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Recycled Tin Can = Mini Easter Bucket

Ink Stained Roni here.  This month Altered Pages Artsociates has the fun opportunity to incorporate products offered at The Robin's Nest into our projects.

If you've visited my blog you'll know I love to re-purpose every day items destine for the trash bin into art.  Today I wanted to share what I recently did with a tin can I saved from the recycle bin.

I started off by covering the entire can with a few layers of gesso.  The gesso allows you to add various color mediums that you might not be able to otherwise.

Once the gesso dried I covered the can with Dylusions Spray Ink...  I heat set the colors on each side before rolling it and adding more until the entire can was colored.  It was fun to watch the inks run down the little grooves in the can because as they did they combined to create new combinations.

I added a strip of Aquamarine Sorbet cardstock to the center of the can which I added a line detail to the edge using a Micron pen.  I then adhered the flower border sticker over the cardstock.  I glued on a Dew Drop over the center of each of the flowers.  I added bee & butterflies around the can as well!

Next I created a fun little collage on a library card using various bits from both Altered Pages and The Robin's Nest finishing it off with some vintage seam binding dyed with the same inks I used to color the tin can.

I used a bit of mesh lace to cover the can lip to prevent cuts while diving in for jelly beans and added some fun glittery purple "grass".... All that I need now is some of that yummy Easter candy to hide inside!

Altered Pages Products used:

The Robin's Nest Products used:
Butterfly Glitter Sticker Sheet

Other Supplies used:
Vintage Seam Binding
Mesh Lace
Tin Can
Purple Easter Basket Grass


  1. how cheerful and delightful! all it needs now is a big ol' chocolate bunny inside!

  2. I agree about the chocolate bunny! Super cute idea!

  3. I saw this on your blog, too! How cute! I love the library card collage. Anne, yourmainestamper

  4. This is a clever Idea! Where were you when I was Den Mother?

  5. Adorable Easter project, and simply perfect for holding those Easter treats. Love the tag, as well.

  6. EEEEK this is too very adorable! The colors make me want to jump and yell SPRING! THANKS RONI!

  7. Great project... love up-cycling cans... Easter tins are a great idea!!!

  8. What a fabulously sweet project Roni, perfect for filling with Easter Eggs for the kids or kids at heart! xx

  9. Hee Hee this is too cute!! great way to Upcycle!!!


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