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From Drab To Fab: 48 DIYs For Average Tin Cans

1. 1. Wine Rack

Remove both ends of the can, arrange, stack, and glue. Paint the cans beforehand if you want to add some color.

2. 2. Art Supply Caddy

Cover tin cans with Mod Podge and fabric, then use wire to attach them around the perimeter of a larger can. Nifty storage for paint brushes, pencils, and other art supplies.

The trick is to freeze the cans before cutting into them. Carefully cut S-shaped slits along the outside of the can, allow the ice inside to melt, then gently push it down. Check out a more detailed tutorial here .

5. 4. Beer Holders

Attach tin cans to 28” rods via smashed bottle caps, stick ‘em in the ground, then sit back and drink.

6. 5. Bling Pencil Pot

Use Mod Podge to coat the tin can with white paper, paint marbles with nail varnish in colors of your choice, and attach marbles with a hot glue gun. Here’s a nifty tutorial.

7. 6. Vase, Toothbrush Holder, and More…

Tin can toppers make for easy vases, toothbrush holders, coffee containers, and more. Toppers are by Jack Bresnahan.

8. 7. Can Clock

Attach a couple wooden legs to the sides of a can, paint the jar and legs in color of your choice, insert a clock mechanism inside the can, and voila. All the details are here.

9. 8. Upcycled Mugs

Bend silverware into a handle shape, then glue to the sides of painted tin cans.

10. 9. Stamp Can Containers

Cover the outside of cans with fun and colorful stamps.

Yep, you can bake a cake right inside the can. Here’s a recipe, but there are many more out there.

13. 11. Or Boston Brown Bread

Recipe can be found here.

14. 12. Desk Drawer Storage

Easily make your own by trimming tin cans in half. Great for keeping your office supplies in order.

15. 13. Mini Bongos

Fill the cans with rice/lentils, then stretch a balloon end over the top and secure in place with a rubber band. These plus a pair of chopsticks will keep kiddos occupied. See a full tutorial here.

16. 14. Plant Markers

Cut out strips from an aluminum can, then write the names of your plants on a piece of paper. Trace the the lettering into the aluminum strips, and trim the edge so you can stick it into the ground. Check out these step-by-step directions. And if you’re not a gardener, make cheese markers instead.

17. 15. Wind Chime

Paint cans of various sizes, string them together, and hang outside.

18. 16. Advent Calendar

Paint your cans red, drill holes in the sides and add wire handles, then cut out number silhouettes from white vinyl. Fill them with Christmas candies or messages.

19. 17. Sideways Storage

Cover your cans with decorative paper using double-stick tape or glue. Stack the cans on their sides and glue them together. Use gallon cans to store larger items.

20. 18. Pendant Lights

Paint the cans to mach your interior decor. Drill a hole in the bottom of your can, insert a wire and attach a light socket in each. Hang ‘em and you’re done!

21. 19. Crushed Can Decor

Paint soda cans white, gently crush them, and fill with flowers. Shabby and stylish at the same time.

22. 20. Hang Bouquets

Fill tin cans with flowers, then attach them to both sides of a thick chain and hang over a pole. These would make for beautiful wedding decor.

23. 21. Make Robots

Decorate cans with electrical tape, hardware and other recyclables, disk magnets, and hot glue.

24. 22. Get Your Grill On

Cut slat around the can, fold them back, then fill up the can with charcoal. Place a cooling rack on top and you’ve got an instant mini-grill.

25. 23. Create a Cake Stand

Paint a tin can to match your plate, then use strong glue to attach the can to the bottom of the plate.

26. 24. Table Numbers

Spray paint the cans with gold, wrap a printed number stencil around each can, and drill little holes inside the number outline. Place a little candle inside for great dinner party decor. Number templates and detailed instructions can be found here.

27. 25. Lamp Shade

Paint a tin can and cut out the design of your choice. A lamp kit will come in handy.

28. 26. Jack O’lanterns

Drill out spooky faces, fill with candles, and decorate for a Halloween party.

29. 27. Cork-Wrapped Pencil Holders

Use stencils to paint cork sheet with animal silhouettes, then wrap the cork around your cans. All the DIY details can be found here.

30. 28. Recycled Wreath

Decorate cans with paint and paper or ribbon, string in a circle, and hang on your door.

31. 29. Biscuit Cutters

Topless tin cans are the perfect size for cutting out pastries.

32. 30. Tin Pin Cushion

Cover a can with decorative paper, stuff with polyfil stuffing, and cover with fabric. Read this tutorial for all the details.

33. 31. Dented Planters

Paint tins in pastel shades, gently dent, and fill with dirt and bulbs.

34. 32. Yarn Holder

Mount cans sideways on the wall for fuss-free and pretty yarn organizing.

35. 33. Chalkboard Tins

Decorate the outsides of chins with chalkboard paint to easily label your storage containers.

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