Friday, October 29, 2010

Oil Can Picture Holder

Like so many of us, I am inspired when I'm able to take an old, discarded object and recreate it to give it a new life with a totally different purpose.

Last week I showed you these oil cans I purchased at a junk/antique store.  
They were sitting outside with a lot of other rusty, crusty pieces and when I saw them I knew they would make perfect picture holders.  If you have been reading my blog for any length of time this probably comes as no surprise to you.

When I pictured these oil cans on last Sunday's post, I mentioned they had been cleaned but not painted.  I personally like the natural patina of these old, used cans but last night I decided to paint one to see how it would look.

I love it.
I spray painted the oil can Heirloom White and, after it was dry, lightly sanded to expose some of the original finish.
The can looked a little plain so I dove into my scrapbook supplies and found the border rub-on that I put on the bottom edge of the can and the "Family" rub-on positioned in the center.  I added a black and white ribbon around the top and the picture holder was almost complete.

All it needed was some pictures!

Here I took a small framed photo I had of my in-laws in the 1940's and attached it to the neck of the can.
 Another option is to take a small, wire picture hanger and insert it into the neck of the oil can.  Last fall I posted on how to make these.  You can find that post here.
  Add a picture to the wire hanger and you're good to go.
 In this last photo I combined both options to display the two pictures together.
I really like how this turned out and plan on making more for Christmas stocking stuffers.

Lots of great parties to link to today:

Debra @ Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
Linda @ A La Carte for Junkin Finds
and Terrell @ Frou Frou Decor for Fabulous Friday Finds

Now I'm off to go do some party hopping.

Happy Halloween.

Jane

58 comments:

  1. You are just so creative. I love this idea.

    Jocelyn
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

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  2. Jane that is thinking outside the oilcan! I love it!

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  3. Jane I love the look of the chippy and rusty but I must admit the painted one is really striking!
    You are so talented. Thanks so much for joining in my first Junkin Finds!

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  4. I think I left my stocking at your house...yes, I am sure I did, so feel free to "stuff it".

    These are so clever!

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  5. Love it, Jane! What a great gift that would be!

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  6. What a beautifully creative idea!!!!! I love it!!!
    Note to self: steal hubby's old oil cans. teehee

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  7. Your finds look fantastic now that you have breathed beautiful new life into them they have blossomed. Penny

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  8. Really very pretty. I'll send you my stocking if you stuff it with one of those!
    You are very creative and talented.

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  9. So great and of course so creative. You have the eye!

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  10. I can't tell you how much I love this idea!!!! Clever girl! I am now putting "oil cans" on my shopping list...
    xoxo
    Pammy

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  11. I love this! Am I on your Christmas list?

    Enjoy your weekend.
    Gail

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  12. I love the can painted heirloom! What a great idea. Now, after seeing yours, I might have to try painting one of the three that I own! LOL! More work!!

    Great Job Jane!!!

    hugs
    Sissie

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  13. I never fail to be impressed with your great ideas. I love this one!

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  14. That looks great, Jane! I love it painted and the rub-on's are a great touch! You can really make them personal that way. They will make great gifts.

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  15. I love it, that is so creative and I love that you weren't afraid to change the crustiness into something completely gorgeous!

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  16. Jane, the way you finished this little oil can is darling! hugs, Linda

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  17. Really clever, Jane. They look terrific.
    A group of these just as is in their crusty state would make a fun vignette as well though. Thanks for sharing! ~ sarah

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  18. Cool idea-makes me think of the wizard of oz-the tin man-so different-but that's what I like!

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  19. Hello, Jane! I can't believe I just became a follower! Sorry it took me so long. These came out great!

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  20. Open that Etsy shop soon!!! These are so cute, what a great idea!

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  21. Seriously. I tried to imagine how in the world you were going to make a picture holder out of an oil can before I scrolled down to find out. It was beyond my comprehension and imagination. WOW! That is so cool! See ya later.... there's got to be an old oil can out in one of my sheds somewhere :)

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  22. You constantly amaze me!! These are delightful!

