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Upcycled Tin Can Projects

Updated on May 28, 2015

Turn your Tins into Treasure!

If, like me , you are always looking at objects to see if you can make something from them, then this is the article for you. From pretty light sources to functional storage there is a world of possibilities waiting with your old tin cans. You just need a little imagination and some art supplies to get going.

Independence Windsocks

1) Independence Windsocks

Spray paint tin cans. Have children apply foam shapes, attach streamers made of plastic tablecloth strips with duct tape inside can!

Lace Like Lanterns

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2) Lace Like Lanterns

This is a rotary candle holder with a difference by Chris Cain. A Tin Can Spinner was cut with an oxycetaline flame so it will cast beautiful shadows in candlelight. The same idea can be achieved by perforating shapes into a tin can with a hammer and a nail .

Pretty Storage

3) Pretty Storage

Spray paint transforms cans into works of art. Choose the color you like then add pretty trims like lace or ribbon to really make it stand out.

Painted Halloween Pumpkin Tins

4) Painted Halloween Pumpkin Tins

Save your old coffee cans and upcycle them into decorations for Halloween and Christmas by adding paint and embellishments.

Pencil Storage

5) Pencil Storage

Get really creative here and glue colored pencils to the outside of the tin. IT will look great in a kids study room.This also makes a great teachers gift.

Tin Can Lamp

6) Tin Can Lamp

Punching holes in metal is a great idea for light sources as it reflects a pretty pattern. Spray paint the can what ever color you enjoy and pop a battery operated candle underneath.

Tin Can Luminaries

7) Tin Can Luminaries

Your Halloween/Trick or Treaters will love this as they walk up to get candy!

Wedding Centerpiece

8) Wedding Centerpiece

Paint an old tin can in white, add some pretty trim and bling and add flowers for a shabby chic wedding centerpiece

Monster Tin Cans

9) Monster Tin Cans

Bowling with painted cans. Might be more fun to knock down than the toilet paper rolls.

Towel Holders

10) Towel Holders

Old Tin Cans are an obvious use for storage but have you ever thought about using them in your bathroom as functional and pretty storage for your towels ? The picture on the right is a great example of this and you can play around with the layout of the tins to create a shape you like.


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    • ezzly profile image

      ezzly 23 months ago

      Thanks Diana

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      Diana Abrahamson 23 months ago from t Francis Bay

      love the radiance lighting creation!

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      ezzly 2 years ago

      Hey Edgemaster , thanks for commenting ! Yes , tin cans are great , so inexpensive and everybody has them :)

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      Edgemaster 2 years ago from Dallas

      Cool! I've been trying to find ways to make use of all the tin cans we go through. I want to try 2) the lace lanterns. That would be fun to try and create.

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      ezzly 2 years ago

      Thank you so much Flourish :)

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      These are such beautiful craft ideas! Pinning.

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      ezzly 2 years ago

      Thanks for visiting and commenting RTalloni :)

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      ezzly 2 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by and pinning Rebecca :)

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Enjoyed seeing the windsocks and the lacy lanterns!

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      So cool! I love the patriotic windsocks, the lanterns, all of it. Pinned and shared!