Reusing Tin Cans

Reusing cans is another option to recycling them; there are many creative new uses for these containers. This is a guide about reusing tin (steel) cans.

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September 23, 2008 Flag

I just made a discovery and have got to share it. I have been wishing for a gadget to hold my Zip Lock Freezer Bag open while I fill it. I thought about the tin can and went to my recycling bin and pulled out a 28 oz. Hunt's Tomato can.

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I cut the bottom out, washed it good and gave it a try. It works great and makes putting stuff in the bag much easier. It fits perfectly down into the quart size bag and can be used on the gallon size bag also. This can will go in my utility drawer now.

By Betty from NC

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August 31, 2015 Flag

I made a crocheted cover for a can to keep some pens on the lazy Susan for my roommate. finished pen holder

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It occurred to me that pens could be stored on the outside and something else could be on the inside. My first thought was flowers and as it turned out, they were pens, too! Soup Can as Pen Holder

You could put a tall notepad inside, with scissors and/or other tall office supplies. Paint brushes would work, or craft scissors with felt pens, etc.

Just cover the can with wall paper, contact paper, or paint it. You can wrap it with fabric strips, but just make sure that what you cover it with is thin so the pens work. And of course you have to have pens with the clips. Soup Can as Pen Holder Soup Can as Pen Holder N-JOY!!

    Source: Nope. I just love giving old things a new lease on life!!

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    January 25, 2008 Flag
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    One of the ways I recycle is by burying my steel cans in my garden, I leave the bottoms on and I bury them about 12 in. deep open side up. I fill the canned with compost and then plant above it. If I'm doing row planting, I will bury a roll of cans and plant above them. The cans will eventually rust away after a couple of years and in the process add much-needed iron to my clay soil.

    I also take 1 gallon cans cut off the bottom and put them on the surface of the ground between my tomato plants, I push them in about an inch or so, then I fill them about half full with fresh compost and use this for watering. I fill it up with water and it slowly trickles through. We're in another drought here in Southern California.

    By Babette from Lemon Grove

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    August 3, 2010 Flag
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    I needed small cake pans, but didn't have any, so I grabbed some empty tuna cans. They are just the right size for mini cake pans.

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    February 23, 2010 Flag

    I keep all my food cans for recycling. Some I keep and decorate with paint, stickers, ribbons, and etc. I use them for organizing small items.

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    March 11, 2002 Flag
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    How do you use tin cans other than recycling them. Ideas can include craft ideas or anything else you can think of. Please specify type or size of can.

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    January 23, 20030 found this helpful

    I bought some unique Christmas ornaments a few years back that were made out of the 6oz. tuna cans. Someone had spray painted them a shiny (1) red & (1) green. They'd taken a white powder laundry soap, dampened it enough to make a paste they put this in the tuna can (while standing on it's side), made it look like a snow drift. When it dried, it hardened. They then hot glued tiny snowmen and miniature wrapped gifts in 1 of them. The other one has a miniature Christmas tree complete with tiny weiny ornaments & the miniature wrapped gifts underneath. Both tuna cans have a small strip of red ribbon hot glued to the top for hanging. These are the cutest little ornaments I have purchased. Anyone who is crafty, these should be a breeze. The lady said she didn't hardly have any amount of money in the preparation of these.

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    December 30, 20080 found this helpful

    Hi, I sell at local bazaars every year. And this year I decided to try something different for selling my fudges.

    I bought Christmas tins at the dollar store and put 1 pound of fudge in each tin, wrapped it in plastic wrap and sold it for $5.00 a pound. Sold like hot cakes. I sold about 45 of them at 3 bazaars. They loved that it was in a decorative tin can, saved from having to figure out what to put the fudges in for gift giving. Now what I'd like to find out is: can I bake breads in the same tins? If anyone has ever done this can you please let me know...Thanks

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    April 25, 2007 Flag

    Sparkle OrganizerThe photo does not do this project justice, but it's an organizer that is very easy to make, uses materials you already have on hand, is very nice to look at, and best of all will help your kids keep their things in order.

    Crafting Time: 15 - 30 minutes

    What You Need:

    • Washed out can from vegetables or fruit, with label removed
    • Aluminum foil
    • Permanent markers
    • Cellophane tape (optional)

    Directions:

    1. Cut off a piece of aluminum foil large enough to cover your can.

    2. Use permanent markers to draw and color a picture or design on the shiny side of the foil. You'll find the permanent marker colors are extremely vibrant on the foil. Please note that with the sample in the photo I colored on the back (dull) side of the foil in the hopes that the photo would come out without a reflection. Bottom line - the picture still did not come out that great.

    3. Wrap the foil picture around your can. The foil will extend under the can and down into the can so it is completely covered. If you like, you can tape the foil in place with cellophane tape.

    4. Use the can to keep hair brushes and combs together in the bedroom or bathroom, or to keep pens, pencils, and markers together on your desk.

    By Marie E. Cecchini from West Dundee, IL

    Editor's Note: This would be a great Mother's Day Gift that children could make for their mothers and grandmothers.

