7/30/12

10 Creative Things to do with Cans

You probably have a bin full of them. So why not put that 'trash' to good use?! Today I have rounded up 10 of my favorite ways to get creative with cans. I love a good 'upcycle' project!



1. Get Organized

Source: hgtv.com via Samantha on Pinterest


2. Dip them in Paint



3. Cover them in Burlap






4. Fill them with Flowers



5. Style Your Hair





6. Make a Game



7. Craft for Halloween



8. Decorate a Table





9. Light Up the Night



10. Spoil Your Guests




Source: bit.ly via amanda on Pinterest


What is your favorite thing to do with a can? 




UPDATE: Concerned about sharp edges? 
According to TLC.com http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/family/recycled-tin-can-crafts2.htm: "Wash the can thoroughly in hot, sudsy water, to get rid of traces of food. Since your hands will come into frequent contact with the pen holder, remove or cover all sharp edges. A sanding wheel attached to a power drill or rotor tool will smooth out rough spots. You can also finish the top edge by folding a piece of ribbon lengthwise over the rim. (You might also want to look for a side-cutting can opener, which doesn't leave a sharp edge.)" 

**Come back later and link up your most creative post at our weekly party- "Cowgirl Up"!

29 comments:

  1. crafty and clever AND TEXAN! woop!

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  2. Spit in it. Just kidding. Can't say I've ever kept an old can, but that's because I have no vision. I shall use these can decorating ideas to broaden my creative scope in the future.

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  3. I have a gallon (I think) size Hershey can that i use to old all my wooden spoons, in the kitchen. LOVE it!

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  4. Great ideas ... all look like fun. I love the burlap ones.
    Audrey Z. http://audreyzumwalt.blogspot.com/
    Timeless Treasures

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  5. Wash it out with bleach, tear off the label and using rubbing alcohol to get the glue off, then crochet a cute jacket in bright colours to fit around it, and use it to store pens, paint brushes, coloured pencils, or as a vase for bouquets from my kids.

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  6. I love this post! I been making neat crafts out of cans as well and love seeing new ones like the Halloween one! Great post!

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  7. I have been turning mine into mummys by wrapping them with guaze, sponging some brown ink (for dirt), gluing on googly eyes & spiders and adding wire to the top for a handle. They are super cute & I put trail mix or fun little treats in them & give them as gifts. I love re-purposing cans.

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  8. Great ideas. How do you make the can safe though, so kids (or silly adults) don't cut themselves on the jaggedy edges and get tetanus.

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    1. Re cut the already open lid with the can opener! Works for formula cans as well! I use a hand held opener.

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    2. Re cut the already open lid with the can opener! Works for formula cans as well! I use a hand held opener.

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  9. Good question Jellybean Dragon! According to TLC.com: Wash the can thoroughly in hot, sudsy water, to get rid of traces of food. Since your hands will come into frequent contact with the pen holder, remove or cover all sharp edges. A sanding wheel attached to a power drill or rotor tool will smooth out rough spots. You can also finish the top edge by folding a piece of ribbon lengthwise over the rim. (You might also want to look for a side-cutting can opener, which doesn't leave a sharp edge.)

    Hope that helps, safety first!
    :) Samantha

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  10. I have another cute idea to add to your list.I found a roll of duct tape with candy corn pictured on the entire roll. I used it to put a band around my cans after I spray painted them black. Now I will be filling the cans with candy and giving them out as pencil holders to my trick or treat visitors.

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  12. If you have outdoor furniture and you're concerned about the legs of table/chairs rusting, place them inside cans that your fill with crete. they will stay better anchored in windy weather AND last a good long time. Paint the cans to match the furniture, of course!

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  13. With a glue gun make the rim of the can safe for little hands and, well, for us adults too.

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  14. With a glue gun make the rim of the can safe for little hands and, well, for us adults too.

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  15. With a glue gun make the rim of the can safe for little hands and, well, for us adults too.

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  16. If you use the can opener from Tupperware, you won't need to worry about those sharp edges.

    Just follow this link, click on "Shop our product gallery" and click on "on sale" on the left. (They are on sale until 12/14/12)

    Enjoy!

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  19. Link for can opener -
    http://my2.tupperware.com/tup-html/C/chefsydney-welcome.html

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  20. We grow herbs, etc out of these. For instance, the tomato cans: I leave the labels on and plant tomato seeds. When I transplant, I plant more seeds because I like my tomatoes coming up at different times

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  22. I am making a tin man yard decoration that sells on etsy for 50.00

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  23. I like to make metal flowers to stake in the yard out of the recycled cans. They are fun to make and it brings out the creative side of you. You use tin snips to cut the can open to whatever design you prefer and then paint your design. I have made sunflowers, Auburn, and Alabama designs using large cans and polka dotted flowers using smaller soup cans.

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  24. this is a great round up post. spotted it on pinterest and hopped on by to have a closer look. Thank for for being inspiring...

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  25. love this type of urban art ...can't wait to see your papers

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  26. My grandmother sent me a safety can opener. Lol it turned the sharp top edge of can smooth. I use cans for holding my kids craft stuff! And wrap some with a piece of ribbon and put flowers in for table settings! Cheap and easy with great impact, especially grouped!

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:) Samantha

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