Every year we send tin cans into recycling. This is one way to recycle your used cans. By taking your cans to a recycling center they are melted down and made into other useful products. There are also other ways to reuse old used cans.
You can flatten a can by opening up both ends and cutting the can so you can hammer it flat. Always be careful that you do not cut yourself. Once the can is flattened it can be used many ways. They make a nice flat metal surface that mice can not chew through. Nail them over mice holes and the mice will not be able to get through. If you have many flattened tin cans you can use them as siding on a building. Just nail the flat cans up like you would siding. This type of siding was done in the late 1800,s and early 1900’s. If you have a hole in a muffler an old flat can can be wired to the hole in the muffler and you can get a little more time out of your muffler.
You can make the cans into wind chimes by tying string to the can and hanging them up near other cans so they can strike each other in a wind.
An old can makes a good coin bank. Cut a hole in the shape of a slice in the top of the can and take out the contents. Then you can put coins into the bank. You can paint your can to decorate it if you wish. Once filled you can open up the entire can lid to get the money out. Once your can is opened you will probably want to make a new can into a coin bank and recycle the old one.
Old cans are good to use for a dipper. Just cut off one side of the can and use it to dip out water, dog food or if the can is really clean you can use it for flour. When you need to dip something you can always use an old can.
An old can makes a good planter. Just open up one end of the can and put a small hole in the other end for drainage. Then fill the can with soil and plant a plant or some seeds.
There are many good uses for cans once you have emptied them. Use your imagination and see what you can do to use old cans.