Crafting with Tin Cans- 10 Great Ideas!

On this day back in 1810, an inventor named Peter Durand patented the tin can.  An invention that changed food storage forever.  As a crafter, I tend to look at tin cans in another way, so in honor of the day, Daily Holiday Blog is celebrating with 10 fun tin can crafts!

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It may seem a little silly to celebrate the tin can, but the invention of the tin can along with the process of sterilizing and sealing food revolutionized food storage and prevented such illnesses as scurvy which plagued sailors who had no access to fresh food at the time.

In current years, recycling of tin and aluminum cans has become a big issue.  For those of us that craft, we have found other ways to recycle.  Here are 10 great ideas, along with some interesting fun facts about tin cans!


DIY Copper Tin Can Planters from Homey Oh My!

Back in the early 1800’s, scurvy ravaged sailors and foraging was not always feasible in the Napoleonic campaigns. Napoleon offered a prize to the Frenchman who could solve the problem. It was won by Nicolas Appert in 1809, who created the process of sterilizing  food by heat and sealing it in a container hermetically.

Shortly after, the tin can was invented and the two processes revolutionized food storage.

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Mr. Recycle Head Man from Delia Creates

Did you know? The first can opener wasn’t designed until 50 years after the first tin cans were manufactured! Until the can opener was invented, folks had to use knives, chisels or even rocks to puncture the tin cans and reach the delicious contents.

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The can opener was first used by the U.S. military in the Civil War. In 1866, J. Osterhoudt patented the tin can with a key opener that you can find on sardine cans.

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Tin Can Dog from Martha Stewart

Fun Fact: When the first tin cans were produced in the UK, the best craftsmen could only produce up to 60 cans a day. In modern times, production lines are manufacturing over one million cans per day.

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Tin Cans with Styrofoam Tiles from Instructables

Did you know? Tin cans are no longer made entirely of tin. For much of the 20th century, cans were made primarily of tinplate steel. In the 1960s, aluminum cans were introduced and, because they can be made more cheaply, replaced tin cans.

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4 comments… add one
  • Sandra Garth January 25, 2017, 9:01 am

    Count me in as a fan of the copper planters also!

  • Leslie January 24, 2017, 9:06 am

    Those copper tin can planters are just gorgeous! I would love it if you would share this over at the Happy Now Link Up where we like to share things that add a little happiness throughout our day!

  • Kim @ The Baking ChocolaTess January 23, 2017, 5:17 pm

    I love those copper planters! Pinned and tweeted <3

  • Carol January 22, 2017, 4:00 pm

    Nice collection of crafts – I love the copper looking cans


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