Repurposed Tin Cans Organizers

 Go raid your recycling bin to create some of these super cheap, super wonderful super easy containers with tin cans!
I stayed up til the wee hours of the morning making mine – I’m hooked!

As I’ve mentioned before,
I have a stash of sheet music and antique magazines from the 1800’s
and their aged look means anything I put them on will be gorgeous, so I’m always looking for more things to cover.
These were cans that held cooked chicken meat, but you could use soup cans, tuna cans – any cans!
Look at that stunning advertisement for a piano-forte!
Piano forte, piano forte…
Doesn’t that word just dance off your tongue?
Now I feel the need for a Jane Austen and Mr. Darcy fix.

I digress…
These containers are a sweet & inexpensive way to make your desk, craft table or vanity more neat and tidy, while adding a touch of elegance.  Great for cotton balls, pencils, scissors, cell phones, pocket change, a candle holder, business cards, jewelry – so many things!

Rust and pearls… for me!

I lined the inside of the cans with pages, as well.

This artwork came from the covers offbthe sheet music – is it amazingly gorgeous, or what?

Just look at that detail!

I made 4 cans and discovered that tracing around the can and covering the inside bottom was the smartest place to start.

Glue it to the inside bottom of the can, then coat it with more glue.

Next, cover the outside of the can and leave a little extra on the top to fold over to the inside.

Coat it with more glue and let dry, then add the ring around the inner part of the can, which covers up your raw edges and gives it a finished look.

Can you do it too?  Yes, you can!!!

No antique sheet music?
No problem!  Use book pages, wrapping paper,
newspapers (wouldn’t these be cute with the funny pages?)

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  1. Wonderful! And the best part about writing about cans is the puns, right? That sheet music looks just amazing! You’re right, it transforms anything it touches. Thank you for sharing!

  2. you put alot of work into those little darling cans. Beautiful. And Yes I can – I have old newspapers and old sheet music.

  3. adorable idea! love the sheet music:)

  4. These are gorgeous! What an awesome idea 🙂 I just love the vignette you created with them on the old silver tray! Thanks for sharing your ideas…
    Big hugs,

  5. I adore your containers! What a great use for vintage advertising which I love. Now I will not need to pass by a box of old papers at my next estate sale because I’ll have a plan on what to do with them. Thanks for the inspiration!
    PS–Love those movies, too!

  6. Oh aren’t those just… BEAUTIFUL!!!! and yes the possibilities are endless…. Thanks for sharing your FUN with us!!

  7. wow…impressive! Esther from fleurcottage

  8. These are adorable! Guess now I will have to start saving cans too!

    Thank you for linking your unique idea to Potpourri Friday!

  9. Your vignettes are so pretty! And how clever to reuse the tin cans and transform them into something so function and lovely. Great post!

  10. That’s such a great idea! I just love the graphics from the cover sheet. Beautiful!

  11. Beautiful! I’ve been covering everything with sheet music lately – it’s instant art!

  12. So pretty…these would be great all filled with treasures for teacher gifts. Thanks for sharing 🙂 Laurel

  13. Rosemary@villabarnes says

    Fantastic. They have a great vintage feel. I love covering with ephemera.

  14. Love your containers! And a great way to recycle/upcycle :)!
    ~ Julie

  15. Lovely! I was just pricing some song books to sell-I may have to reconsider! I found you thru Inspiration Friday and am now a follower.

    Have a great day!

  16. Wonderful idea and so pretty. I have some old cans that I need to cover. Thanks for the tutorial.Blessings. Audrey Z @ Timeless Treasures.

  17. Your vintage sheet music makes everything look amazing! Thanks for sharing.

  18. These are just gorg! Thanks so much for linking up at my first ever party and helping make it a big success!

  19. I am incredibly jealous of your stash of antique magazines! I love the look of those cans! I’m going through a music sheet obsession myself currently, but I have to “antique” them myself!

  20. Beautiful! Love it! I am always tossing away old cans. What a great way to recycle! I love working with vintage paper so I am going to keep this project un mind!

  21. Angie,
    What a great idea! I have been known to cover anything that doesn’t move in sheet music but never a can. Guess what I’m doing today?!:)

  22. I CAN do this! Too sweet! I love gluing sheet music to just about everything that sits still long enough.Thanks!

  23. Pretty! Pretty! I am having vintage sheet music envy… “:o) I’m pretty sure this is something I’ll try…thank you for the inspiration!

  24. good one. i’m stealing.

    is it stealing if i tell you i’m stealing?

  25. So Pretty, gosh you are the sheet music queen! One would never know these weren’t high end containers. You are so creative! I was so inspired by you “Bible” wallpaper in your hallway, and talked the hubs in to it (can’t believe he said yes) and wall pappered my wall above our fireplace in vintage sheet music. Need I say how much I love it! You provided me the vision for my dream. Thanks so much for sharing over at Sunday’s Beset.

  26. What a super idea! Ok, going to get out my music sheets. Thanks for the share!! Hey, great for wrapping up those gifts. Love it 🙂
    xxx Liz

  27. What a Gorgeous Vignette! Just Lovely! Thank you for Sharing !
    Have a Wonderful Evening!

  28. What a wonderful idea!

  29. Beautiful cans. The sheet music is awesome. Linda

  30. These are amazing! Great tutorial! I love each one! I love your movie choices! A girl after my own heart! I love these; it’s hard to believe they were chicken cans!

  31. Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage says

    You are just FULL to overflowing with creativity!!! And I love the vintage ephemera you used on the cans.

    Wouldn’t it be FUN to have a Jane Austen movie fest during a weekend sleepover, with crafting and eating in between. Oh, and I guess we would need to toss sleeping in the mix somewhere. 😉

    Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday, Angie.

    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

  32. What a wonderful idea. Do you copy those precious antique papers or do you use the originals? I wouldn’t want to part with them.

  33. How creative and frugal! Love this green craft!

  34. Traveling by 4’s with Liz of Time Travel Thursdays. 4’s b/c my link is #74. I’m glad you’re on the list! Drooling. Wonderful decorative touches. I’m sure some wince about that sheet music. I sorta did. But I winced when I tore apart old pianos. Ouch! But, sometimes, it just has to happen, doesn’t it? Better than they go to waste for naught. Great post and I got lost looking about had to reconnect through Liz’s link. Ha. Saw some awesome stuff while I was lost on your blog. Thanks, Jenn

  35. I adore anythign with vintage papers – seriously cute!

    I’d love it if you could link this project to my Simply Christmas Inspiration party at ~

  36. I love this idea. What an amazing transformation!

  37. Those are really beautiful.


  38. Beautiful. They would be great with the funnies from Sundays paper. Gonna have to start saving cans here!

  39. Thanks for linking to the Simply Christmas inspiration Party at Shabby Art Boutique.
    Festive hugs ~ Kerryanne

  40. In LOVE with this! These would be great to use in place of gift bags or boxes too! Thanks for sharing — I’m pinning!

  41. That’s a very cute idea! Sheet music makes everything look sweet!

  42. Gorgeous. I’m a sucker for vintage sheet music too. Another great way to cover cans etc. is to use vintage sewing patterns.

  43. Oh, Angie! I love your brilliant use of tin cans. What a charming addition to any vintage arrangement. I am never short on soup/tuna cans…and, can’t wait to try my hand at following your skillful tutorial!
    Thanks so much for shariang!
    Carolynn xxx

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