Create vases or lanterns using low-cost paint cans and your choice of paint colors.
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Combine materials, colors, and decorative techniques to make the three projects shown in the designs or sizes of your choice.
Spray-paint the entire bucket white and let dry.
Mask the inside of the bucket if you don’t want paint in there.
Spray-paint the top red, feathering the edges where it meets the coat of white paint. Let dry.
For a feathered edge, angle the spray toward the top of the can, cover the top edge first, and work down the top third of the can. As a precaution, wear a disposable glove to protect the hand holding the can.
Spray-paint the bottom blue, feathering the edges the same as with the red paint. Allow the paint to dry overnight before using.
Insert plants in containers small enough to be concealed within the bucket.
Paint cans will not be rust-resistant for continual outdoor use as a vase or as a planter.
Wrap the can in layers of red, white, and blue tape.
Overlap multiple bands of tape to vary the width of bands of each color.
Download the Star Drilling Pattern, trim it to fit a quart can and tape in place.
To use a larger version of the same pattern on a gallon can, enlarge it 161 percent.
On a scrap 2 x 4, cut a notch about 3/4 inch deep 4 inches from one end to use as a drilling support. Clamp the support to your work surface with the notched end overhanging the edge.
Lay the can on the 2 x 4 with the rim inside the notch. At each marked location on the drilling guide, drill a 1/4-inch hole through the can and into the 2 x 4. Remove the pattern after the final hole.
To keep the bit from wandering out of position, start each hole using an awl or nail and hammer.
Spray-paint the can the color of your choice (Ruby shown). Let dry. Add an LED or votive candle.