Some creative ways to decorate with metal milk cans include re-purposing them as lamps, tables or planters. These large galvanized cans also serve nicely as hallway decorations, providing an attractive storage container for umbrellas and other unwieldy items. Adorning the porch with a made-over vintage can is another creative decorating idea for the home.
Vintage galvanized metal milk cans make great decorator items in a shabby chic or rustic home decor style. Both store-bought styles and do-it-yourself projects may feature large and small cans in their primitive state, or partially or fully made over, re-purposed into useful household accessories.
The smaller cans are about the right size for table lamp fixtures. Antique and craft fair shoppers may find a variety of floor lamps styled from the larger milk cans, while crafters might enjoy making a planter from an antique can. Burlap or other rustic material shades continue the country theme.
Whether repainted or left in its rustic state, a milk can makes an attractive porch decoration. Painted with the house number or topped with a potted plant, the charming decor stands ready to welcome visitors to the home. Similarly, inside the house, a single can makes a fine standalone decoration or may serve as a plant stand or hallway container. Adding a tabletop to one of the large cans makes a unique table that needs no additional decoration.