  9. Cynthia Landrie

    I love to decorate my yard and these are too cute!

    Thank you for sharing them at the In and Out of the Kitchen LInk party. I will be featuring them in my Top 10 post that will go live Monday afternoon!

    Hope to see you at the party tonight! Cynthia at http://FeedingBig.co

  10. Jill Shepherd

    What a brilliant idea! Great way to upcycle old cans!
    I was wondering if you’d mind if I featured this in a top 10 upcycles of the week post. I’d like to use just one photo from your blog and put a direct link back to your post. Please let me know if this would be ok.
    Thanks so much,
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

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  14. Connie Atad

    Very clever….it’s original and inexpensive garden decor. Thanks for sharing!

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  16. Amanda

    What a great idea! Might I suggest for those of us that live in wetter climates that you punch a few holes in the bottom and sides of your can so the seed doesnt get soaked and float out of the holder – unless you want to create a little drinking post for our feathered friends! I’ll certainly be tring this project out with my grandkids this summer!

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  18. Rose

    Love this idea and I’m so excited to finally make use of tin cans that once stored some yummy and colorful fruit or vegetable! I would like to provide minor feedback to help with the directions. If you could provide measurements, such as approximate diameter of hole for the type/size garden stick you used in the provided images and the depth of can for the food or approximate placement of marking on can such as. 1 to 2 inches from bottom of the can…you don’t want to make it to shallow or it will tip….something to help describe. This was just something I thought I would share that might be helpful for folks that like numbers and it can be used as a math component for a school craft and lesson to help fulfill STEM standards.

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