Tin Can Crafts

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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.

Tin Can Crafting contents

The appeal of tin can crafting

tin can bric a brac



  1. As a former worker in a tin can factory, I applaud this 20th century effort at repurposing castoff manufactured foods.

  2. I’ve seen these done well but I think they’re for experts only, otherwise all most people end up with are injuries from sharp edges.

  3. I’ve seen some pretty nice lanterns made from old cans that had been perforated in pretty designs. But I agree with Joyce Frohn above–you need some training when dealing with sharp metal like this.

  4. All I can think of is my trip to the Emergency Room for stitches and a tetanus shot. (See what I did there?)

  5. I would imagine an updated book on the subject would be better, but it would be interesting to study the subject of turning items on hand into art – hobo art, trench art, and I’m forgetting what those boxes sailors crafted out of seashells are called?


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