If you've admired everything about flower vases except the prices, try concocting your own. As these examples from Better Homes and Gardens' project series show, there's as mush bounce to empty tennis-ball cans as to the balls they once held. Try turning them into whimsical containers to hold bouguets of fluffy tissue-paper flowers.

If tennis isn't your game, you can get the game results with empty potato chip cans or same-size cleanser cans.

Tin cans - regardless of size - make excellent vases or planters when you gave them fresh new faces. And they're as practical as they are handsome, because they'll hold real or artificial flowers when completed. (You may wish to weight the vases with pebbles if they seem top-heavy when flowers are arranged in them.)

Collect empty tennis-ball cans, one package of white watercolor paper (available at art supply stores), one yard of clear adhesive paper, (enough for three cans), white and black acrylic paints, Indian ink, a brush and a pen.

Cut the watercolor paper the height of each can (less the top and bottom rims). Leave an allowance wide enough to overlap about 1/4 inch where ends meet. (Be sure to cut the paper wide enough to fit under the rim of the can.)

Spread the paper out flat, then with pen and Indian ink draw the designs. (You may wish to practice with a fine-line marker on scratch paper first.) In the designs above, each space represents half an inch. If your tennis arm outranks your artistic hand, substitute magazine clippings, cutouts from posters or prints, or some of the decals and rub-on transfers available from craft dealers; for the ink drawings.

While the ink dries, paint the rims of the can black or white, using acrylic paint to match the design. Cut a piece of clear self-adhesive paper slightly larger than the paper with the ink drawings. Lay this piece on the table sticky side up, then carefully set the designs on it face down. Smooth it out from the center to avoid bubbles. (If any bubbles do appear, prick them with a pin, then carefully press the paper to the backing with your fingers.)

Trim away the self-adhesive paper from the bottom, and one of the edges. Wrap the design around the empty container. Use any overlap of self-adhesive paper to "tape" the design securely in place on the container.