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Sweet DIY idea for the getaway car

By Andrea Thatcher on March 18th, 2009 0 comments yet. Be the First

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I never really got a getaway car at my own wedding. The limo driver fell asleep somewhere so my parents ended up driving me and my hew husband to our hotel – awk-ward! Don’t worry, I got money back from the limo company.

But I have seen many a decorated car for the couple’s escape. None of them have been as remotely tasteful as those above. I’ve seen condoms, spray foam and toilet paper all employed, but never cutesy ribbons and painted cans. Read on for DIY instructions and an Etsy shop that will take the work out of it for you.


The Wedding So Sweet shop on Etsy sells the orange ribbon getaway cans for $12.99, as well as cute wreaths with “just married” signs for $26.99. And I found these instructions for making your own over at Design Sponge.

Custom Wedding Car Cans (inspired by Karen’s wedding cans at Wedding So Sweet)

What You’ll Need:

1. Cans (I’d use anywhere from 5-10 depending on how big you want the trail to be)
2 Ribbon on String (cut to a length that provides safe distance behind your car’s bumper)
3. Primer (preferably a spray-on version)
4. Paint (I used an egg shell blue spray paint, but you could use Benjamin Moore test pots and a paintbrush, too)
5. Scissors/Nail/Hammer

[Please note: when cutting into cans, there will be sharp edges, please where thick workshop gloves and keep children away from the cut metal]

1. Assemble cans and lay them out on newspaper or a garbage bag to prime. Spray paint them twice, in two thin layers so that you get an even surface to apply your colored paint. Be sure to let them dry completely and make sure you get in all the nooks, like under the flip tab, etc.

2. Once the cans are dry, apply two to three thin coats of your desired paint color. Be sure to apply the coats evenly for the smoothest finish. The cans look really lovely if you get the finish smooth, like they’ve been powder-coated almost. So it’s worth doing a few thin coats to get it right. Apply until label or design on can is no longer visible.

3. Let dry completely and then begin to punch/cut holes into can for ribbon. (I painted them before I cut because with the first round I did, the paint covered the holes when I punched them before the paint) I used a hammer and nail to make the first hole and then used a pair of scissors to open the can enough to get the ribbon through both sides. Tie a knot on the end of the ribbon to hold in place and attach to as many cans as you desire.

4. When complete you can add any sort of decorations like a sign, extra ribbon, small knick-knacks that are important to you (I saw a great wedding where the couple attached antique keys to the trail).




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