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 πŸ™‚

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  • Jessica - Make the soup with milk (whole if you have it). It tastes way better than making it with water.

  • Layla - Absolutely CHARMING! Thank you for the heads up about the cans and the spray. I didn’t know either existed! πŸ˜€

  • Kaat - Love it!

  • Steph - I hate eating tomato soup. I would suggest mixing it with a whole can of tomato paste, dash of olive oil, and fresh herbs and garlic for a nice tomato sauce.

    My mom makes a delicious casserole with it – simmer in a pan with generous amounts of Worcestershire sauce, a dash of red pepper, splash of red wine, and some dried onion. Toss with broad egg noodles and 2 cans of light tuna, sprinkle Italian bread crumbs on top, cover with foil and bake at 375 for 25 minutes or until bubbly and a little crispy on top. Its a weird combo I know, but I’m a very very picky eater and I absolutely love it, its comfort food. Some tomato paste with the sauce helps make it heartier when I make it…even my husband gobbles it up and he only eats cereal πŸ™‚

  • Liene - Love the quote! and the DIY πŸ˜‰

  • MelissaMarie - So cute- I haven’t seen those yet. As for the soup, we always made ours with milk and not water. But it’s really yummy if you blend it up with a can of diced tomatoes OR rotel tomatoes (for a kick) and add some fresh basil before serving. Of course in this house you can’t eat tomato soup without some gooey grilled cheese to dip in it.

  • Reidunn - Pretty! had a similar diy yesterday – but they lined the cans to avoid the danger of cutting one self.

  • Jessica Anderson - So cute! Saw them on the younghouselove blog last week too! I wish I loved close to a target πŸ™

  • Bribedell - What if you spray the cans & then open and clean out? Either way, love those cans! What a smart idea to preserve them πŸ™‚

  • amy cornwell - A trip to Target is in my near future….so cute!

  • Natalie, the Chickenblogger - Clever!
    What fun labels.
    We doctor up soup with a dash of Italian seasoning, then a sprinkle of red pepper flakes.
    oooh! I like Bribedell’s suggestion.

  • Kolina - Hi Ashley! You mentioned sharp edges on cans so I think you’ll love this can opener. It cuts the lid off (even the ones with the tab pull) and leaves smooth and safe edges; it would be perfect for all the projects that involve cans so you don’t have to worry about the kids. Plus, the can lid comes off clean too, and can be used for other projects.

  • Amy @ PaintWineRepeat - Also a Campbell and just picked these up on my trip across the border Sunday! Perfectly inexpensive pops of colour πŸ™‚

  • Angela - Yes, thanks for heads up! These are so cute! My fingers are crossed they still have them next time I stop by Target.

  • jody - So cute. Someone may have written this already, but after you take top off, run over it with your can opener one more time & that gets rid of the sharpness of the edge…

    I’m going to Target today!

  • Katie - I adore these! I wish we had managed to pick some up when we were in the states!

  • Emily - Super cute! I may have to swing by Target…

    also – I disagree with that Warhol quote: Art is necessary: It feeds our soul and that is why we are compelled to create. πŸ™‚

  • Amanda W - We do tomato soup (made with milk for creaminess) and grilled cheese sandwiches on rainy days like today.

    Sometimes I use tomato soup as a base and add beans, veggies, and shredded chicken for heartiness. It all depends on the weather and what I’m hungry for πŸ˜‰

    Soup-er cute DIY project! That could have been your title for today..haha


  • Megan - Super cute!
    Also, Taste of Home just ran a fire-roasted tomato soup recipe that I was eyeing last night

  • rae - I bought all of those too! I was trying to think of a way to keep them since they are so cute. I agree with melissa above, using milk instead of water improves the canned soup 100%! i haven’t ever tried with rotel but that sounds awesome. i like to put fritos in mine. very healthy i know haha.

  • Alice Sears - Here’s my favorite recipe with condensed tomato soup. Your kids will love it. You will love it. I love it.

    Saute some onions and brown a lb of ground beef (get rid of the fat). Add 1 t salt, 1/4 t pepper, 1/4 t chili powder, 1 can cream of mushroom soup, and 1 can condensed tomato soup. Simmer for 30 minutes. Serve over spaghetti. YMUMMY!

    Our family calls it Irish-Italian spaghetti, but it’s basically a super tasty and simple spaghetti bolognese recipe. Enjoy! Tell me how you like it if you make it (I won’t be offended if you don’t).

  • Theresa G. - I too would like to know if I could seal the outside before opening and cleaning the can out! Also, does anyone know if it’s possible to open the bottom of the can instead of the top? I thought these might make a really awesome light fixture, but they would need to open at the bottom so the label was upright.

  • Peggy - I use tomato soup in my easy enchilada recipe. 1 lb ground beef browned with some diced onion, 1 can enchilada sauce, i can tomato soup mixed together. Roll 1/3 cup of this mixture into each of eight tortillas. Line up in baking dish and pour the rest of the mixture over the top. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese bake at 300F for 20-25 minutes. Top with sour cream. The only thing I ever use tomato soup for. But it really is easy. Especially if you make two batches and freeze the extra one.

  • Nicole P - Ah… love it! (and the quote)! If only we had a Target up here in Nova Scotia……!

  • Genevieve - Oh my! I did this just last week. I feel very crafty now. πŸ™‚ We mix the soup with some milk and add shredded cheese on top with some fresh basil. Yummy and creamy! I also serve it in small cups and cut grilled cheese sandwiches into strips, so my daughter can dip the sandwiches in the soup.

  • Christine - I’m not sure if anyone else has mentioned this, but Young House Love recently did a similar project, except they made it child-friendly with cork lining:

    I’m glad you mentioned a sealant, though. I’m going to see if Mod Podge works.

