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Don’t throw that can out! Give them a new lease on life with some innovative ideas. I was inspired after buying an extra large can of tomatoes from Costco. After the can was empty, it seemed a shame to throw it out. So I put my creative cap on, followed by some cyber searching.

The obvious, but simple thing to do is use them as pots for plants. It’s the perfect centerpiece for an outdoor bistro table.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Take things a step further and make a hostess gift using an old can.

What to do:

  • Clean the can thoroughly. Poke holes on the bottom if you plan on having it drain your plant. Place your plant or flowers in the can. (leave the label on or take it off, both ways have their own unique cool look) Ideally I would have put a tomato plant in the can but they’re not in season. If you can use a plant that matches the can label, that would be a fun touch.
  • For your gift tag, get a packet of seeds. Take some paper and write or print out your message to the host. Get some double sided tape and adhere it to the seeds. Slide the seeds through the teeth end of a plastic fork and insert into the soil of the plant. (if you have single vintage forks laying around, that would be even better)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other ideas I found & loved:

 

Cork cans by The 3R’s Blog.

A kitschy wine rack from Real Simple.

Pendent lights from Shelterness.

Picnic cans found at Sweet Paul Magazine.

Finally, if you’re feeling more practical and adventurous, try building a camping rocket stove from leftover food cans. Learn how at Lifehacker.

 

 

  • Verymerryvintagestyle

    such creative ideas! Thanks so much for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday!
    Mary

  • http://justagurlintheworld.blogspot.com/2011/11/how-to-make-custom-wall-art.html Jennifer @ Just A Girl

    I started recently saving my cans after seeing something that inspired my on pinterest. I have yet decided what to do with them, however the wine rack you showed above gave me a great idea!

    Thank you for sharing! Found you via link party. Merry Christmas!

  • http://www.stuff-and-nonsense.net Stuff and Nonsense

    very cute ideas 
    for new uses for old cans

    clever
    and much better
    than just tossing them away

    thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!

    alison

  • jalinda

    These are great ideas. I feel guilty throwing out cans too!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stephanie-Dye-Nericcio/1027194630 Stephanie Dye Nericcio

    Loving these ideas!!!

  • http://www.stylebaggage.com/ Nellene

    So smart! Thanks for sharing that with us.

  • Miss Charming

    A very simple but cute idea.  Looks great on the bistro table!

  • Kim,USA

    We used small and big cans for planting flowers or herbs in the Philippines since buying a clay pot is expensive. And besides cans won’t break that is why my mother prefer cans than clay pots ^_^ 
    Kim, USA

  • Andrea @ Frugally Sustainable

    This is perfect:) I am seriously loving your post! It is so informative and I think my subscribers would really enjoy reading this. I would love for you to come share it at Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways on Frugally Sustainable (http://frugallysustainable.blogspot.com/2011/11/frugal-days-sustainable-ways-3.html). I really hope that you will put Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways on your list of carnivals to visit and link to each Wednesday! Warmly,Andrea @ Frugally SustainableHere’s the link: http://www.frugallysustainable.com

  • http://shirasavvy.blogspot.com Shevzz

    so many cute ideas! i wanna try out the wine rack idea, it might even look cute with out wine bottles just for some mod room decor