Red White and Blue Button Flower Vase

I love decorating empty cans and turning them into something fun and useful again. All those canned beans and soup can really be a DIY project waiting to happen. Add some fabric, ribbon and brightly colored buttons and you have yourself a whole slew of possibilities. For today’s project I decorated a can with patriotic colors and turned it into a pretty little flower vase, perfect for adding to the table for July 4th.

Red White and Blue flower vase

Red White and Blue flower vase


  • Empty aluminum can, washed and dried
  • Blue fabric
  • Red ribbon
  • White card stock
  • White and Blue embroidery thread
  • Red, white and blue buttons
  • Red eyelet and eyelet tool
  • Glue
Patriotic flower vase DIY

Patriotic flower vase DIY

Instructions to make your own patriotic flower vase decor

  1. Cut fabric and wrap around the outside of the can. Glue in place.
  2. Wrap ribbon around the can, tie in a knot, trim edges. Tie a red and blue ribbon together using white embroidery thread. Tie to center of ribbon covering the knot.
  3. Make a mini gift tag using the white card stock. Apply ribbon, wrap with blue embroidery thread and attach a white button. Add an eyelet with eyelet tool and then attach the tag to the button/ribbon on the can.
Recycled can to patriotic vase

Recycled can to patriotic vase

Simple patriotic flower vase

Simple patriotic flower vase


You can make a bunch of these patriotic flower vases to decorate for your July 4th festivities. I use these same kind of decorated cans as utensil holders and pencil/marker holders for parties. You can add a little sparkle by using glitter or rhinstones to the tag and ribbon wrap. You can even add buttons all around the can. Get creative and make your own fun patriotic decorations!


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Jen Goode is the owner and “doodler in charge” of JGoode Designs, a Denver based art and design studio. She has been a creative professional since 1996, developing art for a variety of uses in an array of mediums from handmade crafts to Graphic design and illustration. Jen, a designer member of CHA, is a tech savvy, work-at-home mom of 3 who shares her creative inspirations with other moms through her sites Projects for Preschoolers and 100 Directions and as a featured contributor on various sites throughout the web. Jen's motto is "Inspiring Smiles Every Day".

One Response to Red White and Blue Button Flower Vase

  1. Kathy C. Bradford July 8, 2013 at 3:51 PM #

    This patriotic wreath was easy to pull together and I’ve used it as a wall hung wreath with the flags, without the flags and even as a centerpiece on a table!

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