How many tin cans do you empty each month? And how many do you throw away? If you haven’t been upcycling them, you’re missing out!  The cans from canned foods are the perfect size as a basis of so many lovely DIY projects and crafts.  They are easy to find.  Free!  And can be easily transformed into something useful and gorgeous.

Here are 19 beautiful, useful and just plain fun tin can crafts to inspire you to put them to use.

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Best Tin Can Crafts

1. Bang those drums using these salvaged tin can crafts

These toy drums are beautiful and could be a lovely gift for a child or it could be a great activity to do with your kiddo.  Imagine a whole set of these. Your kids will have hours of fun. You’d never guess that they came from tin cans!

Materials needed:

  • different-sized tin cans
  • small pieces of leather
  • decorative fabric
  • leather laces
  • wooden dowel and small ball
  • cotton batting

You may need a punching tool to make the holes for the lacing. I love the padded drum sticks. Your little drummer will be making music for hours at a time.

Tin can drums

2. Design these whimsical tin can crafts floral centerpieces

Finding a unique, inexpensive centerpiece is like finding a treasure! And who could’ve imagined something so lovely from a tin can craft. Collect tin cans, grab some burlap and doilies. Add your initials or a special date to make rustic (and cheap!) centerpieces for a wedding or for another special occasion.

Burlap tin can centrepiece

3. Candle holders are great tin can crafts

This is a great idea when you need an inexpensive base for those pillar candles and it has such a rustic, yet classy appeal. It’s so simple to make these tin can holders and is especially great for that last-minute outdoor dinner party. Who doesn’t love the ambiance of candles glowing while entertaining your guests?!

burlap tin can candle holder

4. DIY tin can pendant lights

This is the coolest idea to make with your tin can crafts! Who knew that you could build your own hanging lights? Now that’s keeping your budget in mind!  And with the right tin cans, you could even make a grouping of varied-sized lights. These DIY Pendant Lights would look amazing in your first apartment or in a farmhouse kitchen.  You will need:

  • empty tin can
  • paint & paintbrush
  • something to make a hole in the can
  • a light kit from your local hardware store

tin can hanging lights

5. Make tin can crafts into herb planters

Growing herbs is so fun and rewarding. And this collection of tin can pots adds to the beauty. Copper spray paint and chalkboard labels turn these tin cans into lovely herb planters or even succulent planters that you’d be proud to display.

You can grow herbs indoors on a windowsill that has full sun. Good choices include basil, cilantro, dill, oregano, rosemary, sage, and thyme. Of course, grow what you love; after all, you’ll be eating them! Yum, yum!

tin can herb planters

6. Create bird feeders with these tin can crafts

It’s so beautiful to watch birds in your own backyard. Set out some easy DIY bird feeders for your feathered friends. It’s amazing that all you need to do is set out some bird feed in a simple feeder and they will discover this food source.

All you need is small paint cans and a small dowel. Use hot-glue to attach the dowel and some ribbon or twine to hang it from a limb. You may need to use something stronger than ribbon if you have small rodents or larger birds that are also hungry. Perhaps you can try some finch or black oil sunflower seed.

Get those binoculars and bird books out for your backyard bird identification!

Tin can bird feeders

7. Wall mounted tin can tea lights

Make some wall-mounted tea light holders. out of recycled tin cans! They can add a soft, glimmering touch to any room. Use spray paint for inside and outside and decorate them with some decorative paper. Or you could use a nail punch and create some patterns to let more light shimmer through. You can hang them on your wall using little foam sticky squares.

This is a great way to add some flickering ambiance to your room and keeps the candles out of reach of children and pets.

wall mounted tin can tea lights

8. Tin Can desk lamp

This is my favorite tin can crafts project so far… a can lamp! Use an old lamp, disassemble the wiring and remove original shade. Using it as a template, drill all appropriate holes in your can. Spray paint the exterior with hammered copper and interior with silver. Rewire the lamp and you’re golden. I love that it makes it look old and worn.

tin can desk lamp

9. Tin can wind chime

The tinkling sound of tin on a breezy summer day is so relaxing. You can make a tin can wind chime with the kids. for a summer vacation activity. Paint tin cans, hammer a hole in the middle of the can. Use a metal hoop or The inside of an old lamp share. Cut the waxed string at different lengths. Tie a knot and burn the ends of each string so it’s firmly in place.

