American Flag Can-Canvas Holder

American Flag Can-Canvas Holder

I tested out some new techniques when I made this can-canvas. The American flag look-alike is painted with the help of tape for guides.

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Here are the details of how to create your own drink holder—perfect for holidays such as Veteran’s Day (or even Election Day).


Supply List

To make one drink holder, your supply list is pretty easy to gather:

  • A standard-size can-canvas in white (for the white stripes)
  • Acrylic paint in blue and red
  • Paint brush (medium-sized is a great choice)
  • Masking tape or equivalent
  • Buttons for stars
  • Glue (hot glue is best)

You should also have a cup of water to clean your brush between colors. If you need to add a few drops of water to your paint to make it spread well, you can use wax paper or a paper plate to make cleanup easy.


Painting The Drink Cooler

Step 1:

Tape guidelines on your can-canvas. This will assist you in creating straight, clean lines when painting.

Tape your stripes. Using narrow tape will help you make more stripes on the drink cooler. You’ll notice I didn’t have painter’s masking tape on hand so instead used some decorative stuff usually used for scrapbooking! It didn’t turn out perfectly, but I was able to touch it up later.

From there, you will be able to tape out the section where the blue rectangle will go. Simply add a piece of tape vertically and trim away the excess horizontal tape (inside what will become the blue section of the flag).

Once you have your guidelines taped, you’re ready to start painting.


Step 2:

It’s time to paint the red stripes with the acrylic paint you gathered earlier! I had a little trouble keeping it sturdy at first, so I used a tall can-canvas inside the standard one. If you don’t have a tall drink holder, a can or jar will work just fine.

painting project American flag

I find it’s best to use very little water when painting the can-canvas for a couple of reasons:

  1. The color of the paint will be more consistent.
  2. You won’t need as many touch-ups when you remove the paint.
  3. Your project will dry faster.

However, if you find the paint doesn’t spread as easily as you would like, you can thin it out with only a few drops of water. Worried about the consistency of color? Start with a thinner layer of paint, and go over it with a layer that isn’t thinned out.

When you finish painting the red stripes, do NOT remove the tape yet. You will need to leave it on for the next step.


Step 3:

Next up is painting the blue rectangle of the American flag. Make sure to rinse your brush thoroughly before switching to blue paint! If you need to, test the brush on your palette or some paper just to be sure it’s clean.

painting project American flag

Paint the blue rectangle and add a few drops of water to the paint if needed. You may notice the can-canvas might be more difficult to hold at this point without getting paint on your hands, but that’s part of the fun!

Allow all of the paint to dry slightly before moving onto the next step.


Step 4:

It’s time to remove the tape you placed for guidelines! Do this slowly so that the tape doesn’t rip and make your job more difficult in the long run. You should also be careful not to smudge the paint.

When the tape is removed, you will notice there is a section of stripes next to the blue rectangle that isn’t quite done; this is because it was covered with tape just a moment ago. Don’t worry—that’s what the next step is for.


Step 5:

It’s time to switch back to red paint! As before, make sure your brush is completely clean before doing so.

Carefully paint the gaps in the red stripes. I freehanded mine, but if you aren’t comfortable with that, you can use a little tape to help you out. A smaller brush would also help if you aren’t as good at freehand painting.

painting project American flag

Allow your paint to dry completely before moving onto the next step. We’re almost done!


Step 6:

Last but not least is adding the buttons for stars. I had a few lying around that matched. On top of that, they had a little metallic touch, which adds a little extra love to the drink holder.

I chose to use buttons to add a little dimension to this design, but if you would rather paint small stars or white dots to represent the stars, you definitely could!

EDIT: I glued the buttons on using super glue, but a button ended up falling off. I reattached it with a dab of blue paint because I was out of hot glue sticks (As you might have seen from a previous post, hot glue would be a great choice on the canvas material).

american flag buttons

Once the adhesive dries, your can-canvas is ready to use.


Do you have these supplies at home? Try this tutorial for a colorful and patriotic twist on a drink holder craft. Tag us on Instagram @tahoebay so we can see, too!

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