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Magic With Tin Cans
Craft Course Publishers
1965

Start saving your cans now! Look at all the magical decorations you can make with just a tin can. I really have no words for this ultimate recycle craft. From the text and pictures, it looks difficult and requires a lot of supplies–all so you can make your home into some kind of Vegas venue. I think my favorite is the chair (last picture below). Check out the use of “giftable”.  I think the word in quotes lets us know that it is best to give this to someone you don’t like. In other news, I just got a few ideas for holiday gifts.

Mary

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Tin Can Crafts

Tin Can Crafting coverTin-Can Crafting
Howard
1960

Submitter: We just weeded this book from our library at a community college. This one is funny really only because of its age. Do they make tin cans anymore? The first chapter is called “Appeal of Tin-Can Crafting” including the statement:

“Aside from the necessary tools you will seldom have to purchase any materials. (True, you may buy-and eat-some weird and exotic concoctions because of the shape of their containers appeals to you and you want them to create tin-can ‘masterpieces’.”

Includes a chart of can sizes needed for a given project, for example: “25-lb lard can, or can that egg yolks are packed in for bakeries; 3 No. 2 cans (chili, dog food or other), No. 10 can-vegetables, flavoring for ice cream and other products for restaurant use come in this size can.”

Holly: My grandfather had a “tin man” made from aluminum cans, which I always thought was kind of neat. (Similar to this.) This isn’t the worst idea for a crafting book subject, but there plenty of  more current books to choose from that have nice color photos and a  nice, current-looking cover. This also reminds me of the fact that at one of my bridal showers <shudder! I hate bridal showers!> some old aunt thought it would be really clever to give me a box full of canned food, but with the labels all torn off. The Hubs and I opened mystery cans of food for months. Had I been more clever, I could have made a “masterpiece” out of them. My loss.

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