How to Make a Tin Can Man: A Fun Recycle Craft Project | Peggy Hazelwood | Skillshare

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How to Make a Tin Can Man: A Fun Recycle Craft Project

teacher avatar Peggy Hazelwood, Fun and Learning Go Hand in Hand

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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (19m)
    • 1. Introduction and Welcome

    • 2. Lesson 1 Getting Started Making a TCM

    • 3. Lesson 2 Preparing Arm and Leg Materials

    • 4. Lesson 3 Add Legs to the Tin Can Man

    • 5. Lesson 4 Add Arms

    • 6. Lesson 5 Add a Handle

    • 7. Pick a Tin Can, etc

    • 8. Tin Can Man Project and Closing final

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About This Class

Make a tin can man and have a fun conversation piece to hang in your kitchen or to set on a shelf. You can even hang these guys outside. They look great out in nature!

This easy recycling craft project is perfect to make with children. This project is great to do with a Scout troop or activity for a sleepover or slumber party.

Even big kids love making tin can men. Collect those bottle caps and keep your favorite food can and get cracking!

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Peggy Hazelwood

Fun and Learning Go Hand in Hand


Crafting and Writing

Hi! I'm Peggy. I enjoy crafting and sewing, and I also love to write and have so many years of experience with the written word that it's second nature to me. I want to share both of my loves with you!

I just added a new class in my Writing Basics series. The class is great as a refresher on spelling words that sound the same but are spelled differently. Make your writing better and maybe even error free. Check it out!

Many of my crafting classes are reuse and recycle craft projects, which makes them inexpensive to make. This makes it easy for everyone to enjoy these easy and fun classes.

I've also published an easy sewing class and hope you'll check it out. If you have a bit of sewing experience my simple sewing projects will be per... See full profile

