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Almost two years ago, I bookmarked a wonderful tutorial from Design Sponge for a cork lamp. I just loved the idea and wanted to translate it in another way. But for some reason, I kind of forgot about it as time went on, and then this weekend when I was rinsing out some cans to put into the recycling bin, I remembered. I had also just bought some beautiful tulips, and immediately knew exactly what to make. A cork vase to hold notes, photographs, and of course flowers.

But these vases can also be used as organizational containers for your extra pens and even succulents too. And could also double as party/ wedding favor place cards.

Materials: Soup/ Vegetable Cans, Spray paint (any color), roll of cork (you can find it at many local craft stores or order online here), heavy duty craft glue, scissors, ruler, extra pins or clothespins to clamp cork while drying

How Do I Make This?

1. Grab some cans (soup, vegetable, etc) from the recycling bin and make sure they are washed out thoroughly. Peel off labels and clean off an sticky areas. Allow to dry fully.

2. Spray paint the inside of each can, as well as the outside rim. This may take multiple coats. Let dry fully again.

3. Roll out your cork, and place the bottom of your can at the end of the roll. Mark off the width of the can with a pencil and use a ruler to create a long straight line. I recommend cutting the length twice as long as you need. Then you can wrap the cork around twice to make it thicker for sticking pins in, etc.

4. At the end of the cut roll of cork, run a thick bead of heavy duty craft glue. Attach to can and begin rolling, adding more glue as you go.

5. At the end of your roll, add another thick bead of glue and then pin or clamp down with clothespins until dry.

6. Once dry, you are ready to add flowers, pencils, plants, or anything you can dream up. If you are using your containers as vases, I would recommend putting a glass that is slightly smaller inside the container to avoid leaks. That’s what I did, and it works great.

Here are the results… (click each image for a larger view)

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Awesome! I love that you can pin things on these containers.

Mai commented on April 28th, 2010 at 5:06 pm

Really liking this organic look! Thanks for sharing!

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Friday Finds | Art. Faith. Love. commented on April 30th, 2010 at 10:35 pm

I love the cork look. Thanks for sharing, I think I am going to try it.

Al commented on May 2nd, 2010 at 3:19 pm

This looks awesome, and I love that it is so unique! Thanks!

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This one’s a dandy, for his birthday « jodimichelle commented on May 5th, 2010 at 12:57 am

Thanks for your comments everyone. Cork is such a great material. Sometimes I feel like I could cover my entire house with it.
-Brittni

papernstitch commented on May 5th, 2010 at 10:29 am

these are wonderful.
i’ve been looking for ways to make flower pots and such more fun and decorative, definitely using this idea!

jensen commented on May 5th, 2010 at 1:08 pm

great idea! it’s looks so chic!

suki commented on May 5th, 2010 at 8:22 pm

wow, i really want to make these now! the color of the cork really goes well with the succulents :).

connie commented on May 6th, 2010 at 6:48 pm

I noticed that in your fifth picture, there was a desktop background from d*s. Love it!

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I saw your lovely canisters on Design Sponge and am totally inspired. I linked back to them on my blog, hope that is okay.

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these are so great.

bridget Hunt commented on May 28th, 2010 at 12:47 pm

thanks again to everyone who has been blogging about this tutorial or commenting here on the blog about it. always so, so nice to hear other people’s take on little things that i make around the house. and by the way bridget, i love your blog!
-brittni

papernstitch commented on May 28th, 2010 at 12:54 pm

These are so wonderful -I can totally see these as teacher gifts -attach cute magnets to them as well! Thanks for sharing!

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paper n stitch – Some Exciting News! - A daily dose of handmade, design, and style inspiration commented on October 19th, 2010 at 10:02 am

I saw these and immediately made them for my desk at school. I found that using hot glue worked wonderfully, and there was not wait!

Thank you so much for this wonderful project!

Nicolette Johnson commented on October 24th, 2010 at 10:20 pm

That’s wonderful Nicolette. Thanks for the tip about using hot glue. Next time I make these, I’ll be sure to try it. Nothing like instant gratification! :)
-Brittni

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I love the up-cycling aspect, functionality, versatility, and simplicity of this. thanks so much for sharing!I pinned this to my board T http://pinterest.com/pin/19984739/

Timma Sue commented on May 7th, 2011 at 9:09 am

Cool. Thanks for pinning my tutorial Timma.
-Brittni

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Pour une fête de Pères moins galère # 2 | Feesmaison commented on June 1st, 2011 at 5:21 am

i’ll try the hot glue, but for the record, which craft glue did you use? i’m having trouble finding something that really holds for a long time.

laurelstein commented on June 23rd, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Hi there! I used Aleen’s Clear Gel Craft Glue. Worked great! The clothespins should help hold everything together until it is dry. :)
Brittni
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I love this! These would be perfect for an office or a kids room!
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