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15 amazing things to make with empty tin cans

It's surprising what you can do with an empty tin can! I'm not talking about places to store old nuts and bolts in the garage, I'm talking about the fabulous home accessories you can make simply by using a tin can, a little skill and a helping of ingenuity. Today is Tin Can Day, so why not celebrate this humble piece of metal and be inspired to do your own recycling and up-cycling the next time you have an empty tin of beans. Biscuit Tins Hanging Against A Wall Being Used To Hold Lit Candles

Meridien Rugs

How cute are this pretty tea light holders made from small tin cans; the sort you find tuna fish in. Pretty Metal Tupperware Stored In Metal Wire Shelves


Okay, so these can have lids, but if you like pretty kitchenalia you'll love a collection of painted cans. Old Sweet Tins Being Used As Pen And Stationery Holders

Nina's Apartment

Tin cans with old labels are surprisingly collectable, especially when they're in good condition. Old Food Cans Being Painted Purple And Turned Into Lampshades

Ion Decorating

Looking for a new light-shade? Make your own using a tin can and you'll be able to paint it to compliment your colour scheme. Purple Tins Being Used As Plant Pots

Wallflower Wisdom

Sometimes the old ones are the best and while these home-made vases may not be the chicest on the market they'll cost you very little to make. They're a great craft idea for kids. Metal Biscuit Tins With Clear Lids Hanging On A Wall And Being Used As Terrarium

Pressed Flower By Dee

I'm loving these empty tuna fish can that have been transformed into little air plant gardens.

Get artistic and create a pierced candle or tea light holder.

Star Patterns Pierced Onto Old Food Cans With A Lit Candle Inside Them

Thinly Spread

Pierced tin can lanterns look stunning dotted around the garden or use them on the patio. Recycled Metal Reshaped Into The Shape Of A Bird

Crib Candy

Use the thinner cans to make little animals or birds – be careful though this thin metal can be razor sharp. Outdoor pavilion that looks like an igloo made from recycled tin cans

Green Prophet

Save up all of your empty cans and those of family and friends to make your own igloo style home like this one in Israel. Eight Black Cans Arranged Like Lines Dissecting A Centre Point, In Order To Create A Funky Lampshade

Lush Home

A collection of cans clustered together make a unique light fitting. Empty Drink Cans With A Blue Logo, Cut Up Into A Square And Used To Frame A Mirror

DIY Center

Use empty drinks cans to make a picture or mirror frame. Metal Tins Used As Containers In A Drawer For Paper Clips, Beads, Rubber Bands


Smaller cans make great draw tidies. Flatted Drinks Cans Used To Coat A House

Eco Artware

If you have hundreds of used beer or fizzy drinks can spare you could also cover the outside of your house with them by using them like shingles. Metal Tins Painted Red And Turned Into A Wine Rack

Savvy House Keeping

Make a simple wine rack using empty tins can stuck together.

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