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15 Simple ways to Upcycle Tin Cans

If you’re going to make something from scratch and put in a lot of effort to the crafting project, and you actually the kind of DIY lover who adores making almost anything you make into an opportunity for upcycling and repurposing? Well, we’re exactly the same way, so we honestly can’t say we blame you! There’s just something so satisfying about giving just about any object or household item a new lease on life where it would otherwise be thrown away. After all, what’s not cool about having a positive green impact on the environment around you or making something you don’t need into something practical that you’ll actually use? One of our very favourite things to upcycle, because we have lots of access to them and they’re affordable, are tin cans! Each time we make a can of soup or something for our kids, we rinse the can out and set it aside to be made into crafts later.

Just in case you’re as in love with the idea of transforming tin cans into crafts of all kinds as we were, if not more, here are 15 of the very best ideas, designs, and tutorials we’ve found so far in our quest to make as many tin cans projects as humanly possible!

1. Ombre painted tin can luminaries

Ombre painted tin can luminaries

One of the best parts of crafting with tin cans is that they’re hardy and durable, since they’re made of metal. That’ makes them fantastic for outdoor projects because they’ll withstand changes in weather better than most things if you forget to bring them in. At the same time, they’re not so hard that you can’t alter their shape or do things like poke holes in them. This fantastic ombre painted luminary outlined step by step on Crafts Unleashed is the perfect example of what we mean! Your candle’s light will glow through the holes when it gets dark out but your paint job will look pretty during the day before the sun goes down.

2. Napkin decoupage tin can flowers

Napkin decoupage tin can flowers

Are you quite intrigued indeed by fancying up the outside of your tin cans like you saw above but you’re just not a huge fan of the idea of making something involving candles because you don’t like keeping open flames around since you have little kids? Perhaps you just prefer other crafting techniques over painting. In either case, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Party Delights made these fantastic tin can flower vases by decoupaging floral pattern napkins across the outside surface of their cans!

3. Tin can drums

Tin can drums

Are you actually mostly interested in crafting with tin cans because you like the idea of giving your kids something a little more structured and unconventional to work with without having to buy expensive or complicated crafting supplies from the nearest store? Well, if your little ones are noisy music makers like ours, drumming on pots and pans or always singing, then we have a feeling these adorable tin can, balloon, and elastic band drums might be right up your alley. See how Red Ted art made these ones happen in just a few simple steps.

4. Paint dipped tin can planters

Paint dipped tin can planters

Were you very interested indeed in the idea of making tin can vases or planters but you’d prefer an aesthetic that’s a little more industrial chic or minimalist than the napkin decoupage idea we showed you earlier on? In that case, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how A Greener Life for Us made these fantastic paint dipped planters in a way that’s quick and easy but still visually pleasing. We think these are perfect for setting on the patio or in the kitchen, depending on the time of year, the weather, and where what you’ve planted will thrive the most.