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! Here are 19 beautiful, useful and just plain fun tin can crafts to inspire you to put them to use.
Clever Tin Can Crafts
Make a set of toy drums for the kids. These are gorgeous, and you’d never guess that they came from tin cans!
Add burlap, a doily and your initial to make rustic (and cheap!) centerpieces for a wedding or party.
Candles look lovely in tin can holders, too. These are so simple to make, and so elegant!
These DIY Pendant Lights will look amazing in a farmhouse kitchen.
Copper spray paint and chalkboard labels turn these tin cans into lovely herb planters you’d be proud to display.
Set out some easy DIY bird feeders for your feathered friends.
Use short tin cans to create some wall-mounted tea light holders. They add a soft, glowy touch to any room!
This is my favorite tin can project so far… a can lamp! The exterior was spray painted with hammered copper, and I love that it makes it look old and worn.
Make a tin can wind chime with the kids. You’ll love hearing it on a breezy day.
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!
Make a cute tin man to add to your porch or garden.
Paint cans pretty colors and set them up to create an outdoor bowling game for the kids.
Make a portable rocket stove to take camping. You can boil water in just minutes with only a few sticks of wood!
Use a large coffee can to create storage for your plastic grocery bags. No more bags in a bag under your cabinet!
Decorate tin cans, and use s-hooks to hang them from a towel bar to create your own utensil organization station.
Or here’s a portable cutlery holder that’s perfect for taking to parties, picnics, cookouts, etc. (Original tutorial not in English)
Create an organizer for your desk or craft room.
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.
Keep the lids, too, to make handy storage containers for crafts supplies, trinkets and more. Make sure you get rid of any sharp edges.