How to Create Recycled Tin Can Pumpkins for Autumn

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30 Minutes

My recycle bin is usually pretty empty because I am saving all the things that I could possibly upcycle into a craft project. I love to take items out of the trash and create fun, funky, and fabulous pieces of home decor, especially for holidays. Today I will show you how to create Recycled Tin Can Pumpkins for Autumn with just a few simple supplies.


With just a few supplies, such as tin cans, ribbon, paint, paintbrush, and glue sticks, you can have a set of beautiful tin can pumpkins.


Topcoat the largest can with Bright Orange acrylic paint with a paintbrush, the medium can with Canyon Orange acrylic paint, and the smallest can with Jack-O-Lantern Orange acrylic paint. Apply a second coat, if necessary, then set aside to dry.

Adding Wooden Finials

Attach the wooden finials to the top center of each can with a glue gun and glue sticks. I like to use a hot glue gun for craft projects like this because I am an impatient crafter, but a liquid craft glue would work as well. Instead of the wooden finials, use a small branch from the yard or a thick piece of craft rope.

Adding Ribbon

Cut a variety of green ribbons in random lengths and tie around the wooden craft finials in knots, or bows. Trim the ends of the assorted green ribbons with scissors, I love my Fiskars. I used four different colors and types of ribbon and twine. Use what you might have on hand, like yarn and embroidery floss.

Final Results

This is what your final tin can pumpkins will look like!

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