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How to make a metal tin man

Updated April 17, 2017

The Tin Man is a memorable character from the classic film, "The Wizard of Oz." Also called the Tin Woodsman, this man made of tin travels with Dorothy to find his heart. Make your own Tin Man, using soup cans, aluminium foil and other household or crafting materials. Before starting your project, make sure all cans are rinsed and empty.

Remove the labels from all cans and tins. Spray paint them silver. If the funnel is plastic, spray it silver or wrap it in foil.

Construct the body of the Tin Man. Use a hot glue gun to attach two soup cans to the sides of the coffee can to make the arms. Glue the third soup can on top of the coffee can for the head. Glue the two long narrow cans on the bottom of the coffee can for legs. Glue the candy tins on the bottom of the legs to make feet. Attach the wide end of the funnel on top of the soup can for a head piece.

Arrange the washers, nails and tabs to design the face and ears. Glue into place. You can also use permanent black marker to draw in details. Cut out hands from the foil and glue to the ends of the soup can arms.

Cut out a red heart from construction paper. Glue it on the Tin Man's chest, on the coffee can.

Drill a hole through the tip of the funnel. String rope or twine though the hole and tie to hang.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 soup cans
  • 1 coffee can
  • 1 funnel
  • 2 tall, narrow soda cans
  • 2 candy tins
  • Silver spray paint or foil
  • Glue gun
  • Screws, washers, soda tabs
  • Markers
  • Red construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Drill
  • String or twine
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Since 2008, Jen Kim has been a professional writer and blogger, working for national publications such as Psychology Today and Chicago Tribune affiliates. She holds a Master of Science in journalism from Northwestern University.