Decorating for the seasons is a great way to change up your home’s decor without much effort. And during the summer, patriotic decor is a great way to change up your home’s decorations. With these rustic farmhouse DIY patriotic decorations, you can easily add some DIY farmhouse charm to your home this summer. And all you need to make them are some tin cans and paint!
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I love how easy this patriotic decorations DIY is to make! This painted centerpiece simple enough for your kids to help out with, making it a great way to spend a summer afternoon together.
Looking for more easy farmhouse craft ideas? Check out my braided jute coasters post to see another simple craft to make for your home.
Supplies for Your DIY Patriotic Decorations
To create this simple patriotic centerpiece, you’ll need:
- Empty tin cans with the labels removed
- White chalk paint
- Red and blue paint
- Masking tape
- Star stickers
These painted tin can vases make a great DIY patriotic decoration for your home! In addition to using up some of your used cans in a creative way, it’s also a fun way to display all your summer flowers.
How to Remove Labels From a Can
Before you can start making this patriotic decorations DIY, you’ll need to make sure your cans are clean and the labels are completely removed. Start by peeling off as much of the can’s labels as possible. Then, wash out the inside of the can to clean out any leftover food residue.
Then, you can start working on removing the sticker residue. There are a couple different methods you could use to remove the remaining sticker from the can:
- Water and vinegar. Let the can soak in warm, soapy water and one cup of vinegar for a few minutes. Then, use your fingers to peel off the label. Use an abrasive sponge or steel wool to scrub away any residue.
- Baking soda. Combine baking soda with warm water and place the can in to soak. Peel the sticker off the jar, then use an abrasive sponge to scrub away any remaining residue.
DIY Painted Can Centerpiece
After your cans are clean, you can start decorating! The first step to making your own painted can centerpiece is to paint your cans white. I found the best type of paint to use on cans is chalk paint. It’s rough texture sticks well to the metal, keeping your paint from getting too streaky.
When the chalk paint base has dried, decide which can you want to have stripes and which you want to have stars. Use masking tape to mark off the stripes on one can, then decorate the other with star stickers.
Use the red paint to paint stripes in between each piece of masking tape. Then, paint the other can blue. Since you already have a base of chalk paint on your cans, using plain craft paint is fine for this layer of paint. But you may need more than one coat to get a solid layer of paint on each can.
Note: to prevent runs and streaks on your white stripes and stars, consider adding another layer of white paint over the stickers and tape. Then, paint your colors as usual. This will allow the white paint to bleed, protecting your base layer from colored paint bleeds.
Allow your paint to dry completely, then remove the tape and stickers from the cans. Be careful as you’re removing the stickers to prevent pulling paint away from the can with the stickers.
To add a rustic touch to your farmhouse patriotic centerpiece, tie a piece of jute twine on top of each can and secure the rope with a bow.
Then, add your favorite summer flowers inside the vases. I used red and white faux flowers in my patriotic centerpiece. If you plan to use faux flowers, I suggest adding some floral foam to the bottom of each can to hold the flowers in place. You could also fill each can with water and add some fresh flowers to your centerpiece.
Patriotic Centerpiece Ideas
This easy patriotic centerpiece makes a great DIY patriotic decoration for your home or your next party! If you’re wondering how to use this fun centerpiece, consider these ideas:
These simple ideas will give you some inspiration for how to use your DIY patriotic decor:
- Place it on your dining room table. The first place to consider adding your patriotic centerpiece is on your dining room table. This summer centerpiece is just perfect for decorating your dinner table during the summer months!
- Add it to your fireplace mantle. Instead of putting your centerpiece on your dining room table, why not place it on your mantle this summer? Adding a flower arrangement to your mantle is a great way to add patriotical farmhouse decor to your living room.
- Decorate your summer parties. Use your patriotic flower arrangement to decorate your next summer party. It would look great on your outdoor dining table as you enjoy some BBQ!
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Emily is a midwestern mom of two boys. She loves all things DIY — from home renovations to kids birthday party planning. Whether she’s making a new farmhouse craft for her home or helping her kids with a cool activity, you can bet she’s in the middle of some kind of DIY project (or three) right now!
I’ve never heard about the baking soda trick to remove a label from a can. What a great tip! I love how you painted these. They’re beautiful! Pinned!
Karren Haller says
Thank you for sharing on Oh My Heartsie GIrls #omhgww last week, its nice to meet you. I think your trio turned out so dang cute, I made a trio last year and I think I will change it out to hold flowers, I like that look!
Watch for the feature this week!!
And I hope you stop by and share again.
Have a great week!
Sue at Blu says
Too cute! pinned!
These are so cute! I am happy to feature you at this week’s All About Home Link Party!
Thanks so much for the feature!
Allyson @ Southern Sunflowers says
Thank you for sharing at #HomeMattersParty. I’m featuring your patriotic centerpiece this week. Drop by to see your picture and description. Party start Thursday 9pm.
Thanks for the feature!