Super Easy and Awesome Tin Can Crafts on a Budget

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Wait, stop, don’t throw those empty tin cans in the recycling bin, we’re gonna make something fun with that humble tin can. As you all know I love to find creative ways to put everyday items to good use. This is an easy project and a great way to make good use of plain old tin cans. You can use canned food cans, soup cans, or any old can you have on hand. You can adjust this creative project to fit tin cans of all sizes. With just a little bit of paint and a few craft supplies, you can turn these empty cans into seasonal DIY home decor. This a fun project kids of all ages will enjoy. So here you go with a full tutorial.

Tin Can Crafts Materials

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Easy Solider Can Craft

The easiest way to get an even coat of paint on all these cans is to use spray paint.

  • I’m going to be painting three cans with Rust-Oleum spray paint in the color white.
  • I’m also going to be spraying three cans with Rust-Oleum black paint.
  • I’ll be painting one can with Rust-Oleum spray paint in the color red.
  • I also have these garden decor discs that kind of look like coasters and I’m going to be painting two of them with Rust-Oleum black spray paint.

Now that they’re all painted I need to let them all dry completely before I move on to the next step.

I used Waverly chalk paint in the color ballet slipper to achieve a skin tone.

Once they are all dry, start with one of the white cans. I used Waverly chalk paint in the color ballet slipper to achieve a skin tone. The white paint was just a primer so the chalk paint would adhere nicely. Paint the entire can and let it dry.

While that's drying I'm going to use some adhesive Diamond wrap paper.

While that’s drying I’m going to use some adhesive Diamond wrap paper. Cut a strip with two rows and then cut that in half. Peel off the backing and place all four strips onto the red cans, spacing them evenly apart.

Next, I’m going to take some Jingle Bells. I will be using eight Jingle Bells in total and I will use a hot glue gun to attach them on either side of the diamond adhesive wrap. Now that the red can is done I’m going to set that aside and focus on one of the black cans.

I'm going to use my gold Sharpie to make an x pattern on the black can, halfway down on either side. These will represent the boots or laces. I'm also going to draw a line down the center to define the pants.

I’m going to use my gold Sharpie to make an x pattern on the black can, halfway down on either side. These will represent the boots or laces. I’m also going to draw a line down the center to define the pants.

I will use a piece of red ribbon and hot glue it around the top of the black can. This will become the belt. I’ve cut another piece of the diamond wrap in the shape of a belt buckle and I’m peeling off the backing to place it on top of the ribbon.

Now the bottom half can is done. I'm going to repeat this with the top can. Using another black can I will wrap the ribbon around it and adhere it with hot glue. This will become my hat.

Now the bottom half can is done. I’m going to repeat this with the top can. Using another black can I will wrap the ribbon around it and adhere it with hot glue. This will become my hat.

Three of our cans are done, so now we're going to work on that pink. I will take some black felt and cut it into a mustache shape. I will also be cutting a couple of eyebrows as well. I'm going to glue two googly eyes on the pink can and draw a nose with a black Sharpie. I'm going to hot glue the eyebrows into place over the top of the google eyes and hot glue the mustache into place underneath the nose. I've also cut out a beard and I'm going to hot glue that into place.

Three of our cans are done, so now we’re going to work on that pink. I will take some black felt and cut it into a mustache shape. I will also be cutting a couple of eyebrows as well. I’m going to glue two googly eyes on the pink can and draw a nose with a black Sharpie. I’m going to hot glue the eyebrows into place over the top of the google eyes and hot glue the mustache into place underneath the nose. I’ve also cut out a beard and I’m going to hot glue that into place.

I wanted to add a little mouth so I used folk art home decor chalk paint in the color white to make some teeth. Once that was dry I took a red Sharpie and traced around it to make the lips. I cut some hair out of the felt as well and hot glued that into place on the top of the can.

I wanted to add a little mouth so I used folk art home decor chalk paint in the color white to make some teeth. Once that was dry I took a red Sharpie and traced around it to make the lips. I cut some hair out of the felt as well and hot glued that into place on the top of the can.

Now it's time to put them together. We start with the base with the feet and add the top which is the shirt. Next, we add the head with the beard that drapes over the top of the shirt and lastly we add the coaster and then the Hat. You could hot glue all of these into place if you like, or you can just stack them, it's really up to you.

Now it’s time to put them together. We start with the base with the feet and add the top which is the shirt. Next, we add the head with the beard that drapes over the top of the shirt and lastly we add the coaster and then the Hat. You could hot glue all of these into place if you like, or you can just stack them, it’s really up to you.

For this next project, I'm going to take the white can and place three buttons on it and hot glue them into place

Snowman Can Craft

For this next project, I’m going to take the white can and place three buttons on it and hot glue them into place

I'm going to take the second white can and hot glue two large eyes out of buttons. I've taken some orange felt and I've cut a carrot-shaped nose out of it. With a black permanent marker, I made some stripes to give it more of a carrot look. I hot glued the carrot into place underneath the button eyes. I then took my black permanent marker and drew a smiley face to make a snowman.

I’m going to take the second white can and hot glue two large eyes out of buttons. I’ve taken some orange felt and I’ve cut a carrot-shaped nose out of it. With a black permanent marker, I made some stripes to give it more of a carrot look. I hot glued the carrot into place underneath the button eyes. I then took my black permanent marker and drew a smiley face to make a snowman.

I took a scarf from Dollar Tree and cut a strip to become the snowman's scarf. I placed the head on the body and then I tied the scarf around the two.

I took a scarf from Dollar Tree and cut a strip to become the snowman’s scarf. I placed the head on the body and then I tied the scarf around the two.

I placed the coaster on top of the head and added the black can on top of that. The last thing I did was take a piece of red ribbon and cut it to the length around the top can and hot glue that into place.

I placed the coaster on top of the head and added the black can on top of that. The last thing I did was take a piece of red ribbon and cut it to the length around the top can and hot glue that into place.

Here they are all finished and I'm absolutely thrilled with how they turned out. I think this is a unique way to turn simple tin cans into fun Christmas decor.

Here they are all finished and I’m absolutely thrilled with how they turned out. I think this is a unique way to turn simple tin cans into fun Christmas decor.

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Be careful what kind of can opener you use as sometimes it leaves sharp edges

Other craft ideas and fun ideas include:

  • Paint them and stack them to create a Christmas Tree
  • Use them as storage containers
  • Create wind chimes
  • Make candle holders
  • Create a desk organizer
  • Create a craft caddy to hold things like a paint brush, pom poms, acrylic paints
  • Make bird feeders
  • Hold kitchen utensils with them.
  • Make an herb garden with them or plant your favorite flowers or plant real plants in them.
  • Upcycle tin cans using duct tape, washi tape, wrapping paper, contact paper, etc.
  • Create your own lazy susan, place cans in it, and use it to hold school supplies (this is great for summer vacation).

Are you ready to create some upcycled tin cans for yourself?

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  1. Lucy Ortiz says:

    I love all your up-cycle creations! I am also a breast cancer survivor and appreciate your comments on your and your mother’s journey. I live in SW FL. Hope you can come this way some day. I am a retired Social Worker.

    1. You are so very sweet, thank you, Lucy. Yes, I would love to connect with you on one of my trips to Florida!

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