It is a fun endeavor to create practical and stylish items for your home inexpensively, quickly and easily. Tin cans are something we can all find in our cupboards and recycle bins. Try reusing tin cans to do your part to reduce waste.

 

Try These Brilliant DIY Projects Using Tin Cans

Here are some fun DIY projects using tin cans that you will enjoy working on and can use in your home afterwards. You will have everyone asking how to create these brilliant projects for their homes and mimicry is the best form of flattery after all.

 

Herb Garden

Begin your DIY projects using tin cans by simply removing the paper label, washing them, adding a couple of holes in the bottom for drainage with a drill, and filling with soil and herbs; voila you have a herb garden without the need to buy plastic pots.

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Cutlery holders

For a casual look on your dining table, kitchen table or patio table use tin cans to hold cutlery and napkins for breakfast, lunch or dinner guests. There is not much to create this casual look. Empty, wash and remove the label and there you have it!

Cutlery holders

Vase

For country-chic décor this is the perfect project. Empty, wash and paint the tin can the colour of your choosing. Once the paint has dried take some inexpensive twine and wrap it around the tin can in the middle. You can wrap the tin can as little as once with a simple bow for an elegant look or wrap it around multiple times for a more textured look.

Vase

Colouring Supply Cups

This is an easy and effective way to organize the craft area clutter. This is less of a project and more of a way to stay tidy, so you can organize all of your craft supplies to create all of those other wonderful projects you have in mind. All you really need to do is empty and clean cans and organize in a row for crayons, pencils, paint brushes etc.

Colouring Supply Cups

Telephone game

This is one of the oldest games created with tin cans and is one of the most fun DIY projects using tin cans around. Start with two of the same tin cans, drill a small hole in the middle of the bottom or each tin can, take approximately four feet of string and feed each end through each tin can and tie a knot in the end of the string to keep it in place. Now give the tin can phone to your children and have them each take turns talking and listening for the messages through this basic telephone.

Telephone game

Nightlight

This great idea courtesy of upcycle blog, is a great way to make a personalized night light for your little family members. Simply take your dollar store night light and then cover it with a tin can that is sawed in half. Drill the pattern of your choosing into the tin can and spray-paint it in the colour of your choice. Consider designs like star and moons, trees or animal.

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Bird Feeders

What is sweeter than taking care of our feathered friends this Spring. Thanks to Momtastic you can easily make your own bird feeder to put in your back yard. Make two holes in the side of the can and thread a piece of string through, tie a knot in each end of the string. Glue a popsicle stick to the edge of the inside of the tin can as a perch for birds and hang in your tree.

Bird Feeders

Wind Chime

A nice outdoor décor item that you do not want to break the bank to buy, make your own basic wind chime inexpensively. Luckily, you can create your own wind chime by painting six tin cans of differing sizes, cutting a small hole in the centre of the bottom of the cans, threading a string through each can and tying the strings to a covered embroidery hoop at different heights.

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Bowling Game

Gather 5 large tin cans and have some fun decorating them with brightly coloured paint, next arrange the tin cans with three in the back row, two in the middle row and one in front. Get a ball and you have a home-made bowling game.

Bowling Game

Wedding Centrepieces

For a country wedding this is a nice project for the bridal party to do together and will not blow the budget. Clean and empty the tin can, measure the circumference of the can and cut strips of white lace to glue around the can. Now soak florist foam in water and add your flower arrangements.

Wedding Centrepieces

 

Patio Lantern

First mark holes in the sides of cans with a permanent marker and then fill with water and freeze. Drill the holes you marked and then thaw.  Add citronella candles into each can to keep away the mosquitos and for some ambient lighting for those warm evenings.

Patio Lantern

Bathroom Organizer

Create your own toothbrush holder as part of one of your DIY projects using tin cans. Decorate the can any way you would like with paint and then take strips of cardboard to create dividers for as many toothbrushes as you need. Cover the cardboard in saran wrap so the cardboard doesn’t get soggy.

Bathroom Organizer

Desk Caddy

Glue several sized tin cans to a piece of scrap wood you have laying around (make sure to sand away the rough edges first). Paint the cans and wood the accent colour in your office or den and you have an easy way to organize your pens and office supplies.

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Home-made Candles

Empty a tin can and drill holes with the smallest drill bit you have in a motif of your choosing; such as a heart or an apple. Spray-paint the tin can the colour of your choice, then met some bee’s wax and add a couple of drops of essential oil such as lavender. Add a wick in the bottom of the tin can and pour the wax around it. Leave the wax to set overnight and trim your wick to size for a bohemian candle.

Home-made Candles

Grocery Bag Holder

Organize under your sink as recommended by Mom blogger Bonnie Donahue and turn a tin can into a container to store your plastic grocery bags. Spray-paint a clean tin can the colour of your choosing and then stencil the writing “Bags” This is a nice and tidy place to put all of those bags from the grocery store to reuse and leaves your cupboards tidy.

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