Rustic Wedding Flower Arrangements to DIY

Pink and yellow roses arrangementDIY Wedding €“ vases from old tins

We love UandMii who make colourful bespoke felt wedding bouquets and accessories which we recently blogged about.  We asked if we could share this idea from the UandMii blog for an inexpensive wedding table centrepiece that's perfect if you have a rustic, homemade theme to your big day.

UandMii writes:  "If you are having a country themed or shabby chic themed wedding why not make use of some of your used cans rather than committing them to the recycling bin. A little imagination, some glue and a few decorations and the humble baked bean tin can be magically transformed into a wonderful table centrepiece vase for your day. When I got married last Easter I made a ton of these and then ordered loads of daffodils direct from a little farm in Cornwall €“ we had almost 100 cans full and it looked absolutely gorgeous and cost less than £100 in total!

Here's a step by step of the transformation.

You will need:

  • an empty can

  • some PVA glue or double sided sticky tape

  • some hessian fabric

  • ribbon or decoration of your choice

  • some flowers

1. Peel the label from your can and give it a really good clean or run it through a cycle in the dishwasher. Don't worry if you still have some gungy gluey bits at the back of the can €“ it won't show. The idea is to get the inside and outside clean.

2. Get some hessian from a local fabric shop €“ it's amazingly cheap and you won't need much! A metre (around £4 worth) should do around 30 cans, maybe more depending on how wide it is. Lay the can onto the hessian and work out how much you're going to need €“ you need to allow around a 1" (2.5cm) gap top and bottom and it should be long enough to wrap around the can with a small overlap of approximately 1" (2.5cm).

3. Once you have cut your strip out, start to carefully pull out strands of the horizontal weaving threads on one side of the long edge. Do this a few times until you have created the depth of "fray" you are looking for. The photo below should hopefully explain what you need to do.

4. Now do the same on the other long edge of the piece of hessian.5. Apply a line of PVA glue or some double sided tape to the back seam of your tin can but only to the depth of your hessian piece. Making sure that your overlap is at the back of your tin can, wrap the hessian around and use another piece of double sided tape or an additional line of PVA to secure. (If you use glue for this bit leave to dry for at least 10 minutes before moving to step 6. If you used double sided tape you can move swiftly on.)

6. Stand the tin upright and start to think about your embellishments and what's going to look right at your wedding. Make sure that whatever you pick works with your colour scheme and your flowers. I'm going to show you a couple of different options. Either way, wrap your thicker ribbon round your tin, again securing with either PVA or double sided tape and making sure the overlap is on the same back seam.

7. Pick your finishing touch. As this vase is for a shabby chic style country wedding I've used gingham ribbon with a string tied wooden heart. You can buy these from many craft outlets and online. Use an additional piece of string threaded through the top whole in the heart and secure this in a knot at the back of your tin. Trim any extraneous ends.

8. Alternatively, try something a little more floral €“ on this option I've used a patterned ribbon overlaid with a pink check ribbon with a neat little bow at the front. The choices are endless! Why not try a little padded felt heart on the front or some sprigs of lavender €“ choose whatever looks good to you.

9. Carefully fill with a little water. Plonk in your chosen flowers, top up the water and admire. You are a crafting genius. Dance round the house and feel entirely happy with yourself! :-)

NOTE: People will love these little vases - seriously. Almost all the ones I made for our wedding were snaffled up by guests asking if they could take them home. They make great pencil/pen tins after the wedding and are a really nice reminder to have sitting on your desk.

Thanks UandMii for a great and simple idea!