Can Crafts for the Kids!

you can craft book

You Can

Can you have fun with cans? This book shows you how. Never mind that cutting metal and bending it to your will might have a few safety considerations. There weren’t any real safety features of can openers at the time, and I personally cut myself on cans regularly. Can crafts aren’t exactly kid friendly.

If you are old enough, you might want to explain to kids about the pull tabs. I think they disappeared sometime in the late 1970s. (Evidently, they are now considered an artifact!)

We have had quite a few can related craft books on ALB. (My personal favorite: the vests!)

Time to can-cel this book. (See what I did there? You’re welcome.)


can crafts

can made jewelry

can bird feeder craft



  1. Oriental wind chimes? Is there any evidence that the Chinese or any other Asian people, now or at any time in history, used old can lids to make wind chimes? 😀

  2. Ahh… remember the good old days when the only safety warnings we got were ‘If you play in the street, watch out for cars’, ‘Don’t poke your eye out’, ‘Don’t take candy from strangers (unless it’s Halloween, or you’re at the bank drive-thru, or it was thrown from a parade float)’, and ‘Be home when the street lights come on’ ? It’s all good. That’s why evolution gave us ten fingers — so we’d still have some left after making crafts out of cut-apart cand.

    If I ever need to walk through a dark alley or a war zone, I hope I’m wearing all of pages 24 & 25. I’d be unstoppable!

    (Now I’m curious whether drive-thru bank tellers still give out DumDums?)

    1. Yeah, that medallion might double as a throwing star in a pinch.

      Seriously, I’m someone who thinks we have gotten overcautious in many things with kids, but some of these crafts look super-dangerous, even to me!! To birds as well as humans.

      1. Drive through bank tellers? I remember them! I think I know one bank that still has them, too. But around here it’s mostly drive-up ATMs where you have to nearly fall out of your car to get at the machine. Needless to say, no candy. 🙁

  3. Ooh, I want a necklace made out of pull tops and cut outs from tin cans! I want face and neck scars to be part of my morning routine!

    1. I love how it tells you to never hold the tabs on the necklace by the edges — in the middle of encouraging you to tie them around your throat…

  4. Is it true that they discontinued the freestanding pull tabs because jerky people would drop them into the can and then drink them, causing injury to throat, etc.?

    I knew a guy who had a door curtain made of strings of beercan pull tabs. It was actually pretty cool. He didn’t drink all the beer — his friends helped.

  5. For a few years in the 1970s, my mother was the nurse for a local Baptist summer camp that was loosely affiliated with our church. Because the position was live-in, we kids were allowed to stay with her & attend the camp free of charge.
    One of the activities was making “Romper Stompers”– the church congregation had saved up those large-size tin cans juice used to come in until they had dozens & dozens– I think they were 48 oz? and the camp counselors punched holes in the sides of pairs of cans with triangular-point can openers. The kids got to decorate the cans, then choose a color of gimp to thread through the holes & knot into a large loop. Then we put our feet on top of the cans, held onto the rope loops, and Romper Stomped around! Klomp, klomp, klomp!
    Except, within minutes, kids started poking their fingers into the punched holes. And because the inside edges were raw metal, their fingers got cut. Dozens of kids, poking dozens of their fingers into holes, getting dozens of lacerations… None of them learned from seeing their bunkmates poke and withdraw a blood-covered finger. They kept doing it, for days. For days, my mother disinfected and bandaged fingers, and looked up camper’s records to make sure they were current on tetanus shots. Several weren’t, and were sent to the hospital.
    Finally one boy ripped up his finger badly enough that my mother sent him for stitches, and the counselors were ordered to round up and confiscate all the Romper Stompers and that was the end of “Hey, a hole! I can poke my finger in it, wow!”.
    For the record, neither my siblings or I was stupid enough to do this, but watching the others do it over & over was a marvel.

    1. Hilarious, and I can just picture kids doing this. Sadly, I think I might have been a dumb enough kid to want to stick my finger in the hole just because I was curious. I had a pair of store-bought plastic Romper Stompers, and I loved those things!

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