Make An Easy And Special Mother's Day Tin Can Photo Vase (DIY)

Make An Easy And Special Mother’s Day Tin Can Photo Vase (DIY)

There are many great things about having kids (of course, right?) but in my few years of being a parent, I’ve noticed that if you stick the kids photo on something, you have an immediate, easy gift for grandma that is well-loved.

So as Mother’s Day approaches, I find myself wondering what photo creation of my trio of kids can I wrap up, stick a bow on and gift this Mom’s Day.

See how I created a handmade – and thrifty – gift for Mom and Grandma this Mother’s Day…

Mothers day tin can


There’s nothing like making your own gift for (Grand)Mother’s Day, especially one with the (grand)kids photos all over it. The only time-consuming part of this crafty DIY is narrowing down the cutest photos of the kids to print!

– Tin Can (I used a 28oz can), cleaned and label removed
– Photos (color or black and white) printed on premium photo paper
– Mod Podge
– Clear Acrylic Sealer (spray)
– Ribbon or trim (do you love pom pom trim as much as I do?)
– Glue gun


Make a Mom’s Day gift in five easy steps!

Step No. 1
Measure the dimensions of your tin can and print photos to fit to size. I printed a combination of large photos as well as some smaller photo strip-like photos to fill in any gaps.

Step No. 2
Cut out and position your photos onto the tin can. I rolled a little tape under the photos to keep them in place while I figured out a layout I was happy with. Trim off any excess around the can.

Step No. 3
With the photos in place, apply the Mod Podge under the corners of the photos and at the seams.

Step No. 4
Once dry, give it a spray with the clear acrylic sealer.

Step No. 5
Apply some ribbon or trim with your glue gun.
Fill with flowers (best to insert a secondary vase inside the tin can) or use as a gift basket full of (grand)ma’s favorite things.

What are your mom or grandma’s favorite things for Mother’s Day?

Other Spring and Mother’s Day projects you may enjoy:

  • DIY melted bead bowl gift basket for mom or friend
  • Make your own custom candles using ribbon and an iron
  • Turn a mirrored tray into a frame for an old photograph

Personal care and crafting

Creating an Easy and Special Mother’s Day Tin Can Photo Vase is one heartfelt way to show appreciation for loved ones, channeling creativity into a personalized gift that captures memories and beauty. Similarly, the art of self-care involves personal touches that help us feel our best. In the spirit of DIY projects and personal well-being, let’s pivot to another form of self-care that’s gaining popularity: DIY laser hair removal. While it requires a different set of tools and knowledge than crafting a photo vase, it shares the same essence of personalization and the joy of doing it yourself. Both activities reflect a commitment to bringing a personal touch into our lives—whether it’s in creating a unique gift or in achieving the comfort and confidence that comes with tailored beauty treatments.