Tin Can Flowers

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By Kid’s Craft Contributor Tracey, from the blog We Made That.

Repurpose old tin cans into these cute bird feeders at ThinkCrafts.com

My mother has to be one of the hardest people to shop for.  So with mother’s day fast approaching, I thought it would be nice for the kids and I to make her something special.  She has always LOVED bird watching and has a ton of bird houses and feeders around her yard.

That is why I thought she would love these tin can flowers.  I think they are so pretty and will brighten up the yard just as a decoration. They also work great as a bird feeder, we have had them in our yard for about a week and the birds are all over the place.  I have seen birds that I have never noticed before come to eat our bird seed out of these feeders.

I had to do all the cutting of the tin cans.  Even though the girls could not make these flowers totally on their own, they are still so proud that they made them and are so excited about giving them to grandma for Mother’s Day.  It is the perfect gift for my mother who has everything!



Hole in Can

Use your hammer and nail to put a LARGE hole in the bottom of your can.  NOTE: You need the hole to be big enough to fit your plant stake, so you may need to do more than one hole and connect them.

Big Hole

Make sure you don’t make the hole too big, this is what it should look like when done.

Mark Can

Use your washable marker to mark off where you are going to cut.

Cut Can

Use your Tin cutters to cut the can where you marked.

Bend Petals

Bend your petals down

Shape Flowers

Using your tin cutters snip the ends off of each corner of petal

Paint Flowers

Now paint your flowers. You can do any pattern you like, make sure to paint the inside and outside since you will see both.

Glue Flowers

Once the paint is dry. Insert your Planting rod into the bottom of your can.  Then apply your heavy glue on the inside of your flower

Stake Flowers

And then apply the glue on the outside of your flower.

Spray Flowers

Once the glue is dry bring your flowers outside and spray your flowers with clear protectant to help protect from the elements.

Pour Seeds

Fill your flowers with bird seed and watch the birds come to enjoy your pretty flowers.

Tin Can Flower Bird Feeders from ThinkCrafts.com

The kids have really enjoyed watching all the birds coming to eat from the flowers they made.

Make a bird feeder for your yard from recycled materials at ThinkCrafts.com

Tin Can Flower Bird Feeders from ThinkCrafts.com

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22 thoughts on “Tin Can Flowers

  1. Michelle

    Have you tried making them with 2 liter bottles instead? You use just the top half. Less dangerous for the children also..

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  6. Kay

    I do can flowers,how were the kids able to paint them without you filing the sharp edges?Their razor sharp

  7. Odette Poppert

    I will be making this tin flowers very soon I always save cans and do decoupage on them

  8. Gris

    This is a great idea, thanks so much for sharing with instructions and pictures for us to understand all the details.

  9. Vanita

    The girls & their Mom did a fantastic job with bird feeders out of cans for Grandma’s Mother’s Day……I know she was so proud of them…..

  10. She

    Yes they will but will Hv2 put plastic straw. Around the cas. That way know one will get cut. I like to know wat kind of rod is on it.

  11. Sue

    I done this with my grandkids, all you have to do is sand the sharp places and rhe kids loved it!!! Thank you what an awesome idea.

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