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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Coffee Tins, Glass Jars, Plastic Containers on: February 28, 2005 02:07:26 PM
Anyony who still wants large cans for doing any projects can beg a few from most little restaurants.  They get a lot of their stuff in large cans.  They would be happy to let you have them.

I've seen torched cans all over the place at craft shows with rows of skinny slats cut with a torch to make candelaria like coverings.  Some people get $25 for a large can.   Shocked  

 Haha  Don't burn your fingers!
2  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Coffee Tins, Glass Jars, Plastic Containers on: February 12, 2005 12:13:31 PM
Ok, I clicked on this to reply without reading the whole eight pages, so just maybe someone has said this before.   Cry

But, here goes...

The coffee tins, round ones, can be made into tall skinny waste baskets that fit into tight corners or small spaces, as in beside a bed or tucked against the wall behind the arm of a chair.  You can fit newpaper wrapping bags into them as liners, and if it's dampish around, snap on the plastic lid as a bottom protector, so no rust rings apply themselves to your floorings. 

I duct tape three of any size together ( 3 or 2 pound ones works best but the little ones are fine, too)  in a stack, after cutting out the bottoms on two of them. 

Then wrap them all around with the thinnest corregated cardboard that you can find in craft stores or sometimes get lucky finding to recycle. 

Over that goes any nifty and/or beautiful wrapping paper which you could then seal with an acrylic spray or something, or leave the way it comes if you like. 

Into the bottom I usually stuff crumpled brown paper sacking so that it's not so deep.  Blow up the bag like a balloon, and push it down into the your new waste basket  and then fold over the top of the bag out around the lip. 

I've liked mine for years, and change out the wrapping paper whenever I'm tired of looking at it.   
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