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2X4: Four Cool Tin Can Tricks

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Jessica
09.15.13

Don’t underestimate the common can! If you remove the label and toss the top, you'll unlock some serious potential. Here are four creative ways to use a tin can:

Photos: Wabi-Sabi Wanderings / Homeroad

Grow a Garden. Take your indoor garden up a decorative notch with decoupage tin can planters. To make these flowerpots, remove the lip lid with a can opener and insert a plastic lid as a drip tray (peanut butter jar lids work well). Then, decoupage anything that floats your boat onto the can. We mean anything – newspaper, fabric, tissue paper and last year’s holiday wrapping paper all work. For more tricks and a full tutorial, visit Wabi-Sabi Wanderings

Stay Organized. If things like homework hour or snack time tend to do a number on your home’s tidiness, this tin can craft from Homeroad will change your life (or at least keep you more organized)! All you need is an old piece of wood – Susan at Homeroad used the side of a barrel – a few tin cans and a couple of screws. Your new can organizer can be used to wrangle loose art supplies, office tools, silverware, toys and anything else cluttering up your space

Photos: Guard'n The Planet / Garden Therapy

Make Music. If you have a few cans of different sizes, turn them into a unique wind chime with some spray paint and a few strands of jewelry wire. For a full tutorial, visit Guard’n The Planet. Bonus: Before you hang your wind chime, attach your spare key to the inside of the chime with tape. Burglars hate noise, so they probably won’t check there! For more key-hiding places, read: 5 Places to Hide a Spare Key

Light Up the Night. Candles are cool – they give off light and all that – but do you know what’s even better? Candles that light up the night and keep bugs at bay! Turn a tin can into a citronella candle and enjoy a pest-free, alfresco evening. We love these DIY citronella candles by Garden Therapy because you aren’t locked into the citronella scent. Add orange, pine, cinnamon or anything else you like for an awesome smelling, functional candle.  

More great tin can projects:

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