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How To Make A Recycled Tin Man

My Tin Man

My Tin Man

Tin Man

A great recycled project to make with cans is a Tin Can Man. You can have your very own Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz hanging in your yard.

My neighbor had a Tin Man hanging in his yard. I thought it was very unique and different. I'd never seen one before but as I got to looking at it more I thought I could make one of those. All I needed to do was round up a bunch of different sizes of cans and buttons for eye's.

Then one day while talking with my neighbor he mentioned about getting rid of some stuff so he could get the house ready to sell. I asked about the Tin Man hanging in their yard. Later that day he said it's all yours. He wanted it to be a thank you gift for keeping an eye on the house because it sits empty while his Mom is a Care Center. So now that Tin Man lives in my back yard. As you can tell by the photo of him it needs a little work and some love but I'm pretty excited to have him. I do love the rustic look though.

So let's take a look at what kind of supplies you need make this. I've put together some instructions to follow. This is a neat fun project. Everyone seems to love the Tin Can Man!

Hiding Behind the Apple Blossoms

Mr Tin Man Hiding Behind the Apple Blossoms

Mr Tin Man Hiding Behind the Apple Blossoms

Instructions

  1. Gather your cans and lids; rinse them and remove the labels. Next you'll want to drill a hole in the top of each cans including the sardine cans. Also drill a hole on each side the biggest can being used for the body. You can either leave cans there natural coloring or spray paint them with an acrylic silver gray paint to give them a cleaner look. Next gather bottle caps. You can paint them black or leave with there natural artwork on them .
  2. You can either drill holes in the cans where the bottle caps would go for eyes and buttons or they can be glued on. If screwing them on you will want to do that before assembling the body together. So you just drill a holes where they would go for eyes and buttons then drill a hole in the bottle caps and screw them on. If gluing them on that can be done in the end or can simply paint on a face with a magic markers or paint.
  3. To make a nose is a little tricky and several ways to do that. You can use a can lid by folding it back and bending it forward then drill holes and screwing it on or can simple draw one on a can lid and use wire cutters to cut it out. If you are drawing your face then of course you'll draw a nose with a magic marker or paint one on.
  4. To make ears you'll want to use small can lids. To do this make two slits on each side of can used for the head then insert the lids in and glue them in place with epoxy glue. Tip: I'd use a can open where it takes the whole lid off that looks like a lid with a lip on it instead of them being cut with sharp edges. You'd don't want to get cut up making ears or anyone else who looks at your Tin Man.
  5. Now to assemble the body you will cut a heavier wires to length for attaching the cans. Your first piece of wire should be long enough to fit through the funnel, head and body. You might want to make it into a loop at top so then when the wire come down you will be able attach the legs. So for making the arms and legs you will use 2 medium and 6 small cans. You'll wire together 1 medium can and 1 small can to make an arm. Repeat medium / small can for another arm. Then with 4 small cans left; wire together two each to make legs. When making legs attach a sardine can on each one to make feet.
  6. Last but not least lets make some hands. Take a can large can lid or some heavier metal and draw hands on them. Use wire cutters to cut out the design of them. Again make sure the metal does not have sharpe edges on them. Drill a hole in the top of hands for attaching a wire to attach to the arms.
  7. Now your Tin Man is done! Hang him up and enjoy!
Different sizes of cans

Different sizes of cans

How To Links

  • Tin Can Creations
    Pins about Tin Can Creations hand-picked by Pinner Bernadette DeVerse | See more about tin can man, tin man and tin cans.
  • Making a Recycled Tin Man
    This is a guide about making a recycled tin man. Recycle clean empty food cans into a delightful tin man for your home or garden.

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© 2013 Cheryl Fay Mikesell

Comments:

Sheila Vincent on May 15, 2017:

Love the Tin Man and want to make one.

RTalloni on April 21, 2015:

Such a cute garden project! :)

Claudia Mitchell on April 20, 2015:

This is way too cute! I love it.

