I’ve come to the realization that I’m a hoarder of bottles, jars, and large cans with lids. It just always seems so wrong to me to throw out a good container that can be reused. So lately, I’ve been trying to come up with creative ways to use them, and yesterday I created a layered ombre vase with one of my #10 cans. And yes…those are spoons…again.
I started with a #10 can, and gave it a coat of black paint. All I had on hand in black was chalkboard paint, but obviously the “chalkboard” part isn’t necessary.
Then I used scissors, and cut the heads off of plastic spoons, just like I did here. I had already determined that I needed 7 rows of 15 spoons. (I ended up actually needing 8 rows.) So after I cut them, I lined them up and gave them a coat of primer.
And then I mixed up my paint for the ombre effect. I started with plain Martha Stewart craft paint in Carrot. Then I used the same amount of orange paint for the other six rows, but added progressively more white paint.
And then I painted the spoon heads row by row, using progressively lighter paint for each row.
After all of the paint was dry, it was time to start gluing. Of course, I used my hot glue gun for this.
I got about this much finished, and realized that I wasn’t too crazy about the spoons pointing up. (Dark pictures…it was well after dark and I was working under the light of one single light bulb.)
I much preferred them to point down, like this…
So I took my can opener and removed the bottom of the can (which was now the top of the can). Of course, that presented a bit of a problem, since now my vase had no bottom, so I used an empty pickle jar (from my container collection) and slid it down into the can. It worked just fine.
I’m really tempted to do this again, but instead of making it into a vase, I want to make it into a pendant light. It would be so simple! Just cut a hole in the bottom of the can (which would actually be the top of the light) large enough for an Ikea Hemma pendant light cord to fit through, and you’ve got a very pretty little pendant light! Oh, the creative juices are flowin’ now!!