For the next few days I'm taking a little break from presenting hanging decorations to show you a few really nice decorative projects. The first one is so simple, with great results that you'll never throw out (if you live in Israel where there's no can recycling to speak of) another tin can, especially not large juice cans and tall Materna (baby formula) cans!
Not all Succahs are on even ground, so as much as we try to bring only the most elegant things into our Succah, practically speaking a regular vase might pose too many problems! This is the solution, quite simply a can covered in fabric and trimmed with interesting ribbon. And of course these are great for outdoor entertaining as well. These cans can certainly hold real flowers or an interesting arrangement of something elegant and festive, like the example here, and best of all, now you can finally use those bits of your favorite fabric without having to sew!
- A tall clean tin can (Materna 700gr., B&D Syrup etc.)
- Cotton drapery-weight fabric
- Ribbon or rick rack for trim
- White PVA glue (woodworkers glue) or any other high tack craft glue
- Measure height and circumference of can
- Cut piece of fabric to height plus 1/2" (1cm) roughly, and to circumference plus 1/2" (1cm)
- Press 1/4" seams at top and bottom and one end of fabric
- Using a brush, coat entire surface of can with a generous coat of glue.
- Starting with the unpressed end of fabric, carefully wrap fabric around can, pulling tightly as you go around and making sure that the fabric lines up with the top and bottom edges of the can. The end with the seam should neatly cover the unfinished edge.
- Smooth entire surface with fingers to check for bubbles or creases that can be fixed.
- Set aside to dry, and apply ribbon trim to can where desired. (Materna cans have ridges at the top and it may be difficult to adhere fabric neatly in that spot— so just cover that area with a nice thick ribbon!)
Cans like this could be made as inexpensive centerpieces for any celebration, or used at Purim time for a small sampling of treats. And they can make your toiletries look organized, help store small sewing supplies, or even be helpful near the baby's changing table as a catch all for ointments or tiny pairs of socks!
Square cans sit together well, and a set lined up nicely on an open shelf would look great! Finally all the little stuff can not only have a place, but maybe next time you'll know exactly where those nail cutters are when you need them!