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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.

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.


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.

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:


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.

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:

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.

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?

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