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How to Make Recycled Tin Can Snowmen for Christmas

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Today I will show you how to make Recycled Tin Can Snowmen for Christmas with just a few simple supplies. My recycle bin is usually pretty empty because I am saving all the things that I could possibly upcycle into a craft project. I love to take items out of the trash and create fun, funky, and fabulous pieces of home decor, especially for holidays. I am so excited to be sharing today as part of the Creative Crafts Christmas Edition, so stop back by each day this week to see all of the creative inspiration!

How to Make Recycled Tin Can Snowmen for Christmas by Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #recycle #upcycle #crafts #snowmen #snowman

Quick and Easy Recycled Tin Can Snowmen

How to Make Recycled Tin Can Snowmen for Christmas by Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #recycle #upcycle #crafts #snowmen #snowman

This week I am co-hosting CHRISTMAS Crafts Edition with my crafty friends Laura from Laura Kelly Designs, and Lindsay from Artsy-Fartsy Mama. We are featuring ALL the fabulously colorful and cute craft projects from some of the most talented designers we know. Check out my tutorial, then scroll down to see all the creativity, AND stop back on Saturday to see what everyone has created!

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Here's what you need to make Snowmen from Tin Cans:


Here's how to create Recycled Soup Can Snowmen:


To begin the Recycled Tin Can Snowmen, gather all supplies.  Wash and dry the metal cans, then apply a basecoat of Titanium White acrylic paint.  Set aside to dry and apply a second coat, if necessary. Once dry, paint a three-inch section at the top of the large bean can Lamp Black. Set aside to dry and apply a second coat, if necessary. I love Americana Acrylics by DecoArt because they are rich and thick providing most surfaces with one coat coverage.


Measure the diameter of the large can (mine is four inches) and then trace a circle approximately one inch larger (I used a bowl from the kitchen) with a chalk pencil onto black craft foam. Trace the diameter of the large can in the center of the first circle and cut out with scissors. Slide hat brim onto can where the black and white paint meets. The ridges in the can will hold the brim in place, but you can secure with a glue gun.


Attach two button eyes to each snowman with a glue gun and glue sticks. Paint two rosy cheeks onto each snowman with Cotton Candy Pink acrylic paint. Cut three rectangles from orange craft foam and then cut into long triangle carrot noses with scissors. Glue noses to faces under the eyes. Draw a large smile onto each snowman with the MONOTWIN Permanent Marker.


Attach tinsel chenille stems to the medium and small snowmen, from ear to ear, with a glue gun. Glue Pom poms over the ends of the chenille stem to be the snowmen's earmuffs.


Attach a skinny ribbon around the large snowman's hat, securing with a glue gun. Tie ribbons around the base of each soup can as the snowmen's scarves. Accent all three snowmen with sparkly snowflake stickers.

Recycled Tin Can Snowmen for Christmas

I hope you will use my how to make Recycled Tin Can Snowmen project as a jumping-off point to showcase YOUR Christmas creativity. Dig into that recycle bin, get the kiddos involved, and create your very own snow family, representing each member of your family. Display on the mantel all Winter long!

How to Make Recycled Tin Can Snowmen for Christmas by Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #recycle #upcycle #crafts #snowmen #snowman

More Christmas Craft Inspiration!

Below are more holly and jolly projects created by some of my craftiest designer friends. We are participating in the Christmas Edition. Scroll down to see all the goodness. Stop back by each day this week for all the super cool projects!

Creative Christmas Crafts

First up is my co-host Laura with Me and My Inklings and she is sharing an Enchanted Christmas Village complete with Santa himself! Click through to see her secret to all that iridescent sparkle.

Laura who blogs over at Laura's Crafty Life is sharing a Merry and Bright Holiday Wreath with supplies from the Dollar Tree. A girl after my own heart, gorgeous craftiness on the cheap!

Marissa with Rae Gun Ramblings has created fun Snow Globe Ornaments that can be customized with the Cricut for everyone on your holiday list. Click through to see the different ways she personalizes these ornaments!

Katie with the Crafty Blog Stalker is sharing a step-by-step tutorial to create a Yarn Tassel Christmas Tree Decor complete with a real tree trunk! Click through to see the details of this unique project.

Kim with Crafting Cheerfully has created the CUTEST Fleece Gingerbread Couple complete with patterns and instructions. I just love the Gingerbread Girl's braids and click through to see what the Gingerbread Boy is hiding under his hat!

Cindy with My Creative Life has created a simple and elegant Diamond Art Joy Ornament for her Christmas Tree. There is a TON of sparkly inspiration over on Cindy's blog.

Christmas Crafts to Make with the Kiddos

Remember, today is DAY THREE! Click through to see all of the inspiration from Creative Crafts Christmas DAY ONE and DAY TWO for more creativity. So, stop back by each day this week for more creativity. I promise you won't be disappointed, but rather inspired!

How to Make Recycled Tin Can Snowmen for Christmas by Creatively Beth #creativelybeth #recycle #upcycle #crafts #snowmen #snowman
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5 thoughts on “How to Make Recycled Tin Can Snowmen for Christmas

  • I love the snowmen from recycled cans. I am going to try these with my granddaughters.

    • Excellent, Linda! Let me know how they turn out!

  • I have been saving tin cans ever time I can now I know what else to make with them. Thank you for sharing.

    • LOTS of great ideas, Mary – ENJOY!

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