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).
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!
Making Lights: DIY Tin Can Lanterns
You might need some help hammering the holes into these super cool lanterns, but small kids can still design the pattern.
DIY Bowling Outdoor Activity | Upcycle Repurpose Tin Cans
Here's an awesome lawn game to play with your recycled cans!
Make a Buddy Burner
These should be a staple for every Scout and camp loving family!
Tin Can Knitting Loom
Teach your kids how to knit with this simple to use DIY loom.
Tin Can Portable Rocket Stove
This one is way advanced -- so you're gonna need help from a tool savvy parent.
Tin Can Robots
Purely decorative, but loads of fun, kids can make these little bots from found objects and hot glue.
DIY Tin Can Vases
Get fancy with your crafting and make a tin can vase! There's boat loads of ways to disguise your cans with scrapbook paper, wrapping paper or by wrapping it in string!
Tin Can & String Telephone: A Simple STEM Experiment
Tin Can Telephones are a classic science lesson just waiting to happen.
Tin Can Stilts
The first thing I thought of for this list was Tin Can Stilts! Do you remember using these as a kid? Just remember to wear shoes!
Make A Tin Can Scribble Bot
Make a REAL bot -- with some simple parts and markers.