diy {Warhol soup cans}


Okay, so I could not think of a title for these. “Warhol cans you buy at Target, cover in sealer and put stuff in” was too long. I have no idea how long Target has had these Andy Warhol soup cans, but I saw them for the first time last week. Granted, they are extra fun for me because my last name is Campbell – but what great colors. They feel more spring/summer than fall, but I kind of prefer spring/summer over fall decor anyway.

Step 1: Empty the cans of the tomato soup and clean them. I just froze my soup. I figured one of you could give me ideas on how to make the canned soup taste better. Feel free to leave ideas in the comment section. There are benefits of not being able to grow tomatoes. If I grew my own, I wouldn’t get to buy such cute cans. Anyway, back to the point. Be very careful when cleaning out your cans. You really want to avoid getting the label wet. Take your time on this. And – the rim might be a little sharp, be wise, don’t let kids play with it.

Step 2: Cover with several coats of Triple Thick. I really like this spray because it goes on thick, it is a spray (verses something you brush on) and it drys really smooth. It has a pretty glossy finish too.

And after all that labor intensive work….cute little cans for flowers, pencils, paintbrushes, etc. The sealer will help them last a lot longer. But if you really like canned tomato soup, I suppose you can just keep buying new cans until the Warhol edition is gone.

I know rocket science diy post happening here today. Sometimes the simplest projects are my favorite. Sometimes life just doesn’t allow for big projects or time heavy crafts. Sometimes I just need to spray sealer on a can to feel a little creative…to have a punch of color while I wash dishes…to be reminded that creativity doesn’t have to have 10 perfectly executed steps….to remember even in times of transition and change I’m still just me.

“An artist is someone that produces things that people don’t need to have.” ~ Andy Warhol

**Update – Great idea to seal the cans before cleaning them left in the comment section. Much easier way to do it. And thanks for the link to Young House Love’s version…much better way to keep the cans from cutting skin. You people are so smart:)

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  • Casey - Are those only available in Target?? I guess that would be why I haven’t seen them :( I hope they’re still available next year when we finally get a Target!

  • lyn - Love it

  • charlleyb - i don’t know if you’ve thought about this, but have u considered making them into lights??
    love the cans! (: i’ve never seen them before.

  • casey - These are so cute. I immediatley ran right out and bought the soup. I only had modge podge so I used that. Yours look much glossier so I may try some of the stuff you used. I live in New England so pretty soon it’s going to be all dark and drab around here so I love the bright colors

  • Lauren Douglas - I legit bought all 4 cans when I saw them. I knew I wanted to turn them into little organization things but… wasn’t quite sure how to do it.
    L-l-loooove this. Thanks x 1,000,000,000! :)


  • Tamara Dick - I bought these cans several weeks ago wondering how I was going to display them in all their coolness, and then your post- perfect! thanks :) ps. I have been following for a few years now, and love your blog- it’s my absolute favorite. (esp. Little One’s story- so glad she is thriving and happy, and your beautiful family is complete. Praise God- He is good! All the time. xoxo)

  • jenny - Target, here I come! :)

  • Julie - Heat the soup with cheddar cheese until it’s cheesy and creamy. Pour over pasta and stir. Top with more cheddar. It’s a tasty tomato-y mac & cheese!

  • Kelly - Why not shellac the outside BEFORE opening the cans?

  • Beth - We don’t have a Target:( Has anyone seen them anywhere else?

  • Shannon - I love it! I bought one in each color(the yellow/blue is my favorite) just because, knowing I wanted to do something with them. This will work!

  • Louann Brown - Too cute! I haven’t got mine yet. Hurrah for Target. (They are a great supporter of arts education.)

  • Jennifer S - Hi Ashley! I have not read through all of the other comments so I don’t know if this has been suggested but you could add shredded parm. cheese to the tomato soup! We like it like that :)
    Also, super cute project. I had already bought cans to do this but I didn’t think of sealing them. Thanks for the tip! xoxo

  • Jennifer S - Also, Pampered chef makes this awesome can opener that takes the top of the can right off so there is no sharp surface. I love mine!

  • Yanet of 3 Sun Kissed Boys - They are so sunny and happy! I love them.

    I saw some folks left you recipe ideas in the comment section. I am wondering if you’d be willing to do a post listing all of the recipes for us. After all, this is such a cute and simple project, I’m sure a bunch of us now have frozen tomato soup we’re wondering what to do with. :)

  • Astralis - Put a basil leaf in your tomato soup while cooking. It tastes like gourmet tomato soup at a restaurant. Or maybe that’s how gourmet restaurants make tomato soup in the first place.

  • Sparrow - You could make the hibachi ‘yumi sauce’ they serve at Japanese steakhouses.

    I usually use tomato paste, but I think the substitute could work. I’d adjust the sugar for acidity if needed.

    Two cups of mayo, tomato soup concentrate, teaspoon of sugar to cut the acidity, half a tablespoon of paprika, teaspoon of garlic powder, and enough water to give it a good consistency (usually about half a cup). Let it sit overnight before using or it won’t taste right.

    I make my tomato soup with milk and some fresh cracked pepper along with grilled cheese and tomato sandwiches.

    Love the cute factor of this DIY!

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  • Val Campbell - I just saw these on Pinterest and LOVE them….especially because my last name is Campbell as well. I hope Target still has these!

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  • Kimberly Johnson - Love how you used these Warhol cans. I bought all four a while back with the intent of doing “something” with them. Your post definitely inspires me!

  • Georgie - For anyone in Australia, these are finally available here! Currently at Woolworths and Safeway!

  • Asparagus - Georgie ^ I came here to say the same thing!!!! I remember reading this post and really wanted some. Now we can get them! I couldn’t remember what Ashley used to seal them. Good ol’ Down Under. Always a few steps behind!!!

  • Asparagus - Hi Ashley. Apologies for using your comments as a contact page!!! GEORGIE ABOVE. Had a look at your blog. Any chance you could open comments to be available to anyone? I don’t have any of those accounts that let me leave a comment (Google, AIM etc). I’m in Melbourne too! Thanks! P.S. I love love loved the glass etching post. I’m going to look for supplies now!

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  • Carmella - Did you buy the cans like that? The colors are cool, retro like. All we have are the regular white/red can.

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