D.I.Y. Friday… The Tin Can Wedding Car.


During our recent inspiration shoot A Sunshine State Of Mind, whilst Charlotte and Lauren were deliberating over dresses, flouncing about with florals and getting all creative with cake I was around the corner getting down and dirty with a bit of D.I.Y.


We love the retro kitsch and cute idea of a tin can send off for the bride and groom and if it’s good enough for Kate and Wills then it’s good enough for us.

This is a really simple D.I.Y project that only requires some string or strong wool… A bit of sneaky cutting and sticking action and one swift whack with a hammer and nail (mind those fingers folks).

You don’t even need to stress out over the designs as I have been super fantastic and done some tin can designs in pastel shades that you can download, print out and then modify with a Sharpie. I’m nice like that.

All the downloads can be found at the end of this post.


So, all you do is print out the designs you want to use and then cut them out with some scissors or a craft knife. Wrap the label around a standard tin of beans (eat the beans first) and stick in place with some strong adhesive suitable for paper. In my experience pritt stick ain’t gonna cut it and those tins will be all kinds of naked again before you know it.


That’s the fiddley part over – now it’s time to get smash happy with a hammer. Turn the can upside down and place a long nail (I’m talking woodwork here not your french manicure) in the centre of the tins base. Introduce hammer to nail with a satisfying wallop and hey presto… hole in can.

You can see now why it’s important to have eaten all the beans.


Thread your string or strong wool through the bottom of the tin and tie it off so that you’ve got a tin on a string.

At this point you might want to connect another tin can to the other end of the string and do that telephone thing where you talk into one tin can and your best friend or dad listens to the other tin can and tries to hear what you are saying, this is by no means essential.


We are very nearly there now – looking pretty good aren’t they?

One last thing. Remember what I said at the beginning of the post about modifying the finished result with a Sharpie? Well, firstly other brands of marker pen are available (but not endorsed by David Beckham so who cares about those ones?) But secondly… This is what I meant by modification…


You can write names or messages onto the labels to personalise them – You can write anything you like but on the Tree K.I.S.S.I.N.G design it’s really only going to work with names.

So that’s it folks – all that is left to do is tie them on to your bride and grooms vehicle of choice.

Here is the finished product in our “A Sunshine State Of Mind” shoot where we mixed the concept up a little bit by attaching the cans onto the back of a caravan.



And now for the lovely artwork – feel free to download these bad boys for your own personal use. They are absolutely free and are my gift to you because you are such a beautiful person and you deserve these paper pretties in your life. Just click the image below and you’ll download a pdf containing all the designs in all colours.



They should print perfectly onto A4 and when cut out should fit a standard tin-o-beans like a little beanie tin glove.

We know you guys love a download – my DIY compact disc sleeve design that you can make from a single sheet of A4 paper has been downloaded over ten thousand times now! If you fancy having a go at that too then you can see the full post with instructions and download here.

Let me know how you get on!


Author: Adam Crohill
Adam likes Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain.

16 thoughts on “D.I.Y. Friday… The Tin Can Wedding Car.

  1. Oh my goodness this post made me laugh out loud on many occasions.

    Would it be weird to complete above said DIY and just attach them to my golf whilst I go about my daily business?

    I’ve only been married for 2 years. and a bit.


  2. They are ACE!! You do spoil us!

    We really wanted to do this but ran out of time a bit, but now I want to again!

    Now how many tins of beans can we eat in week??


  3. You are on form, Adam! I chuckled, nay, I GUFFAWED outloud on the train home reading that. I’m also very partial to a tin can getaway so hand claps all round xx

  4. I love these! I’m kinda hoping someone does this for us – is it something other people do TO your car? If not, gonna take these as a back up 🙂

  5. @Melissa you know I’ve never quite worked it out. I think other people are supposed to do it for you. Word of note though stay away from any kind of shaving foam – it’s a nightmare to get off the windscreen afterwards!!

    @Karen I keep telling him but does he listen? Does he heck!

    1. I drunkenly wrapped a mate’s car with loo roll after their wedding. They were overjoyed* when they saw it the next day.

      * livid

  6. Aw FAB! Adam, you are so sweet (I am also a HUGE Kylie fan… seen her 13 times in 5 countries…we should go together (I’m running out of friends who want to accompany me!) – thanks for being a crafty minx.

    Our venue, accom and party place is all the same so we won’t get to have a wedding car, but I think we should have these ready for when we depart Frane for our road trip honeymoon. Are they legal on the roads in Italy?!

    Eek! Lush!


  7. Thank you for this DIY! will do this for my wedding =D Can I ask does it matter if we tie the knot inside or outside of can? (hope I make sense!)

  8. The concept is great, the designs for the cans are awesome too. You could even spice up the sound of the cans too by adding contents such as dried peas and sealing before attaching. Creating different content volumes in each to provide a different tone of sound. Just a thought.

  9. I can’t wait to get the tins made up, just got a million and 1 things to do first ha ha. Totally pinching your images for the old scrap book Adam ha ha hope you don’t mind 😉

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