Today, I’m excited to share how to create crock inspired paint cans with you. This is one of those projects that is super easy to make and can be used throughout the year no matter what the season.
The kitchen, breakfast nook, living room, entry and hallway have all been painted in Valspar’s Bistro White which is a warm white that is really pretty. We still have several rooms to go but for now, the empty paint cans have been really piling up around the house.
We try our very best to recycle, reuse or donate as many things as we can, and as I was painting I kept thinking about how we could reuse the old paint cans. There’s something about the shape of a paint can that reminds me of antique crocks, so it didn’t seem like a big leap to try and create crock inspired paint cans.
Here’s a look at how you can create crock inspired paint cans of your own…
Crock Inspired Paint Cans Supplies:
- Empty Paint Cans
- Rust-oleum Texture Spray Paint
- Proper Safety Protection Gear
- Home Computer, Computer Ink, Printer Paper
- Graphite Pencil
- Ball Point Pen
- Craft Paint, Paint Brush, and/or Permanent Markers (in the color of your choice)
- Clear or Dark Wax (optional)
- Cloth or Brush for Wax Application (optional)
- Rub n Buff (optional)
Crock Inspired Paint Cans Steps:
Step #1 – Remove the paint can labels.
Step #2 – You might have glue marks or even paint drips on your paint can so it’s up to you if you want to remove them or not. I like having an extra “patina” building layer, but you definitely don’t have leave them on there.
Step #3 – Depending on how you want to use these crock inspired paint cans, you’ll need to decide if you want to remove any dried paint. Keep in mind, the back of the paint can will direct you on how best to dispose of any leftover paint as there are specific guidelines you’ll need to follow. In addition, you’ll also need to make sure your following the Environmental Protection Agency Guidelines regarding lead paint which can you find here. Also, and I’m sure this goes without saying, but just in case, these containers are not food safe.
Step #4 – Using caution, care and proper safety protection, spray these crock inspired paint cans outside in a well-ventilated area as the spray paint odor is highly offensive.
I used two coats of Rust-oleum Textured Spray Paint in Caribbean Sands allowing for plenty of dry time in between coats.
Step #5 & 6 – While the paint cans are drying, use a program like Word on your home computer to create a series of letters, numbers and/or messages for your crock inspired paint cans. The font I used is called Engravers MT in Word. You’ll also want to make sure you include a clip art image. We used a crown, but you could just as easily use seasonal images, botanicals, farm animals or whatever you like.
Print out the images you’ve created.
Step #7 – Flip your paper over and shade the back of each image. Keep in mind the darker you shade the easier it will be to transfer the image onto the crock inspired paint can.
Step #8 – Using caution and care as scissors will be sharp, cut out each image.
Step #9 – Flip your paper back over where you can see the image and secure the image to the paint can.
Then, using a ball point pen, trace over the outline of each image.
You’ll want to add the crown image first, then the numbers. Also, see the bubbles? Make sure you leave extra time for the textured spray paint to dry.
Step #10 – After the outline of the image has been transferred to your crock inspired paint cans, fill in the image with craft paint or permanent markers in the color of your choice. Allow the paint or ink to dry completely.
Step #11 – Add a tiny bit of dark or clear paste wax to add “patina” to each crock inspired paint can, if desired.
Step #12 – Add a small amount of Rub n Buff to the paint can handle, if desired.
Step #13 – Fill and enjoy!
I haven’t decided where I’m going to use these crock inspired paint cans yet but they’re so versatile you can pretty much use them anywhere. We love that they’re completely customizable no matter what the season and although it seems like a lot of steps, they were crazy easy to make.
Let us know if you decide to try them too!