Easy and Cheap Vases Made from Tin Cans

Looking for cheap center pieces for your next party?  Grab some discarded tin cans, and make these adorable, music-themed vases to brighten any table!

(This isn’t my normal type of post, but a few years ago, I uploaded a pin to Pinterest of a project I did for a simple, cheap vase I made for a music-themed party.  This pin has hadover 2,000 repins, so I thought I’d give a few simple instructions to go along with the photo.)

Music-themed tin can vases: easy and cheap party decorations!

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You will need:

  1.  Tin Cans
  2. Fingernail polish remover
  3. Cheap Spray Paint (optional)
  4. sponge or paint brush
  5. Sheet music copies
  6. Mod Podge glue or mix of Elmer’s glue and water (see directions below)
  7. Ribbon and hot glue/glue gun (optional)

Cleaning Your Tin Cans:

Before painting or decoupaging, it’s important to thoroughly clean your tin cans.

Wash can with soap and water.  If any label is hard to remove, try using fingernail polish remover to remove the sticky residue.


I used the most inexpensive spray paint I could find.  If you are planning to cover the entire can with lyrics, you can skip this step.

For my project, not only was I short on money, I was short on time, so I only sprayed one coat of paint.  Two or more coats of spray paint would have provided much better coverage for my vases.

Choosing your songs:

Other than the price, this is my favorite part about this diy project.  Picking what lyrics to use can be personal: If it is for a wedding, it could be the couple’s special song.  If the party is celebrating a graduate’s accomplishment, what about song lyrics from their favorite band?

Use pages of an old music book, or find sheet music online and print as many copies as you need.

Here is a link to free sheet music:


I used this Mod Podge glue that I already had on hand, but this quick recipe works if you are in a pinch:

3/4 cup Elmer’s white glue

1/4 cup water

If you need more or less, just remember 3 parts glue to one part water.

(mix together)


Brush the mod podge onto the can with a sponge or brush.  Apply the sheet music paper, and then cover with a layer of mod podge.

Let it dry.

Because of the size of my music sheets and my cans, I put one page on the ‘front’ of my can, and one page on the ‘back’.  That way, when placed on the table, the music would be visible on my vase from any angle.

Optional: Finish it with a ribbon bow around the top of the can.  Secure the ribbon to the can with a little bit of hot glue so the ribbon doesn’t slide down.

Add flowers, and voila!  An adorable centerpiece to beautify your table.

Hope you enjoy this easy and cheap DIY project for tin can vases with a musical theme.

Let me know if you try it!


  1. This is a great idea!! love it xx

  2. These are pretty!

  3. These look so great and not to hard to make! Thanks for the tutorial!

    1. You are welcome Hayley! Thanks for reading.

  4. That’s a really cute idea! I would never have thought of using a tin can. Great party decor idea!

    1. Thanks! You can do so much with tin cans: the possibilitis are endless.

  5. Such a cute idea! I love decorating tips that are budget friendly!

    1. Me too. Crafting and Hobbies can be expensive, so for me, budget friendly is extremely important!

  6. This is so cool! I really like that’s it’s easy and love the sheet music as I was in band for 7 years!

    1. Thanks! I love any craft made with sheet music. Music is magic.

  7. A-

    Love this! What a super easy and inexpensive way to make some centerpieces for any event. Definitely going to have to keep this in mind for the future! Thank you so much for sharing this.

    1. Thank you for reading! Yes, it doesn’t get much easier than this.

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