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DIY Project: Wood Veneer Coffee Can Vase

Create a pretty wood vase using wood veneer and a coffee can.

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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.


Use wood veneer to turn a coffee can into a pretty vase

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.

Wrap a coffee can in wood veneer to create a pretty vase

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.

Make a quick and simple vase using wood veneer and a coffee can

That made it very easy to snap off the rough edge of the veneer, leaving a very straight cut.

Pretty wood vase made from a coffee can wrapped in wood veneer

After all of the veneer was cut, I handed it over to the quality control manager, who thoroughly checked my work.  😀

Wrap a coffee can in wood veneer to create a pretty vase

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.)

Wood veneer wrapped around a coffee can to make a pretty and simple vase

Next I stained it…just like wood…’cause it is wood.

Make a pretty vase with wood veneer and a coffee can

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.

Easy DIY wood veneer vase

And when everything was dry, I finished up with a little finishing wax.

Simple wood veneer vase tutorial

And that’s it!  A fairly quick and simple DIY vase from a coffee can.

Make this simple and quick DIY vase with wood veneer and a coffee can

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    July 4, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Love this Kristi! Super cute, inexpensive, AND simple! Thanks for sharing!

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    Anne @diy projects
    July 4, 2012 at 10:19 am

    That’s one of the easiest projects I’ve seen, and I love it. It’s a very creative idea and now it’s got me thinking of other things I could do with wood veneers.

    Happy July 4th to you and all my American bloggers (I live in England).

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    July 4, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Adorable! Question though – what are the flowers? They’re so pretty!

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      Kristi Linauer
      July 4, 2012 at 5:48 pm

      That flower is called Polka Dot Vinca. I found it at Home Depot with the hanging basket plants. Confession: The centers are actually a pretty pinkish red, but that clashed with my vase, so I did a little photo retouching and made them orange. 😀

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        July 4, 2012 at 7:36 pm

        Hah! Suddenly “Painting the Roses Red” is running through my mind! (Painting the Vincas orange! Painting the Vincas orange!)

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    Christine Leahy
    July 4, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Super cute! Can I get wood veneer at Lowes/HD?

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    Shannon Fox
    July 5, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Cute! Love seeing all the CRAFTY stuff you come up with. I need inside that brain 😉

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    Jen @ Four Marrs & One Venus
    July 5, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    What a Great Brilliant Idea! So Simple- and Looks SO SO CUTE!!! Thank you for sharing this!

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    July 5, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    While the project is so pretty and impressive, I just want to say that I am also impressed with your quality control manager! 🙂

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    July 17, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    What, no tuna in the vase? LOL Love the kitty pic.
    Great project.

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    September 17, 2012 at 8:48 am

    What a great idea! I recently wrote an article on working with wood…it has some helpful tips you can check it out here… Thanks

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