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Crafts Using Tin Cans

This is a guide about crafts using tin cans. Tin cans can be recycled into fun and useful craft projects.


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March 23, 20123 found this helpful

This is a guide about making a recycled tin man. Recycle clean empty food cans into a delightful tin man for your home or garden.

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This is a guide about making a tin can robot. This is a great recycle project for you and the kids to make together.

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September 8, 20112 found this helpful

This is a guide about making a tin punch lantern. You can easily turn an empty tin can into a beautiful lantern. Simply punch a pattern into its surface and place a candle inside to illuminate it.

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December 13, 20160 found this helpful

This is a guide about making a red floral tin can teacher's gift. Fill a decorated recycled tin can with fresh or paper flowers as a special gift for a favorite teacher.

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October 14, 20130 found this helpful

This guide is about craft using tin can lids. A fun way to recycle is to make crafts using metal can lids.

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August 14, 2007

These cute and inexpensive tin can decorations are perfect for a country themed wedding. Just clean ordinary tin cans and hot glue a square of styrofoam into the bottom, adding whatever silk flowers you choose. Wrap a length of ribbon of choice around the outside and hot glue overlapping ends, tie raffia around the lower part of can and make a bow with long tales. Take a length of ribbon and hot glue end to the back of one can and the other end to the back of the other can for your hanger.


By Robin from Clyattville, GA

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July 16, 2008

One day I was looking at a large empty can of tomatoes that I was ready to throw in the recycling bin then for one reason or another I decided to paint it. This led to me making a hanging planter for a friend who I was giving a plant to from cuttings. Here's how to do it!


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  1. Clean out the can and remove the label. Sometimes there can be some of that glue left that is tough to get out, I use something called "Goo Be Gone", but someone told me rubbing alcohol has done the trick too though I haven't tried it.
  2. Dry the can and paint the outside, either just one colour or use one base colour and you can paint things like flowers, rainbows, and anything else you can think of on there. Make sure the base coat is about 3-4 coats if possible and dry can between each coat. It won't look perfect, but that's OK because it will be original! If you have varnish you can coat the can too.
  3. With a hammer and nail, poke three holes around the top ridge of the can, with each hole being the same distance apart as other holes or else the plant won't hang right.
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  5. Cut three pieces of cord, all the same size (whatever length you choose).
  6. Tie one cord to each hole with a few knots so it's well secured.
  7. Bring the loose cords together and tie them together with a big knot. Then a bit higher close to the top, make another knot. Now you have a secured hole to hang the plant.
  8. Decorate with stickers, glitter, or anything else you have on hand.
  9. Put a nice small plant in there (make sure it is already in it's own container, the hanging planter is just for decoration.

This would be a great craft for kids/parents to do together!

By Lisa from Halifax, NS

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June 9, 2008

This is what I do with old cans. They make great gift "buckets".

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August 11, 2012

Use extra large vegetable cans.Take the top and bottom off of all but one. Keep the can with the bottom on it on the bottom.

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August 17, 2012

We use lots of extra large sized tin cans of cheese and green beans. We put them in the refrigerator, and cover them with a margarine lid. I used them for many things around the house. I gave my daughter one to make a project, since she crafts with duct tape a lot.

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February 14, 20170 found this helpful

Learn how to make this recycled tin can craft in this step by step tin can frog container guide.

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January 4, 20170 found this helpful

Use buttons and broken costume jewelry to decorate a pencil holder for your desk. This is a guide about making a button and jewel pencil holder.

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December 2, 20160 found this helpful

This is a guide about making a candy cane planter. Create this cute planter for the holidays and then eat it later.

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October 12, 20170 found this helpful

Creating decorative storage from recycled food cans is fun and allows for a lot of creativity. Painting your can with a happy little bumblebee is one idea. This is a guide about how to make a recycled bumblebee can.

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October 12, 20170 found this helpful

Recycle clean food cans into attractive desktop or craft tool organizers by decorating with wrapping or scrapbook paper. This is a guide about how to make make paper covered tin can organizers.

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March 23, 20170 found this helpful

Reuse a clean tuna can for change or other small items. Decorate it with fabric for a simple or more elaborate container. This is a guide about making a fabric covered tuna can.

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February 15, 20170 found this helpful

Recycled cans make good containers for pens and pencils and other office and craft supplies. This is a guide about decorated tin cans for office or craft storage.

