Fun with Cream Cans

Vintage cream cans hold flowers

Another great tutorial from Kris Compas

I took another break from construction on the Warming Hut to make Kris Comapas’s latest project, a miniature covered cream can. I always learn something new from her! This time it’s how she paints a galvanized finish. It’s like magic.

Tiny cream cans, made from card stock

Tiny cream cans, made from card stock

I left them overnight, for the wood glue she favors to set up.

The next day, I sanded them smoothish, and painted two coats of gray acrylic.

My approximation of galvanized base, a blend of nimbus gray and a touch of lamp black.

My approximation of galvanized base, a blend of nimbus gray and a touch of lamp black.

Then I got really involved, and didn’t take any more pictures. But that’s OK, because Kris’s tutorials are always very well documented. Also I tried and failed twice to drill a hole lengthwise through a quarter-inch length of toothpick for the wooden handle, so I used a little roll of cardstock painted black to look like a piece of hose.

6 thoughts on “Fun with Cream Cans

  1. Pepper says:

    The cans are excellent, as are the flowers. I love yellow flowers — they bring summer into any room =0)

    • Nancy Enge says:

      Kris Compas (whose tutorial the cans are made from) is brilliant (as you well know). I wonder if California poppies would grow in England? I’ll gladly send you seeds to try :)

    • Nancy Enge says:

      I was so happy with the quality and design of this kit. I bought her peonies, too, and look forward to making them. I’d love to see what you make.

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