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Up-cycle a Tuna Fish Can - Make Three Dimensional Displays - Craft with Stickers and Duct Tape

Updated on September 12, 2014
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Tuna cans turned into panda fun time.

I so love to come up with new crafts, or new twists on crafts, for kids. For the last eleven years, I have taught developmentally disabled children, often through crafting.

One of my pet peeves is crafts for kids that my students could not pull off and get a nice looking product, with a reasonable amount of effort. This project affords children, and those of us who are artistically challenged, a way to still get a good looking result.

I'm retired from teaching, officially as of this month. I'm finding the crafts I used to never be able to finish myself, because I was too busy bouncing from student to student, I'm now able not only to finish, but to take beyond what I have done in the past.

Panda play display
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I can't wait to do this again with a new theme!

Moms, a choking hazard exists for small children because of the rhinestones and some of the smaller puffy stickers. Be sure to supervise.

Glue sticks can be substituted for the glue gun on everything but the hanger. Children can use peel and stick Velcro for that step if needed. Lastly, be sure the inside edges of the can are smooth. If not, use a can opener to fix it or run a bead of glue around the inside edge of the can to cover any sharp edges for the little ones.

Be it on the refrigerator or on the fireplace, let them show their creations.

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This is a project I have done many, many times,

on a much smaller scale.

In classes, I often had students use a can assembled just as you see here. Using stickers to decorate, makes it much easier for some special needs students to get a great result. I have never done a project with multiple cans being permanently mounted, nor have I previously used duct tape for this project. We used ribbon, lace or construction paper.

This was a ton of fun to make. I had a blast! Just as good, maybe even better, I was chilling in a pair of shorts, jamming while I did it with no interruptions.

Check out the photo gallery for a graphic tutorial. At the end, you will find printable instructions and a supply list. The big three ingredients, other than Duck Tape and stickers, are all things that would normally wind up in a landfill.

Let's help the planet, have some fun, and make something cute.

It's really easy. Check it out.

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Gather materials. Cardboard, stickers, Duck Tape, clean, dry tuna fish cans, a hot glue gun, Styrofoam, paper and scissors.Cut the wide roll tape to where you have a piece one inch two inches longer than your cardboard.Cover the cardboard. Using a ruler or straight edge as you pull the backing off reduces bubbles. Fold it over and press down well on the back.Run a strip of the black tape along the side and fold over well on both front and back.File down or cover shard inside edges. Cover outside of can in tape leaving enough to fold over at the bottom and inside the can.Trace the can onto the Styrofoam. Cut out the shape and insert it into the can. Glue it down on the bottom.Now, trace the can onto the paper you want showing. Cut it out and press it down into the can.Decorate the cans with stickers. Consider taking some stickers over onto the cardboard to tie it all together.Glue the cans to the covered card board.It looks good. Do you want to be able to hang it? It's easy.Flip it over. Glue a dowel rod on the back. When it dries, use a piece of ribbon to hang it. If you want to go fancy, wrap the rod with ribbon.To do the ribbon, just fold the end over and make a loop. Glue it together and let it dry. Do the same thing for the other side.Ta da! You're done.
Gather materials. Cardboard, stickers, Duck Tape, clean, dry tuna fish cans, a hot glue gun, Styrofoam, paper and scissors.
Gather materials. Cardboard, stickers, Duck Tape, clean, dry tuna fish cans, a hot glue gun, Styrofoam, paper and scissors. | Source
Cut the wide roll tape to where you have a piece one inch two inches longer than your cardboard.
Cut the wide roll tape to where you have a piece one inch two inches longer than your cardboard.
Cover the cardboard. Using a ruler or straight edge as you pull the backing off reduces bubbles. Fold it over and press down well on the back.
Cover the cardboard. Using a ruler or straight edge as you pull the backing off reduces bubbles. Fold it over and press down well on the back.
Run a strip of the black tape along the side and fold over well on both front and back.
Run a strip of the black tape along the side and fold over well on both front and back.
File down or cover shard inside edges. Cover outside of can in tape leaving enough to fold over at the bottom and inside the can.
File down or cover shard inside edges. Cover outside of can in tape leaving enough to fold over at the bottom and inside the can.
Trace the can onto the Styrofoam. Cut out the shape and insert it into the can. Glue it down on the bottom.
Trace the can onto the Styrofoam. Cut out the shape and insert it into the can. Glue it down on the bottom.
Now, trace the can onto the paper you want showing. Cut it out and press it down into the can.
Now, trace the can onto the paper you want showing. Cut it out and press it down into the can.
Decorate the cans with stickers. Consider taking some stickers over onto the cardboard to tie it all together.
Decorate the cans with stickers. Consider taking some stickers over onto the cardboard to tie it all together.
Glue the cans to the covered card board.
Glue the cans to the covered card board.
It looks good. Do you want to be able to hang it? It's easy.
It looks good. Do you want to be able to hang it? It's easy.
Flip it over. Glue a dowel rod on the back. When it dries, use a piece of ribbon to hang it. If you want to go fancy, wrap the rod with ribbon.
Flip it over. Glue a dowel rod on the back. When it dries, use a piece of ribbon to hang it. If you want to go fancy, wrap the rod with ribbon.
To do the ribbon, just fold the end over and make a loop. Glue it together and let it dry. Do the same thing for the other side.
To do the ribbon, just fold the end over and make a loop. Glue it together and let it dry. Do the same thing for the other side.
Ta da! You're done.
Ta da! You're done.

