Recycling Ideas. Tin cans transformed into serving dishes.
According to Mr PSGC, recycling tin cans into serving dishes is evidence that I have finally lost my marbles! (but that would mean that I once had marbles). I will admit, this craft is really just for people with far too much time on their hands. Crafters anonymous anyone?
We threw a dinner party for some friends who got married in Vegas last summer. I wanted some quirky touches to differentiate from other dinner parties we had thrown. I wanted loose vegas theme-ing to the party (more posts to follow), but still wanted to keep it stylish. And yes Mr PSGC tin cans can be stylish!
It was a pretty loose theme…..but these tin cans were perfect for some kitsch smoked mackerel pate starters. You can get the recipe I use here.
This is my favourite type of craft. 5 minutes to make, largely recycled, and can be customised for any colour, theme you want. Though admittedly to get the tins, we ate a lot more baked beans than we usually do!!
To prepare the tins: Take a small tin. (I used 200g baked bean tins. Tuna tins and sardine tins would also work really well).
To make the rim safe to use, take a pair of pliers, and crimp the sharp edge either up or down against the side.
First a wash of blue (spot the old paint colour sample).
And trim to size. Measure the height of the tin between the two rims. For the length, measure the circumference, and add an inch of overlap. Its worth marking your overlap point in pencil on the paper, so that you can centre your design.
Use a guillotine to get nice crisp edges.
To attach to the tins, I used double sided tape, and wrapped around. Ta da.The tins can have the labels removes and be thrown in the dishwasher to be recycled…(or much to Mr PSGC dismay) saved to be reused! I’d love to hear any other recycling ideas you have for tin cans.