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Quick Project: Great Craft Idea to Recycle Food Cans

We all have plenty of spare time on our hands at the moment, so why not be creative and think of ways to recycle everyday items that normally get thrown out.


I came across this image in Pinterest, with no source and no links to any pages, and realised that, at first glance, there is more to these bathroom or dressing table storage containers than originally thought. Take a closer look and you will see that these containers are actually recycled tin cans. Very clever idea, and while I've seen plenty of recycling projects that use food cans, I have never seen any that looks as pretty or as practical.








Assorted cans in different sizes, you can have normal food cans, tuna tins, pet food tins, etc.

Plain coasters or cut out lids from 3mm Masonite, hardboard, SupaWood or plywood

Knobs or substitute with large beads, bottle corks or similar

Ribbons, beads, or your choice of embellishments

Contact or No More Nails adhesive

Spray paint in your choice of colour








1. Make sure to give the cans a good clean and thoroughly dry beforehand. You will also want to make sure that there are no sharp edges on the top of the cans. If there are, use a pair of pliers to flatten these, or tap gently with a hammer. If you have a Dremel Multitool, use a grinding stone to sand away the sharp edges.

2. Use Goo-Gone or WD-40 to remove any glue left on the outside of the container, as this will spoil the finish. Rinse with soapy water and dry.

3. Glue your choice of knobs onto the lids and put aside until it is dry.

4. Put down some newspaper to protect your work surface. Shake the spray paint can well and then apply light even coats of paint. Let each coat dry before applying the next coat. You should not need to apply more than 3 coats in total.






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