Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Milk Can House Numbers

My brother-in-law stopped by with this milk can a couple of weeks ago, asked if I wanted it, and said that he would like to see what I came up with. I hope he approves.

I chose to paint our house numbers on it. I used my Silhouette to create a stencil out of vinyl, I had planned to use contact paper; but I guess I ran out. For anyone considering a digital craft cutter for vinyl, paper and cardstock; I would suggest checking out the Silhouette. It hooks up to my computer and can cut any font that I can download along with tons of designs. I LOVE MY SILHOUETTE!

I scrubbed the milk can a bit, no need to rough it up with sandpaper; it was rough enough already. I chose to paint it Satin Black, so it would stand out against our house. 

This is the kind of weeding I like, I have always planned to get the fun tools to do this; 
but a sharp paring knife works so of course, I haven't.

I masked the can off, so the paint wouldn't overspray. Then I used my fun spray outside and run back in with the project technique. I am sure that anyone driving by would wonder what in the world I am doing running in and out of my house and 10:30 at night. This time I went fast enough and didn't end 
up with any wrinkles from the cold in my paint.

I left it inside for a couple of days to make sure that it was really dry, and then took it outside where it will likely stay. I don't love taking pictures of my house in the winter, but this summer it will look great with flowers all around. The milk can has already made it through a couple of snowstorms and still looks great.

I am linking to: 


  1. I love this idea!! I do the same paint and run game - your not the only crazy one :)

  2. I want you to know I am not on a search for one of these that I can make over - lol!! You got me hooked

  3. That looks great! What a fantastic idea! :)

  4. I found you through Twice Remembered... and I really like your creations. The milk can reminds me of my childhood when people were throwing them away right and left, can you believe that? I also have a Silhouette, and I love it. Haven't used it much because there are so many other things to accomplish first. Sigh. Keep up the good work!

  5. My neighbor has one that she said I could have, but I just hadn't figured out what to do with it yet. Great idea!

  6. What a great idea!! It turned out great!!

    Found you through someone else's blog, now following. =)

  7. I love it!! I have fond memories of old milk cans sitting around my grandparents farm. What a great way to keep something that has a little bit of nostalgia to it :)

  8. What a great idea! When we were little our neighbor gave my brother and I each a milk can from the Hershey factory. My brother sold his years ago, but I keep mine. He just moved into a cottage and was so sad he didn't keep his. I gave mine to him as a house warming gift. He wasn't sure what to do with it. I am going to share this with him...this would look great on his front porch! Hope you find this comment :)

  9. All the properties of the milk are really important not only for the children but the adult too. The milk contain many vitamin, potassium, calcium and iron.This kind of properties is needed for the people.

    buy viagra

  10. Great idea! I have a rusty milk can I've been looking to re-purpose. This is a perfect solution! Thanks