Materials for the Panda Play Display

The panda stickers are the exact same ones I used.

Crafting Tip - Do you have dexterity issues, perhaps find it hard to manipulate the tiniest of the rhinestones? Me too! Tweezers can work well, unless the pinching them together gives you cramps.

Try peeling it up with the point of a very sharp pencil. The stone will stick to it easily. Then, just put the pencil tip exactly where you want the stone and give it a tiny push with your finger. Flip the pencil and use the eraser to tap it down good.

Sticko E5200396EK Success Rolly Polly Panda Stickers
Sticko E5200396EK Success Rolly Polly Panda Stickers

There's just something about the pudgy, the round tummies, the smiles, I don't know but these little guys are just so adorable.

Just two or three sheets of these could easily work for many a project be it this one or others.

Further, I like how the colors are simple allowing for easy mixing with other plain black, white or purple stickers such as butterflies, flowers and such to create whole landscapes.

 

This is a pretty forgiving project. Boo-boos are easy to fix.

It all starts with just one sticker
It all starts with just one sticker | Source

Do you think this would be fun for kids?

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If you make a mistake, just cover it with another sticker. Taking the stickers onto the covered cardboard helps tie everything together and adds to the three dimensional affect.

The possibilities really are endless. Top five theme ideas:

1.) Avengers. Use one can per hero.

2.) Fairies in flowers

3.) Dinosaurs

4.) Top five Presidents with a quote from each for the Fourth of July

5.) Dragon orbs

Panda can with purple flowers

It's like making a picture collage in mini.
It's like making a picture collage in mini. | Source

Another super easy way to do this project is with printed images.

You can go on line and print images to use. Cut out the images and laminate them. If you cut them in the same circle size as the paper, you can substitute the laminated image for that step.

Because you decide the height of the Styrofoam insert, you can use all manner of things other than stickers.

Artificial flowers work well. Other things that work well include foam cuts, photographs, pictures cut from magazines and greeting cards, buttons, pins, pebbles, you get the idea.

Have some fun for dirt cheap, or free if you're really creative, and help the only earth we have at the same time.

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Everyone can succeed.

Let your inner artist shine even if he or she never grew past stick figures and finger paints with this fun and easy project guaranteed to produce a good looking result.

You don't need much at all... mostly your imagination.

With nothing to be lost and sure fire fun to be had, give it a go and see what masterpiece you or your little ones create. Better still, do some together for wholesome family fun time.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 40 - 45 minutes

Serves: 1

Ingredients

  • Card board
  • Tuna Fish cans
  • Styrofoam
  • Duck Tape - big and small
  • Stickers - both flat and puffy
  • Peel and stick rhinestones
Cast your vote for Up-cycled Tuna Fish Can Three Dimensional Display

Instructions

  1. Get together the basic tools needed which are scissors and a glue gun. Remember that small children should be supervised.
  2. Get out all of the materials.
  3. Cut the cardboard.
  4. Cover cardboard with wide roll or sheet Duck Tape.
  5. Run border strip of small roll Duck Tape.
  6. Cover clean, dry cans in Duck Tape sticking down inside and on the bottom.
  7. Cut and insert Styrofoam circles into cans.
  8. Cut and insert paper background into cans.
  9. Decorate each can with stickers, rhinestones and the like.
  10. Hot glue the cans to the covered cardboard.
  11. Affix the dowel rod to the back with a goodly amount of hot glue.
  12. Attach the ribbon to hang your display from. Enjoy!

