Cover a used vegetavle can with pretty scrappaer or fabric using mod podge or elmer's glue. Tie a ribbon around the top of the can and tie in a pretty bow. Now add pens, crayons or pencils and you have a pretty holder for your desk or kitchen counter.
Help your child turn a used tuna can into a creative catch-all countainer for dad on Fathers Day. Tie a long piece of twine around a can and secure with a knot. Spread elmers glue around the bottom part of the side of the can and slide the twine to the bottom lip of the can. Now wind the twine around the can keeping the tension fairly tight and the twists close together. Add more glue as you go along. If you run out of twine glue the end down and add more twine by starting the new piece an inch or so over the old piece. Finish by tieing a knot at the last twist around and apply more glue to the knot. Let dry overnight before wrapping.
Help your child to use a clean tin can to create a pretty vase for grandma. Paint the outside of the can with acrylic craft paints and let dry. Use hot glue or elmer's glue (depending on the age of the child) to randomly wrap different lengths of ribbon, lace, embroidery floss or rick rack around the can. Add glitter if you'd like. Allow vase to dry overnight. Add a pretty bouquet of fresh or silk flowers and the vase is ready to give to grandma.
Did you know you can bake a cake or bread in a tin can? Use a clean tin can and spray the inside with non-stick cooking spray. Make your favorite cake or muffin batter and fill each tin can about halfway. Place the tin cans in a shallow dish and bake as usual. Set the oven temperaure as recipe calls for. The coooking time may have to be adjusted. Try making muffins in clean used tuna cans. Once cool wrap the tin can and muffin with food grade cellophane or alluminum foil and tie with a length of ribbon.
Used tin cans make great catch-alls for the garage or tool shed. Use tin cans to hold nuts and bolts or nails while you are working on a project. A tin can also makes a great paint carrier for when you need a small amount of paint for touch ups around windows.
How many unique and unusual uses can you come up with for recycling used tin cans and keeping them out of our land fills?
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I recycle tin cans using many of your tips mentioned. I've never baked in them, sounds like something I will try. H5
Had no idea you could bake in them. May have to try that!
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Love the muffin idea!!!!!!! Hi5!
Congratulations, good job. H5
Great front page list! Congratulations!
Nice list! I recently made some tin can luminaries and then wrote about it on Associated Content. Love your ideas! My mom used to bake small bread loaves in cans.
Love to recycle things, good ideas! Congrats. :)
And teach kids how to make an old-fashioned "telephone" w/ two tin cans and a string. Does anybody do that anymore?
Cool ideas for recycling tin cans!
Who would have thought you could do so many things with a tin can! Congrats on the front page!
Thanks for the info & congrats on the great article. H5
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Creative a wonderful use for tin cans.Congratulations on the front page spot!
Wow had not thought of this. Cool ideas for recycling tin cans. Love it. H5
These are great tips! H5
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All great tips for reusing tin cans. High5
Not to mention you can get paid for recycling cans and make a little change if you save enough.
These are all great ways to reuse those tin cans, my kids love decorating them as pencil holders. H5!
I have seen number one done beautifully, and love date nut bread cooked in cans! High five!
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