1. Clean and prepare six to 12 tin cans in various sizes (see tips below).
  2. Spray paint inside and out, following manufacturer’s directions, and let dry completely for a day or two. (Or leave cans unpainted.)
  3. For the base, place three or more similar sized cans side by side, open front edges flush. Hot glue in place where the sides touch.
  4. Stack the next row on top; glue in place as before. Continue to get the size you want.
  5. Let glue dry completely before using to store and organize small items.

Tin Can Crafts – Preparation Tips

  1. Tin can safety:  Be sure to wear utility gloves to protect your hands from cuts and scrapes. Use long-nose pliers or wire cutters to remove or bend down sharp edges around the opening.
  2. Label removal:  Labels on glass, plastic or metal containers can be stubborn. Use a craft knife to scrape them off, or soak containers in hot water until labels peel off easily. A cleaner like Goo Gone can help remove the toughest stuck-on residue.
  3. Clean and dry:  Clean glass, plastic or metal containers well, rinsing thoroughly and letting dry completely before proceeding to the next step. Oils, soaps, cleaners or any moisture on the surface can keep the paint from sticking. For a longer-lasting paint surface, apply a top coat of clear polyurethane sealer after the paint is completely dry.

Recycled Tin Can Craft photography by Country Woman.