Tin cans may be made into many things if a pair of tin snips and solder is at hand but attractive things can also be made by using the cans as they are with the tops removed and without cutting the sides of the can.

Flower Vases

Flat cans such as coffee cans are the best for these.

1. Cut a piece of decorated paper or wall paper as wide as the height of the can plus three inches. Make it long enough to go around the can. Fold in one inch at what will be the top and two inches at the bottom, slit the piece at the bottom as shown on page 130 and paste paper around can as shown.

2. Cut paper as wide as height of can plus three inches. Cut it as long as the circumfrence of the can. Fold up one inch at the top and two at the bottom. Make slits between the folds as shown on page 130. Weave into these slits strips of a contrasting paper which may be cut from colored magazine advertisements. When weaving is finished make slits at bottom as shown and paste paper around can.

cover a tin can

How to cover a tin can to make a flower vase. A second vase with a woven cover and a frog made of old wire screening for holding flowers.

Sand or a potato with holes in it may be used as a frog to hold the flowers in place. A very durable frog can be made by folding back the four corners of an old square of heavy screening as shown on page 130. Suitable for all grades.

Hanging Flower Basket

Remove the paper from an ordinary vegetable can. Use cardboard, brass or other ring at the bottom. Cut six or eight pieces of raffia, string or yarn eight times as long as the height of the can. Tie the center of each of these strings to the ring using a double knot. Carefully lay all the strings radiating from the center. Set the can on the ring and tie two strings together all the way around edge. When this row of knots has been made a second row is made using alternate strings and tying about one inch from the last row of knots. Continue tying knots with alternating strings until knots have been made to make a netting to cover the entire can. To make the handle separate strings into equal groups of three or four and braid. Tie all the strings together at the ends which will be the middle of the handle. The cans may be painted but are quite effective if left shining under a bright colored netting. Glass jars or gourds may be used instead of tin cans. Suitable for all grades.

A hanging basket

A hanging basket made from a tin can covered with a knotted netting of yarn, string or raffia. Can walkers.

Can Walkers

Use two large tin cans. Punch two holes in the sides of each can near the bottom. Through these holes run strips of strong rags long enough to hold with the hands. The feet rest on the bottom of the cans and are lifted by pulling on the strings with the hands. Suitable for lower and middle grades.

Indian Rattle

Use any can that has a lid such as a baking powder can. Punch a hole in the top and bottom and run a small stick (piece of twig will do) through the can. Put a few pebbles in the can before replacing the lid. Decorate the can with house paint or enamel or cover it with gaily designed paper. Streamers and feathers tacked to the top of the stick add to its festiveness. Suitable for lower grades.


Use a large tin can with the top removed. Cut a piece from an old rubber inner tube and place over the top of the can. Fasten to the top with a piece of wire twisted tightly over the tubing. Pull the tubing down all around so it will be stretched firmly over the top of the can. Both ends of the can may be removed and covered with tubing and sides may be laced together with string or cord as shown on page 134. The drum may be painted with enamel or house paint. Suitable for lower grades.

An Indian rattle

An Indian rattle made from a baking powder can. Two tin can drums with inner tube rubber for the tops.