Thursday, June 15, 2023

Upcycled Tuna Can Flower Trinket Box

One of my favorite custom embellishment techniques is the look of 3D flowers on clear plastic film. This process involves applying flower designs on rice paper or plain napkins to clear plastic film using Mod Podge - a decoupage glue and let dry. Then cut out the film designs. Heating it, and molding, embossing and layering the cut-outs into 3D shapes with a raised effect! For my craft, I'm using an upcycled tuna can and transforming it into a flower trinket box using this technique.

But before I get started with my tutorial, welcome to this month's Creative Craft Hophosted by Sara @Birdz of a Feather! If you're coming from Jenna @ The Painted Apron, hello! Wasn't her sunflower snack jar fabulous! Jenna is so creative!

Materials Used:

  • Tuna can
  • Ruler or tape measure 
  • Faux leather fabric
  • Wood circle - (top)
  • RapidFuse - all purpose quick drying adhesive
  • Flower image - free clipart
  • Rice paper
  • Printer (HP Laser Jet)
  • Scissors
  • Clear plastic film sheets 
  • Mod Podge (Matte) - paintbrush
  • Parchment paper
  • Microfiber towel (for smoothing)
  • Candle (open flame) - matches
  • Embossing tool/Pad (foam) 
  • Crystal-like ball  (top handle)
Let's begin with the tuna can, faux leather and wood circle, first. Make sure the tuna can is thoroughly washed and clean.  Free of any paper and glue and dry.
Measure how tall (2") the can is and the circumference (12.5" around) of the tuna can and using those measurements, cut out a strip of faux leather to fit the can. Then place enough adhesive along the metal to attach the fabric.
Starting at one end .  .  .
and going around the can to where you started with applying the faux fabric.

For the top, place the wood circle on .  .  .
the back of the fabric, using a pencil to draw two images of the wood piece to cut out. One for the top and one to cover the bottom of the tuna can.
Then glue on the faux fabric pieces to the wood top and bottom of the can.
Next, download or copy the flower image in Word. I needed three sizes - the largest (6.5") with the petals curving over the top and adjusting the two other sizes to 5.5" and 4.6." Then print the images on rice paper using a laser printer.
Next, place a sheet of parchment paper on your work surface and lay a sheet of clear plastic film on top. Then paint on an even layer of Mod Podge to the clear plastic film and lay the flower designs face down onto the Mod Podge. This will create a glossy, porcelain-type effect on the flowers when dry.
Flip the film sheet over and .  .  .
use a microfiber towel to smooth out the film on the flower design. Let dry.
Once dry, add an additional layer of Mod Podge on each flower and  .  .  .
let dry.
It's amazing to see the flowers dry clear. It's now time to cut out each flower.
Cut out the individual flowers and make small cuts along the flower petal design toward the center to help shape it. Then warm the petals with the flame of a candle - being careful not to get it too close. 
When the flower design is heated, it will magically curl and .  .  .
can be shaped into dimensional flowers using an embossing tool and foam pad to help shape the flower.
Be sure to shape the petals on all three flowers so that they are curving over the edge of the top.
Once the petals are shaped, begin gluing the flowers on top of each other. Start with the largest one glued to the faux leather fabric top, first.

And then, the other two on top of each other while .  .  .
staggering the petals between each layer.
And finally, glue on the crystal-like ball to the center of the flower for a handle.

Isn't this flower trinket box really cool for trinkets and what-nots!

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial on making a Flower Trinket Box using an upcycled tuna can! Up next is Ann @ The Apple Street Cottage sharing her very creative and unique way of making firecrackers from essential oil tubes! Be sure to stop by each and everyone in our creative group listed below to check out their exciting and inspiring project! And don't forget to pin, too!

Vintage Dresser Re-Do with Chalk Paint | Carol | Bluesky at Home

Sunflower Snack Jar  | Jenna | The Painted Apron

Upcycled Tuna Can Flower Trinket Box | Gail | Purple Hues and Me

Firecrackers' From Essential Oil Tubes | Ann | The Apple Street Cottage

Watermelon Summer Sign | Tammy | Patina and Paint

3 Ways to Craft Simple Greeting Card Art | Cecilia | My Thrift Store Addiction

 Dollar Tree Wreath Tutorial |Terri | Decorate and More with Tip


  1. Gail this is awesome. What you can do with a tuna can....OMG! So creative!

    1. Thanks, Terri! Yes, it's always fun to upcycle our "trash!"

  2. Wow Gail, how pretty and creative! I’m not familiar with film sheets, you certainly worked magic with them! Who would know this was once a humble can of tuna! The flowers are amazing, I love the way you molded them to curl and the crystal knob looks so pretty! Just amazing how you come up with all these awesome crafts! Thank you for the very kind shout out 😘 Happy crafting!

    1. You are quite welcome, Jenna! And thank you so much for your sweet comments!

  3. Gail you are so creative! This is one of the cutest little boxes that I've seen! It would make a great gift. Great job!

  4. I agree, these would make a great gift or to give a gift in for someone special. This is such a beautiful project.

    1. Thanks, Donna! The flowers on top really makes a difference!

  5. Gail, this is so lovely. I would certainly never know it started as a tuna can--so clever!

    1. Thanks, Cecilia! I had saved some tuna cans to make a tiered tray. But I'm glad I switched to this little trinket box instead!

  6. Your flower is amazing, Gail and it makes the perfect lid for you tuna can turned box. Just beautiful!

    1. Thanks, Ann! I was inspired by something I saw at an upscale store and thought flowers on top of a box were so cute!

  7. What an awesome idea, love it.
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  8. Beautiful! Your container ideas are always genius! What would be trash turned into an adorable container, you can't beat that. Pinned!
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    1. Thanks so much, Niki! I'm a great collector of cans and bottles, lol!

  9. When you say tuna can, all I can think about is the smell. Obviously, I don't like tuna! But this doesn't look like a tuna can - it is absolutely beautiful. What a wonderful transformation.

    1. Thanks, Janet! I have a little confession to make. It was actually a can of chicken. I thought no one says chicken can so I switched it to the popular tuna can instead. Plus, tuna is shorter than chicken for the title, lol!

  10. What a cool technique, Gail! I've never seen a project using rice paper and Mod Podge like that before. It creates such a beautiful effect for flower petals, too. Love it!

  11. Gail, very ingenious and super pretty. I might have to buy tuna fish!

  12. What a clever technique, this looks amazing!

  13. What a great idea Gail, I have been saving tuna cans lately so I am thinking I should give this one a try! How clever you are! I am visiting from Crafty Creators.

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