Cheryl Fay Mikesell (author) from Mondovi, WI on January 31, 2015:

Thanks. I've been looking for a metal funnel I could make one to go with this one.

Cheryl Fay Mikesell (author) from Mondovi, WI on January 31, 2015:

No it doesn't clang in the wind. Ya he could a scarecrow although he's so cute he doesn't scare them away. :)

Ibidii on January 19, 2015:

So cute and the rust patina makes him look better! Hard to find that metal funnel???

Merry Citarella from Oregon's Southern Coast on January 19, 2015:

I love this Cheryl! What a cute and clever idea. I wonder, does he clang in the wind? Seems like he would serve as a scarecrow too! Adorable. Every garden should have one!

Cheryl Fay Mikesell (author) from Mondovi, WI on October 13, 2014:

Thanks Sylvestermouse. Mr Tin Man is pretty cool!

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on October 12, 2014:

What a really cool craft project! I love the design and you have provided excellent instructions! Awesome indeed!

Cheryl Fay Mikesell (author) from Mondovi, WI on July 02, 2014:

@smine27: Thanks! They are neat!

Cheryl Fay Mikesell (author) from Mondovi, WI on July 02, 2014:

@AnonymousC831: Your welcome!

Cheryl Fay Mikesell (author) from Mondovi, WI on July 02, 2014:

@paperfacets: I just seen some at craft I attended. Pretty neat! Thanks!

Cheryl Fay Mikesell (author) from Mondovi, WI on July 02, 2014:

@tazzytamar: Thank! :)

Anna from chichester on July 02, 2014:

This is such a great project for garden lovers! I think he's really cute :) thank you for sharing how to make this fantastic garden decoration :)

Sherry Venegas from La Verne, CA on June 29, 2014:

For Christmas we received a tin man like this from my nephew and his wife. I love it.

AnonymousC831 from Kentucky on May 10, 2014:

I love this, thanks for sharing.

Shinichi Mine from Tokyo, Japan on April 16, 2014:

Wow that's just adorable and well, I just want one right now. haha

Cheryl Fay Mikesell (author) from Mondovi, WI on January 13, 2014:

@tfsherman lm: That's a great idea!

Cheryl Fay Mikesell (author) from Mondovi, WI on January 13, 2014:

@shewins: Thanks!

Cheryl Fay Mikesell (author) from Mondovi, WI on January 13, 2014:

@Nightcat: Thanks! He catches everyone's eye!

Cheryl Fay Mikesell (author) from Mondovi, WI on January 13, 2014:

@sousababy: It was hanging in my neighbor's yard! I fell in love with it!

Cheryl Fay Mikesell (author) from Mondovi, WI on January 13, 2014:

@favored: Thank You!

Cheryl Fay Mikesell (author) from Mondovi, WI on January 13, 2014:

@Erin Mellor: Thanks! My Tinmans needs a little fixer up as of lately so new sardine feet are in order.

Cheryl Fay Mikesell (author) from Mondovi, WI on January 13, 2014:

@fifinn: Glad you liked it!

Cheryl Fay Mikesell (author) from Mondovi, WI on January 13, 2014:

@Baddew Fibes: Thanks for stopping by!

Cheryl Fay Mikesell (author) from Mondovi, WI on January 13, 2014:

@Heidi Vincent: That would be super cute. I'll have to think about doing one this summer. Thanks!

Heidi Vincent from GRENADA on January 13, 2014:

I can't wait for you to make Mrs. Tinwoman :) in order to accompany Mr. Tinman. Nice tin man lens, CherylFay!

Baddew Fibes on December 16, 2013:

Really inventive and fun lens. Thank you!

fifinn on November 30, 2013:

very creative. Very inspiring.

Erin Mellor from Europe on October 02, 2013:

He's brilliant. I love his sardine can feet.

Fay Favored from USA on October 01, 2013:

He's so cute, I'd love to have one in my yard. Doubt my hubby would though. Congratulations on the purple star.

sousababy on September 30, 2013:

Very clever . . love this idea.