  • Suzie12 - I saw those cans and bought them, not knowing what to do with them. And now I do! Thanks for the great ideas.

    Pampered Chef also has a smooth can opener so it’s safe for kiddos as well as making a nice little lid.

  • Natalie - With a busy household finding time for crafty things doesn’t happen as much as I’d like…thanks for reminding me that it doesn’t have to be extravagant to be enjoyable!

  • Amber Campbell Hibbs - Love it. Roast red peppers either on the gas burner or in the oven and blend them in. Super awesome will grilled sharp cheddar on herb bread. Mmmmmm.

  • Amy at Fig Milkshakes - Thanks, Ashley! They’re great. Sheesh, I was wondering when you would get around to doing a craft post. πŸ˜‰ Just kidding! Thanks for taking the time to do this post – it popped up on my blog list with the image, and I was so excited to click it – the colors really are so great!

  • Renee - So glad you posted this DIY, Ashley! I’ve been seeing those cans at Target and thinking “Surely there’s something I can do with those!” Also, I’m 36 weeks preggo with baby #3 so I’ve been looking for a quick project that will satisfy my crafty craving.

  • Stacy - So interesting that you did this project, too! Just last week, the folks over at Young House Love had a very similar tutorial!

    I liked their idea for lining the inside of the cans with cork, therefore protecting any little hands from catching on the sharp edges.

    Looks like I’m gonna need to get a few of these pretty cans! πŸ™‚

  • VΓ©nusia - I’ll look for those cans in Canada. So hope that I’ll find some. Totally love the quote, love Andy even more now ! Thanks !

  • lindsey - LOVE! Can’t wait to go get my cans!!!

  • Suzanne - Thanks for sharing! I have seen the cans, but I have never heard of this sealer. I think I need to make these for our new house!

  • Susan - AA,
    My favorite thing is to cook the soup using milk instead of water and serve it with either goldfish crackers floating in it or with real skillet made grilled cheese sandwiches. One of my favorite fall quick meals and definitely comfort food. And everyone seems to like it!
    Thanks a lot for making me wish once again that I lived somewhere close to a Target store. I either have to go to Memphis, TN or to Jackson, MS to get to one.
    I still have some items I want to send your way, but I don’t have a mailing address for you.

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - These are so cute! I went to three Targets this past weekend just in hopes that they had some of these cans – LOL (obsessed much?!)

  • Katie - I love it! And I totally agree about simple crafts being the best. πŸ™‚

  • Ceri - I have one of those safety can openers, they are awesome! No sharp edges, I would guess by as much as you use tin cans it would be worth the cost. Mine is an XO Good Grips – I got it either at target, or JC penny years ago. Someone asked about using them as lamp shades, and opening the bottom? Campbell’s has started those rounded bottoms so there is no way to open that end. πŸ™ I would open the can, clean it, pour HOT water in it to heat up any glue, use a sharp exacto knife and carefully cut the label off and turn it upside down, then glue it back down. πŸ™‚

  • Lindsay - I saw these in Target the other day and was thinking they were just so pretty! I wish I would have picked some up to make this craft. Maybe later this afternoon!

  • manda - You are more creative than me! As I recycled my last can of that soup, I was thinking.. hmm..I wish there was some kind of way to keep these cans – they are so cute. Thank you for posting!! This is a craft even I can accomplish πŸ™‚

  • Abby - Oh my gosh! I am so excited to try this!! I bought four cans of the Warhol soup at Target the other day, and was just thinking I would keep them forever (with the soup left in) because I love them so much. This idea is so great! Thank you so much Ashley!

  • Catherine - I love simple and quick (and satisfying) diy’s myself so totally get that. For a recipe suggestion, I put two tins of tomato soup in a deep fry pan with one tin of either water or milk (depending on your preference) and then mix up 1/2 pound of ground beef, one egg and a handful of breadcrumbs (or rice) in a bowl to make into meatballs. Put your meatballs into the soup mixture and simmer for 30 – 40 mins for a delicious meal most kids will absolutely love. You can add grated parmesan to the meatballs for a nice flavour too.

  • karen - …. and she’s back!

  • Lori - I am running to get one for you know who…perfect!!! Love this!

  • Kirstin - Could you spray the protector stuff on before you open the cans and dump out the soup? That way you wouldn’t have to be super careful not to get the label wet when cleaning. Just a thought.

  • Jessica R - Off to Target! I’ve been planning to serve grilled cheese and tomato soup this week. This saves me the trouble of making homemade πŸ™‚

  • Jamie T - I really love this idea.

  • Jenna - Wow! I always look at your blog at work in the mornings, and for awhile now it’s been blocked (new security measures), so I haven’t visited in quite some time. I ranomly thought I’d try it today to see if it was unblocked, and it was! I had been following your adoption journey and when I scrolled down and saw the picture of Little One and Fire Cracker, I got chills all over my body and tears in my eyes. What a great surprise! I’m so happy for you πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to wade through all of the posts I’ve missed over the months!

  • Shannon S - I use milk to make the soup and I toss in a handful of shredde cheese to make it super yummy!

  • Casey - Are those only available in Target?? I guess that would be why I haven’t seen them πŸ™ 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! πŸ™‚


  • 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 πŸ™‚ 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! πŸ™‚

  • 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 πŸ™‚
    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. πŸ™‚

  • 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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  • 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!!!

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    I made a beeline for Target when I first read that these cans were coming out in limited supply. They’ve been sitting in a cupboard in my garage ever since, still filled with soup. We don’t like or eat Campbell’s (I know, blasphemy).

    During a clean out last week I was trying to decide what to do with them. Give them to someone who would actually eat the contents and then probably recycle the cans, or empty the contents myself and use the cans in my studio as storage for stuff.

    Thanks for another idea. πŸ™‚

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