The “Uncanny Heart” Bowl

A small heart-shaped  bowl made from a tuna fish can makes a lovely desk accessory and Valentine’s Day gift…

Easy Valentine's Day craft from Family Chic.

To make this you will need: a tuna fish can and spray paint.

I have a can opener with a safety feature that allows me to remove the lid of a can without creating a sharp edge. I highly recommend using this type of can opener for this project. Begin by washing the can thoroughly.

Press in one side of the can to create an indent.

On the opposite side of the indent, pull edge of can outward and pinch with fingers to create base of heart. This can was quite malleable – I was able to mold it with my hands.

Cover with a few coats of glossy white spray paint. I do not recommend this bowl for food use.


  1. Jen Nichols  January 13, 2012

    Love this! How durable is the finish with the spray paint? Did you prime first?

    • camilla  January 13, 2012

      Thanks Jen, I’m only using this to hold a few trinkets on my bedside table or desk so the use will be light. I did not prime – just cleaned the can a sprayed it. I have done this before and it wore well but you could prime it if you’d like. Hope this helps 🙂 Thanks, C

  2. Kristen  January 14, 2012

    Love this! Do you remember what brand tuna it might’ve been? I want to get the same pliable one.

    Thanks! 🙂

    • camilla  January 17, 2012

      Hi Kristen – It was a large can of Bumblebee brand tuna. Take care & thanks for stopping by 🙂 C

  3. fee@chippernelly  January 14, 2012

    genius. (I think I say that on most of my comments over here!)
    off to pin
    fee x

    • camilla  January 14, 2012

      Thanks Fee 🙂 You’re so kind!

  4. STEFANIA  January 14, 2012

    A very creative idea! Bello! Stefania

    • camilla  January 14, 2012

      Grazie Stefania!

  5. julie  January 17, 2012

    I made one!!!!! Thanks for showing! Check it out HERE!

    • camilla  January 17, 2012

      Hi Julie! it looks great!!!! Thanks so much for sending me the link! Love it, C

  6. Judi  January 17, 2012

    this is my first visit here having come from Julie’s blog. This is so cute. I love it! Greeat idea.
    come by and visit sometime.

  7. Steff  January 19, 2012

    This is awesome in so many ways… I get to eat tuna, turn junk into something really pretty AND use spray paint. 3 out of 3ain’t bad. At all. Love your photography, too. Mad skills!

  8. Ana Paula Alves Lima  January 20, 2012

    Adoro vocês!!!Sempre transformando.E com bom gosto,importantíssimo!

  9. Sylvie Créative  January 22, 2012

    Great and super cute! Have a nice day!

  10. Tina Hayes  January 22, 2012

    I saw this post the same day that I made some chicken noodle soup, (I used caned cubed chicken in my soup). SOOOO I took the time to wash/dry the can, hand molded it into a heart, used a bit of primer, then sprayed it red. Yea! My own Valentine. I wish I could find a way to post the photo.
    Love your site.

  11. Abbey  January 31, 2012

    I love this simple DIY! I just discovered your blog after being redirected from Apartment Therapy and I’m stoked to try this one out! I thought you were simply going to wrap the can in some giftwrap and call it a “key and change holder” or something (which still would have been pretty cute). I have alooot of acrylic paint. I’m wondering if it would stick to the can like the spray paint does..?

    Thanks again for the tutorial, Camilla!

  12. Mònica Roca Illustration  February 23, 2012

    genial! gracias! 🙂

  13. ana albi moreno  March 4, 2012

    Me parece precioso y super fácil, esta muy bien explicado, es la primera vez que entro en este blog y lo registrare para seguirte. Yo pienso hacer un vacia bolsillos para las llaves el movil y las cosas de los hombres de la casa. Gracias.