It’s another edition of SCK Tries where we try out a DIY tutorial to see how it works in real life and whether we’d recommend you give it a go. This time I’m trying another easy make that upcycles an old tin.
The Original DIY
I’ve been a fan of Noodoll since before SCK even started and love all their Ricemonster characters. I always enjoy the fun DIYs on their blog too but never actually made anything. The recent tutorial for a Ricemonster planter made from a tin can looked so easy and cute that I had to give it a go.
This is a really quick DIY that’s easy to customise for what you’ve got at home. All you really need is a clean empty tin can and acrylic paint, plus a hammer and nail if you want to turn it into a planter. Read the full tutorial.
Materials & Process
The most difficult part is deciding which Ricemonster to make! There’s so many to choose from but I eventually picked Ricepear as I love the colour and their little tongue. I mixed some blue, yellow and white paints to create the base colour and used two coats. I marked out the face with pencil and then used Sharpies on top, plus pink paint for the tongue.
For arms, I cut two rectangles from green card and rounded the edges, then folded back a little bit to stick down on the can with double sided tape. If only I’d thought to paint the card the same colour as the tin before I washed out my palette!
The end result
Here’s my finished Ricepear! I’m not great at keeping plants alive so I didn’t put holes in the bottom and instead will be using it as a mini bin for my sewing projects. It looks very cute as thread storage too!
This is a really fast and fun DIY that I’d definitely recommend. I was surprised at how well the acrylic paint covers the tin and it’s also washable and won’t fade in the sun. I’ll be saving my tins to make more.
Let us know if you give it a go, and check out all our other SCK Tries posts too.
Marceline is the co-founder and editor of Super Cute Kawaii and author of The Super Cute Book of Kawaii. She also designs cute character goods as Asking For Trouble. Having visited Japan five times, Marceline is enormously inspired by all things Japanese and especially loves bunnies, space and any kind of food object with a happy face.