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35 Cool Tin Can Craft Projects

Updated on January 31, 2018
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Loraine loves arts and crafts and used to volunteer at an elementary art class. She loves sharing fun and kid-friendly craft tutorials.

One nice thing about making tin can crafts is that you can usually come up with a good supply of them. Both tin and aluminum cans can be used to make a variety of crafts. Find more ideas at Making Aluminum Can Crafts."

I was really surprised to see so many really great craft ideas for using tin cans, and in this article you'll find the projects that I found in my Google search.Thankfully, there are some outstanding crafters, with useful and beautiful ideas for empty tin cans, who are nice enough to share their patterns and instructions with us. I hope you'll find some that you'll want to try.

Find the directions for making the crafter's caddy shown above by going to the Cynthia Shaffer site.

1. Vintage Tin Can Wall Storage

There are downloads for the clock prints that you see on these tin cans at the Knick of Time site. They also share the tutorial for making the wall storage organizer.

2. Autumn Embossed Sunflower

This sunflower is really amazing. I love the looks of this embossed aluminum sunflower and think it would be very attractive in a kitchen or even in a flower bed. Find out how to make this embossed sunflower by going to the favecrafts site.

3. Tin Can Printable Cover Monsters

This project couldn't be any easier considering that the monsters that cover the cans are printables that you can download and print off the site, Kandy Kreations. The kids will be wanting to play knock down games with these little monsters, so be sure to make a few extras.

4. Tin Can Caddy

This is such a neat way to keep all the pencils, paintbrushes or other office supplies close at hand. Go to Martha Stewart for the instructions.

5. 4th of July Luminaries

These useful candles are the perfect decorations for your 4th of July picnic. You'll get the instructions by going to Crafts-For-All-Seasons.

6. Lanterns

Imagine having a row of these down your sidewalk or on the patio to decorate for an evening party. You can find out how to make these lanterns by going to Mudpie Mamas.

7. Patriotic Containers

These are perfect accessories for you 4th of July holiday picnic or luncheon. Find the directions for this craft at Squishy-Cute Designs .

8. Jack-oh-Pumpkins

If you don't have a pet, therefore no pet food cans, you can use tuna, mushroom or olive cans for this project. You can make these pumpkin ornaments by going to Yesterday on Tuesday for the tutorial.

9. Grouted Tiles Containers

This is an unbelievable craft project in it's simplicity. Check this project out at the Instructables site.

10. Paper Covered Containers

This is such an inexpensive way to get a beautiful Spring centerpiece. You can get all the instructions at the Cori Cook website.

11. Tin Can Pumpkin

This is a perfect accent for your Halloween decorations. Go to Yummy Cuppy Crafts for the instructions for this cute pumpkin.

12. Recycled Wind Chimes

13. Pop Top Gifts

Here is a unique way to give a gift. Find out how to make these gifts to give by going to the Favecrafts site.

14. Tin Can Creatures

Oh, what fun I'm going to have with my little grandkids this summer when I gather together some tin cans, craft paints, wire and google eyes. With the help of the tutorial at My Very Educated Mother the kids and I will spend one afternoon making tin can creatures.

15. Personalized Utensil Holder

This is a beautiful way to personalize a container for your summer entertaining. The directions for this project are found at Crissy's Crafts.

16. Tin Can Stilts

This brings back memories of my childhood. Take your kids on a journey back in time by making them some stilts like these. You'll find instructions for them at Premeditated Leftovers.

17. Tin Can Candles

Find tins like these at garage sales and flea markets and make these beautiful candles for gifts or to decorate your own home. Go to Country Living for the instrucions.

18. Twine Wrapped Vase

With the beautiful white flowers, this twine wrapped vase has an elegant look. You'll find the instructions for making this easy to do project at The Thrifty Crafter.

19. Pop Top Charms

This is a really nice idea, although I think using gems or buttons for the centers would be very attractive also. Find the easy directions for this project at Craftgenuity.

20. Rainbow Crayon Holder

No need to have your crayons mixed together in a big box. Now, after making a crayon holder like the one shown above, you can sort your crayons by color family and have them handy. A very neat way to store your crayons is shown at Sugar Bee Crafts, with instructions on how to make the holder.

21. Grungy Rusty Tin Luminary

It always amazes me, how attractive a grungy inspired craft can be made up. Make an attractive luminary like the one shown, by following the instructions at Tattered Sisters Primitives.

22. Tin Can Snowman

To make this really cool looking snowman, go to the So You Think You're Crafty site, and prove to yourself and everyone else that you really are crafty.

23. Christmas Candle Holders

I plan on making some of these for my Christmas decorating this coming year. I think this arrangement is beautiful. Go to Those Northern Skies for the directions.

24. Bling Storage

No one will ever guess that the cute storage containers that you have in your bathroom started out as a plain tin can. Creative in Chicago has the information for making these beautiful storage cans.

25. Tin Can Caddy

Not only is this caddy attractive, it is also a very useful supplies holder. To make a tin can caddy like the one shown, go to Dana Made It for the directions.

26. Candle Wall Display

This is a project from a foreign language blog, but you'll easily be able to follow the pictured directions. This outstanding project has instructions given on the Kifli es levendula site. For safety sake, be sure to use the battery operated candles.

27. Christmas Tin Transformed

One of the largest tin cans is the Christmas popcorn tin, but it is so great to recycle the tin into a useful storage tin. Go to Spoonful of Imagination for the tutorial to transform the popcorn tin.

28. Tin Can Phones


I kind of doubt that these will replace the cell phones, but I'll bet they're a lot of fun to make. Go to Crafts by Amanda for the instructions.

29. Drink Can Tinwork

30. Luminaries

Beautiful luminaries made from tin cans. See how they are made by going to Crafts Unleashed for the directions.

31. Easter Bouquet Holder

This bright and beautiful felt covered tin can holds Easter flowers and bunnies. Go to Holiday Crafts to find out how to make it.

32. Smashed Can Cow

Even a smashed can can be used to make a cute animal. Go to Inspired @ Home to see how it was done.

33. Soda Can Wall Art

Make beautiful wall art using the tin from soda cans. The tutorial is found at Purple Hues and Me.

34. Tin Can Clocks

Go to Easy DIY to find the directions for making this cute clock.

35. Coffee Can Planter Bucket

Make these attractive planter buckets by going to The Wicker House blog for the tutorial.

© 2012 Loraine Brummer

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My daughter is getting so excited about this, as she is looking with me. She didn't understand how we could make so many wonderful things out of cans. Wonerful and truly inspirational Lens.

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      Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

      I had forgotten all about tin can stilts. We used to make those when I was a kid. I especially like the tin can pumpkin with its curly wire handle.

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      TommysPal 4 years ago

      I like reusing tin cans. I love the pictures filled with great ideas.