What are your thoughts on this trash to treasure project? I love comments. Please, leave one.

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    • Rhonda Lytle profile imageAUTHOR

      Rhonda Lytle 

      4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @GypsyOwl: I hope you have a good time crafting. Thank you so much for your comment. I hope you find something fun and useful. God bless you and most happy crafts!

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      Deb Bryan 

      4 years ago from Chico California

      The ideas you have shared to up cycle tuna cans are fun and amazing! I'm looking forward to trying this idea out. I noticed you have a couple other pages in similar crafts. I am heading over to see your coffee can upcycle craft next. I do already have some supplies for the other one on hand.

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @WriterJanis2: We do too. All kinds of cans really. It bugs me to think about all the things that we just discard daily that pollute our landfills and leach into the water supplies. This was a fun way of keeping just a few cans from being wasted.

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      WriterJanis2 

      4 years ago

      This is a great way to reuse tuna cans and we go though a lot of those cans here.

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @DANCING COWGIRL: It was fun. Thanks bunches for the read and kind comment. God bless.

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 

      4 years ago from Texas

      This looks likemamgreat craft project and you did such a good job of explaining everything it take to do it. Best wishes to you.

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      Heidi Vincent 

      4 years ago from GRENADA

      This was a fascinating project! Who would have thought tuna cans could look so good. Great craft project, poetvix!

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      ArtbyMAR 

      5 years ago

      Such a unique craft, thanks for sharing. I always have lots of empty tuna cans!

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @mcstacy: Thank you. I love how the Panda stickers came out. I would like to do it again with cans that vary in circumference. It might be cute. God bless and thanks bunches for taking the time to read and comment.

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      mcstacy 

      5 years ago

      Fun project.

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      Sheilamarie 

      5 years ago from British Columbia

      Fun idea! I've never been able to get the fishy smell out of my tuna cans, even after washing. Any suggestions?

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @junkcat: Thank you. Oh! Now, that sounds like fun. I haven't got to be in one of those in more years than I'm putting in print, but oh how I would dearly love to do that again. God bless!

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      junkcat 

      5 years ago

      Clever use of tuna cans. My brother and I use tuna cans as headlight on our soapbox derby car.

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @SquidooPower: I kind of feel sorry for kids now. Computers are fun and all, but it seems to me families spent more time actually conversing with each other before computers. Thanks bunches for the read and kind comment. God bless!

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      SquidooPower 

      5 years ago

      We would have loved to do this with our mom when we were kids.

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      shana273 

      5 years ago

      Great idea!

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @weakbond: Thank you so much. God bless and most happy of squidding!

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      Nnadi bonaventure Chima 

      5 years ago from Johanesburg

      Nice lens , original ideas ,kiddies delight .

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @junecampbell: Thank you. :) With all of the plastic cluttering up our world, we could have free crafting supplies for generations if we just start doing something with it. God bless and thank you so much for taking the time to read and leave such a nice comment.

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      June Campbell 

      5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      Great project, made better because it uses recycled items.

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @noner: Thank you :) God bless and happiest of squidly crafting.

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      noner 

      5 years ago

      That is super cute! And being a recycled craft makes it AWESOME.

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Julia Morais: Thank you. I hope they enjoy it. God bless and the happiest of crafting to you and them.

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      jeskasight 

      5 years ago

      How creative! Congrats on LOTD:)

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @jeskasight: Thank you. It's my first, so I'm tickled pink. God bless!

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Mary Stephenson: Thanks bunches :) Oh, yea, kitties would be all over it. Oh, and they could have their pictures on it. I miss my cat. She was like my shadow. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and leave such a wonderful comment. God bless and happiest of squidding!

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @kimadagem: Thank you so much. I really do appreciate all of the encouragement and support around here. God bless and the most happiest of squidding for you.

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @nvhoangviet: :) Thank you! God bless and hap hap happy squidding.

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @delia-delia: Thank you so much. God bless!

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @anonymous: Thank you! :) It's like it's my birthday.

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @ValerieJoy: Thank you. It was fun. God bless!

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @walclan: Thank you very much for your kind words. God bless and happiest of squdding!

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      Julia Morais 

      5 years ago

      I could use this for my next art project with my niece and nephew. Awesome idea.

