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Turn a leftover can into a beautiful vase

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Here’s how you can turn a leftover can or vase into an eye-catching piece of eco-décor.

Slice of Nice

This is a simple way to turn a humble vessel into an eye-catching piece of eco-décor. It’s the perfect project to create right after the trees and bushes have had their yearly pruning. Cutting wood into slices lets its beauty and character show. A few thumb-thick branches can yield enough slices to cover a surprising amount of square footage. Be careful, though—once you start seeing the transformation, no plain surface may ever be safe again!


  • Several small branches from trees or bushes, ranging from ½ to 1½  inches in diameter
  • Terra cotta pots, old vases or recycled tin cans
  • Low-VOC, nontoxic glue. 
  • Coarse sandpaper

Lopping shears or long-handled pruners

Step 1. Using shears, cut branches into slices about ½-inch thick. You will need slices in a variety of diameters to cover the surface completely.

Step 2. Start at the bottom of the pot or can and work your way up. Dab glue on both the wood slice and the pot’s surface to ensure a good bond.

Note no.1 : Always dry-fit each piece in place first to ensure that it will fit nicely with the other pieces. Fit tiny slices into small, awkward spaces.

Note no.2 : When using an aluminum can or glass as your base, rough up the surface with coarse sandpaper to ensure the glue will adhere.

Let it dry and that’s it!

Photo by Susan Wasinger

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