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How to: make tin can bugs for the garden with spray paint

These colourful creatures are easy to make using old tin cans and spray paint and will cheer up a dull corner or maybe scare the birds off your vegetable patch!


You will need:

Tin cans

Masking tape

Circular stickers

3mm wire

Googly eyes


Garden canes or sticks

Spray paint in the colours of your choice


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How to:

  • Make sure the can you are spraying is clean and dry.
  • Make holes for the wings to be inserted into on top of the can and one bigger hole for the garden cane or stick that it is going to sit on.
  • Apply the spray paint in fine layers, following instructions on the tin.
  • Our top tip for this project is to put the tin can upside down on an old garden cane or stick to allow you to get to all sides and the bottom of the can
  • To get the stripes and spots, use masking tape and circular stickers.
  • Whilst the can is drying, shape the wire to make the wings and spray.
  • When all bits are thoroughly dry, put the wings in place, fixing inside the can by twisting the wires together out of sight. Stick on two googly eyes.
  • For the bird feeder, hot glue a stick perch inside the can and use ribbon to fasten to a branch.


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TOP TIP: Catering-size baked bean cans make great planters!


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Reader project: instagrammer Becci Powell using PlastiKote spray paint

We’re loving the inspirational projects Becci Powell has been showcasing on Instragram. You can find Becci (aka becp87) here on Instagram if you want to see more of the great work she has been doing. We spoke to Becci to find out more about her and also about the inspiration behind this particular project:

As a mother taking time out from work, I decided I needed to find a new challenge, that didn’t cost the earth (babies are super expensive, even more so when they turn into toddlers and want EVERYTHING!). That’s when I found my love of crafting and upcycling! 

My main mission was to create a bedroom for my son, made from only repurposed furniture and trying my hand at my own accessories for his room. Then, my mother almost created the BIGGEST sin..she was going to throw out her canisters, which were in perfect condition (though pretty drab to look at).

Already familiar with Plastikote spray paints, I HAD to give them an updated look (I used their Metallics Copper Spray with their Clear Spray Sealer).  Now all our friends and family want them too!


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We think they are fabulous and we’ll be sending Becci some spray paints to thank her for sharing her project with us.

If you have a spray paint project, do please get in touch. Just email info@spraypaintideas.co.uk including a before and after picture as well as a few sentences about yourself and your project. If we feature your project, we’ll send you some spray paints to say thank you.


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Competition: win a Range gift card with PlastiKote Spray Paint

Win a £50 gift card from The Range in our July competition with PlastiKote spray paint!

Now that it’s officially summer, we’re hoping to spend lots of time in the garden – preferably sitting around enjoying the sunshine! We’ve updated our garden furniture quite a few times over the years and wondering which of the makeovers we prefer. Please help us to decide! Here’s what they looked like when we found them:




It’s so easy to enter this month’s competition.  Just email us your answer of which colour you prefer. Choose from A: Satin White, B: Royal Blue or C: Outdoor Pastels and also send us your contact details to competition@spraypaintideas.co.uk, with JULY COMP as the subject.   We’ll pick one lucky winner at random after the closing date of 31st July. Good luck!




We run a competition every month, so do sign up to our newsletter to make sure you are in with a chance to win.

Thank you to everyone for entering our June competition and our congratulations to Simon Sims from Stourbridge who won our June competition. Simon decided we had sprayed the gnomes in three different colours and he was right. Don’t they look gorgeous! Simon wins a £50 Hobbycraft gift card.

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Click here for Terms & Conditions for our July competition.

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