28 weirdly awesome ways to upcycle Tin

If you are in to upcycling, then this article is for you.


Tin is a pretty impressive metal and so, it deserves some appreciation. This article highlights the weird and wonderful uses for tin. Starting off with the commercial use of tin into some pretty amazing DIY tin creations. If you are in to upcycling or just want an interesting read then there is a big possibility this article is for you.

Commercial

Source: Paul Winch-Furness

Source: Paul Winch-Furness

Tincan temporarily popped up in London last year and all they sell is tinned fish. They will be swimming (sorry) around New York this year. It’s rather odd to think they have no kitchen or chef. I think it’s only right that I let you know about the great amount of puns that can be found in the messages section of this article written about Tincan.

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Source: Novica

Tinplate Products are the Don Juan of tin packaging. I think they really out done themselves when they produced this musical-box gift-set tin for Penhaligon back in 2013. It was rather pricey but who could resist – it rotates and chirps out a sweet melody of birdy tweets. Can you believe this packaging is still winning awards two years later? You might be thinking wow this women knows too much about tin and –you’re right!

Source: Novica

Source: Novica

Check out Find Gift if you’re in need of an all tin gift because they have got you sorted. Sun dial, soda pop cap bag, popcorn bowl, Chap Stick cover. I think that’s enough evidence to suggest they offer the most unique, personalised, and specialised tin products for your loved one.

Source: Game

Source: Game

Game know their customers will be way too busy gaming to stop and eat, so they developed The Christmas Tinner. It looks horrid and not many gamers thought it was a great idea, take a peek at their opinions on it. I think it would be hard to not to admit however, that this is in the top three best uses for a tin.

When a new product comes out we tend to not really think that in-depth about the sheer brilliance of it. Well it is time to start! Gin and tonic in a can is a perfectly measured beverage which you can take anywhere and drink anywhere. If you are fan of spirits with a mixer this is innovation at its finest because cider and beer drinkers were the only ones who had this privilege before. If you want to check out more reasons check BuzzFeed’s article: 17 Reasons Gin And Tonic in A Can Is the World’s Best Thing.

To make this you just need paint, tin cans and screws to hold them in place. One idea is instead of using your archways to record your child’s height, you could do this.

Source: She Knows

Source: She Knows

This tin wind chime is easy and quick to make. The possibilities are endless for how colourful you could make these tins. You could even stick lots of reflective material, like small mirrors all around  them so they glisten in the light. To check out how to make this wind chime, click here. Did you know? Traditional Feng Shui schools use wind chimes to cure negative energies.

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Tin can lanterns are a great idea if you want to make your garden look like a fairy-tale haven. They can give a warm and inviting feel to a camping trip, outside wedding, BBQ or a late night meal in the garden. You could have the tin cans spell out ‘just married’ or ‘happy anniversary’. It’s comforting to know too that these are economical. Find out how to make them here.

Source: CDN

Source: CDN

Whether you have a grass garden or a stone garden this can still work. We have all experienced having our drink spilt at a BBQ or get together because no matter where you put it someone’s feet find it. This is such an inexpensive solution, which means you could just keep on making them until everyone has a sturdy, reliable and ultra-lazy space for their drink. Find out how to make them here.

If you are running out of space in your flourishing garden then fear not, try making these. You can move these around whenever you like and make them as long or as short as you want. If you have trouble with your back, they can really save on the pain of having to bend down to the floor to nurture and pick them. Find out how to make them by heading over to Upcycled Stuff.

Source: Yahoo

Source: Yahoo

Let’s all be honest here, we don’t have to have children to be motivated to make this. If you do have children however, it is a great way of teaching them about upcycling. A tin man scarecrow will be able to keep birds away from your flowers and vegetables. Check out how to make it here.

 

 

If you are rather forgetful or just love making cute additions for your garden then why not have a go at making these. If you are a newbie to growing vegetables and herbs in your garden then you could note the amount of time they need to grow for or how many times they need watering on these strips.

Celebrate your nationality by making one of these tin can flag windsocks. If you are having a children’s party you could have the children make these, they would be getting a fun lesson in geography- without even knowing it. To find out how to make them click here.