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1. Introduction and Welcome: Hello. I'm Peggy, and this is the skill share class. How to make a tin can. Man, this is a tin can man the 10 canIs the body. He has some arms and legs dangle down and a handle. So he's perfect for hanging in a tree or on a hook in your house wherever you want to keep him. He's a nice little conversation starter. I like this easy reuse and recycle craft project because it keeps a bunch of items like bottle caps and little metal doodads out of the land Bill and 10 Kansas. Well, everything that you need to make your tin can man can pretty much be found in or around your house. Or maybe you'll become a I don't know what you call it a pack rat. Yeah, that's what I am. I pick up a lot of things when I'm walking or when I'm in a parking lot and I see them and I bring them home, wash him off and then reuse them in craft projects like this. Tin can man click the enroll button now and let's get started making a tin can man 2. Lesson 1 Getting Started Making a TCM: welcome to the skill share class. How to make a tin can man in this class, you'll need a tin can some bottle caps, anything with a hole in it, like washers, nuts, wingnuts, keys, springs, buttons, schools and you'll need some wire. The tools you'll need to make a tin can man include a spring loaded punch or a hammer and nail flat nose pliers. Brown nose pliers, which are optional but handy to use a wire cutter and a cutting board or a piece of wood to set the items that you need to punch. A quick tip is to use a can opener that leaves a smooth edge. This will keep your tin can safe while you're working on it and keep you from getting nicked for many sharp edges. And finally, you need to prepare your can. You use an empty can and wash it. Add some ice to the top of the can, then fill it with water. Frieze this for 2 to 3 hours until it's frozen solid by punching against a can full of ice . It keeps the can from caving in or denting, and next we'll get started on punching the tin can. We're going to punch holes in this can. And this is a small a little pork and beans or baked beans Can. And I thought it would be perfect for showing you how to punch holes. You'll need a cutting board. I have a wooden one here, and I only use this for crafts. I don't use it for other things. I'm gonna put a towel down because the can is wet and it could be slippery. So I'm just going toe eyeball where I want to put the handles and, uh, put one over here on the side and one over here, so I'll just do that right now. I have a spring loaded punch which was listed on the tool list. You don't have to use this. You can also use a hammer and nail that works just fine. So to use a punch, you put it where you want the whole to be and Kristan and as you can see, the can has ice in it. Because pressing against an empty can often times makes the can just dent in. It falls in and doesn't look good. So there was just a couple punches I've put a hole in this can. Now we'll do the other side. And again, I'm just gonna eyeball it approximately across and punch punch. And there we have two holes. Now, I'm gonna do two holes here in the front for arms, and I think I'll put holes in the bottom for legs. The legs will dangle down, and I think it'll be really cute. So again, I'm gonna eyeball where a month of arms to go. Probably want about here. And one over here. So come right out the front of the can, and it will look pretty cute. Okay. Two holes and for the legs. I'm just gonna turned upside down. And on one side, I'll put one. And on the other side, I'll put another one and to And you can see how fast that and how fast it's leaking. This can of ice doesn't completely frozen. So I'm gonna take it over to the sink now and let it drain and thought out 3. Lesson 2 Preparing Arm and Leg Materials: and we're back now. We need to prepare the items to add arms, legs, and I usually use bottle caps. I have a whole bunch of them here that I've already punched. Prepare your bottle caps ahead of time by washing them and rinsing off any sticky residue from beer or soda, then just punched the bottle caps at your leisure and have them ready. You can use a spring loaded punch or a hammer and nail. Make sure the wire you're using will fit through the holes, so have your wire on hand. When you're punching your bottle caps and slip it through and determine how many punches or hammering Z, you need to give it for the wire to fit and push and push. And there's a whole so that should work. This is the wire I plan to use. It's very thin. Looks like it's 26 gauge wire, and I'm gonna test it and make sure the wire goes through. And it does so for the arms. I usually use washers, nuts, springs, really anything with a hole in it that I can slip on to wire for the legs. I use bottle caps often and for the arms. I used these washers and nuts and other items. So again, I just gather these when I'm out walking or in parking lots. I see stuff all the time and I pick it up and I'm bringing home rinse it off and just collected in a jar and have it on hand. Make sure you use the right size of items for the wire you're using. Heavier wire can handle heavier pieces of metal, so just keep that in mind whenever you're collecting things and you might want to sort them by size and weight. 4. Lesson 3 Add Legs to the Tin Can Man: Now I'm gonna show you how to a symbol. The tin can man, you grab your can. We cut the punch, the holes in it already. We have bottle caps that have holes. We have an assortment of washer springs, buttons, little doodads, nuts, just all sorts of things. Pieces of metal, a wing that anything with a hole in it basically will work to slip through the wire. Just any small items. And remember to use heavier items for heavy wire and lighter items for lighter wire. I'm going to use this black wire. It's probably about a 22 gauge. Something like that. It's fairly sturdy, but but also very flexible. We're gonna start with the legs in this tin. Can I punch the holes in the bottom and you just slipped the wire up through and then you curve it around and slip it back through the other hold, so you have one piece of wire for both legs. It's sturdier. That way you can use one piece of wire for each leg. If you want to and just secure them, there's no right or wrong. Whatever you want to do is fine, and then you just sip it and there are the legs, but they're kind of bear, so we're going to start adding some bottle caps. And as you will