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Star-Spangled Cans

This is the time of year for stars and stripes and what better way to honor our country and planet, than to reuse and recycle old cans into something so cute and purposeful!

The uses for these cans are endless, but here are just a few ideas:

  • use them in your kitchen for your kitchen utensils

  • arrange the on your July 4th table with silverware

  • plant some cute succulent terrariums

  • add water and fresh flowers

  • pour in some candles

  • fill with pebbles and add a tea light

  • display your art supplies

  • teacher appreciation gifts for pencils, rulers and scissors

  • place them on your window sill with herbs

  • tip jars

  • use in your laundry room for spare change, and other treasures that lurk in pockets

Not only are they fun to create with your family, they also make for wonderful gifts to leave on someone's doorstep!

Follow the slideshow or the or see the detailed blog post below to create this star spangled set of cans!

Make chili. Enjoy.

Then wash cans in hot soapy water to remove food debris and peel off labels.

Scrape off glue residue and use pliers to clamp down any sharp ends inside

the cans. Dry them well to prevent rusting.

You will need the following supplies:

  • 3 clean cans

  • white chalk paint

  • red acrylic or chalk paint

  • blue acrylic or chalk paint

  • sponge brushes

  • masking tape

Apply 2-3 layers of white paint for full coverage to 2 of the cans and 1 layer to the third. I find that chalk paint has the best coverage with the fewest layers, but acrylic or even latex paints will work too.

Do not use water to dilute the paints, but instead use a dry sponge brush.

Dry between coats.

Apply 2 strips of masking tape to two of the cans. Space them relatively equally to look balanced.

Using a dry sponge brush, without water, apply a layer of red paint to 2 of the cans.

Allow the paint to dry and add a second coat.

Once the paint is dry, remove the masking tape.

Paint 1-2 layers of blue paint onto the third can, without water and drying between coats.

Tie string, raffia or butchers twine around the top.

Add a white star.

I had a wooden star that I painted white, but you can use heavy cardboard too.

Use a glue dot or hot glue to secure the star in place.

Fill your jars and display or gift them to someone special!

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Had the most fun tonight with an amazing instructor and many wonderful friends! Three & Me out did themselves with beautiful presentation and amazing craft that I am excited to display in my home! I look forward to another opportunity to craft with Three & Me in the future!

Camas, WA

What an amazing experience! Claire is an incredible instructor and makes these projects so fun and truly easy for those like me who are not artsy! She is extremely organized and everything is so well thought out and ready in advance. I can hardly wait to take more classes in the future. I would highly recommend Three & Me!

Angela H.

Camas, WA

I just went to my first Three & Me workshop. It was a wonderful experience. Claire is a warm hostess and an excellent instructor. Making everyone feel engaged and successful. The materials are top notch and every detail is well thought out. It’s a great escape for a personal creative moment or a fun way to connect with friends and family while expressing your inner artist.

Camas, WA

Such a fun string art class tonight! Claire is a wonderful instructor and everything was so beautiful; the display, the art, the examples, the supplies, the snacks! So fun!

Camas, WA

This is truly a fun night out! Claire's instruction is helpful, humorous and fun! I love how she allowed us options to be creative and put our own twist on our projects. There is a lot of attention to detail with the set-up, supplies and refreshments which did not go unnoticed.  I can't wait for the next project!

What a fun evening! Claire has thought of every detail and guides you step by step through the whole process! She is such an encourager and makes you feel like you have just made a masterpiece! I highly recommend her classes! I can't wait to take another one!

Camas, WA

I had such a fun evening! Three & Me had everything presented beautifully and organized in a way that made it easy to follow along for those of us that aren't necessarily crafters by nature! Thank you for a fun night!

Courtney H.

Camas, WA

Thank you Claire Houlding for an incredible night! It was so much fun creating with Three & Me!

Hollen F.

Camas, WA

You all did such a great job! Claire Houlding what a fun thing you are starting in our community! Love it. So fun to be there tonight!

Jennifer B.

Camas, WA

I craft a lot at home, but doing crafts in a class with friends is so much better. THREE & ME makes it so easy to do the things I am interested in, without having to find the supplies and figure out how to do it on my own. I've just booked my next ladies night with Claire! I can't wait. 

Vancouver, WA

Tonight, a bunch of lucky ladies got to craft along side one of the very best. Claire's heart, is hands done one of the very best and those of us who were there got to create something amazing that we will proudly display in our homes. Many laughs and much fun was had by all. I highly recommend one of Three & Me classes to anyone in the area! Spread kindness around like confetti!!

Lana E.

Camas, WA

Art is not my strength. I don't have a creative bone in my body. So I came to a workshop because my friend made me... and I made something I now love. I was expecting to sit and watch, but landed up getting fully involved! My husband and kids don't believe that I made it myself. I'm coming again and I'm bringing my sister... she's even worse at crafts than me.

Alyson S.

Washougal, WA

We had such a fun girls night out making Christmas signs. Claire did a wonderful job explaining what to do and they turned out great! We are all looking forward to more events!! Thank you!

Kristine A.

Camas, WA

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