Recycled Tin Man

Here's a cute Tin Man made from recycled food cans.

Materials Needed:

  • 1 medium funnel
  • 1 medium vegetable or fruit can
  • 1 big coffee can
  • 8 small vegetable or fruit cans
  • 2 sardine cans
  • 2 lids from tomato paste
  • 5 round metal pop or beer caps
  • 1 tuna can
  • heavy gauge wire
  • pliers
  • 2 pieces of cut metal for nose and mouth
  • 7 screws
  • screwdriver
  • aluminum colored spray paint
  • black acrylic paint


First spray paint all cans and paint nose and mouth and pop tops black. Then cut slits on both sides of medium can and insert tomato paste ears with glue.

Make two holes in bottom of the medium can, then take the tuna can and poke two holes in top on both sides. Wire medium can into tuna can.

Take a piece of wire and cut to length you want to hang with and double it and push up through the little part of the funnel. Make sure you make it long enough to wire through the medium can under the funnel to hold it together. Screw the funnel down thru the bottom of the medium can then screw in pop caps to make eyes.


Take the 8 small cans and poke holes in top and bottom of all, wire two to gether to make four sets for arms and legs.

Wire the arms into the top of the coffee can. Insert legs up thru bottom of coffee can and wire in. Poke 2 holes in each of the bottom of the sardine cans and wire onto bottom of legs for feet. Screw in the pop caps for buttons.

You can go by the picture to see how to put him together. If you have questions post below.

By Sandy from Bluff City, Tn.

Made from tin cans of various sizes.
April 16, 20070 found this helpful

OH I JUST LOVE THIS .............!!!!!

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April 16, 20070 found this helpful

That is wonderful!!

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April 17, 20070 found this helpful

This is so cute. What a neat idea. thanks.

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April 19, 20070 found this helpful

That is just so cool!

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April 20, 20070 found this helpful

Darling! Great job!

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June 28, 20070 found this helpful

How tall is he when finished? I saw one hanging in a garden when on a garden tour one time. He was so cute. I took pictures but have no idea where they are..

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July 27, 20110 found this helpful

Have you tried a feed supply store? I get all my metal scoops and funnels there since animals tend to chew on anything plastic. They come in all sizes. Janet

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August 19, 20120 found this helpful

Our neighbors got one of these at a craft show in Omaha, NE Love it. Did you sell any in Omaha, or do you sell them. Would love to have a couple.

yanke AT to let me know.

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June 14, 20160 found this helpful

Love the idea and the outcome I would like to see it as it goes together

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October 9, 20160 found this helpful

How do you put holes in top & bottom when one end of the can is cut open???

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