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.
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.
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
Thank you so very much for this tip. I will certainly try this. It beats trying to hold onto the bag,and spilling the contents everywhere. Weezy
Thanks everybody. I hope you enjoy your can as much as I have enjoyed mine.
I made a crocheted cover for a can to keep some pens on the lazy Susan for my roommate.
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!
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. N-JOY!!
Source: Nope. I just love giving old things a new lease on life!!
This is so cute! Brilliant!
Great tip, Sandi! When I was a kid we made pen and pencil holders from soup cans wrapped in yarn. You just encircle the can with yarn, tie a knot and then wrap around the can. Then knot it again when you're done. Obviously you could change colors or wrap with ribbon or other things, add buttons or gems for extra fun. Very simple craft for kids or grownups. :)
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.
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.
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.
Looking for a fun, frugal, and green way to present gifts this holiday season? Save those pop-tab cans from fruits and veggies and you are sure to make everyone on your gift list smile.
The 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
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.
great idea. I'm going to try this one and use it in my bathroom for combs, brushes, etc..thanks!!
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.
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:
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.
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.
I have used the tuna cans (discard the sharp-edged lid and make a plastic circle from another plastic lid of some type for the beginning of a new lid) to make a hinge-lid container for trinkets. I was trying out new crochet stitches and chose the popcorn stitch to make the lid (rather the effect of milk glass) by punching holes around the edge of the plastic and just going in rounds until it was domed with a bit of stuffing to keep it in form and finished off with a little knob (the last popcorn stitch). The bottom was just started with a circle of crochet that grew to the size of my can, then decreased to make it snug on the sides, finishing off a little tighter at the rim and attaching the lid. The bottom was simple single crochet. Judy, Missouri
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.
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.
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
You can also try putting them in the Dish washer. The heat from the dish washer makes the glue really easy to get off.
Just run them under hot water as you pull gently, it comes right off!
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.
What are some frugal, creative and/or crafty uses for tin cans?