The next time you’re incorporating canned food into your meals, save the cans. Tin cans can be used for a myriad of unusual and creative DIY projects. Have a look…

1. Tin lanterns

Liven up your garden at night with these quaint lanterns. These lanterns are also a super cheap way to add a special touch for a special event or party.

2. Adorable tin dog

What’s not to love about this tin dog? Give it to someone as a quirky gift that costs almost nothing.

3. Hanging planters

These planters are a creative and modern twist on the traditional macrame plant hangers that your mom has on her porch. You can even create a hanging herb garden.

4. Frilly plant hangers

These planters are a bit more traditional – a mishmash of your mom’s macrame plant hangers and the ones above. And they require minimal effort to make.

5. Coffee cans storage units

Who would’ve thought old coffee cans could organise your book case this well?

6. Hairbrush organiser

Keep your hairbrushes easily accessible with cans. Decorate them to suit the style of your bedroom, remove the bottom, and you’re good to go.

7. Pen holders

Who wants to buy a pen holder that costs more than the pens in it? Decorate one exactly the way you like it and listen to your hipster friends go “ooh” and “ah”.

8. Craft organiser

Recycled cans make an interesting and practical craft organiser.

9. A cutlery holder

Well, this looks like it just stepped out of the catalogue of an expensive furniture store – but you can make it with your own two hands.

10. Tin-and-rope vases

Nobody will even know that these are tin cans, and they make beautiful table decorations.

11. The tinman

Everyone visiting you will admire this retro-chic tinman, and ask you to make one for them.

12. Tin can portable stove for camping

For the more practical among us, this portable stove will be indispensable on your next camping trip – and it won’t set you back nearly as much as the store-bought version.

13. Plastic bag containers

Declutter your plastic bag drawer with and make recycling look good, too.

14. Bird feeder

You’ll have birds swarming your garden with this crafty bird feeder.

15. Tin holders

Combine old cutlery and used cans to make these unique holders to store just about anything.

16. Herb garden

Cultivate an indoor herb garden in tin cans.

17. DIY cake stand

Cake stands are expensive and aren’t used all that often – so why not make your own with cans?

18. Tin lights

Used coffee cans can be turned into unique indoor light covers. It’ll make for an eye-catching focal point in any room.

19. Jack-o’-lantern

Spare the pumpkins this Halloween by making your own recycle-savvy decorations.

20. Tinny wind chimes

The melodies of these wind chimes will greet you cheerfully when you get home after a long day’s work.

About The Author

Angie Gallagher

Angie Gallagher is a freelance writer in the Upper Karoo. Aside from writing content for Counting Coins, Angie has tried her hand at a few juvenile attempts at poetry filled with storms and stress, and a marginally successful radio station, Radio Grootoor, recorded on cassette tapes when she was ten.

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