Tin Can Art Projects

Punched tin candle holder: Clean your tin can up thoroughly. You can tape the top with duct tape to protect skin from sharp edges. Fill with water and place in the freezer.
Look for simple designs that can be conveyed through a pattern of dots. Needlework patterns (especially french knot patterns), coloring books, and your computer are rich sources.
When the water in your can is frozen solid, put your paper pattern on the can (use a dab of rubber cement or two rubber bands). Using a sharp nail and a hammer, punch holes in the tin can to make your design. The holes should not be below the bottom inch of the can. You should put the can on a couple of rolled up towels to catch the melting ice drips.
When you finish, let the water melt and dry out your can. PUt a votive candle in it.

decoupage a tin can for a flower vase- find pictures and lettering you like from old books, catalogs, magazines, print outs from your computer, seed packages, food labels, envelopes, cards, etc. Or just use shapes torn or cut out from colored paper.
Use Mod Podge or regular glue (thin out the glue with a bit of water. Paint your clean tin can all over with the glue. Put your pictures over the can in the pattern you like. Allow it to dry. Cover all the pictures with a layer of glue, using a wet paintbrush. Allow it to dry. Repeat two or three more times.
Use this as a vase or a pencil holder.

Flattened Can Painted as Flag

Tin Can Hurricane Lamp: The base is a low, shallow bowl. Look for these at thrift shops and yard sales. Glue your clean tin can into the center of the bowl. Glue a clean, dry empty tuna fish can to the top of the tin can. When the glue is dry, spraypaint in the color of your choice. Pick up a glass chimney at a dollar store, thrift shop, or hardware store. Put a votive candle in the tuna fish can and cover with the glass chimney.

Use tin cans for candle making. Squeeze the can a bit to creat a pointed spout. Put bits and pieces of old candles and wax in the can, set it in warm water to melt the wax, and then pour into candle molds.

Make a tin can telephone- punch a hole in the bottom of each of two tin cans. Cut a long length of string (Kite string or twine). Thread each end of the string through a tin can. Knot the end so that it can’t fall back out. Cover any sharp edges with electrical or duct tape. To talk on their phones, one child holds the open can to his ear, the other holds it to his mouth and talks. The strong has to be stretched taut for sound to travel. Make this a science project and read about how sound travels.

You can paint your tin can items using spray paint. If you want a more precise design, you can add detail wtih fingernail polishes.

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  1. Headmistress, zookeeper
    Posted November 11, 2005 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    Heh. Maybe that should go in our masthead- “The ADD Blog.”

  2. Anonymous
    Posted November 1, 2008 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    I made tin can tea light holders too, it was a lot of fun. I used them outdoors weighted down with rocks inside the cans. It was a lovely addition to my patio.

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