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How To Make A Recycled Tin Man

Updated on September 16, 2014
My Tin Man
My Tin Man | Source

Tin Man

A great recycled project to make with cans is a Tin Can Man. You can have your very own Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz hanging in your yard.

My neighbor had a Tin Man hanging in his yard. I thought it was very unique and different. I'd never seen one before but as I got to looking at it more I thought I could make one of those. All I needed to do was round up a bunch of different sizes of cans and buttons for eye's.

Then one day while talking with my neighbor he mentioned about getting rid of some stuff so he could get the house ready to sell. I asked about the Tin Man hanging in their yard. Later that day he said it's all yours. He wanted it to be a thank you gift for keeping an eye on the house because it sits empty while his Mom is a Care Center. So now that Tin Man lives in my back yard. As you can tell by the photo of him it needs a little work and some love but I'm pretty excited to have him. I do love the rustic look though.

So let's take a look at what kind of supplies you need make this. I've put together some instructions to follow. This is a neat fun project. Everyone seems to love the Tin Can Man!

Hiding Behind the Apple Blossoms

Mr Tin Man Hiding Behind the Apple Blossoms
Mr Tin Man Hiding Behind the Apple Blossoms | Source

What You Need:

CANS:

Hat - 1 medium funnel

Head - 1 medium fruit can

Body - 1 large coffee can

Upper Arms - 2 medium fruit cans

Forearms and Legs - 6 small vegetable cans

Ears, Nose and Hands - 5 lids cut from cans

Feet - 2 sardine cans

Eyes and Buttons - 5 round bottle caps

TOOLS AND PAINT:

Heavy wire, epoxy glue. screwdriver, metal cutters, screws with bolt backings and a drill

You may want to a magic marker and white and black acrylic paint handy as well

Instructions

  1. Gather your cans and lids; rinse them and remove the labels. Next you'll want to drill a hole in the top of each cans including the sardine cans. Also drill a hole on each side the biggest can being used for the body. You can either leave cans there natural coloring or spray paint them with an acrylic silver gray paint to give them a cleaner look. Next gather bottle caps. You can paint them black or leave with there natural artwork on them .
  2. You can either drill holes in the cans where the bottle caps would go for eyes and buttons or they can be glued on. If screwing them on you will want to do that before assembling the body together. So you just drill a holes where they would go for eyes and buttons then drill a hole in the bottle caps and screw them on. If gluing them on that can be done in the end or can simply paint on a face with a magic markers or paint.
  3. To make a nose is a little tricky and several ways to do that. You can use a can lid by folding it back and bending it forward then drill holes and screwing it on or can simple draw one on a can lid and use wire cutters to cut it out. If you are drawing your face then of course you'll draw a nose with a magic marker or paint one on.
  4. To make ears you'll want to use small can lids. To do this make two slits on each side of can used for the head then insert the lids in and glue them in place with epoxy glue. Tip: I'd use a can open where it takes the whole lid off that looks like a lid with a lip on it instead of them being cut with sharp edges. You'd don't want to get cut up making ears or anyone else who looks at your Tin Man.
  5. Now to assemble the body you will cut a heavier wires to length for attaching the cans. Your first piece of wire should be long enough to fit through the funnel, head and body. You might want to make it into a loop at top so then when the wire come down you will be able attach the legs. So for making the arms and legs you will use 2 medium and 6 small cans. You'll wire together 1 medium can and 1 small can to make an arm. Repeat medium / small can for another arm. Then with 4 small cans left; wire together two each to make legs. When making legs attach a sardine can on each one to make feet.
  6. Last but not least lets make some hands. Take a can large can lid or some heavier metal and draw hands on them. Use wire cutters to cut out the design of them. Again make sure the metal does not have sharpe edges on them. Drill a hole in the top of hands for attaching a wire to attach to the arms.
  7. Now your Tin Man is done! Hang him up and enjoy!

Black & Decker 9099KC 7.2-Volt Cordless Drill with Keyless Chuck
Black & Decker 9099KC 7.2-Volt Cordless Drill with Keyless Chuck

This is a nice hand drill for all your drilling needs with crafts. It is easy to grip and use. Charge it up and then your ready to go.

 
Stanley 69-189 Ratcheting Multi-Bit Screwdriver
Stanley 69-189 Ratcheting Multi-Bit Screwdriver

I love the all in one screwdrivers because then you don't have to have a whole bunch of them; just one.

 
Different sizes of cans
Different sizes of cans | Source

Getting Some Sun

My Tin Man
My Tin Man | Source

Gone Fishing

© 2013 Cheryl Fay Mikesell

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      Really enjoyed this. I love the Tin Man in Wizard of Oz. Pinned to my board Crafts I love.

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 4 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      @Two Crafty Paws: Thanks so much!

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 4 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      @Gypzeerose: Glad you liked it! Thank You!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Sweet!

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 4 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      @Scarlettohairy: Thanks!

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      These guys are so cool. I could see making a whole family.

