Recycling Tin Cans into Organizers (Tutorial)

I am sharing how recycling tin cans can be super useful around the home.
 Tin Cans are a very easy and inexpensive mean of organization. You can use tin cans to organize your office and craft supplies.
And also as planters (flower pots).
Tin cans are so versatile, you can use them in many ways around the house.
Think about organizing things into your closet or drawers. You can use felt for padding the insides of tin for such purposes.
recycling tin cans

Recycling tin cans

There are many ways to decorate tin cans.
Use patterned paper, felt or fabric. And decoupage it on the cans.
I utilized baby formula cans as planter and organizers.
It does not even need a tutorial. You can decorate it to your heart’s desire and have fun.
Here’s how I decorated mine:
Decoupage paper
 Choose a paper of your choice.
I went with blue flowers for my crafts room.
And red stripes for kitchen.

Mod podge tutorial

Remove paper from the tins. Roll the paper on the tin can and mark the length and width.
Cut the paper, make sure you leave some extra width. (you don’t want to be less on it)
Use foam brush to coat the tin can with mod podge and carefully roll the paper on it.
Once it dries. Coat the paper with mod podge to seal it.
You can use glue to stick the paper to the tin cans also.
However, I would suggest to decoupage the paper on the cans.
As mod podge can be used for sticking and sealing too.

Kitchen tin can organizer

This came in very handy for holding kitchen utensils.
I then decorated my crafts organizer with embellishments.
I used some golden letter beads, white ribbon, colorful buttons and yarn rosettes.
These DIY yarn rosettes are so easy to make, you can find the tutorial here.
 Glue the embellishments to the metal tin. Decorating cans is so much fun.
Use tin cans as planters and flower pots.

  Tin can planters

I also used one to organize my craft supplies.

Crafts Tin can organizer


 This Tin Can Organizer is so spacious, it can hold tons of things.
I also love this great tin can caddy.
tin can caddy tutorial
Drill small holes and use wire to hold the cans at various postions on the bigger can.
You can also use super glue to stick them on the bigger one.
Then what’s interesting is using lazy suzan as the base.
DIY recycling tin cans
This one is also good for crafting with kids. Cut rings of felt and slide them on the can.
Or use strips to glue on the tin cans.
Make tin can wind chimes by painting the cans and passing rope through them to hang.
I love the paper strips hanging at the end.

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DIY baby food jars


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DIY flower vases


Looking for more great ideas to Recycle?

Check out tutorials in the category RECYCLE.
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You will also enjoy the DIY Recycle and DIY projects Boards.
These are updated regularly whenever I find unique ideas.



  1. Brooke Anna @ Mommy Does... says:

    I totally love this idea. I used to have tin cans for everything while growing up. I really think I should start using them again… even if it's only for a cute catch-all!

  2. Blessed x3 says:

    I made one of these with my son for his teacher's Christmas gift. She loved it. It has extra meaning for her now since she has retired this after having my son's class.

  3. The Answer Is Chocolate says:

    I love using ( re-using ) cans and yours are fantastic! Popped over from Rook No.17

  4. Hi there – stopping by from Rook No. 17 and Homework. Love what you did with your tin cans! They really are fun to re-use. I'm working right now on something with cans – thanks for the inspiration!

  5. Evelene S says:

    When ever I see a craft like this the first thing that pops into my head is how do prevent cutting yourself on the inside rim- cuz that would be the first thing to happen to me?

  6. Lori@KitchenFunk says:

    Beautiful! I am a can-aholic, and I just love these.

  7. southernscraps says:

    Love the ideas you posted for reusing tin cans! I used to do this and need to go back to it instead of being wasteful!

  8. LivingSoAbundantly says:

    Clever! I like how you decorated each one. 🙂

  9. interesting idea indeed. i like pencil holder,thats funky.

  10. What a wonderful way to reuse tin cans. Love it!

  11. Eco-Mom says:

    Oh my gosh, I love this idea! Your blog is just great. I may add you to my blogroll tonight at I'm also grabbing your button. I found you on Mommy Bloggers and I'd love to share with you! 🙂 All the best!

  12. Lovely Light says:

    Hi there- found you through Sew Much Ado's hop and am a new follower. Thanks for the idea- I love to re-use things! We just moved and I might have to make some of these for our new place. I hope you have time to follow my life in South Africa by

    I hope you have a great week!

  13. June Scott says:

    Great ideas, Hani! And being metal, even decorated, they should stick to the magnetic strips I'm thinking of using in my craft room… thanks for sharing!

  14. SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime says:

    The Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop became the coolest party on the block because of your participation 🙂 Thank's Hani!

  15. Stephanie says:

    That is super creative! I am a new follower.

  16. Delaney says:
  17. SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime says:

    Happy Friday! It's me again letting you know that I pinned this in Pinterest and I've featured this here. Please feel free to grab the feature button 🙂

  18. Analog Girl says:

    Love your tin can recycle ideas! I love the planter idea.

  19. Mrs Happy Homemaker says:

    I re-use old coffee can tins to bake bread in. I have never thought to use them as planters though. I bet the kids & I could make some cute ones. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  20. visiting from 'delicate construction', great idea for tin cans 🙂 this would surely also work for toilet rolls?

  21. great project and so nice to see you on Craft Schooling Sunday! hope you'll join us regularly! all the best!

  22. Jenn Erickson says:

    Hani, thank you so much for linking up to “A Little Birdie Told Me…” at Rook No. 17. This is a wonderful upcycling project — it is both creative and practical and has so many applications!

    Best, Jenn

  23. Ginger@gingersnapcrafts says:

    Featuring you tonight at my {wow me} wednesday party. Thanks so much for linking up last week. Would love to have you come on over & link up this week. 🙂


  24. This is so unique! Great job! Thank you for linking up to Sew Woodsy last week!

  25. btanders says:

    I love repurposing common household items. I used some cans for silverware holders at a shower recently. Cheap and fun!! (

  26. What a fantastic way to re-purpose cans!

    I would love for you to share this mommy solution on my weekly meme!

  27. You've been featured on Fabulousity Friday at Sweet Tea Serendipity! Come check it out & pick up your award:

  28. El Olor de Cádiz says:


  29. Love your tins! I definetely want to make something like this to organize my craft room!

  30. Oh, I love it! I am obsessed with pretty boxes, tins etc…

  31. Love it! I was actually already planning on doing this but I love how you've done it. I would love it if you linked this up to my weekly link party Tutorial Tuesday

    Newlyweds on a Budget

  32. very creative and artistic….i am art profession…appreciate your work.


  33. Great idea!
    Thanks for sharing.

  34. Creative ideas for kids and outside activities….thanks

  35. Tanya Anurag says:

    Cool idea. I love to reuse stuff lying around in the house and this one fits the bill. Thanks for sharing.

    We have a link-up party going on – Tea Time Thursdays @ Kreative Korner. I would really appreciate if you'd link up some of your awesome posts there. Hope to see you at the party.

  36. Rachel Sue says:

    Such a fun idea! I would love to feature this on Reduce, Reuse, Upcycle. Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. Thanks!

  37. Candace @ Candace Creations says:

    I love your way of decorating the ol tin can! I hope you will link up to Scrappy Saturdays linky party @

  38. Hi! I'm your newest follower.
    Your organizers are great! I made similar tin can organizers as well. Hope you can come over for a visit and see how they turned out.

  39. Elizabeth says:

    Great idea. Thank you!!!


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