How to Reuse or Recycle Cans
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.
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.
Soda Can Book Cover
Reuse Soda Cans to Make a Book
Get all your friends talking about this soda can book cover. The projects is fairly quick and takes less than an hour, but you will need a pair of metal scissors to complete it.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
Reuse Large Coffee Cans
- Wishing Well Craft - How to Make a Wishing Well Using Craft Sticks
Use these free instructions for making a miniature wishing well using a tin can and craft sticks.
- Time Capsule Craft - How to Make a Time Capsule
Instructions for kids to make a special Time Capsule to help celebrate New Year's Day or any other special time.
- Scrapbooking Tins
Scrapbooking Tins - A new way to scrapbook. Create a special memory time capsule by decorating and filling used cans.
- Recycle a Tin Coffee Can
Make a decorative container with plaster casts and a recycled coffee tin 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.
Reuse Tin Cans
- Tuna Can Ladybug
Follow these directions and you can transform an empty tuna can into a ladybug you can hide your treasures in.
- Large Juice Can Stool - DIY Craft Project Instructions
Large Juice Can Stool - This free DIY craft project tutorial calls for juice cans, but common tin cans (the size of a soup can) work also.
- Get Organized with Recycled Tin Cans | Activities | Education.com
Give an old tin can a new life by transforming it into an organizer for your child's room in this middle school arts and crafts activity.
- How to Make Storage Containers from Tin Cans - Recycling Craft
How to recycle tin cans to make storage containers or art supply containers.