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Super Easy! Recycle Tin Cans into Toys & Crafts

Are you stocking your pantry with tons of canned foods these days? I know we are! Save those cans from the recycle bin because they are a GOLD MINE of untapped fun for your bored kids.

You won’t believe how many cool crafts you can make with the kids from an old can of beans. We’ve got toys, decorations and even some useful stuff! Most of these crafts can be made with things you already have on hand, so no worries about having to do a run to the craft store (that’s only selling things online anyway).

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First, clean those cans up!

Before you make any craft, you’ll need to wash the cans with hot soapy water and peel off the labels.

A good soak will make most labels vanish, but if there’s stubborn gluey bits, you’ll need to break out the Goo Gone or some other household solvent.

Don’t have Goo Gone? You can also make a paste of equal parts baking soda and cooking oil. Rub the paste on the sticky bit, allow to soak for 10 – 15 minutes and the label should wipe off with a sponge.

The Best Can Opener for Smooth Edges

Still using an old school can opener that leaves sharp edges? If you plan on recycling cans into crafts you’ll definitely want “lid lifter” type of opener that pries the top right off.

OXO Good Grips Smooth Edge Can Opener pops the top off right where the manufacture glued it on.

If you don’t have a safety can opener, you can smooth the edges of the can with sand paper. But seriously, get a smooth edge can opener!

Tin Can Crafts

Let's go old school with some recycled (upcycled??) tin can crafts!

Ten Awesome crafts you can make with all those extra tin cans you've got! Don't throw them in the recycle - turn them into organizers, toys and more!