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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.

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

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


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!!

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.

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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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December 20, 2011 Flag
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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.

Can with gift wrap and a bow.

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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:


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.

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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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 21, 20030 found this helpful

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

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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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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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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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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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