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  23. You are very, very clever!! I remember my dad having these types of cans in his garage. Who knew they could be something so pretty :)

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  24. Jane:
    You're so clever I could just die! I love what you did with this oil can. I'm sure anyone who receives one of your creations will be over the moon! Have a great weekend, my friend.
    xoxo
    Donna

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  25. Wow! The rub on decals really took it from shabby to chic!

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  26. How do you do it?
    I see trash.
    You see treasures!!

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  27. Hi Jane,
    How creative! You did a great job! Lucky recipients.

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  28. That is inspired! Two questions: (1) How do you clean the can before you spray paint it? and (2) Just how is that frame attached, by the nozzle through the hanger on the back, or what? Thanks!

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  29. Jane, I'm always so amazed by your creative vision! When are you going to have your own trash to treasure tv show??

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  30. FABulous of course!

    I agree, get that on line shop going... : D

    xxx
    z

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  31. These are so great Jane! I want one in my stocking :)

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  32. You made those grungy, yucky oil cans so gosh darn cute! Another project well done.

    Happy Halloween!

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  33. You are the most creative person-I love your ideas and I love this. I'm gonna try this with a min iol can that my Mom had. Really cute idea. Thanks

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  34. Jane I just can't get over how clever you are. This is AMAZING! I loved them the way they were, but I really love it now!
    hugs

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  35. I will never stop being surprised by the wonderful things you can make out of next to nothing! FAB.U.LOUS!! :-)

    Huggies,
    Spencer

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  36. Genius!!!! Love your ideas!!! Have a happy and creative Halloween!!!!!!

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  37. This is a wonderful project~ just so cute! I love it!

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  38. What a great use for an old item. I like the painted one better than the rusty ones.

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  39. Genius!I love the painted version with the frame on top,well done!

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  40. Jane, thanks for stopping, I did not know about scrap booking rub on's Love this project!

    Carol

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  41. Jane,
    We just stopped a a place yesterday that reminded me of you! I kept thinking... Jane would love this place! This old trading post was full of anything and everything you could think of! Love your oil can turned photo holder!
    Dee Dee

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  42. Hi Jane!

    Very cute and cleaver idea!

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  43. You always take a project up a notch! Well done!!

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  44. What a clever idea! I especially like the one with only the wire picture holder, but they all look great.
    Thanks for becoming my newest follower! I became yours.

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  45. Hmm google won't let me sign is as your follower. I will come back later to try again.

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  46. I love this idea and both ways you displayed the photos. I love the way they look in their raw form, but you did such a great job with the paint and the little details. Love it!

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  47. I really like how that turned out too Jane! I've always wanted to make my own holders, but didn't know how to make the wire look good. Thanks for the great tutorial!

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  48. You come up with the most unique ideas for using old stuff...love it!

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  49. I have been waiting to see what you would come up with..I have been collecting these myself and they were sitting waiting to be finished off for this show season. They are so wonderful...love the rub on's to really make them eye catching! I have another picture of one that they glued to a plate and made a nice ring/jewelry holder. I love your creative mind thanks for sharing!!!

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  50. Well, if that isn't the cutest thing!!! We have boo-coos of these in an old garage just sittin' there! Thanks for the great idea girl!

    God bless ya and have the most awesome day sweetie!!!

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  51. I'm so happy you won the gift certificate!! Couldn't happen to a nicer person! I love your picture holders and I sure do enjoy using the ones you sent me in your 50th birthday giveaway.

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  52. Now I'm motivated! Another great post!

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  53. I loved the oil can pic holders...i collect oil cans and never thought of using some of them to hold pictures (especially the old black and white).Thanx for sharing! tiff

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  54. I'm LOVING this idea! Very creative!

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  55. Oh, I missed this one. I love the idea and I am going to show my husband this evening. He just doesn't see the potential in most of the things I buy on flea markets (he certainly wouldn't have approved of this one I'm afraid!).

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  56. I love this idea! how very cute. I have some oil cans I've been trying to figure out what to do with. I'm definitely spray painting them! How did you get them cleaned?

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