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      Mary Stephenson 

      5 years ago from California

      Congratulations on LOTD. I don't have any little ones, but cats would get your vote on opening up those cans of tuna for the craft! They love the liquid poured off and don't miss the can opening no matter how I quiet I am. I would think for small children that would have a difficult time with coordination would also like some crafts that really look nice when they are done, instead of something done by a 4 year old. Nice job.

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      kimadagem 

      5 years ago

      Great craft ideas, and I love the way you used the slideshow to show the steps in the process. All kinds of creativity here. :)

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      nvhoangviet 

      5 years ago

      I like this len, thanks a lot

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      Delia 

      5 years ago

      Congratulations on LotD! fun and unique lens.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Very creative stuff. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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      Valerie Smith 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      What a great idea; I've never seen that done before. Congratulations on LOTD!

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      walclan 

      5 years ago

      Great lens, congratulations on LOTD! I would have never thought of using tuna cans in craftwork!

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @trying2Bhealthy: Thank you for reading! God bless and happiest of squidding.

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @MrAusAdventure: Thank you :) I recently heard someone do the math for all of the money literally thrown away, i.e. containers and such. I got to thinking about it and he was right. I'm cheap, so I'm going to find a way to reuse them. I already paid. I might as well get more for my money ;). God bless and happy squidding.

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Scarlettohairy: Thank you :) I'm glad. I was going to do all blue, but it kind of faded together on camera. I'm having a blast doing more. If I ever finish, I want to put up pictures of some singles. I wish I had pictures of the ones the kids made over the years. God bless.

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @SusanDeppner: Thank you so much. All the support and kind comments around here are enough to keep me inspired for months. And, by the way, I have learned more in the RocketSquid program than I learned in two years on another similar site that shall remain nameless. I love this place!

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @nicenet: :) Thank you!

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      trying2Bhealthy 

      5 years ago

      Great idea and lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      Bill 

      5 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      Congrats on LOTD. I love what creative people can do with things that would otherwise be trash. :-)

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      What a great way to get kids crafting. Love how colorful you made these tuna cans!

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      Susan Deppner 

      5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I love the puffy stickers and your list of possible themes for the project, plus your excitement is contagious! Congratulations on your you've-inspired-me Lens of the Day, RocketSquid!

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Heather426: :) Thank you. I'm really glad you like it and I hope your granddaughter does too. God bless.

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @MartieG: Thank you so much. It's really cool. God bless and happiest of squidding.

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @hazeltos: Thank you. That's one of my favorite things about it too. Kids are so much more prone to try when it's something they like. God bless.

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Im2keys: Thank you! Actually, it really was fun. So much so, I'm bouncing between surfing and doing another project using the cans. God bless and thanks bunches for taking the time to read and leave such a nice comment.

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @SteveKaye: Well, speaking as a concerned member of the Kitty Kibble Shortage committee, honorary, I concur with Olivia. 9 out of 10 cats surveyed state their humans can never have enough kibble stored. God bless and thank you!

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @ConnieGreen LM: Thank you for reading and leaving such a sweet comment! God bless.

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      nicey 

      5 years ago

      Congrats!

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      Heather Burns 

      5 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Fantastic! giving to my daughter for the granddaughter to do!

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 

      5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Some very good ideas for a fun craft - congratulations on a super LotD :>)

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      Susan Hazelton 

      5 years ago from Summerfield, Florida

      I love the idea. Your project is great, it can be personalized to each child's interest.

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      Im2keys 

      5 years ago

      this is totally unique and looks like a lot of fun!

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      SteveKaye 

      5 years ago

      Olivia Felini just told me that she really likes this lens, because it could mean that I buy more canned Cat Food (hint, hint, hint), which she enjoys. Congratulations on receiving the LOTD.

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @BarbaraCasey: Thank you :). I'm on cloud nine about the LOTD. God bless and happiest of squidding.

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      ConnieGreen LM 

      5 years ago

      Wonderful ideas here - thanks so much for sharing!

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Dressage Husband: Oh, wow. That sounds stellar. I would love to see that. Thank you so much for taking the time and leaving such a cool comment. God bless and craft on!

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Expat Mamasita: :) Thank you. It's a good thing my husband likes tuna fish around here, that's for sure. God bless.

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Jogalog: Thank you so much. I have seen cans made by my students over the years that blow mine away. God bless and happiest of squidding.

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @marktplaatsshop: Awe, you are so sweet. Thank you!

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @marktplaatsshop: Thanks. I just got some superhero stickers and want to do one for boys. God bless.

