Keep coffee cans, soup cans and pop bottles out of landfills by recycling them in a fun way. Create one-of-a-kind items to use around the house, back yard and the office. Recycling cans and bottles can be a fun classroom project for school aged children and can also be enjoyed by adults to give as gifts.
Coffee Can Storage
Six coffee cans can be turned into a handy storage container for pens, pencils, markers and other kitchen or office items. Remove all labels from the cans and wash and dry them. With a fine piece of sandpaper, lightly sand the outside of each can. Spray each can with spray paint designed to adhere to metal. With a scroll saw, cut out a handle 1 inch from the long side of a 12-by-10-inch piece of pine board. Use hot glue to secure three cans to each side of the wood. Place one screw through each can to permanently attach them to the wood.
Can Candle Holders
Turn soup cans and coffee cans into candle-holders by first removing all labels and washing and drying them. Use a drill to make holes around the can in a pattern or design of your choice. The cans can be painted with metal paint or left as is. Votive candles work well for soup cans and pillar candles can be used for coffee cans. When the candles are lit, the light will come through the holes drilled in the can.
Soup Can Vases
Recycled soup cans can be easily turned into decorative flower vases. Peel all labels from cans and lightly rough up the outer edges with a fine grit sandpaper. Spray the cans with metal spray paint. After the paint is completely dry, glue ribbon around the top and bottom with fast drying craft glue. Another option is to glue decorative paper around the outside of the can.
Colorful sand placed in clear pop bottles make nice decorations or paperweights. Remove all labels from the bottle and thoroughly wash and dry it. Pour colored sand into the bottle with the use of a small funnel. Alternate the colors as desired. The bottle can also be tipped to one side to create a diagonal pattern. A wooden skewer can also be pushed along the edges to give the sand a zigzag pattern. After the bottle is completely filled, apply hot glue around the inside of the bottle cap and screw it on the bottle.
Pop Bottle Bird Feeder
A good idea for reusing pop bottles is to turn them into backyard bird feeders. Cut six to eight holes on each side of the bottom half of the bottle. Make sure that two of the holes are perfectly lined up and push a wooden chopstick through the holes for the birds to perch on. Fill the bottle with bird seed and screw the cap on. Tie a small piece of rope or ribbon around the neck of the bottle to hang from a tree.
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