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Tin Pumpcans

Yes, I know I spelled it wrong.  I couldn’t resist.  And even though it’s not official on the calendar yet, I have to say it:  Happy Fall Y’all!  I’m kicking off the season with these DIY TIN PUMPCANS.Tin Pumpcans by RiggstownRoad for Busy Mom

I’m Lynn, and I’m excited to be visiting from Riggstown Road with a fun little fall project.  I’m a busy mom, and a thrifty one, too, so I love how this décor only took about five minutes and was virtually free!  If you have any canned food in your pantry, you have just about all you need to make some cute Tin Pumpcans.

I got to thinking the other day, how a tin can would make a cute, rustic pumpkin.  I thought I’d paint it orange, since I love orange pumpkins and fall colors in all their glory {#fallismyfavorite} but then I realized that (1) a creamy neutral color would add a touch of sophistication, (2) it would look good with my neutral color scheme, and (3) I already had a can of ivory spray paint.

I went outside and found some nice, round sticks to use for the stalks.  I broke them to get the length I wanted.  I already had a bag of moss in my craft stash.

I wanted a large pumpkin, so I bought the biggest can of vegetables I could find… 6 lb. 10 oz.   (If you’re not ready to use this much corn or beans at once, transfer them to a freezer bag, and save for later.)  I also used a smaller can I had on hand for a small pumpkin.

Total cost: $0 !!!  OK, I did buy the big can of corn.  But.  I figure that I bought the corn, which we will eat, and I got the can it was in for free. 😉Tin Pumpcans by Riggstown Road for Busy MomSUPPLIES

  • Tin cans with lids
  • Spray paint
  • Moss
  • Small sticks
  • Hot glue gun (and glue sticks)


  1. Open cans using a can opener that will leave SMOOTH edges.  (I use a hand-held Pampered Chef can opener.)  Set contents aside.
  2. Remove label; wash and dry can and lid.
  3. Paint the can and lid and allow to dry.
  4. Use hot glue to add moss to lid, leaving an empty spot for stalk.
  5. Add glue to center of lid, and press stick firmly into glue, continuing to press for a minute or so.
  6. Place lids back on cans, and you’ve got pumpkins!

Tin Pumpcans by Riggstown Road for Busy Mom

Arrange on a tray with the rest of the moss, and you’ve got an instant fall centerpiece!

Tin Pumpcans by Riggstown Road for Busy Mom

What better way to use the cans from all that veggie soup you’re going to making on these chilly fall days?

And shhh, don’t tell the kids, but the inside makes a perfect place to store fall treats.  😉

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