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @anonymous: Oh, my. Well, that is a problem. Let's get you a single serving fruit cup can ;). God bless and happy squidding.

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      BarbaraCasey 

      5 years ago

      Congrats on creativity and LOTD!

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @writerkath: Thank you. Cardboard stove? Hm, I don't know that one but it sounds cool. I'm going to have to check that out! God bless.

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Mamabyrd: I hope they do. As long as the stickers are ones they like, it's a pretty safe bet. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment. God bless and have fun.

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @RazzbarryBreeze: Thank you. Oh, sweet. The two of you will have a blast. Thanks bunches for taking the time to read and leave such a kind comment. God bless and happy crafting.

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @anonymous: Thank you! I'm excited. It's a first and I really appreciate it. God bless!

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @DieselFit: LOL. Oh yea, panda play would smell like panda poo otherwise :) God bless and happiest of squidding.

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @LeslieMirror: Me too! Thanks bunches for dropping by. God bless and happy squidding.

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      Stephen J Parkin 

      5 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      Really good idea, I used an old jam jar, a salt container, a broken torch, an old cake board, some polyfilla and paint to make a terrific working model lighthouse when I was a kid. There is no end to what you can make with old junk the only limit is your imagination! Well done on the LOTD!

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      Expat Mamasita 

      5 years ago from Slovakia

      I love this craft idea, I,ll be saving my tuna cans now.

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      Jogalog 

      5 years ago

      This is a great project for kids and the cans look great.

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      marktplaatsshop 

      5 years ago

      Sorry, I was a bit quick and forgot to congratulate on LotD, great work

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      marktplaatsshop 

      5 years ago

      They look very nice and adorable, and there are so many prints you can make, nice job, thanks for sharing

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      I hate non veg

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      writerkath 

      5 years ago

      Adorable! This reminds me of the days in Girl Scouts where the only thing we saved tuna cans for was to make a little wax and cardboard "stove" to cook on. Crafts have come a long way since then! Congratulations on Lens of the Day!

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      Mamabyrd 

      5 years ago

      Great Ideas! I have two toddlers I'm always trying to keep entertained. This looks like an easy and fun craft they would enjoy.

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      RazzbarryBreeze 

      5 years ago

      Great lens! I will try this with my granddaughter today actually! Thanks and have a great day!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Cool! Congratulations on Lens of the Day.

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      DieselFit 

      5 years ago

      haha that is pretty cool! I would just make sure the can is clean before using it :P thanks for posting this

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      magentoperhour 

      5 years ago

      magentoperhour.com

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      magentoperhour 

      5 years ago

      @Rhonda Lytle: nice

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @LUMOSE: Thank you :). Waking up to being Lens of the Day was like having another birthday without the extra age. Too cool.

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @RainDefence LM: You are so right. I have cut myself, too. There are a few ways you can do it. First, run a bead of glue around the inside edge of the can to cover any sharp edges. Or, you can use the newer tabbed cans with the removable top. They come off leaving no sharp edges. Lastly, you can use a file or even a pair of pliers to bend all of the sharp edges in. You can also tape a piece of thick tape around the inside edge before giving the child the can. Don't use regular tape for this for the edge will poke through, but duck or duct tape or even masking tape doubled up works fine. Good luck!

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @topbuilderlist: Thank you. I hope some teachers see this. Budgets are getting slashed to the bone across the country. Kids need activities that are constructive as well as creative. The very last classroom activity I saw before leaving was a room of children forced to finger paint with mud on paper plates because the teacher had no money and the school wasn't allotting any more supplies. It was a cool project really and I get they are broke. But, the kids still need to create.

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      5 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      @Ardyn25: Thank you so much for taking the time to read and leave such a kind comment. I've become obsessed with it now that I have the time to do it for fun. :)

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      LeslieMirror 

      5 years ago

      I believe living green adds 100 points to your karma. =) Thus, I'm really serious about this topic:http://www.squidoo.com/live-greenny

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      LUMOSE 

      5 years ago

      Nice

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      RainDefence LM 

      5 years ago

      How do you get rid of the sharp edges? I've cut myself on an opened can before, I know you say use a can opener, but that doesn't really get rid of them.

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      topbuilderlist 

      5 years ago

      Simple but very resourceful project for kids to start with, by making them aware how to preserve our environment.

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      Ardyn25 

      5 years ago

      A perfect use for tuna tins and you sure could get creative with it. Great idea thanks for sharing . And congratulations on LoTd.

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