Monday, October 8, 2018

Burlap, Lace, and Twine Altered Can

It's that time again for our Monthly Challenge Blog Hop!
I've joined a group of creative bloggers to bring you a monthly challenge blog hop. On the 2nd Monday of each month we come together and share our themed creations for the month. 

The theme for October is to create an upcycle project using clothes, drop cloth, blankets, and the like. Just about anything that's made from a fiber! 
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Don't you just love using materials to alter the look of re-purposed items?  I love collecting cans and you can easily alter most cans using just about any type of material into a beautiful creation! And that's exactly what I did for this upcycle challenge by using burlap, twine, and lace on an old nut can that I saved!  Luckily, I had everything I needed in my stash to create this look!  

  • Can
  • Burlap
  • Twine
  • Lace trim
  • Coffee
  • Mod Podge/brush
  • DAP Rapid-Fuse glue
  • Flower image on paper
  • Razor blade scraper
  • Poly-fil stuffing
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Needle (large eye)
  • Decorative knob
Let's start with a clean dry can. Sometimes it's easier to remove the entire printed label just by peeling it off than to paint over it all! Next, measure the amount of burlap material needed to cover the can with a little bit of overhang on the top and bottom.

Burlap fabric can be difficult to cut straight so to get a straight edge, pull a thread out from the material first where you measured and then  .  .  .
 cut it out following the line. You can do this on each side using the measurements you need for the can. 
Next, apply a generous amount of mod podge over the entire can and wrap the burlap around it, smoothing out the fabric as you wrap.
Be sure to smooth out the edges over the top and bottom of the can, too.  
 I used DAP Rapid-Fuse glue on the metal top and bottom for a more permanent adhesion and .  .  .
then cut out a round piece of burlap slightly smaller than the bottom to cover and glue in place.
This is how the top of the can looks: Once dry, trim the edges.
For a decorative effect, place a dab of rapid-fuse glue on the center of the can and begin coiling twine around in a circle .  .  .
adding a bit of glue to hold the twine in place as you continue to coil. *I didn't use hot glue for this because it can ooze out between the twine and make a gluey mess. 
Stop coiling the twine when there's about an inch of space left at the top and bottom, letting the twine hang off for the time being. 
Dress up the twine by gluing on a piece of lace trim around the edges.  I used a piece of white lace trim that I dipped in leftover coffee and let dry to add a bit of color to the lace. Once the lace is glued in place, continue coiling the twine over the binding of the lace until the binding is covered. Then cut off the excess twine.
Next, (laser) print out a floral design found online and wet the edges with water.
Use a razor scraper to remove excess paper to fit image onto the twine.
Then adhere image to twine using Mod Podge.
To make the decorative top, use a round object a few inches larger than the can top as a pattern to cut out a burlap circle.
Then baste stitch about 1/2" from the burlap edge, around the edges, leaving enough thread to gather and secure the burlap
Initially, I used regular thread, but found it not as strong when I tried gathering the burlap, so I used burlap thread that I pulled out of the burlap material to sew around the top.
Using the top of the can as a guide, draw around the can on cardboard and cut out.
Then stuff the gathered burlap with poly-fil and tuck in the cardboard circle on top, gathering the burlap tightly over the cardboard. Adjust the stuffed burlap to fit the top of the can.
Tighten the burlap around the cardboard with needle and burlap thread in a criss-cross pattern to close. 
Next, measure a piece of twine by placing the end just under the top and going up and across the stuffed portion and back down to just under the top, pulling tightly and cut off.  Cut three more pieces the same length for a total of four pieces. Find the center of the twine pieces and glue each one on top of the other at the center and let dry. 
Press down the twine group in the center of the stuffed top and add glue (Rapid-fuse) holding in place until dry- about 30-60 seconds. Glue down each twine piece in place on bottom, making sure to space evenly around top, as pictured.
Cut another circle piece of burlap to fit over the gathered bottom portion and sealed with mod podge and let dry.
And finally, glue on a decorative knob in the center of the twine on top!
Isn't this a lovely look!

 Just perfect as a pin cushion top and as a catch-all to hold scissors, threads and the like! 

This post contains links to products, if you purchase something after clicking on my link I may earn a small commission to help with my craft expenses (at no extra cost to you).Thank you!

Want to see more of what can be created using fiber material? Be sure to visit each and every blogger below who joined in this month's challenge! 


  1. Gail, this is lovely! Who would guess this started out as a plain old nut can! Great tips about how to cut burlap, too. The pop of color from the picture is a perfect finishing touch.

  2. Burlap and twine are some of my favorites. I can't believe this started as a tin can. Your projects are beautiful!

  3. Oh Gail, You are so talented and creative. I'm in need of one these too. !!!

  4. Oh, my word! This is such a lovely project! Thank you for the step by step directions. I never would have figured out all of that! ;-) That lid you made is da BOMB! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  5. Magnifico tutorial y precioso trabajo.

  6. What a fun idea Gail. Love the way you made the lid and turned it into a puffy little pin cushion. In fact the whole look is really pretty and so functional too. I have got to try the razor scraper technique. Love the edge it leaves on the paper. So perfect with the rustic burlap covered can

  7. So many good ideas in one project! Thanks for sharing how you put all of these craft elements together in one cute container.

  8. Wow! I am so amazed by what you did with this can! I especially love the lid and the knob. Beautiful upcycle! Pinning!😃

  9. So pretty, I especially like the lid with the padded shape and that lovely knob.

  10. Your craft is beautiful - I love the burlap and the pretty insert.


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