How to Make Things With Tin Cans

Updated April 17, 2017

Recycle those empty tin cans by making cute and practical gift and favour containers for holidays or special occasions. Place a gift, candy or cookies in a perfect sized decorated tin can for family and friends. They are quick and easy to craft and are wonderful for class and kid club projects. The expense involved in creating these tin can containers is small. Most supplies needed are likely already in your craft closet and the tin cans can be accumulated from your recycle bins.

Paint the outside of an empty vegetable can using white acrylic paint. Allow the paint to dry and apply additional coats until complete coverage is achieved.

Cut the leg from a colourful sock, at the ankle, for the snowman hat. Fold the top of the sock leg over 1 inch for the cuff of the snowman hat. Cut a 10 inch piece of 1/4 inch wide ribbon. Tie the ribbon around the cut end of the sock leg, 1 inch from the end. Cinch and tie it in a bow. Place the hat on the open end of the vegetable tin can, as a removable lid.

Center and apply blush to the front of the can for the snowman cheeks. Use orange dimensional fabric paint to dot a nose in the centre of the face. Use black dimensional fabric paint to dot two eyes and five dots to form a smile. Allow the paint to dry.

Paint the outside of an large empty coffee can using an acrylic paint colour of your choice. Allow the paint to dry and apply additional coats for complete coverage. Darker colours may need more coats than lighter ones. Spray over the paint with clear acrylic spray sealer.

Rip a strip of matching fabric 2 inches wide by 24 inches long. Wrap the strip around the centre of the can and tie the ends in a knot.

Trim the ends to about 2 inches long. Hot glue a decorative button over the knot. Insert a sheet of tissue paper inside the can.

Paint the outside of an empty vegetable tin can using an acrylic paint colour of your choice. Allow the paint to dry and add additional coats if needed.

Turn the can upside down. Measure up the side of the can, across the bottom and down the other side. Add 12 inches to the measurement. Use a compass to cut a circle of fabric using the measurement for the circle's diameter.

Lay the fabric with the wrong side up and set the can in the centre. Place handfuls of stuffing around the can. Gather up the edges of the circle around the can and secure with a rubber band. The stuffing will create a blousy, cushioned effect. Fold under the raw edges of the circle just enough to tuck under the rubber banded fabric. Cut an 18-inch length of 1-inch wide wired ribbon. Tie the ribbon in a bow around the can, hiding the rubber band.

Cut a 12-inch long piece of paper twist. Hot glue the ends, opposite each other, on the inside of the can for a handle.

Things You'll Need

  • Vegetable cans
  • White and assorted colours of acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Colourful sock
  • Measuring tape
  • 1/4-inch wide ribbon, 10 inches
  • Blush
  • Black and orange dimensional fabric paint
  • Large coffee can
  • Clear acrylic spray sealer
  • 1 yard fabric
  • Decorative button
  • Hot glue
  • Tissue paper
  • Compass
  • Stuffing
  • Rubber band
  • 1-inch wide wired ribbon, 18 inches
  • Paper twist, 12 inches
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About the Author

Based in the Midwest, Cyndee Kromminga has been writing craft and interior design articles for 15 years. Her articles and craft designs have appeared in Crafting Traditions Magazine, Easy Holiday Crafting Series-House of White Birches Newsletter and Country Woman Christmas Books. Kromminga's education is in interior design and she has experience operating a craft and design business for more than 20 years.