If you’re reading this article I’m going to take a guess that you’re a crafter, creator, or a DIY fan. I myself, am constantly looking for ways to reuse, recycle, up-cycle, and re-purpose things instead of trashing them. When I first moved off the grid I stocked up on non-perishable food items which left me with a lot of tin and steel cans. I would make regular trips to recycle what I could and one day while cleaning out my workshop I noticed I had a lot of little items that needed a place to be stored, and that’s where it all began for me.
Around the Workshop
Why waste money on storage containers for your nails, screws, nuts, and bolts when you can turn an old tin can into something useful? After the cans are cleaned and dried look for any rough or sharp parts that might cut and sand it down. I liked the rustic look of the old can so I left them as the were and used gorilla tape to label them but you can decorate them however you see fit.
Decorative Candle Holders
You can print or draw your designs on paper. You’ll need: Nails, Hammer, Can, Pattern, Spray Paint (if desired). All you have to do is fill the can with water and put it in the freezer until it’s solid, this allows you to make the holes. Once it’s frozen you can take a rubber band to hold the pattern in place and make your nail holes. When it’s done place a tea light candle and enjoy.
The bigger coffee cans make nice feed scoops. If you save the lids you can even store the food in the cans and in the morning all you have to do is pour some feed. If you want to add a handle that’s possible too. An old cabinet handle makes a pretty decent handle. You put the handle in place and mark the screw holes, hammer them out, and screw the handle into place.
Make Holiday Decorations
I saw some really cute ideas for tin can holiday decorations. A little construction paper, glue, cotton balls, and imagination go a long way with this one. You can even incorporate the tin can candle holders with the scenery by making pumpkins, Christmas trees, Hanukkah candles, etc.
Tin cans with lids are great for this project. You can be as simple or intricate as you please. Some people just slit a hole in the lid and leave the can as it is, while others go all out and turn it into an actual Piggy Bank.