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How to Reuse or Recycle Cans

Updated on February 12, 2018
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I love to share my favorite ideas from around the web for people out there who like making things as much as I do!

Lots of Crafty Ways to Reuse Cans

Cans are made from metal. Metal has been around a long time occurring naturally on Earth. Separation of these metals from rocks and clays began as long ago as the 1800s. These extracted metals are used to make cans. When you are finished using cans they are recyclable!

You can also reuse cans in many crafts? Coffee cans, small tin cans, and soda cans can all be reused by following the craft tutorials below. Of course if you don't reuse your cans, always recycle. This handy recycle center locator will help you find the closest place to recycle your cans, simply by typing in your zip code.

Gift Canisters - Reuse Old Cans for Gift Giving

This is a cute and practical reuse of old cans. Clean them and decorate them with wrapping paper or contact paper to create reusable gift canisters that are sure to be a hit with the recipient.

Gift Canisters from the Craftynest Blog

Reuse a Coffee Can to Make a Drum
Reuse a Coffee Can to Make a Drum

Reuse a Coffee Can to Make a Drum

You can reuse coffee can's to make a child's drum. They will enjoy beating and banging on this. Fill them with some beans to create more sound capability by shaking. You will need a used coffee can, some craft supplies for decorating it and some dowel rods for drum sticks.

Reuse a Coffee Can to Make a Drum

Coffee Can Bank

Reuse a Coffee Can as a Bank

A quick and easy project for young kids is to make a bank from a used coffee can. The child can help decorate their bank and the can will not end up in the landfill.

Coffee Can Bank

Coffee Can Stilts

Ways to Reuse Coffee Cans

Keep kids busy on a hot summer day with these old-fashioned coffee can stilts. This can be done in only a few minutes with some large sturdy cans, and some rope.

Coffee Can Stilts

Lantern from Tin Cans

Possibly one of the most beautiful ways to reuse a household can is to paint it, punch holes in it and use if for a tin can lantern. This project can be completed in under an hour.

Tin Can Lantern

Tin Can Train

Ways to Reuse Tin Cans

If you have several shapes of tin cans, you can create this cute tin can train for kids to play with, or as home décor. Painting the cans adds to the charm of the train.

Tin Can Train

Reuse Cans as Gifts

The beauty of this fun reuse project is that it will leave the recipient of the gift wondering how you did it. :) If you have a can of peaches, tomatoes, pudding, or any other food with a pop-like flip top in your kitchen, you can put it to good use. First, use a safety can opener (the kind that cuts along the rim, rather than along the lid) to open the bottom of the can. Then remove the contents of the can. Don't forget to eat it. Then wash and refill the jar gluing the bottom back on. Read all the details below.

How to Alter a Pop Top Can into A Gift Can

Paint Can Storage - Reuse Cans for Storage

An old paint can be reused by decorating it to add some flare. Label it with the name of the item you are storing and viola, you have a unique and creative storage container that your friends will envy.

Photo by BHG

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      I recycle my cans, but I can imagine myself altering the pop up top cans to wrap gifts - very cute. Pinned to my board: crafts I love.

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      Masterdevin123 5 years ago

      Very creative, thank you!

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      Floradylan 5 years ago

      it's really necessary to recycle or waste the things properly!

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      coachkevin86 lm 5 years ago

      Fun ideas! Made a series of lanterns for my patio. They turned out great! thanks

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

      Great ideas! I love the tin can train!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great ideas.

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      WriterJanis2 6 years ago

      You have some great "green" ideas here.

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      adamfrench 6 years ago

      Impressive lens, thumbs up

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      FunkyJewelleryUK 6 years ago

      Great lens. I am beginning to make jewellery out of cans. Tricky though! Really nice work :)

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      Muzzie4848 6 years ago

      I love the Coca-Cola can notebook. How cool. YOu made you a featured lens on my 10th wedding anniversary gift ideas. Thank you.

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      manndtp 6 years ago

      Love the pop top gift idea. Definitely going to be doing that one soon!

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      WriterBuzz 7 years ago

      Very cool lens. Informative and fun. Thanks for sharing. Thumbs Up given.