DIY Repurposed Tin Can Santas

I am all about crafts for cheap and repurposing items. Since being back at a 40 hour a week job my budget has had a little more breathing room than the past few years but then Christmas gift time came and now I am back to a strict, small budgets. A few weeks ago I was making my grandma’s macaroni and had the two big tomato sauce cans leftover. I knew I wanted to recreate and share a project I made on the blog many years ago.



Santa Cans - Repurpose Tin Cans into Santa decorations

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  • Empty Tin Cans – (take label off and wash them out)
  • Mod Podge 
  • Red Acrylic Paint
  • Gold Cardstock or Faux Leather (we found ours in the ribbon isle at Hobby Lobby)
  • Crushed Velvet Ribbon
  • Foam Brush
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Black Buttons
    Santa Cans - Repurpose Tin Cans into Santa decorations

    Step #1 – Take your clean tin cans and use the foam brush to paint them with a coat of Mod Podge.

    Santa Cans - Repurpose Tin Cans into Santa decorations

    Step #2 – Paint a coat or two of red paint over the cans until you get the desired coverage.

    Santa Cans - Repurpose Tin Cans into Santa decorations

    Step #3- Using scissors cut a square from the sheet of faux leather to use as the belt buckle. Cut another small square the width of the red velvet ribbon from the larger square.

    Santa Cans - Repurpose Tin Cans into Santa decorations
    Santa Cans - Repurpose Tin Cans into Santa decorations
    Santa Cans - Repurpose Tin Cans into Santa decorations

    Step #4 – Use a hot glue gun to secure the velvet ribbon, belt buckle and buttons.

    Santa Cans - Repurpose Tin Cans into Santa decorations

    Santa Cans - Repurpose Tin Cans into Santa decorations

    Step #5 – Fill with tissue paper or greenery and use as decoration. Put a small gift inside and give it to someone special!

    Santa Cans - Repurpose Tin Cans into Santa decorations

    Santa Cans - Repurpose Tin Cans into Santa decorations

    Santa Cans - Repurpose Tin Cans into Santa decorations

    If you wanted to take it a little further use a crop-a-dile to punch two holes in the tin cans. Then Create a handle out of wire and hang them or use them as luminaries.


    Enjoy,

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    About Kelsey

    Kelsey is a wife and mom of four living in Central Florida. She shares recipes, crafts, DIY tutorials and so much more while keeping everything budget friendly.

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