Repurposed Tin Can Vase Centerpiece

Flowers in tin cans

Created by: Laura Franklin, Food Fun Family

Whether you’re preparing for a get-together with friends or simply setting the table for a weeknight family dinner during National Family Meal Month, a colorful centerpiece – especially a repurposed vase made by the kids – will set an inviting atmosphere.

What You'll Need:

  • Empty tin cans, washed and labels removed
  • Washi tape
  • Flowers


  1. Parents: Before letting kids handle cans, make sure there are no sharp edges on your can from where the lid was removed. Troublesome spots can be covered with washi tape before giving to kids.
  2. Thoroughly wash out cans and soak in water for 5 minutes to remove label easily. Dry.
  3. Cover the cans with washi tape, leaving at least ½” or more to fold over the top and bottom of the can. Create patterns with multiple coordinating tape colors, alternate colors, or create different types of designs. Let the kids get creative! The only rule is that the outside of the can gets covered completely in washi tape.
  4. Attach a piece of washi tape to the top inside of the can, which helps cover up any folded-over ends of tape to give the vase a more finished look.
  5. Fill your vase about 3/4 full of water and add any wild flowers, garden flowers or store-purchased flowers to finish your centerpiece.