Source: Momjunction.com

Source: Momjunction.com

Not everyone has a garden so why not make your own inside with some funky tin can planters. Who needs expensive centre pieces, which eventually get put on the floor anyway due to getting in the way! Did you know? House plants can increase your homes air quality- check out which ones here 15 houseplants for improving indoor air quality.

You could go one step further and channel your creativity with these ultra-cool and hip stamp emblazoned tins. Stamp collecting is a fun activity and you could collect stamps from places you have been.

Gifts

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Dave Hax aka The Almighty Creator made the Back to the Future car, DeLorean using Pepsi cans. Subscribe to his YouTube channel as he makes a whole lot of amazing things. It’s nice to see how many YouTuber’s have very honestly admitted that they would not be able to make this due to laziness, do you agree?

If you know somebody going travelling and you can get your hands on some felt, needle and thread and a tiny tin then you could make one of these adorable Travel Wee Buddies or for someone expecting a baby a Wee Mee Tin House. These could even be given a as birthday gift to hold a keepsake or a number of small sentimental items. Another idea is you could make fake felt thumbs and place them inside these tins to hand out at a Halloween party.

 

If you have children then just keep on scrolling because these in fact look like they were made for adults. Coffee can stilts for the professional and tuna can stilts for the beginner. How good would these be at a festival? Firstly, you are sure to get a birds-eye view of your favourite act and who doesn’t want to see their very drunk mate attempt to traipse around in these.

Source: DIYfreak

Source: DIYfreak

Everybody needs to know the time, some more than others. So why not make them a clock made from a tin can. Making a gift really shows how much you care and you could even write a personal  message on the clock. An idea for somebody starting a family is making a family of these clocks. To create this attach wooden legs to the bottom of the tin can, decorate the jar and legs and insert a clock mechanism into the can.

If you own a thrift shop then making a few of these glorious tin earrings could have you bringing in a few more customers. Searching for a variety of different decorated tin is likely to be the best part if you like a good mooch through a car boot or vintage store.

DIY

As a student pasta dishes are the main staple which can become really boring so adding a bit of basil or thyme is a tasty idea. There is something rather gratifying when you grow your own food, plus it makes your kitchen look ultra-cool. To see how to make these tin herb planters watch this video from 20 seconds onwards.

Rust is a nightmare that creeps up on bikes, garden furniture, and cars to name a few. To get it off use tin foil dipped in water and scrub away for instant gleaming surfaces! All those lotions and potions that cost the earth can stay on the shelf.

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Another savvy saving tip for when you’re sick of getting through paint trays like toilet roll. Once you have finished with the foil you can just throw it away and just forget about all your post-paint worries. All credit goes to LoveLiveDIY, what an idea.

Tin cans could not have been made to look more beautiful and useful than this, wow. These tin can towel holders are a great space saver for your bathroom. One idea is you could put names on them to ensure nobody in your household gets their towels mixed up.

Office

Source: RECYCLART

Source: RECYCLART

A tin stationery holder for a computer lover or keyboard hater, either way it’s a pretty cool item for the office.

These cute hippy-chic DIY tin can organisers are certain to cheer up you up if you’re having a bad day at work. There’s not much room for personalisation at some places of work so get creative. An idea is to use head bands and hair accessories you no longer need or the giant pile of them you always find in charity shops.

Food

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According to many food bloggers a muffin tin is the must have kitchen accessory that you can cook just about anything in now. Check out these recipes by Katrina Widener and 31 Fun Treats To Make In A Muffin Tin by BuzzFeed.

Source: Reddit

Source: Reddit

After seeing all these fancy ways to upcycle and decorate tin, let’s just take it back to basics with the damn right unnecessary but also completely hilarious use of tin foil. There is some sheer dedication present in this image, as all those DVD’s in the rack are individually wrapped. Another incident similar to this happened to a student in Plymouth and the people who did it claimed they used 520 metres of tin foil -daaaamn!


  ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lucy Webster writes on tinplate and other great materials because she wants everyone to start upcycling. more

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