DIY Craft: Repurposed Paint Cans

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It’s no big surprise that we love DIY upcycled projects. Especially when the project uses something where there isn’t a no-package option. Perhaps you’re a recent home owner, have felt the need to redecorate, or simply have been carting around your old house paint. If you do fall into one of these categories, you probably have some left over paint cans lying around. Instead of tossing them, we found a creative way to upcycle them.

If you haven’t come across Ready Made, get ready to be blown away. Ready Made makes the DIY-er in us drool. You can find endless project ideas as well as recipes, travel ideas and more. It’s the kind of website where you’ll be browsing and when you look up at the clock you’ll realize a couple of hours have gone by.

Now back to the paint cans. You can find the original instructions here, or follow the steps below.


  • Containers (for storing excess paint)
  • 3 almost empty paint cans, 2 small and 1 large
  • Paint
  • Chalkboard paint
  • 1 wall-mountable rod (find them at hardware stores or Ikea)
  • 3 s-hooks
  • White chalk


  • Small paint roller
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Drill and 1/4-inch bit

Save any left over paint by pouring it into jars or containers. You can also donate if for reuse, or dispose of it properly by checking the regulations in your area. Or you can see if your local hardware store has any empty paint cans. Allow the paint cans to dry out. To remove the labels, soak in hot, soapy water for several hours and scrape off.

Using the paint roller, paint the exterior of the cans in desires colors. Allow the first coat to dry and apply another until the color is even. Set aside to dry. On the smaller cans, measure 2 inches up from the bottom with a pencil and ruler. Mark along the perimeter of the can for a painting guide. On the bigger can, allow about 3 inches.

With a paint roller, apply the chalkboard paint to the bottom portion of the cans. Follow the pencil marks as guides for painting. Allow to dry and apply another coat to finish.

With a pencil, mark the back of each of the small cans half an inch from the top. Using a drill with 1/4-inch bit, drill on your mark. Mount rod against wall following the manufacturers instructions. Hang the paint cans from S-hooks and fill them with whatever you wish. (Use a liner if you use as a planter for edibles.) Use chalk to label each container.

(image from: Ready Made)

Written by cscdavis

November 26, 2012 at 5:00 pm

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