In one of the weddings I did last summer, the bride asked for the vases to be vintage and as eclectic as possible. On one of my antiquing trips to fulfill this wish, I came across a bunch of vintage beer and soda cans ($2-3 each), as well as a couple of older tins. These were used with great success in the wedding, and I recently pulled them out of storage to use for this cute DIY. If you find old cans, the best way to remove the top is with a side/edge can opener - it removes it cleanly and without any sharp edges. You can use any flowers that you like, but I used hellebores, blackberries, violas, mint, japanese privet, freesia, and garden phlox. I placed these cans in two ways - one as a table centerpiece, and the other on some stools in an empty fireplace. They are cute just about anywhere.
These cans work well as a clustered centerpiece on a rectangular dining table.
Clearing out your fireplace for a day or two and putting floral arrangements inside is a beautiful way to dress up a room and brighten a typically dark space.
For each can, trim and place your desired flowers until you have achieved the desired fill and color scheme. Vintage cans are versatile - and the often eclectic colors don't need to match your florals.
Additional views on the table:
And some more in the fireplace:
I hope that you'll give it a try!
All photography by Heather Zweig