3 DIY Tin Can Styles

June 20, 2017
For me Summer time goes hand in hand with simple gatherings, grilling, picnicking and fun crafts.
So I am happy today to be sharing with you 3 Tin Can Crafts from my home along with a  group of fun loving, happy go lucky crafters who have gathered together to share their fun easy tin can crafts with you.
All links will be available at the end of this post for our annual Summer Time Blogger Challenge!
So lets go and grab those recycled green bean and pinto bean cans along with the olive and soup cans for this easy and customized DIY Can Decorating workshop right here, right now!
The theme for these cans are gift bags! Save money and use your creativity to customize tin cans any way you please:)  
Supplies for 3 DIY Tin Can Styles:

Let your imagination be your guide and have fun!
* 3- 14.5 ounce tin cans rinsed and dried
* Wire
* Fabric
*Tacky Glue
*Drill & 1/16th size drill bit
*Assorted Ribbon
*Scrabble Pieces
*Burlap Ribbon
*Assorted embellishments
*Faux Metal Ribbon
Let us begin with the pet owner in your family or yourself!
Everyone loves giving a little gift to the puppy in the family, a dog bone, maybe even some little snacks.
If felines are your thing customize this can for the kitty in your life and tuck in some catnip inside this gift giving tin can.

For all of these Tin can projects I began by drilling holes in the side of the can using a drill and 1/16th size drill bit.
After this I roughly measured enough fabric to cover the tin can and then I glued the fabric on the tin can with tacky glue.
I inserted wire into the drilled hole and then wrapped the wire with ric-rack.
I chose some scrabble pieces to glue on the tin can, you could easily put the pets name on the can as well.
Add your choice of fun embellishments and then toss in some pet treats and you have a great gift for any pet!



After drilling holes in the side of the tin can I measured and cut the burlap ribbon to fit the around the can. Then I attached the ribbon with tacky glue.
I inserted  wire into the drilled holes then wrapped the wire with twine as well as the top of the tin can.
I finished up the project by adding embellishments that went along with my foodie theme and tossed some baking supplies into the tin can for gift giving.



Cut metal ribbon, ric-rack, stars and stripes ribbon to fit the size of can and secure with tacky glue and wire.
Add star embellishments. For an extra festive Americana centerpiece add various red, white and blue flowers and other festive goodies.


I hope that you enjoyed these fun and simple DIY tin can projects as much as I did!
For more inspiration please visit these seven creative bloggers as they inspire you with their crafty creations!


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  1. Wow. Tin cans three ways. You've really done so much with this challenge. I particularly love the idea of decorating a can with a handle to use as a gift bag. So clever! I always recycle my bags so I hardly ever buy any but sometimes I find I need a little one which I don't have and this would be perfect. Thanks for the inspiration. Always a pleasure working with you Jemma.

  2. They are all super cute. I remember doing crafts like that with my Granny during the summer months as a kid.

  3. What a fun and creative idea! I've used empty cereal and food boxes to make gift bags, but I have never even considered using cans - just brilliant! There's so many different themes you could go with for these; the possibilties are really just endless! Great job of sparking creativity.

  4. Those are so fun! Love each idea. The patriotic one is my favorite but what a great way to give gifts! Plus it uses something that would end up in the trash. Win-win, for sure!

  5. What a cute idea - so clever and the theme ideas are endless. Really like the wrapped handles too an added detail that is often overlooked. Thanks for the inspiration will be storing this idea in my brain for later.

  6. These cans look great. I love the idea of using the can as a gift bag. How fun! Love your blog too Jemma! laura

  7. I love how you added handles to your cans, Jemma! And how fun to decorate them according to what you're gifting. Great ideas!

  8. Oh Jemma, these are fun! A few yeas ago I did tin can May baskets and I just went to look for the pictures and I can't find them! Never blogged on them -- now I wish I had! These are darling. And you're right -- they're fun to give just as a treat and when the treat is gone they're easily repurposed for something else fun!

  9. These are just adorable. Great relove of green bean and pinto bean cans lol! Have a great summer day today.

  10. Oh, how neat!! I love these ideas! Thank you so much for sharing, sweet friend. :) Have a blessed day!

  11. Jemma......what fun and cute ideas for tin cans. So festive and party ready. Great job!

  12. I love tin cans . So many creative ways to use them . Love the ones you have displayed . I just planted some seeds in a few tin cans recently and was so surprised to see my seeds has sprouted in those cute tin cans . Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  13. I've always saved a few pretty empty imported tomato cans to use for vases in the summer but never thought about other uses. Great ideas! I could see one at each guest's plate for a gift to take home.

  14. Great ideas. So cute and clever.

  15. I love the idea of the cans being used for gift containers. Especially for the fur babies in our lives!

  16. Good morning dearest friend!

    Summer projects are synonymous with summer, that's for sure. I am also finding myself enjoying the prospect of tweaking a few things around the house just to keep the creative juices flowing. I LOVE THESE! They are great for that impromptu Al Fresco dinner on the deck or for a picnic. How I adore your ideas!

    I hope the heat is not as bad for you as I've heard it is for those in California, Nevada and other SW states. BE WELL!

  17. I love the idea of using a can as a gift bag, and these certainly would make adorable favors!

    How are you holding up with the weather?


  18. Hi Jemma, such a sweet project my talented friend. Love this and the many uses for our throw away cans. I have painted on them for years and use them in many ways too. Your ideas are an inspiration. Thanks for sharing. Loved your photos. Stay cool dear lady. Happy Summer!! xoxo

  19. Fun, creative and colourful.
    Many thanks for the ideas.

    All the best Jan

  20. These are all great ideas to use and I love them all. Yours is so cute decorated for the 4th!


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