17 Interesting DIY Tin Can Uses For The Whole Family

Canned foods are cheap, they do not go bad, and you can put them in all sorts of recipes and dishes. Seriously, canned food is underrated. But what do you do with the cans when you finish cooking? Do you throw them away?

Or do you recycle them? Well, today, we will reveal a couple of projects you can finish using tin cans. You do need a bunch of them before you can start a DIY tin cans project. But sometimes, even with just one, you can get there.

Recycling is always a better alternative than throwing something away. You will be surprised how many things you can do with empty tin cans. Here are some ideas to turn them into awesome and simple DIY projects.

1. Lazy Susan Caddy

tin can ambient lazy susan caddy cynthiashaffer
Tutorial: cynthiashaffer.typepad.com

Lazy Susan is a turntable placed on a table or a counter top to aid in distributing food. You probably see them in restaurants. And you can make them at home using variety of materials.

Place these circular tables in the center of a table to share dishes easily among diners. Today, we will make one using tin cans. You can put them at different height so it is more practical.

2. Ambient Lighting

tin can ambient light kiflieslevendula
Tutorial: kiflieslevendula.blogspot.com

This project will look like you’ve bought it from some expensive store. Luxurious, stylish, and serves a purpose in the home. What more can you ask for?

3. Tin Can Robots

tin can tin can robots easypeasyandfun
Tutorial: easypeasyandfun.com

The inspiration for this project is Wall-E, the last robot left on Earth. He keeps tiny metal parts in his house to fix himself.

Well, the tin can robot is a great way to engage in crafts and learning. You can use all kinds of broken materials including clocks, pens, screws, and much more. At the end, you get a great classroom craft or something to play with your kids at home.

4. Porch Lantern And Planter

tin can ambient porch planter and lantern girljustdiy
Tutorial: girljustdiy.com

This is one of the go-to moves for recycling and reusing tin cans. Lanterns and garden planters are easy and simple projects you can start with. If you are new into the DIY world, this project is the place to start.

5. Tin Can Stilts

tin can ambient tin can stilts simple outdoor play theresjustonemommy
Tutorial: theresjustonemommy.com

If you are into some different and unique outdoor play, time for a new project. Sometimes, simple is the best way to go. Your kids and you will have so much fun with these classic tin can stilts. They will be a huge hit.

6. Tin Can Gift Treats

tin can tin can treats for mothers day ourbestbites
Tutorial: ourbestbites.com

Tin cans can serve as packaging for your gift as well. You can put anything inside. In this guide, you will learn how to customize the tin can and fill it with goodies. The customization is up to you. Whether you want it as a gift for a loved one, colleague, mother, teacher, or anything else.

7. Winter Gear Storage Center

tin can ambient winter gear halway storage projectophile
Tutorial: projectophile.net

Sometimes, the mess in your house can take over. This is especially true for the hallway. Shoes, keys, and more stuff in the hallway can make it challenging and hard to organize things.

If you are desperate for some relief but short on cash and space, we have a solution for you. The Hat and glove storage center can certainly absorb some of the clutter. And you can make it with recycled materials.

8. Tin Can Knitting Loom

tin can ambient knitting loom cutoutandkeep
Tutorial: cutoutandkeep.net

Round knitting looms make it easy for you to knit things such as hats, scarves, and socks. There are so many you can buy on the market. But if you are more into DIY crafts, we have a project you can try. And you have all the things for this project at home.

Making a custom sized knitting loom is easy and cheap. Let’s see.

9. Wine Rack

tin can ambient create little wine rack tin cans cansforlife
Tutorial: cansforlife.eu

Here is something for the adults here. We all need a glass of wine at times. It is relaxing, calming, and soothing. At the end of the day, wine promotes circulation.

With that in mind, if you keep a lot of wines in home, you might have a problem. You need something to organize all the bottles. So, with that in mind, here is a cheap way to organize your wine.

10. Tin Can Windsock

tin can ambient tin can flag windsock for the kiddie bystephanielynn
Tutorial: bystephanielynn.com

Here is a project for celebrating Flag Day. It is an easy project you can make with your little kids. This accessory will make a great addition to your garden.

11. Tin Can Drums

tin can ambient tin can drums redtedart
Tutorial: redtedart.com

There are two things we love about this project. For starters, you can engage your kids in activity and let them have fun. And it is a five minute craft. This quick and easy craft will result in hours of play.

Why buy some expensive musical instrument your kids are likely to play once or twice. Check their interest in music first with some DIY crafts.

12. Outdoor Drink Holders

tin can outdoor drink holder tutorial positivelysplendid
Tutorial: positivelysplendid.com

We had some indoor booze organizer. Now, it is time for something to hold your beer while enjoying the sun in the yard. Bonus: you can sit and watch your kids play with your beer at your side. If you have a big yard with some chairs there, these tin can holders will make a great addition.

13. Ambient Wall Art Light

tin can ambient diy wall lamp tin ca ohohdeco
Tutorial: ohohdeco.com

We had some amazingly looking ambient light before. Now, we go with a simpler solution. A DIY lamp you can use it in your home. Our recommendation is as a perfect bathroom lighting. Tin cans are free and come in all sizes. So, pick a size you want and turn it into a bathroom lamp.

14. Wall Organizer

tin can ambient tin can wall organizer simpleasthatblog
Tutorial: simpleasthatblog.com

If you need some extra handy storage in your home, tin cans are a perfect solution. This project is for your bathroom, but you can use it for any room you like. It is a great way to organize your daily things. And you can make it without spending a lot of money.

15. Bathroom Towel Storage

tin can ambient diy beautiful towel storage with tin cans icreativeideas
Tutorial: icreativeideas.com

This project serves two purposes. For starters, it is a great way to organize and store things in the bathroom. And more importantly, it is a cute and adorable decoration. You recycle tin cans and get a space saving solution for small rooms. Sounds good enough for you?

16. Yarn Storage

tin can ambient yarn organizer leetha
Tutorial: leethal.net

As you can see, most of the DIY tin cans crafts are for storage. Well, this is one for your yarn. If you are into crafts, yarn is a must-have. Yarn comes in different colors, and this solution makes it more visible and easily accessible.

17. Mini Cakes

tin can mini cakes diy ohhappyday
Tutorial: ohhappyday.com

For our last project, we want to give you something you can eat. Yes, you can make something you can eat with tin cans. Their shape makes it a perfect cooking mold for cakes and cookies.

What do you do with empty tin cans? Do you have an idea now how to use them?

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