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Making a Recycled Tin Man

February 27, 2009

I created this mini man from some recycled soup and coffee cans, soda tabs, funnel, bolts, screws, candy tins for feet, coat hangers, swivel, spray paint and tin snips. I used and awl and hammer to make the holes I needed. Tin snips were used to cut out hands and heart. I hang him in my garden.

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By Wendy S from Coopersburg, PA

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Here's a cute Tin Man made from recycled food cans. First spray paint all cans and paint nose and mouth and pop tops black.

Made from tin cans of various sizes.

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July 24, 2011

Where can I buy tin funnels to make a tin man? I live in the Vancouver area in BC. All I can find here are plastic ones. Thanks!

By Penny L.

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July 24, 20110 found this helpful

Try your local hardware store.

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July 26, 20111 found this helpful

If you still cannot find a metal funnel, maybe you can use metallic spray paint. I don't know how you'd need to treat the plastic, but I suspect there is a way to do it.

Cute project, by the way!

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July 27, 20110 found this helpful

I found mine at an antique shop.

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July 28, 20110 found this helpful

I would look on Ebay, I have found all kinds of vintage kitchen stuff on there.

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July 28, 20112 found this helpful

I would just buy the plastic ones and spray paint them silver. :)

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September 20, 2004

My sister-in-law received, as a gift from one of her students, a Tin Man Birdfeeder made of used Tin cans. I would like to have instructions of how to make some.


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Laurie from Whitman County

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By Mari (Guest Post)
September 22, 20040 found this helpful

Go here for MANY, MANY bird feeders including a tin can one.
www.agriculture.purdue.edu/.../NCR338.pdf

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By Lynn (Guest Post)
September 22, 20040 found this helpful

Here is a pic I found!! I want one too!
www.voy.com/.../3.html

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January 5, 20050 found this helpful

I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THE PATTERN OR INSTUCTION FOR MAKING THE TIN MAN BIRD FEEDER. THANK YOU
SHADOWL

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By Gladys Collins (Guest Post)
January 31, 20050 found this helpful

I have a friend who makes them, if you could send me your address I will pass it on to her.
ladyshamrock@excite.com

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By Rosa (Guest Post)
February 1, 20050 found this helpful

I too would love the info on making one of these !!!

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By Bonnie (Guest Post)
February 26, 20050 found this helpful

I have seen the tinmen for sale in the window here.
www.cubbyholepottery.com/gifts.html

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April 3, 20051 found this helpful

Make Our Tin Man!

SUPPLIES:

- Awl or Ice Pick
- Heavy Wire or Clothes Hanger
- Wire Cutters
- 2 - 1" Wood Screws
- 1 - 1/2" Metal Screw with Nut
- 2 - 1" Moveable Eyes
- 32 oz. Coffee Can
- 13 oz. Coffee Can
- 20 oz. Fruit Pie Filling Can
- 4 - 15 3/4 oz. Vegetable Cans
- 2 - Sardine Cans
- 4 Soft Drink Cans
- Krylon® Silver Spray Paint
- Acrylic Paint - Black, Red
- 6" Funnel

DIRECTIONS:
1. Open tops of each can and remove contents. Drain cola cans. Spray all cans and funnel with silver paint. Spray funnel inside and out. Let dry completely.

2. With an awl or ice pick, punch holes in vegetable cans, each side, 1/2" from top and bottom. Punch holes in the cola cans, each side, 3 1/2" from the bottom. Turn vegetable cans upside down over the cola cans until the first set of holes on the vegetable can meet the holes on the cola can. Run a 3 3/4" piece of wire through both cans; bend ends of wire. You have just made the arms and legs.

3. Turn sardine cans with open side down (feet). Place each leg combo on the backside of a sardine can. Run wood screw from open side of sardine can through bottom of cola can to attach feet to leg.

4. Turn the 32 oz. coffee can (body) upside down and punch a hole in the center bottom. Punch holes on each side, top and bottom, 1/2" from edge. Punch holes in the fruit can (neck) 2 1/2" from the bottom on each side, and one hole in the center of the bottom. Set neck right side up on the body. Bolt together using a screw and nut.

5. Punch holes in the 13 oz. coffee can (head) in the center bottom and on each side 1 1/2" from the open end. Cut a 20" piece of wire, bend one end. Run up through can, leaving bent end inside can. Drop funnel (hat) upside down over wire and let slide down to rest on top of the head. Curl the top of the wire; this will prevent the wire from coming out and will also be your tin man's hanger. Place the head down over the neck until the holes meet. Run a 4 1/2" piece of wire through the holes; bend at both ends.

6. Place legs inside open end of body and attach a leg to each side of the body by running a 7" piece of wire through holes. Bend wires at the end. Arms are attached to the outside of the body with a 13" piece of wire.

7. Glue the eyes approximately 1 1/2" from the top of the head. Paint nose, mouth, and ears. Three 1" crcles (buttons) are painted on body. All are black. A red heart is painted on the left side of the chest.

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By BRENDA, EMAIL BREYECTRL@AOL.COM (Guest Post)
May 6, 20070 found this helpful

I WAS WONDER HOW TO GET THE PATTERN TO MAKE TIN MAN BIRD FEEDER I MADE THE TINMAN TO HANG UP AND I WAS WONDERING IF I TURN IT UP AND CUT HOLES IN IT TO MAKE IT

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By tammy (Guest Post)
June 14, 20070 found this helpful

just wondering where the bird feed goes

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By Barb (Guest Post)
September 13, 20070 found this helpful

Thanks I just wish we could see the feet.

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February 4, 2012

Where can I find the funnels for the tin man project? I cannot find the right size.

By GOOSEY from Columbia, SC

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August 29, 2014

Where can I find moveable eyes for making a tin man?

By Jeanie

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December 5, 2009

I am looking for craft ideas to make a tin man.

By Deena

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December 6, 20090 found this helpful

www.thriftyfun.com/tf98841900.tip.html

Craft: Tin Man Mania

This was a Contest Winner! Very Original!

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July 22, 2012

I am looking for instructions for making a tin man bird feeder. Does anyone have a pattern or instructions?

By S.C

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