Spring Pantry: Can Creations

Instead of tossing away your empty cans from the pantry, turn them into useful and beautiful can creations!

Episode: Spring Pantry

Geoffrey Zakarian makes a Tin Can Wine Rack, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen

Rustic Can Planter:

What you'll need:

  • Hammer and nail (or an electric drill)
  • Empty can (soup and coffee cans work great)
  • Spray paint (or regular paint with a brush)
  • Soil
  • Flower bulb (or pre-planted flower)
  1. Using a hammer and nail (or electric drill), make a small hole at the bottom of an empty can (for drainage).
  2. Using a hammer, gently bang the sides of the can, denting it all around.
  3. Spray-paint the can your desired color and let dry.
  4. Put the soil in the can and plant the flower bulb.

Can Cookie Cutters (Heart- and Sun-Shaped):

What you'll need:

  • 2 small fruit/veggie cans (half the size of a soup can)
  • Lid-safe can opener
  • Work gloves
  • Needle-nose pliers
  1. Remove both ends of the cans with a can opener.
  2. To make a heart-shaped cookie cutter, put on work gloves and use your hands to bend one of the cans into the shape of a football.
  3. Along the seal of the can, bend the top inward to create 2 rounds (this is the top of the heart).
  4. Mold the other side of the can to make the pointy, bottom part of the heart. (Just use your hands to work it--it'll get there!)
  5. To make the sun shape, use needle-nose pliers to twist the top of 1 side of the other can inwards, creating a sharp point.
  6. Using your pliers, bend the sharp point you just made inward the other way, creating a triangle shape. 
  7. Repeat this process until you have created small triangles all the way around the top of the can.

Can Cake Stand:

What you'll need:

  • Soup can
  • Lid-safe can opener
  • Spray paint (or regular paint with a brush)
  • Strong glue
  • Small plate
  • Large plate
  1. Remove both ends of the can with a can opener.
  2. Paint the can any color (we recommend painting it the same color as your plates).
  3. Glue one end of the can to the small plate and let dry.
  4. Glue the other end of the can to the large plate and let dry.
  5. Once both sides are dry, you're ready to go!

Industrial Can Wine Rack:

What you'll need:

  • 9 to 12 sauce cans
  • Lid-safe can opener
  • Pack of small gold binder clips
  1. Remove both ends of each sauce can with a can opener.
  2. Clip 3 cans together in a horizontal row with the binder clips.
  3. Repeat that process, making 2 to 3 separate rows.
  4. Bind each row together, alternating sides on top of each other (1 can should always be slightly farther right or left than the row beneath it).
  5. Flip upright and fill with wine!
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