Galvanized Milk Can Ornaments

Hi! I’ve been working on making new ornaments for our tree this year and I couldn’t finish out this holiday season without showing off one more project.

One day while wandering around Hobby Lobby I found these adorable little galvanized milk cans! I knew immediately that I would need a couple for our Christmas tree! They just needed some work first.

I started first by distressing the finish on the cans a little. They started out awfully shiny.

After doing some research I found that they could be soaked in vinegar and salt to give them a rough finish. Everything I read suggested 2 parts vinegar, 1 part salt. I only had about a cup of vinegar on hand, so I poured it into the bowl and about 1/2 cup of salt. It wasn’t enough to completely submerge them, so I soaked them for about 2 hours before flipping them. Definitely would have wanted to be able to completely submerge them for an even finish next time!

Once they were done, I rinsed them off and added some vinyl decals. I used a cow silhouette I found online and added the word “Milk” and also I used a wreath that I already had and added the R.

After I applied the vinyl, I tired some jute string around the handles and hung them on the tree. I think they turned out really cute! Especially for something that cost about $5.00 total for 2. (Since I had almost all of the material on hand.)

The possibilities are endless with these! You could add any kind of vinyl decor… established dates, last names, etc. And these would be cut with some bows around the top too!

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