Recycle Your Tin Cans

Few weeks ago, our church hosted the Ladies Maranatha for their Spring meeting. I was able to help this year with their goodie bags. We were thinking and brainstorming what we could put in the goodie bags. And of course I grabbed my phone, launched my Pinterest App and started searching some ideas what to do with tin cans that easy for all of us to do. I stumbled on several pins that we can recycle the tin cans into pretty pen holders only using scrapbooking stuff. I showed how to make the fabric rolled rosette flowers and how to wrap the cans with scrapbooking papers to all the ladies who were able to help me with the projects. Without them, I wouldn’t not be able to dress 50 tin cans and 50 goodie bags in a week! That what I call team work! So thankful for them 😀


Pen Holder


  • Food tin cans (wash and dry it with paper towel, then let it air dry, to avoid rusty spots)
  • Paper doily (you can find it at Walmart, or any store at the baking area)
  • Scrapbooking paper – cut strip paper 12″ x 4 1/4″
  • Scrap fabric (I used the quilting fabric bundle, they also can be found at Walmart at sewing area, at any other craft store)
  • Green felt for the leaves. Cut as big as you need for the leaves
  • Gems (I got a big box at Hobby Lobby for cheap)
  • Glue gun and glue stick
  • Fabric glue
  • Tacky glue
  • Scissors

How To:

  • Cut the strip of scrapbook paper 12″ x 4 1/4″ and glue with Tacky Glue around the tin can.
  • Glue the doily paper after you covered the tin can with scrapbook paper. Use Tacky Glue.
  • Fabric  rolled rosette: cut a strip of fabric 12″ x 3″. Fold it. Make a knot at one end. From that knot, start to roll couple times with a dot of glue (you can use fabric glue or glue gun, whichever you have), twist, then roll, dot of glue, twist, roll and dot of glue, and do the same thing until you have about 1 – 1,5 inch left, twist and tuck the end under the rolled flower, glue.
  • Glue the leaves at the back of the fabric rolled rosette with the glue gun.
  • Then glue the flower in the middle of the paper doily.
  • You have your dressed tin can for a pen holder!

Here’s the video to make the fabric rosette:


4 thoughts on “Recycle Your Tin Cans

    • Thank you so much for stopping by and left a comment, Elizabeth 🙂
      I am thankful to find a way to recycle our tin cans and my toddler even made couple gifts for her great aunt and cousin.

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