Etsy Treasury: Tin Can Day (Every Day is a Holiday)

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?

2 thoughts on “Etsy Treasury: Tin Can Day (Every Day is a Holiday)

  1. Hmmm…I read this more like a DIY page than a shopping page. I wonder how many of these are sold? I re-use unusual printed tin cans as containers. I have some holding kitchen utensils, pencils etc. My favourite is a vintage looking golden syrup tin.

    1. I admit that some of the items I came across as I searched were surprisingly expensive, especially when you consider that the only required materials are a free empty can and some paint. There’s a part of me that wants to tell these sellers that their items/shops are only going to remind a buyer what she can do with something she already has in her recycling bin, and how much money she’s going to save when she does it herself. But I guess someone somewhere out there is lazy and/or rich enough to just buy it from someone else. 🙂

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