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Upcycle me! Snowmen from vintage oil cans

Posted by on November 29, 2012



If you are like most creative people, you scour the flea markets and garage sales during the summer for great items that can be recycled or “Up”cycled. Last year I found an old oil can at a junk/antique store and immediately it spoke to me.

It said “Don’t I look like a penguin to you?”

And I replied, “Yes, yes you do.”

I took him home, along with another oil can friend, begged my husband to clean them up for me and painted one like a bird and the other like a snowman. Needless to say, they were the first things to sell at a local handmade show I do after Thanksgiving. So, during the year I found more and I thought I would share with you this year’s snowmen.

Snowmen made from vintage oil cans.



Directions if you want to make your own snowman:
1. Clean the oil can really well and let it dry.
2. Paint the can with a light coat of Gesso.
3. If you want paint another coat of white when the gesso dries.
4. Paint your snowman’s eyes and stick arms.
5. Goop some modge-podge around the bottom and sprinkle some diamond glitter onto it.
6. Add other embellishments as you like!

2 Responses to Upcycle me! Snowmen from vintage oil cans

  1. Joyce Johnson

    Love these!

  2. Alison

    Quite charming….. here in SA we just have extreme heat at this time of year but I will remember these when winter comes!

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