101 uses for tin cans

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101 uses for tin cans

Post: #42730 maggie144
Sat Dec 02, 2006 7:40 pm

i have never been able to find many uses for tin cans but today made a pen holder out of one.

the only other thing i use them for is attached to string and strung across the veggie patch as a detterent.

can anyone else give me any ideas please as i hate throwing them out

1/ bird scarer
2/ pen & pencil holder
3/ toothpaste/toothbrush holder too

thanks maggie

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Post: #42736 red
Sat Dec 02, 2006 8:50 pm

4 use (washed ones!) as mini cake tins to make mini Christmas cakes as pressies.
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Sun Dec 03, 2006 2:10 pm

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Post: #42764 shiney
Sun Dec 03, 2006 4:49 pm

red wrote:4 use (washed ones!) as mini cake tins to make mini Christmas cakes as pressies.


Wow Red that's a fab idea! Like that one a lot.
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wow again

Post: #42765 maggie144
Sun Dec 03, 2006 4:51 pm

Wow - yeah this is a great idea, so good infact that i am going to do some mini cakes tomorrow.

wondered if it would work with other cake mixes, like sponge cake for instance.

any ideas
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Post: #42767 shiney
Sun Dec 03, 2006 5:08 pm

Only one way to find out Maggie, lets experiment!

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hey guess what

Post: #42769 maggie144
Sun Dec 03, 2006 5:14 pm

My OH has just come up with another idea for this cooking in a tin thing. what about things like bread and butter pudding

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Post: #42770 shiney
Sun Dec 03, 2006 5:16 pm

I reckon if you grease it well it could be ok. I love B&B pud!
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Post: #42772 Milims
Sun Dec 03, 2006 5:56 pm

You can make those no cook chocolate/nut/biscuit things in them. Its something like you melt choc and butter and add crushed digestives and smallish nuts. Fill the tin and pop it in the freezer. Push the frozen stuff out from the bottom and slice as you go along. Hey presto nice round slices of yummy stuff!!

Also - if you pierce a hole in each side at the sealed end and then thread some string thru and leave a very long loop. you can make those mini stilt things for kids.

On a similar theme - pierce a hole in then end of two cans, put some string thru the holes - there you go cheap mobile phones!

Pierce a pattern in them with a hole punch and put a tea light in them as a table decoration (Anthea Turner has a lot to answer for!!)

With the catering size ones, pierce large holes along the bottom edge, fill with a fire lighter and charcoal and add a mesh top - instant BBQ! Apparently if you leave the mesh off you can put it into your BBQ and sure it as an accelerator
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Post: #42782 2steps
Sun Dec 03, 2006 7:50 pm

moulds for making candles from leftover scraps of finished candles

heating up anything hard to clean up or dangerous to use food pans. I made some new crayons from old scraps using tins to heat the wax cos then I could just throw them away or at least not worry to much aboutthem being spotless clean

planting small plants

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Post: #94576 Sky
Tue Apr 08, 2008 12:48 am

Alternative packaging for posting off small items sold on online auction sites, is really good at protecting fragile items.

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Post: #94581 ina
Tue Apr 08, 2008 1:01 am

I've been chucking them out, too. Fortunately the only tins I buy (almost!) are cat food - and my cats seem to have gone off the tinned food! :mrgreen:

OK, I do use the occasional tin of tomatoes. They just don't grow plentiful enough here in Scotland.
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Post: #94593 Mainer in Exile
Tue Apr 08, 2008 5:33 am

I use a tuna can as a doughnut cutter.

They're also good to carry worms in for fishing.

I've got one in a wooden holder as a feeding dish for the rabbits.

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Post: #94813 blackcrow
Tue Apr 08, 2008 9:05 pm

um... i hate to be obvious here... but...

15) paint the outside using old oddment tins of gloss paint, etc (suitable for metal) punch holes in the bottom and use as flower pots? catering size ones for bigger pots, obviously?

16) you could also punch 2 holes opposite each other at the top, fix a handle made of garden wire, and hang from trellis? make lots in bright colours and it would really brighten a wall!

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Post: #96106 Thomzo
Mon Apr 14, 2008 8:58 pm

Buy or borrow a copy of "The Fine Art of the Tin Can" by Bobby Hansson. ISBN no 1-887374-02-7.

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