Patented in the early 19th century, the humble tin can forever changed how we package and store food and other products, like oil, paint and fuel. Perishable food could be safely transported over greater distances with less fear of spoilage, eventually leading to the greater variety we enjoy on our grocery store shelves today. Tin Can Day celebrates this important invention that revolutionized the food and many other industries.
The sheer proliferation, utility and durability of the tin can has made it a favorite among thrifty crafters. I’ve seen all sorts of things made out of them, from pencil holders and vases to luminaries and lanterns. In putting this collection together, I was intrigued by the miniature furniture pieces common in what’s called “hobo art.” I’d never seen them before!
So if you open up a can today, whether it’s soup or cat food or paint, take a long look at the empty can and come up with something creative to upcycle it! Take a look at the items in this treasury for inspiration! Please have a look through some of my other Every Day is a Holiday Etsy treasuries here!
Click on the image to see the treasury on Etsy, complete with links to the featured shops and items!
“Every Day is a Holiday” is my Etsy Treasury project for 2014. I’m hoping to find unique and beautiful items that exemplify the holiday of the day—the sillier and weirder, the better! What’s better than finding something worth celebrating each and every day?