Tin Can Christmas Ornaments

Before you throw away or put that can lid in the recycle bin, consider using them to make beautiful Christmas ornaments. This is a guide about tin can Christmas ornaments.

December 10, 2009 Flag
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Lids cut from food cans using a side-cutting type can opener can be made into charming low-cost unique ornaments for the tree or wall hangings.

Approximate Time: 10-15 minutes



  1. Remove lids from cans of various sizes using a side-cutting type can opener. Check for sharp edges, and wash lids.
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  3. Use the lid as a template to mark the various materials needed. For each ornament, mark:
  4. One motif fabric circle on the back of the fabric. Make sure there is at least a 1/2 inch margin around it. (This piece needs to be cut larger than the lid
  5. Two pieces of thin, or one piece of thick quilt batting
  6. one piece of felt
  7. Cut out the motif fabric at least 1/2 inch larger than the marked line, and cut the rest of the pieces on the marked line.
  8. Place the batting inside the lid rim on the outside of the lid. It can be tacked down with a small dot of glue to keep it in place.
  9. Lay the lid with the batting face-down on the motif fabric, checking to be sure the motif on the fabric is centered on the lid. Use the glue gun and tack down the fabric edges to the back of the lid, pulling the fabric slightly tight, alternating side to side with your glue spots to keep it centered.
  10. Tack down the lace to the back of the ornament. Make sure it is gathered enough to lie flat, and plan on overlapping on a side or bottom of the ornament.

  11. Attach a loop of ribbon for a hanger to the back of the ornament at the top.
  12. Glue the piece of felt to the back all the way around.

Now you are done.

By Wanda from Winnemucca, NV

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December 24, 20090 found this helpful

This is a super idea! You are recycling and making an homemade ornament at the same time. I am going to do this one. Thanks for the idea!

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December 7, 20130 found this helpful

Hi Wanda :) I've been collecting smooth-cut can lids for months upon months, much to my hubby's chagrin, with a headful of ideas for them that haven't come to fruition, at least until now :) Thank you for giving my collection a purpose :0 -Dawn SF P, Sparks, NV

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August 19, 2009 Flag
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I bought a Pampered Chef can opener and my husband and I had a time figuring out how to use it! When we did, I found a new source of craft materials - can lids! With this can opener, the edges are smooth. You could also use lids from frozen fruit juice concentrate.

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January 3, 2008 Flag
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You can make free Christmas ornaments and other year round decorations with lids you've taken off the tops and bottoms of soup, tuna, juice, and other cans with the can opener. Just use a permanent marker to draw out a flower (or whatever) and then cut it out with tin snips. You can color the metal with permanent markers. Use care, wear work gloves because the metal can cut you. Keep away from children!

By Cyinda from near Seattle

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January 3, 20080 found this helpful

Photo please! this is the first craft I've seen for those things. Thanks.

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January 4, 20080 found this helpful

Yes! Please submit a photo!!!!!

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January 10, 20080 found this helpful

What do you do about the sharp edges? Is there a way to sand them down/polish them so they aren't so dangerous?

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July 16, 20080 found this helpful

New here. I think (maybe) you could use a dremmel? to sand down the edges? One attachment with a coarse sandpaper?

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December 12, 2009 Flag
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Create unique Christmas tree ornaments using metal lids with pull-tabs!

Tin Can Lid Ornament Finished

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