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    April 27, 2011 Flag

    When using the coffee plastic cans or even the metal ones, I make cookie cottages out of them, and give them as gifts, with home made goodies inside.

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    May 26, 2008 Flag
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    I would just like to have you post the following in response to the recipes I have seen here that call for using empty food cans that are on this site:

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    August 17, 2010 Flag
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    Call or go to any tennis club and ask then to save the empty tennis ball containers for you. Wash them out and use for almost anything. I use them for leftover cereal. They are air tight and have a good seal so they keep out bugs.

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    July 20, 2004 Flag
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    I am going to be using tin cans from veggies and such for some crafts, and I can't seem to get the glue from the wrappers off, I was wondering if anyone had any ideas on what to use that is very inexpensive to buy?

    Cali in GA

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    October 23, 20040 found this helpful

    Just run them under hot water as you pull gently, it comes right off!

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    February 6, 20150 found this helpful

    Use a mixture of cooking oil and baking soda as an alternative to Goo Gone.

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    February 7, 2001 Flag
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    What are some frugal, creative and/or crafty uses for tin cans?

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    May 26, 20040 found this helpful

    My grandmother used to use cans (soda pop cans mostly) to make the COOLEST hats. (baseball style).

    She would punch holes in the edges of cut out cans (with tin snips) and then crochet them together. very cool hats. Also an old game you play at night needs a can. Open a can leaving the lid partially attached and place a stone in it so that it rattles loudly when kicked. This game is a "hide and seek" game at night where when you run to base you "Kick the can". Kick the can is the name of the game. LOTS of fun. Gotta teach my kids that one When the game is over because someone has been found someone yells "All ye All ye in come free!!". Gotta play this one. Never too old.

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    August 27, 20040 found this helpful

    Peel the labels off and wash real good in hot sudsy water. When dry, spray the inside with a vegetable coating such as Pam, fill about two-thirds full with banana nut bread batter and bake. After removing from oven, let cool in the can. Take a knife and slide around the inside of the perimeter of the can to release the little round loaf of banana nut bread. Can be wrapped in saran wrap and tied with a bow to be given away. Clever little pans they are!

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    November 21, 2005 Flag
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    I remember making bread in cans years ago. I've been trying to remember how to do it. Can you use frozen bread dough?

    IowaLady from IA

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    November 24, 20050 found this helpful

    I found this on Recipe zaar but it didnt have a length of time for it to cook but here is the recipe.

    White Bread Baked in a Coffee Can Recipe #4288

    These recipes were in my local paper a few weeks ago and looked to be really good. I'm afraid that I did not keep the name of the person sending this in to the paper. White Bread Baked in a Coffee Can You will need 1 pound coffee cans these breads.

    4-4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted

    1 package active dry yeast

    1/2 cup milk

    1/2 cup water

    1/2 cup vegetable oil

    1/4 cup sugar

    1 teaspoon salt

    2 eggs

    I found this one on chefmom website

    Bread in a can

    Easy to cut, cylindrically shaped bread baked in an empty Texsun or same-sized juice can. This recipe makes two cans worth, since it goes so quickly in a house with 4 children!

    Ingredients:

    2 cans Texsun grapefruit or same-size juice cans, empty & washed

    2 & 1/2 cups warm water

    2 pkgs. (1 & 1/2 Tbsp. yeast)

    4 Tbsp. shortening (I use Butter Flavor Crisco)

    2 teaspoonsful salt

    4 Tbsp. sugar

    6 cups flour

    Directions:

    In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in water. Add shortening, salt, sugar and half of the flour. Beat two minutes at medium mixer speed or by hand two and a half minutes, scraping sides & bottom frequently.

    Add remaining flour & blend with a spoon. Scrape sides of bowl. Cover with a cloth & let rise in a warm place (85 degrees F) about 30 minutes or until double in size. Then beat batter about 25 strokes and put into greased juice cans. Smooth top & pat with a floured hand.

    Let rise again in cans until batter reaches 1 in from the top.

    Bake 45 to 50 minutes at 375 degrees.

    Remove from can and let cool on rack.

    Cut when cool.

    This is a great first-time bread recipe!

    Tips for rising dough: I empty the dishwasher, take out the tube in the middle & start the heated drying cycle while I'm mixing it all up. Then I put the bowl with the dough, uncovered, inside the dishwasher & turn off the heat. (Make sure it's not too hot, though.) It rises quicker & it's out of the way while you clean up.

    After cool, bread is easy to cut, since it has the indentions of the can imprinted on it. Virtually impossible to make a crooked slice. And the smell is wonderful!

    Prep time: 10 minutes until mixed, then add rising times

    Serves 10

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    November 24, 20050 found this helpful

    I remember it, to. That was when Pumpkin Bread first came out, and it is the same as the current recipes as far as I can tell.

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    January 31, 2007 Flag

    Take your empty can and rinse it out with soap and water. Let air dry. Find anything you're not using and cover the front. I used juice pouches to match the purse.

    Recycle Cans and Packaging Into Storage Containers - decorated with M & M wrappers.

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    November 3, 2006 Flag
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    Remember making these when we were young? This is a great indoor craft to do when it's too cold or raining outside for the little ones to play.

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