Chunky Knit Tin Can Upcycle

Lily Ardor
by Lily Ardor
2 Materials
3 Hours

Here's how you can recycle those tin cans into super cute chunky knit planters.

To create the chunky knit effect you need some polymer clay.

Start by rolling our the polymer clay into long strings. Than fold each string in half and twist at the top.

Combine the twisted strands one by one to make it look like a braid. When I say combine simply press into each other lightly. The polymer clay is pretty sticky and adheres nicely on its own. Once you have a braid ready attach it to you tin can.

and pinch off both ends of the braid on the tin can. Notice how the braids attach to the tin can where they're pinched at the top and bottom. These is all you'll need to adhere the braids to the tin can. When you're done working your way all around the tin can bake it in the oven following the manufacturers instructions.

Here's how it looks complete! You create this look on any surface that is bake able. An old cup or cookie tin?

In love with how this turned it! Thank you for tuning in.

You can check out the full DIY on my blog with a video tutorial. I also try and share new DIYs weekly you can see those on my blog as well - for this diy visit -

DIY home decor using repurposed tin cans

Check out more creative ways to reuse empty tin cans here.

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  • Margaret Margaret on Oct 22, 2020

    It is so creative. Just wondering If we could microwave instead of bake?

  • Rok20418589 Rok20418589 on Sep 17, 2021

    Can you paint the clay once its baked?

  • Brenda Brenda on May 29, 2022

    What do you do to prepare the tin can for soil & a live plant?

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