see, some of the bottle caps have a whole that is not quite big enough, like this one right here. It won't go on, so I'm tossing it aside and using a different one so you can stop and punch more holes if you want. But it's nice to have them all done ahead of time. And there it is started and I'll take a little break and finish this and come back and show you the legs, the wires completely full of bottle cap legs and we're back. Here is the tin can man's legs completely, the wires completely full of bottle caps. We'll take my round nose pliers and start curling the wire, and you can make it really neat if you want to. But I kind of get sloppy with it and make a little mess, as you can see there. And be sure to check the end of the wire, that one sticking out so I'm gonna fold it under. You don't want any sharp objects or sharp portions sticking out, and so that you don't get hooked and here it is. The legs are complete 5. Lesson 4 Add Arms: Okay, now we have the legs attached, so we're gonna add the arms. We're going to use some heavier wire that I mentioned earlier because I changed my mind. And that's something you can do when you're making a tin can. Man, there are no rules whatsoever. Just have fun and do what you think looks good. So I cut a length of wire. I'm going to slip it through from the front to the back. And then again, we're just using one piece of wire for both arms and you have tow line it up with the other hole, and it's a little tricky, but you can do it. You just kind of poke it through and it will come through. You just have to to mess with it. And there it comes. There's the wire. So we have both arms and again they're very bare, just like the legs were with just wire. So we're gonna add all of these little pieces that I've collected. I just Seriously, when I take a walk or any time I'm out, I look on the ground and I find stuff and I just bring it home, rinse it off and let it dry, then put it in a jar or a can and keep it on hand for what? I'm going to make another tin can, man. As you can see, I don't plan it ahead of time. What order? Anything goes on. I just pick up stuff and that one right there. That socket was too heavy, so I'm setting it aside. It would bring the arms down and weigh them down too much. And here's another piece too heavy for the wire. Amusing and the small camp. I really liked the rusty pieces that I find, and sometimes I try Teoh have enough to use all rusty. And here I have completed one arm and I'm twisting the wire with the round nose pliers and again just twisted so that the items don't fall off the end. Basically, your you want the wire to be a stopper so that your nuts and washers and things and I added a key there to the end of his arm. Just you don't want him to fall off, and you can add items to the second arm and just keep going until it's filled up. There's a button I like to use a variety of things little springs and items that hang down . I think it just looks really cool when it's sort of messy. And now I'm ready to finish off the end of the second arm and using my round nose pliers again. I'm just gonna twist the wire, and depending on the gauge of wire you use some of it's really easy to bend like this one. But if you use a heavy gauge like maybe at 18 or something is too heavy and take some muscle. 6. Lesson 5 Add a Handle: Okay, Now we have the arms and legs on our tin can, and it's time to add a handle. We're going to use some wire, the wire cutter and the flat nose pliers. So you just unwind some of the wire, figure out the length you want it to be at the top and leave a few inches on each end. So I'm just snipping the wire and gonna push the wire through from the outside in and pull it through a couple inches and then just twisted around and you're just securing the wire on one side, and then we'll do the other, and you just twisted around. You can use the pliers if you want. You can use your fingers. Whatever is works for you is just fine. Some times I've used decorative twists and coils at the end when I use a stiffer wire, but with this softer wired just wrapping it around, what seems to work? All right, Then you do the other side. You slip it through from the outside, push it in and look the wire up across it so that you can start twisting it just like that and you twisted around Andi Like I said, Just use your fingers. Use your pliers, whatever works for you. So just finish up the ends by crimping the wire so that you pushed the end down. So it's not poking out and you have a completed tin can, man. 7. Pick a Tin Can, etc: choose a tin can that you like. The looks of it could be big. Small. It can have a paper label or the printing could be directly on the can. It's your choice, right? I'm Peggy, and I'm gonna show you a few little embellishments that you could use to add to your tin can. Man, I put a key here on the arm of this guy. You could also dangle a curse like this one. I found this somewhere. I think somebody dropped it in a parking lot. You could glue on little pieces, little items onto the front of the 10 can. If you want, you could poke a hole and insert this flag pin. It has a pin back so that you could fix it to your 10 can easily. Or you could even add a little jingle bell to his foot or arm or the handle. So those are just a few of the embellishments you can use to make your own tin can. Man, this is a can of Polier things spray that I use sometimes to spray my tin can. Man with it will protect the paper label and the metal pieces from the elements and keep them in better shape a little longer. If you want to put it outside. Here are some small tin can been that I made from spice cans and an orange can. I used buttons for these arms and legs. Here are two fund 10 can men I made and just gives you an idea of the different things you can do. 8. Tin Can Man Project and Closing final: thank you for taking the skill share class. How to make a tin can. Man. For the project, you simply need to find a 10 can to use. You can go look in your cupboard pantry and choose one. Empty the food out, wash it and take a picture of the can. Or you can actually just take a picture of the can with food in it and share with us how your tin can man body will look because the tin can itself is the body. If you'd like to also share, you're finished 10 can. Man, that would be great. I am really eager to see how everybody makes their tin can and what you all come up with. So thank you for taking this class and I hope to see you again soon.