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 4 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      @Rhonda Lytle: They sure are! Thanks!

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      June Campbell 4 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      I love, love, love your tin man.

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 4 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      @junecampbell: Thanks! I love him too!

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      Art Inspired 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your ideas! Make it a creative day!

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      Dianeyp LM 4 years ago

      this is a really cool project!

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      Sherry Venegas 4 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Each tin man would have an individual look. A plus for this craft.

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      Northerntrials 4 years ago

      I think my tin man will use bent and rusty cans... to match my personality and disposition on a rainy morning like today.

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 4 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      @Northerntrials: Bent and rust is character... Thanks for stopping by.

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      Vikki 4 years ago from US

      I haven't ever seen one of those but it's cool!

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      JMorgan21 4 years ago

      I want one!!!

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 4 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      @choosehappy: Thanks!

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 4 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      @paperfacets: Yes it would! Thanks for stopping by.

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 4 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      @Dianeyp LM: Thanks!

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 4 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      @Art Inspired: Your welcome! You too! :)

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 4 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      @JMorgan21: They are cool! Pretty simple to make. Thanks!

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      mrdata 4 years ago

      Interesting idea! Thanks!

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      Writing Nag 3 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Clever idea! I think he would look great in my garden.

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 3 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      @TheWritingnag: It would look fantastic! Thanks for coming by!

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 3 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      @mrdata: Thanks!

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 3 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      @anonymous: Thanks!

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      gemstone-jewelry 3 years ago

      Amazing. Really appreciate your task.

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      julieannbrady 3 years ago

      Hey there! That is a really cool recycled tin man -- I love it -- are you selling them online?

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 3 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      @gemstone-jewelry: Thank You!

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 3 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      @julieannbrady: Thanks! There are totally fun! Not selling them but that's a good idea. Thanks for stopping by!

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      tfsherman lm 3 years ago

      I love these dudes. They would make great harvest festivals -- esp. here in Fla where pumpkins don't survive.

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      shewins 3 years ago

      Those are so neat, I love them.

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      Nightcat 3 years ago

      What a wonderful craft idea! I adore him. Great lens. :)

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      sousababy 3 years ago

      Very clever . . love this idea.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      He's so cute, I'd love to have one in my yard. Doubt my hubby would though. Congratulations on the purple star.

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      Erin Mellor 3 years ago from Europe

      He's brilliant. I love his sardine can feet.

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      fifinn 3 years ago

      very creative. Very inspiring.

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      Baddew Fibes 3 years ago

      Really inventive and fun lens. Thank you!

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      I can't wait for you to make Mrs. Tinwoman :) in order to accompany Mr. Tinman. Nice tin man lens, CherylFay!

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 3 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      @Heidi Vincent: That would be super cute. I'll have to think about doing one this summer. Thanks!

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 3 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      @Baddew Fibes: Thanks for stopping by!

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 3 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      @fifinn: Glad you liked it!

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 3 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      @Erin Mellor: Thanks! My Tinmans needs a little fixer up as of lately so new sardine feet are in order.

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 3 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      @favored: Thank You!

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 3 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      @sousababy: It was hanging in my neighbor's yard! I fell in love with it!

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 3 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      @Nightcat: Thanks! He catches everyone's eye!

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 3 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      @shewins: Thanks!

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 3 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      @tfsherman lm: That's a great idea!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      Wow that's just adorable and well, I just want one right now. haha

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      AnonymousC831 3 years ago from Kentucky

      I love this, thanks for sharing.

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      Sherry Venegas 2 years ago from La Verne, CA

      For Christmas we received a tin man like this from my nephew and his wife. I love it.

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      Anna 2 years ago from chichester

      This is such a great project for garden lovers! I think he's really cute :) thank you for sharing how to make this fantastic garden decoration :)

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 2 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      @tazzytamar: Thank! :)

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 2 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      @paperfacets: I just seen some at craft I attended. Pretty neat! Thanks!

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 2 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      @AnonymousC831: Your welcome!

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 2 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      @smine27: Thanks! They are neat!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 2 years ago from United States

      What a really cool craft project! I love the design and you have provided excellent instructions! Awesome indeed!

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 2 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      Thanks Sylvestermouse. Mr Tin Man is pretty cool!

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      Merry Citarella 2 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      I love this Cheryl! What a cute and clever idea. I wonder, does he clang in the wind? Seems like he would serve as a scarecrow too! Adorable. Every garden should have one!

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      Ibidii 2 years ago

      So cute and the rust patina makes him look better! Hard to find that metal funnel???

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 2 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      No it doesn't clang in the wind. Ya he could a scarecrow although he's so cute he doesn't scare them away. :)

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 2 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      Thanks. I've been looking for a metal funnel I could make one to go with this one.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 2 years ago

      This is way too cute! I love it.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Such a cute garden project! :)

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      Sheila Vincent 5 weeks ago

      Love the Tin Man and want to make one.

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