Here’s a recycling challenge for all those tin cans we open, save and/or toss each week. If you have stopped by my blog before you know I love a good upcycle project. I had a box of tin cans in the basement with zero inspiration. Yes, I am that girl who keeps tin cans, glass bottles and odd shaped plastic forms for future upcycle ideas. And then I got a recycled tin cans idea that was perfect for my skill set, time and budget. I had so much fun with this project because it involved my new favorite medium: cement!
Recycled Tin Cans
For this recycled tin can challenge, the supplies included: tins cans, Quick Set Cement, a bucket, a heavy stir stick and a glass cutting board or similar surface. That’s it! This tin can recycle project took less than 30 minutes (not including the dry time for the cement).
Recycled Tin Cans Details
First, place a drop cloth on the area where you plan to mix the cement. Next, follow the simple instructions on the bucket; mix the cement with water in a bucket and stir. It should look like thick pancake batter. The beauty of this “recipe” is you can add more water or cement to get the desired consistency. It’s pretty much error proof,
I held the rim of each can and just turned the can to cover it. It’s like dipping strawberries into melted chocolate. You want to coat the can to the rim. I named it the “dip and swirl” method. That’s it!
I had my cans lined up to dip each tin can into the cement batter and a glass cutting board to set the finished cans on to dry. My office was a safe place to store the tin cans to keep curious hands and paws away until the cement set.
The results were instant, low effort and such a fun medium to play with for summer projects. The cement adhered to some places more than others and the grooved centers were still visible. The cement gave the cans an organic, earthy look.
recycled tin cans | after
With the success of this recycled tin cans challenge, I want to try the same method on larger tin cans. Next time I might apply a second application of the dip and swirl method to give the tin cans a chunkier look. Here is another fun project with cement.