Make an Easy and Special Mother’s Day Tin Can Photo Vase

INSIDE: How to create a Mother’s Day tin can photo vase for a thrifty gift for mom or grandma.

Make your own Mother's Day Tin Can Photo VaseThere are many great things about having kids (of course, right?) but in my few years of being a parent, I’ve noticed that if you stick the kids photo on something, you have an immediate, easy gift for grandma that is well-loved.

So as Mother’s Day approaches, I find myself wondering what photo creation of my trio of kids can I wrap up, stick a bow on and gift this Mom’s Day.


See how I created a handmade – and thrfity – gift for Mom and Grandma this Mother’s Day…

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mother’s day tin can photo vase

There’s nothing like making your own gift for (Grand)Mother’s Day, especially one with the (grand)kids photos all over it. The only time-consuming part of this crafty DIY is narrowing down the cutest photos of the kids to print!

– Tin Can (I used a 28oz can), cleaned and label removed
– Photos (color or black and white) printed on premium photo paper
Mod Podge
Clear Acrylic Sealer (spray)
– Ribbon or trim (do you love pom pom trim as much as I do?)
Glue gun
Make your own Mother's Day Tin Can Photo Vase

diy tin can photo vase in 5 steps

Make a Mom’s Day gift in five easy steps!

Step No. 1
Measure the dimensions of your tin can and print photos to fit to size. I printed a combination of large photos as well as some smaller photo strip-like photos to fill in any gaps.

Step No. 2
Cut out and position your photos onto the tin can. I rolled a little tape under the photos to keep them in place while I figured out a layout I was happy with. Trim off any excess around the can.

Step No. 3
With the photos in place, apply the Mod Podge under the corners of the photos and at the seams.
Make your own Mother's Day Tin Can Photo Vase
Step No. 4
Once dry, give it a spray with the clear acrylic sealer.

Step No. 5
Apply some ribbon or trim with your glue gun.Make your own Mother's Day Tin Can Photo Vase
Fill with flowers (best to insert a secondary vase inside the tin can) or use as a gift basket full of (grand)ma’s favorite things.
How to make a Mother's Day Tin Can Photo Vase
What are your mom or grandma’s favorite things for Mother’s Day?

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50 thoughts on “Make an Easy and Special Mother’s Day Tin Can Photo Vase

  1. Teresa says:

    This is a wonderful idea! I may need to make something similar for my mother this year, I haven’t got round to buying her anything yet (in Portugal mother’s day is next Sunday already). Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party! Pinned!

  2. Ashleigh says:

    This post has the DIY factor that my mother in law is going to absolutely adore! Thank you for the idea!

    Also, I will be featuring this post in my next link party, tomorrow at 6. Stop by, grab a button and be sure to share any other projects you may be working on!

  3. Katrin says:

    What a cute gift idea, I’m loving the photos and love photo gifts, so I’d love receiving one of these!! 🙂 Thank you for sharing at Sweet Inspiration #4! Have a lovely weekend!

  4. Lacie says:

    So cute!!! I have this tradition of always buying some type of perinneal flower for the moms. It’s something they will have year after year.

  5. Pili says:

    I am a huge fan of handmade gifts, and this can photo vase is so cute!! We already celebrated Mother’s and Father’s Day here in Spain, but I will keep it in mind for next year, it would be a wonderful gift for daddy! Pinning !!

    Thank you so much for sharing it with us at Sweet Inspiration party, I am featuring this tomorrow so don’t forget to stop by and grab your button!

    I hope you are having a wonderful week!

  6. Rhonda says:

    Coming from Best of the Weekend! Absolutely love these adorable tin cans project! Turned out great! Sharing on my blog FB page! 🙂 ~Rhonda

  7. Joyce says:

    This is such a great idea! I love giving out personal gifts. Of course, this is something I can do with my boys too! Thank you for sharing this with us at Funtastic Friday Link party.

  8. LydiaF says:

    The most difficult part would be to choose the photos for the collage but I guarantee this gift will make someone smile! Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty #ccbg 🙂

  9. debbie says:

    This is the kind of project that stirs up memories for me. Not just from my children, but my very own. We had very little when we were younger and the retail world was even smaller. There were no hobby and craft shoppes and making a gift such as this would have been something I most certainly would have done for my mom. Thanks for sharing a sweet project and joining the TADA! Thursdays…you are one of the favorites here you know.

  10. Rhonda says:

    What a cute idea. It’s great for Mother’s Day or any time really. This idea would be great on the mantel or the office desk. We’re looking for Mother’s Day ideas on Sunday’s Best linkup. Please feel free to linkup anytime.

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