Of course, your kids will want to decorate their own tin can!

Tin can wind chime

10. Tin can patriotic windsock

Show your patriotism on the 4th of July with a set of fun patriotic windsocks. They’re great for Memorial Day and Labor Day, too!

Use a can opener to remove both ends of the tin can. have fun painting the cans variations of red, white, and blue with stars. And glue different lengths of ribbon to the inside of the cans.

These will look so lovely hanging from your tree and are sure to attract attention.

patriotic tin can wind sock

11. Make a Wizard of Oz tin can man

Isn’t this adorable? This would be so fun to do make with your kids, especially after they’ve read the book or watched the movie. Gather an assortment of tin cans, spray paint them silver and arrange them to create your tin man. And of course, spray paint the funnel, too! Add this tin man to your porch or garden.

Tin can man

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12. Tin can Bowling

Finding things to entertain your kids during summer vacation can be challenging. This activity is a two-fold win!

  1. First, it’s an activity that you can do with them – planning it and painting the cans.
  2. Then, they will have hours of fun setting up an outdoor bowling game. Use a ball or bean bag!

Bowling is such a classic sport! Kids of all ages will enjoy this summertime fun.

tin can bowling

13. Tin can portable rocket stove

This little stove is amazing! You can boil water in just minutes with only a few sticks of wood!  This tin can crafts idea is not a simple, throw-together project to do with your kids, but it is so cool! You can make a lightweight, portable rocket stove to take on any adventure.

All you need is a gallon can with both top and bottom, pineapple juice can, two bean-sized cans. And yes, some tools (hammer, tin snips, and pliers) And you’ll probably want some gloves to protect your hands and goggles to protect your eyes.

tin can burner

14. Tin can bag dispenser

Now this tin can bag dispenser is super simple and so practical! Use a large coffee can to create storage for your plastic grocery bags or trash bags. Paint the can to match your decor and it would even look nice on your countertop. No more bags in a bag under your cabinet!

tin can bag dispenser

15. Hanging tin can organization station.

You’ve seen these kinds of cutlery holders for sale and thought about buying them. Isn’t this great? You can make it yourself! Grab some tin cans, paint and decorate them and use s-hooks to hang them from a towel bar to create your own utensil organization station.

Tin can utensil holder

16. Tin can portable cutlery holder

Or here’s a portable cutlery holder that’s perfect for taking to parties, picnics, cookouts, etc. Or..this can be used for art coloring or painting supplies, too.

Paint cans inside and out with rust-proof paint. Paint a piece of wood to match. Once dry, punch a hole into the can and then screw to the piece of wood. In order not to damage the paint, you may want to add a piece of felt between the wood and the tin can.

tin can utensil caddy

17. Tin can craft organizer

Tin cans make great stuff organizers! Use leftover fabric and trim to create an organizer for your desk or craft room. Different heights for different supplies. Now, this is such a great, practical way to find things when you need them.  To make these creative organization solution tin cans:

  • empty tin cans
  • fabric leftovers and fabric scraps
  • spray paint
  • embellishments
  • glue

Tin can craft containers

18. Tin can lanterns

Make tin can lanterns to adorn your porch or deck this summer. Decorative patterns are nice, but it’s really as simple as punching holes in the can and adding some paint to make it pretty. All you need is tins cans, wire coat hangers or 1/10 in (2mm) diameter galvanized fencing wire, and a nail or nail punch. And your creativity will add the flair!

Tin can lanterns

19. Tin can powder room storage containers

All powder rooms need a place to keep necessities handy. I love the daisies as part of the grouping. And keeping the lids and adding a small knob adds such elegance to these DIY storage containers. Of course, you could use this idea for crafts supplies, trinkets, and more. Make sure you get rid of any sharp edges.

Tin can

Upcycling Tin Cans into Tin Can Crafts is so much FUN!

Once you get those creative juices flowing, the options seem limitless.  A little bit of paint and some creativity goes a long way. Besides adding some cool ideas to your decor, you’ve recycled and saved your pennies. Enjoy the experience!

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