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17 Crafty Ways to Reuse Tin Cans

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1. DIY Succulent Planter – Grab your drill and an empty can, and turn it into a sweet succulent planter! If you have a larger can – 32 ounces or bigger – you can use it for other things, like herbs or even small vegetable plants.

2. DIY Luminaries – Create illuminated art! All you need are a hammer and nails, and you can transform old cans into pretty luminaries.

3. Kitchen Organizer – Empty cans are the perfect size for stashing kitchen utensils. Check out how to make a hanging kitchen organizer from a few old cans and a reclaimed wooden cutting board.

4. Create a Night Light – This is kind of a spin on the luminary idea. Turn an old can into a cute night light that casts a decorative glow.

5. Recycled Wine Rack – Got a nice stash of empty cans? You can use them to make a functional wine rack.

6. Tin Can Drums – This is a fun way to get kids in on the upcycling. Turn old cans into fun little drums that they can play with.

7. Table Numbers – Another cool spin on the luminary idea! For your next big party, use empty cans to create lit up table numbers.

8. Pin Cushion – Seamstresses, rejoice! A tin can makes a nice, sturdy, large pin cushion. Even better: it doesn’t resemble a ball like the traditional tomato pin cushion, so maybe if it falls on the floor, your dog won’t immediately try to pick it up. True story!

9. Craft Supplies OrganizerThis project calls for bigger tins – like cookie tins – but you could easily translate it to use tin cans instead.

10. Craft Supply Caddy – Headed out to a craft night? You can tote your supplies in upcycled style with a portable craft supplies caddy made from old cans!

11. Stilts – Got a 32 ounce can or a coffee can? Make your kiddo a super fun pair of stilts!

12. Chalkboard Paint Organizer – Use chalkboard paint to make labeled organizers from your old cans. If you need to change what you’re storing where, just wipe the chalk away and write on a new label. So versatile!

13. Twine-Wrapped Can – You can use a twine-wrapped can as a pretty organizer, a vase for cut flowers, or even drill some holes in the bottom and create a planter.

14. Tin Candles – Get it? A reclaimed can makes a perfect vessel for DIY candles.

15. Tiered Vase – You need a 15 ounce, a 32 ounce, and a tuna can for this project. Create a beautiful tiered vase for real or handmade flowers.

16. Mood Lighting – Another tuna can project, these clever tea light holders hang vertically on the wall!

17. Bead-in-a-Can – Yep! You can bake up batches of banana bread right in reclaimed (cleaned) cans! They make great hostess gifts.

Have you guys seen any cool tin can crafts lately? Share your favorite ideas in the comments!

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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3:03AM PDT on Jul 9, 2014

loved all the ideas

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6:55PM PST on Feb 7, 2013

awesome ideas! thanks

5:30PM PST on Dec 23, 2012

I love these ideas! I'm always looking for ways to reuse my junk.

12:43AM PST on Dec 5, 2012

Thanks for the ideas.

8:44AM PST on Nov 19, 2012

Very cool, thanks for the ideas!

11:06AM PST on Nov 18, 2012

I'll have to try some of these.

8:31PM PST on Nov 17, 2012

very nice ideas! thanks!

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