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February 14, 20170 found this helpful

By decorating or painting a clean soup can you can make an attractive and useful pen holder for your office or craft area. This is a guide about recycled soup can pen holder.

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January 14, 20170 found this helpful

This is a guide about recycled tin can gift wrap. Repurpose your cans into great little gift containers.

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August 24, 2010

Don't throw out those soup, vegetable, and fruit tin cans. You can use them to recycle into wonderful crafts.

You can make pencil holders. Just cover with fabric and ribbon with a hot glue gun.


Fill a clean can with water, and put it in freezer until it is frozen solid. Remove from freezer, and use a hammer and nail to tap holes through can to make patterns such as a heart, cross, etc. Make a hole on each side at top and thread a thin wire through to use as a handle. Melt ice, throw in a votive candle, and you have a instant illuminated candle holder. Great for porches or walk ways.

You can use the larger cans for the base of a wind sock. Just cover the can with ribbon using a hot glue gun. Make a handle by gluing a piece of ribbon on both sides. Next cut strips of ribbon off at same lengths. Glue these on the inside of can so they flow down. Hang from porch, and let the breeze do the rest!

By Carla Vaught from Shelbyville, IN


August 26, 20100 found this helpful

Love your profile name and your ideas!

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August 18, 20130 found this helpful

I am just about to start making some tin robots from assorted cans. But I am wondering how to remove the logo from the tin coffee cans.

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December 10, 20130 found this helpful

I soak them in warm water and most of the label comes right off. After taking the label off, we sometimes run them through the dish washer.

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July 16, 20040 found this helpful

Looking for directions on how to make animals about drinking cans.

Editor's Note: I am not sure if this poster is referring to aluminum cans or tin cans. Feel free to elaborate on this if this is your request.


October 30, 20040 found this helpful

I found some sites about tin can crafts, I am not sure if this is what you are looking for but it is interesting, nonetheless!

http://www.craf  er/table0900.htm

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November 12, 2012

I am going to use most of these for a bookshelf, but I would love to hear anyone else's ideas on how to use these as crafts. I have made a huge umbrella holder out of some of them, and now I have tons of them I am not using. I have them stacked as a pyramid against the porch railing, which is nice, but I would like to do craft work with them.

Thanks for any replies, I know you are all busy, as I am myself, lately!

By Robyn Fed from Tri-Cities, TN

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November 20, 2007

These are wall pockets made from tin cans. These are the large sized cans that schools and such use.

Tops and bottoms are cut from the can, then I step on one end to flatten it together. The I drill 5 holes across the the bottom, through both layers and "sew" with light weight wire. Once that's done, it's time for the fun part. These I decoupaged with fabric and added some odd dangle pieces that I had in my craft room. Drilled 2 small holes on the top back for wire to hang them up by :0)

By Maggie from Bloomington, MN

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August 24, 20100 found this helpful

I'm looking for patterns and instructions for tin can crafts. My mother use to make mini furniture out of tin cans, also people (like robots) and all sorts of things. Of course, as a kid, I didn't pay any attention on how she did it. I do know that she would cut the cans in strips and then curled them. They looked like wrought iron furniture. Please help. Thanks in advance.

Jodi from Yukon, OK


Crafts using Tin Cans

Why don't you try Googling tin can crafts, and see what you come up with. If the words tin can crafts don't bring up any websites then try another phrase. (10/19/2007)

By Marjorie

Crafts using Tin Cans

I have made the mini furniture, my daughter still has some put away. To make them you need the "curlers". They are small tools like a screwdriver but are flat on the top with a slit down the middle. I packed mine up this summer along with a pattern book for my garage sale next spring. (10/19/2007)


Crafts using Tin Cans

Go to the link above and check out the Tin Can Luminaries that I plan to make for Christmas gifts with full instructions.

Linda (10/19/2007)

By Linda Watters

Crafts Using Tin Cans

Late in reading this email, but I made ALL Christmas ornaments for our tree from cans, cut with tin snips, twisted/curled with needle-nose pliars. I didn't know or have the "curlers" tool you described. Warning: BE CAREFUL because ALL edges are potential KNIFE EDGES and can cause BIG PAIN/DAMAGE. God bless and keep you. : ) (12/18/2007)

By Lynda

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