Crafts Using Tin Cans

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Taking Food Cans And Making Functional Pieces - can filled with fabric flowersHere is a way to upcycle those food cans/containers into functional and decorative pieces. Taking Food Cans And Making Functional Pieces - can filled with fabric flowers


You can take food cans and make functional pieces like planters, office or desk supply holders, or a decorative container for a shelf. Taking Food Cans And Making Functional Pieces - clean undecorated can


The possibilities are endless for little to no money! All that is needed is to pre- clean the cans. You can use card stock paper, fabric, or even wall paper, cut to size and then hot glued seam to seam. Taking Food Cans And Making Functional Pieces - supplies

Taking Food Cans And Making Functional Pieces - paper covered cans
Taking Food Cans And Making Functional Pieces - decorations

As an option you can embellish with ribbon, washi tape, etc. This can be done in a matter of minutes, for the whole family to do as a fun craft.


Taking Food Cans And Making Functional Pieces - striped can with child's name and a tape measure decoration around the top


Taking Food Cans And Making Functional Pieces - paper covered can with bow and filled with faux flowers, closeup


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March 19, 2015

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

Making a Tin Can Robot

September 8, 2011

This is a page 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.

Tin can lantern illuminated with a candle.

March 23, 2012

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

Made from tin cans of various sizes.

December 13, 2016

This is a page 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.

finished craft

October 14, 2013

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

Tin Can Lids

February 14, 2017

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

Tin Can Frog Container

October 12, 2017

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

Tin Can Organizers - finished cans

January 4, 2017

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

A pencil pot decorated with gems and buttons.

December 2, 2016

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

Making a Candy Cane Planter

September 1, 2021

I am looking for ideas for making crafts out of aluminum cans?

A collection of aluminum cans.

November 21, 2019

This adorable tin can unicorn planter is easy to make with items you have at home. It would be perfect as a table centerpiece or could even be used as a holder for other items.

Tin Can Unicorn Planter - flower filled can outside

October 12, 2017

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 page about how to make a recycled bumblebee can.

Recycled Bumblebee Can - yellow painted can with bumblebee motif

March 23, 2017

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 page about making a fabric covered tuna can.

Fabric Covered Tuna Can

February 14, 2017

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 page about recycled soup can pen holder.

finished pen holder

January 14, 2017

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

Can with gift wrap and a bow.

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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.

Tin can flower holder for wedding.


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!

Recycled Hanging Planter


June 9, 2008

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

Cans painted red, white, and blue.


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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.

Large tin cans taped together to make an umbrella stand.


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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.

Can covered with floral and bright pink and green duct tape.


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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, 2013

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.

By Bonnie H


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, 2004

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!

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