How to Make a Recycled Tin Man

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August 19, 2017

Recycled Man - hanging outsideThis is a cute project using recycled materials. I actually made a few with some autistic friends that I do crafts with. It was fun and could be a good lesson for students about recycling too!


Total Time: 2 hours


  • 2 tin cans, small and larger, one flattened
  • 32 bottle caps (I asked my local bar and they saved them for me!)
  • 1 roll 20 gauge uncoated wire
  • 14 corks (The same bar saved me the corks too!)
  • hammer
  • 1 nail to make holes
  • 1 liquid laundry detergent cap
  • drill to make holes in cork
  • 2 ft coated wire (I used clothesline wire bought at a hardware store by the foot.)


  1. Punch holes in all bottle caps with a nail and hammer on a soft surface (like a lawn!) and drill holes in all corks. Punch holes for a face in a tuna or cat food can with a nail and hammer and string metal wire through the holes to look like a face. Punch a hole in the top and through a plastic cap to thread wire through for a hat and make a loop to hook it up at the end.
  2. Recycled Man - putting wire through the holes for the face
    Recycled Man - tying off face wire
    Recycled Man - face made

  3. Punch holes in the main can "body" to string neck to body, one in center top and one at each corner. Attach arms and legs with wire. I actually tie the wire at the ends to hold them on. It's a heavier duty wire so it doesn't break too easily and mine was even coated (on some places like the top loop to hang.) See photo.
  4. Recycled Man - putting coated wire through center top hole
    Recycled Man - tying the body to the head with the clothesline wire
  5. Drill hole through corks and string on 2 or 3 bottle caps alternating with 1 cork and ending with a knotted wire to hold everything together. Arms use 3 corks each and legs use 4. See photo! Note: I chose to turn the 'hands' and 'feet' corks in a horizontal position to look like hands and feet.
  6. Recycled Man - 20 gauge wire through top corner hole for arm
    Recycled Man - add three bottle caps
    Recycled Man - followed by a cork
    Recycled Man - making arm, later

  7. Follow same process for legs using 4 corks for each.
  8. Recycled Man - how leg with foot is made
    Recycled Man -- two arms and one leg in place
    Recycled Man - legs finished
  9. There's your Recycled Man!
  10. Recycled Man - lying on work space
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August 20, 20170 found this helpful

I love seeing items reclaimed as art. So it is perfect and I am voting for your post.

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August 16, 20180 found this helpful

I absolutely love this kind of art. I feel like it is a part of someone's soul to do this. Thanks for sharing.

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