Nightcat on September 28, 2013:

What a wonderful craft idea! I adore him. Great lens. :)

shewins on August 29, 2013:

Those are so neat, I love them.

tfsherman lm on July 31, 2013:

I love these dudes. They would make great harvest festivals -- esp. here in Fla where pumpkins don't survive.

Cheryl Fay Mikesell (author) from Mondovi, WI on July 26, 2013:

@julieannbrady: Thanks! There are totally fun! Not selling them but that's a good idea. Thanks for stopping by!

Cheryl Fay Mikesell (author) from Mondovi, WI on July 26, 2013:

@gemstone-jewelry: Thank You!

julieannbrady on July 25, 2013:

Hey there! That is a really cool recycled tin man -- I love it -- are you selling them online?

gemstone-jewelry on July 22, 2013:

Amazing. Really appreciate your task.

Cheryl Fay Mikesell (author) from Mondovi, WI on July 12, 2013:

@anonymous: Thanks!

Cheryl Fay Mikesell (author) from Mondovi, WI on July 12, 2013:

@mrdata: Thanks!

Cheryl Fay Mikesell (author) from Mondovi, WI on July 12, 2013:

@TheWritingnag: It would look fantastic! Thanks for coming by!

Writing Nag from Colorado Springs, Colorado on July 12, 2013:

Clever idea! I think he would look great in my garden.

mrdata on June 15, 2013:

Interesting idea! Thanks!

anonymous on June 15, 2013:

Very cool idea!

Cheryl Fay Mikesell (author) from Mondovi, WI on June 14, 2013:

@JMorgan21: They are cool! Pretty simple to make. Thanks!

Cheryl Fay Mikesell (author) from Mondovi, WI on June 14, 2013:

@Northerntrials: Bent and rust is character... Thanks for stopping by.

Cheryl Fay Mikesell (author) from Mondovi, WI on June 14, 2013:

@Art Inspired: Your welcome! You too! :)

Cheryl Fay Mikesell (author) from Mondovi, WI on June 14, 2013:

@Dianeyp LM: Thanks!

Cheryl Fay Mikesell (author) from Mondovi, WI on June 14, 2013:

@paperfacets: Yes it would! Thanks for stopping by.

Cheryl Fay Mikesell (author) from Mondovi, WI on June 14, 2013:

@choosehappy: Thanks!

JMorgan21 on June 14, 2013:

I want one!!!

Vikki from US on June 14, 2013:

I haven't ever seen one of those but it's cool!

Northerntrials on June 14, 2013:

I think my tin man will use bent and rusty cans... to match my personality and disposition on a rainy morning like today.

Sherry Venegas from La Verne, CA on June 13, 2013:

Each tin man would have an individual look. A plus for this craft.

Dianeyp LM on June 13, 2013:

this is a really cool project!

Art Inspired on June 12, 2013:

Thanks for sharing your ideas! Make it a creative day!

Cheryl Fay Mikesell (author) from Mondovi, WI on June 12, 2013:

@junecampbell: Thanks! I love him too!

June Campbell from North Vancouver, BC, Canada on June 12, 2013:

I love, love, love your tin man.

Cheryl Fay Mikesell (author) from Mondovi, WI on June 10, 2013:

@Rhonda Lytle: They sure are! Thanks!

Rhonda Lytle from Deep in the heart of Dixie on June 10, 2013:

These guys are so cool. I could see making a whole family.

Cheryl Fay Mikesell (author) from Mondovi, WI on June 05, 2013:

@Scarlettohairy: Thanks!

Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on June 05, 2013:

Sweet!

Cheryl Fay Mikesell (author) from Mondovi, WI on June 05, 2013:

@Gypzeerose: Glad you liked it! Thank You!

Cheryl Fay Mikesell (author) from Mondovi, WI on June 05, 2013:

@Two Crafty Paws: Thanks so much!

Rose Jones on June 05, 2013:

Really enjoyed this. I love the Tin Man in Wizard of Oz. Pinned to my board Crafts I love.