Save Your Tin Cans

Stacey nagle
by Stacey nagle

I've been saving tin cans with the idea of finding a use for them one day. I have saved many sizes - my daughter thinks that when someone starts saving "garbage," they are bonafide hoarders. Well I beg to differ. Maybe I will send her one of these and see what she thinks.

You must wear leather gloves. Tin is sharp until you sand the edges. I use Tin snips and needle nose pliers.

Cut your cans in petal shapes. I try and make different shaped petals for contrast. Spread the petals and pull down; then drill a hole in center of each can. Make sure you sand the edges of each petal - it's not as hard as you think. I used a nail emery board for the first one. Spray paint - I used an enamel white and I did one in yellow. Let them dry completely. Find a draw pull that would work for a center

This was a draw pull I got from Hobby Lobby for .50 a few years ago. Slip petal onto screw back of pull I then hammered an aluminum pole flat on the end and drilled a hole in it to secure the draw pull and added the bolt.

DIY home decor using repurposed tin cans

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  • Penny Penny on Jan 05, 2019

    Can you provide more information on how to cut the petals please?

  • Suzanne Bowman Suzanne Bowman on Oct 17, 2020

    I’m not sure I understand “...then hammered an aluminum pole flat on the end and drilled a hole in it to secure the draw pull and added the bolt.” Is that for a stem on the flower? So just flatten out an inch or two to act as a washer for the nut and affix a stem to the flower?

  • Ton30925519 Ton30925519 on Jun 06, 2023

    I love this idea!! What about making it in a much smaller size for jewelry!?!? I am thinking of a set of earrings ( clip-on) with a matching pendant (add a chain).

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  • Erikita Erikita on Apr 07, 2019

    I went to home goods and see this flowers so pretty and read your project and I can definitely try to do this is fun, looks beautiful and inexpensive thanks

  • Char Char on Dec 07, 2020

    Very pretty and the possibilities are endless with the paint. Great idea. Thanks for sharing!