Saturday, March 9, 2013

Tin Cans Up-Cycled (CSA Bouquet of Ideas)

 This month for the CSA (Community Supported Activities/Crafts/Organization)
the supply is a Tin Can.

Each month a handful of awesome friends and I are going to use a household supply item (that might otherwise be tossed) and find a way to up-cycle it!
You can join in on the fun – email me or add your link for next month’s item (egg carton) OR you can always add to any previous CSA supply! Start thinking and creating! There will be a random winner each month!
I hope you get some fresh ideas and enjoy this post of…

Tin Can Up-cycled
Community Supported Activities/Crafts/Organization
for All Ages!

Tin Can Bank
I wanted my son to start getting the concept of tithing, saving, and spending, so we made this tin can bank with three compartments labeled A, B, and C
MADE by, Laura and one of her hard workers!

The Stuff
The FUN!
3 Tin Cans
1.   Tape the cans together, and the top edge of the can to cover any sharp edges.
2.   Kiddo decorates the cans with stickers.
3.   Kiddo starts earning money. He started earning an allowance of $1.00 per week.  He would put 10 cents in A for tithing, 40 cents in B for saving, and 50 cents in C for spending.

Fridge Tin Can Organizer
I saw where people did this and stuck them to a cookie sheet and hung it on a wall, but our fridge was perfect :-)
MADE by, Karen and her little crafter!

The Stuff
The FUN!
Tin Cans

1.   Paint tin cans (we did this by rolling the cans in the paint!) Let dry.
2.   Glue magnet on the back of the tin can.
3.   Stick on fridge (if your fridge isn’t magnetic you can use a cookie sheet)
4.   Fill with supplies!

Velcro Tin Can Organizer for a Cabinet
Small supplies can be organized on the outside or inside of a cabinet door!
MADE by, Katie

The Stuff
The FUN!
Tin cans
Glue (if not sticky back Velcro)

1.      Attach 2 strips of Velcro horizontally on a door.
2.      Attach 1 strip of Velcro vertically on the tin can.
3.      Fill…remove…play…replace!

Rainbow Tin Can Hanging Planter
With St. Patty’s on the way we made some different Rainbow Tin Can Planters to plant some shamrocks! I can’t wait to do this with herbs for the summer!
*Note – if you are planting herbs in a tin can make sure it is BPA free – checkhere (not many are).
MADE by, Sara and her little gardeners (Hornet, Roly Poly and Firefly)
The Stuff
The FUN!
Tin Cans
Gold Paint (optional)
Tissue and glue (#1)
Water colors and newspaper (#2)
Watercolors (#3)

*Optional – paint the tin can with gold paint. I did this to symbolize the pot of gold.
1.   #1 can – glue rainbow colored tissue around the can. Coat with another layer of glue. Let dry.
2.   #2 can – Watercolor paint stripes of the rainbow on newspaper. Let dry.
3.   #3 can – Watercolor rainbow stripes horizontally on the tin can. Let dry.Not sure how this will hold up with watering - you may want to spray with sealer.
*if you are hanging your tin cans drill a hole in each side at the top before you plant. Tie one side of the string through one hole.
4.   Put small rocks on the bottom of the tin can for drainage. Fill with soil. Plant seeds (we used clover seeds from our garden store – really cheap – look in the grass seed section).
5.   Use a clothes hanger to loop string through and tie through other hole. You may have to put some tape on the string and hanger to make them stay still. If you are just making one then you don’t need the clothes hanger.
6.   Hang by a window and enjoy!
Web-links to more ideas…

Please BRAINSTORM your ideas/suggestions in the COMMENTS below for the Tin Can Up-cycled
Community Supported Activities/Crafts/Organization!
Happy Up-cycling!
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