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« Reply #150 on: April 22, 2006 11:51:52 AM »

For the glass jars, you can rip up strips of tissue paper and kind of decoupage them with glue for candle holders. You can use certain colors for themes or whatever...they cast a cool light when they burn!
« Reply #151 on: May 14, 2006 11:48:43 AM »

I saw this in a magazine and loved it.  I made it about a year ago, with plans to make another, but moved on to another crafty project.

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« Reply #152 on: June 07, 2006 09:10:39 AM »

One of my favorite things to do with glass or tins is cover in polymer clay.  After doing this, it is no longer food safe.



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« Reply #153 on: July 02, 2006 07:46:42 AM »

My neighbor makes birdhouses out of coffee tins and scrap wood. You just make the simple bird house roof Looks like an upside down "V". Then make a square that fits the coffee can inside. Make sure it's snug. Then add a front to the birdhouse with a hole drilled into it.

The birds around here really like them.

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« Reply #154 on: July 10, 2006 04:15:22 PM »

Take a coffee tin and punch holes in the sides as a design. Then put it over a cande on a patio. Smiley

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« Reply #155 on: July 13, 2006 02:13:40 PM »

I have a way cool jar that came out of my great grandparent's house. I've had it for years, but I couldn't bear to get rid of it so it floated around for awhile.

Then I moved into an apartment with a (inside) door that wouldn't stay open.

I wandered around a bit and inspiration hit!!

I dumped in my marbles, sealed it up, and voila! instant door stop! It looks very vintage 1930's (the jar is, the marbles not) and now I never lose my marbles.

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« Reply #156 on: July 31, 2006 11:30:10 AM »

Here's a hanging planter, I made from a large coffee tin and some old jewelry...


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« Reply #157 on: August 23, 2006 12:59:12 AM »

another tall-can suggestion or two:
rocketships and towers and castles oh my!

Put a cone-shaped nose that just fits the lid of the can on the top, and two or three 'fins' (cut from cardboard or craft foam) onto the base and you've got the old pulp sci fi rocketship shape (this would work with the funky shaped cans as well (if not better!) than the perfectly round Pringles cans) I've never done it but I've seen it done in older craft magazines - not sure if I still have the mags though Sad

A similar approach with different results is to paint or paper the sides of the can (a faux stonework if you're feeling ambitious, or even just a solid color to cover the label) Then make a bigger cone than for a spaceship, one that overhangs the edge of the top of the can for a 'roof' and you've got a quick and cute 'medieval tower' effect. You can stick a toothpick with trangular flag into the point of the cone for a little extra flair. (variants include doing a 'crennelated wall' effect (the sort of squared off zig-zag brick effect on some castle walls) around the top rather than a cone roof. I'd use craft foam for it, personally. You could even do a "rapunzel" if you can find a doll small enough to be in scale - just have to find some way to give her hair about three or four times her body length... Wink )

if you're really fond of the tower idea and are feeling ambitious you can get four cans or more cans, another box or some cardboard, and make a full castle. cut into the box on the corners and fit the tubes into the notches, paper it all over with an appropriate wallpaper or paper mache to hold it together (paint it if you do the paper mache of course). The only limit is your time and budget!

Elsewhere there's instructions in making oatmeal cannisters into animals - you could always do that in miniature with the short pringle cans, or do a  dachsund (sp?) with the full sized one. Or a caterpillar - there's lots of possibilities.

Oh, and I can't believe I haven't seen a suggestion for coin banks for anything with a plastic lid. cut a slit just a little longer than the largest coin of your currency (here in Canada, I used a toonie) and about 3 mm or 1/8th of an inch wide in the lid, centering it on the little dimple they all seem to have from the manufacturing process. This can be coupled with the tower or rocketship design to make a good bank for a child's room. (if you hate the noisy clank of coins falling into an empty bank, (I do - that first coin always sounds so lonely!) cut a circle of felt or craft foam to cushion the inside bottom of the tube)

I've also lined the shorter pringle cans - I rough cut a chunk of fabric big enough to go up one side, across the bottom and down the other side, with extra to make the process easier. Then I centered it on the bottom of a glass that fits LOOSELY into the can, (think "will a gluegun nozzle fit in all around?" and if the answer's yes, it's the right size) evened out the folds a little, and popped the pringles can over top. this holds everything more-or-less in place while I flipped the arrangement over and went around the edge between the can and the fabric with a glue gun to tack everything into place. the edge wasn't perfect the first time (I should've gone around a second time without the glass and stuck ribbon on the inside) but the overall effect was pretty neat I thought.

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« Reply #158 on: August 29, 2006 07:07:16 AM »

I took a rectangular block of wood and nailed four coffee cans to it..two on each side...to make a four can,,tool caddy...I painted it and put a handle of rope on it.....it comes in handy for my  scissors, glass cutter, small screwdriver,,anything about that size...if I had my camera working, I could show you... Cry

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« Reply #159 on: August 29, 2006 07:35:07 AM »

  EveH--LOVE the planter!!!! I think I am going to make one of those, and I thought that (using the same idea...) you could make letter holders, indoor flower arrangement holders, magazine holders to hang in the bathroom (if you have a tiny bathroom like I do it's would be great!)

Hollow shel-- great ideas!  I think maybe my kids would like making thier own banks this way!  Good project for the long Buffalo winters... (not that you could relate in Canada or anything... LOL)

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