10 Great Ideas for Tin Cans

As usual, Pinterest has been my inspiration for this post, I lose whole days of my life browsing that site! However, it is totally worth it when you discover upcycling gems such as these, I hope you enjoy them as much as me!

1. Picnic Tins 

Create a caddy for picnics/barbecues/outdoor eating with paint and string. Click the image for full details.

2. Tin Can Packaging

Turn your unwanted tin cans into present packaging using pretty paper, trim and fabric.

3. Tin Can Organisation!

Upcycle organization!

Use a paint can (painted) and attach tin cans to create a great workspace storage area for desks, crafts or a table centrepiece!

4. Bird Feeder

Upcycle 2 empty tuna or cat food tins into a cheery bluebird feeder.

Use small tuna or cat food tins to create a pretty bird feeder. Click the image for details.

5. Mossy Tins

 Paintable wallpaper glued on tin cans.  Love the texture! (And recycling never looked so cute!)

Use textured wallpaper, painted white and moss from the garden to make a stunning table centrepiece.

 6. Tin Can Barbecue

A barbecue in a can!

Self explanatory instructions for creating a barbecue out of a tin can!

 7. Pretty Pots

Got left over tins... re-cycle, re-use.. Decorative Tins with napkin/serviette decoupage

Create some beautiful tins with wire, charms and a bit of napkin decoupage!

8. Tin Can Storage

So pretty, can and peg idea. this is me.....simple. reuse.....

Paint, pegs and decoupage create a lovely storage canister.

9. Tin Can drums!

Balloons and tin cans make the perfect impromptu drum set!  Lots of other balloon ideas too.

Tin Cans and Balloons create the perfect homemade drum = hours of fun!

10. Tin Can Lids
Cute and simple can upcycling ideas

These amazing tin can lids were designed by Jack Bresnahan as part of his Northumbria University project,unfortunately they are not in production but someone, somewhere should do something similar!

Do you have any of your own ideas for using tin cans?


My name is Caroline Sutton and I'm a wife and mother of 3 children, passionate about food, keeping me and my family healthy, gorgeous interiors and shopping! I have a degree in Biochemistry and Pharmacology and continue to be interested in the science behind diet and drugs. I also have a Diploma and City and Guilds in Interior Design and for the last 17 years have run a property company which develops, redevelops and manages rental properties: Sunlight Properties Ltd.

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