I think I’ve told you before that I have trouble throwing away containers–glass jars with lids, large cans with lids, plastic containers with lids, etc. I just always think I’m going to need them for something, so I hang on to them. So since I have a surplus of containers, and since I already had my wood veneer out from this cabinet makeover from last week, I decided to do a quick and easy project — a wood veneer-wrapped coffee can to create a pretty vase.
Projects really don’t get much easier than this.
I started with a can, a piece of wood veneer that I cut about four inches longer than the circumference of the can, and about two inches taller than the can. I also made sure that the bottom edge of the veneer was a factory-cut edge so that I knew it was perfectly straight. I used the adhesive-backed veneer for this.
I wrapped the veneer around the can, lining up the bottom edge of the veneer with the bottom edge of the can. I overlapped the veneer about two inches. The veneer wouldn’t stick to the can very well since it’s not a flat surface, so it’s important that the veneer overlaps so that it will hold.
Next I used my X-acto knife to trim the excess wood veneer from the top edge of the can. Then using my framing square, I scored a straight line on the end of the veneer. Actually, I scored it about three or four times.
That made it very easy to snap off the rough edge of the veneer, leaving a very straight cut.
After all of the veneer was cut, I handed it over to the quality control manager, who thoroughly checked my work.
Then I sanded all of the rough edges. One thing I love about wood veneer is that the edges are very easy to sand so that you can get a perfectly smooth edge. (Below, I hadn’t yet sanded to top rim of the veneer, but I had sanded the bottom rim and the overlapped edge that I had just cut.)
Next I stained it…just like wood…’cause it is wood.
Now of course, from this point, there are about a million different ways you could decorate and embellish this little vase. You could paint a design, use stencils, make fun labels, wrap some jute around it…so many options. I opted for three simple little stripes…just enough to add a little color.
And when everything was dry, I finished up with a little finishing wax.
And that’s it! A fairly quick and simple DIY vase from a coffee can.