With the world moving toward consumer goods being packaged in jars and plastic, it's becoming rarer to see things in cans anymore. However, cans still have their place among certain types of food and consumer goods. For decades they have been the go-to packaging for things like soup, oil, paste, paint, lacquer and soda. In some cases, they are a bit more expensive to utilize in products, but they provide a utility that is hard to achieve with other types of packaging. Aside from keeping contaminates out, cans are especially good at reducing the effects of sun and light exposure. It is very difficult for the contents to be exposed to light without the can being opened, and the rays that would normally begin to warm the container are easily reflected off of the can's surface.
Sadly, cans have some serious drawbacks. Being comprised of metal, they are not biodegradable. However, this also means that they are incredibly resilient. With this in mind, why not try to breathe new life into your old tin cans with these clever DIYs?
1. Wrapping them in newspaper or pages from an old book can give cans a very antique and rustic look. They can then be mounted to a board and used in a variety of ways.
2. If you have an empty can of tuna, you can use cotton balls and a cloth to make a unique-looking pin cushion.
3. Painting the cans is a great way to give them a new look, but wrapping them in decorative paper can be even more stunning. Cutouts from wallpaper were used to create this magnificent towel holder.
4. Paint and glue is all that is required to make this awesome stationary holder. This would look great on any desk.
5. Here we see some old paint cans that have been decorated and repurposed to hold loose tea.
6. Even outside the home, cans can be used to give the yard a great new look.
7. A great way to organize a children's playroom.
8. Have a lot of loose supplies covering your desk? Organize them in a drawer with this great can-based solution.
9. They are also great at keeping loose paper organized over your desk. No need to waste money buying boxes or containers.
10. Once they are decorated, the cans can even be glued together to form a tall organizer. This reduces the amount of desk space it takes up.
11. With some double-sided tape, cans can help to keep your washroom counters tidy.
12. Be as creative as you want when decorating your cans. Paint and paper are great, but use anything you like to really make yours stand out.
13. A craft like this is not only great on saving space in the kitchen, but it's also great for bringing utensils outside for barbecues and picnics.