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A Purrrr-fect Valentine’s Day Wreath?

All you need is… meow! 
All you need is… meow!
All you need is… meow… meow!

You’re probably going to think that I’ve totally lost it with this one, but I’m a dedicated recycler, reuser, and repurposer and I like to think outside the recycle bin sometimes.

We share our home and life with several feline friends who think they rescued us and allow us to live here.  While they do bring us a lot of joy and unconditional love, they also are the reason that our recycle bin fills up rather quickly each week. All those cat food cans!

So I challenged myself to try to think of something to do with some of these cans.


Repurposed cat food can Valentine's Day Wreath

We live in the country and our recycling is picked up every two weeks so we’re in the habit of rinsing out the cans very well.

To use them in this project, after rinsing, I placed the cans in hot soapy water for awhile. Then I scrubbed them very well and removed the labels, making sure to wear rubber gloves so I wouldn’t cut myself.


How to repurpose cat food cans into a Valentine's Day Wreath

I used my glue gun to glue the cans together in a heart shape.


placed cat food cans in the shape of a heart for Valentine's Day Wreath

I couldn’t decide whether to spray paint the wreath red or white. After much deliberation I spray painted both sides of the whole thing Krylon Ultra white. Before I painted I changed my mind and decided I wanted all the cans facing the same way.


Cleaned and spray painted cat food cans for Valentine's Day Wreath

I added small 4″ dollar store paper doilies on top of each can with my glue gun. Somehow my pic for this disappeared, but you can get a glimpse here. Then I sat back and thought about what to do next.

Then (surprise, surprise) I changed my mind and decided I wanted the sides of the cans to be red, but I couldn’t spray paint them now that the doilies were attached. Hmmmm.

So I scouted through my stash and found this red Christmas ribbon that I thrifted for $1. Luckily it was just the perfect width to fit the cans.


Red ribbon to cover sides of cat food cans

So, I attached the ribbon all the way around the outside of the wreath with my glue gun, following the contours of the cans.


covering sides of repurposed cat food can wreath with red ribbon

Then I attached the ribbon all the way around the inside of the wreath the same way.


covering sides of repurposed cat food can wreath with red ribbon
Then I glued a small paper doily onto the font of each can.
small paper doilies glued on to repurposed cat food can wreath

I printed the word MEOW 3 times and cut out the letters with an exacto knife.

cutting out letters for repurposed cat food can Valentine's Day Wreath

I glued the letters on the doilies with spray adhesive. Then I printed out the words, cut them out in circles to fit inside the doilies, and glued them on the same way.

How to create Valentine's Day Wreath using repurposed cat food cans

I craft like this, by the seat of my pants, all the time. I come up with an idea and I just run with it and see what happens. I don’t always have it all worked out when I start, and that’s OK. Sometimes the end result is even a surprise to me. lol.

I enjoy finding new ways to use things. A can isn’t always just a can. I believe many things can be more than what they are… if I just look at them differently.

So what do you think? Did I run too far with this one? Even if I did, it was sooo much fun.

Thanks so much for reading and remember… 

Meow… is all you need!


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  1. That is such a clever idea, Tuula! I'm sure all the cat lovers out there would absolutely love this!!!

  2. Tuula, I'd say you craft pretty good by the seat of your pants! You know I love a wreath project! And an easy and fun one makes it even better! Love it!

  3. You are unfreakingbelievable Tuula –
    I'm amazed by your creativity
    I'm also a fortune teller – and I " see " a lot of features with this beauty!!!

  4. Me-Wow! I hope your cats appreciate your cleverness. Unfortunately my two do not like wet food so no cans, but I bet tuna cans would work!

  5. Thank God there is someone else like me! I "craft" like that as well – I honestly don't think of myself as a crafty person but every so often, I think something will look cool and I just go with it. Makes my entire family nervous because they never know if I'm going to create a disaster or not. I LOVE this! I can't believe it was cat food cans!

  6. This is adorable! I, too, have several fur babies with the same mentality 🙂

    The project came out great and I love that you repurposed things!!! Please come by and share this on my link up!

  7. What a great idea to reuse those tins! I had to laugh about 'crafting by the seat of your pants'…i'd say that about sums me up too! I reused some tins like this and mounted them on dowels, a hurricane glass thingy…you know those things you put around a candle? the hurricane lamp/globe/glass fits in the tin perfectly and I use them for outdoor candlelight…they turned out cute.

  8. Purr-fect idea for those cat food cans. Love it. Thanks for the inspiration. Do you have the "meow" as a printable? BTW…I'm a cat lover.

  9. Tuula, that is a brilliant idea, so pretty it could be used so many ways even for those of us who don't have furry friends. I like it with the red touch too. Score on the ribbon!

  10. Tuula, Great idea for Valentine's Day. Thanks so much for sharing at Simple & Sweet Fridays. So creative!


  11. Very creative, thrifty and unique 🙂 Love it!

    Visiting from Bouquet of Talent. Have a lovely week.


  12. Very cute! I would love for you to share this or any of your great ideas at the link party going on now (and every Saturday through Tuesday) at 'Or so she says …' Also, don't miss the Sweethearts Giveaway starting on Monday with over $2,000 in prizes. Hope to see you there! http://www.oneshetwoshe.com

  13. That is one creative project!! I love it. I need to save all of my cans. 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent. 🙂

  14. I have have only one thing to say…GENIUS! I never, and I mean NEVER would have thought to use cans in this way! Thanks for sharing at the Loving Valentine's Day Party!