Due to interest in my instructable:http://www.instructables.com/id/Can-Art-A-Way-To-Recycle-Some-Tin-Cans/; I was prompted to find another use for tin cans.  This instructable shows the end results of the creative process...from empty tin cans and plastic jars to complete, usable art/garden objects.

Step 1: Collect Cans and Plastic Jars

Plastic jars? Yep, I found that they work fine and fill the need very well!  Who'd have thought that you can utilize plastic containers in this manner?  I wasn't so sure at first, but so far, it seems to be very doable.
Hi I love this idea !!! It looks lovely , iv got bags if stones I don't know what to do with , and some horrible big plastic planters , so I would love to try this , just wanted to check I understand you correctly , <br><br>In regards to putting tile adhesive or filler on to the plastic tub , should I paint a primer on it first ? Then the adhesive then do I just stick the stones to the adhesive , then leave them to set over night and that's it?<br><br>I might sound stupid but just wanted to be clear on the instructions .<br><br>Great idea they look expensive !!<br><br>Love Sarah x
<p>I don't believe a primer is necessary...just apply your adhesive/tile set, etc. then embed stones. Don't do too large an area to begin with you can always add more adhesive later. Good luck.</p>
This is awesome. Thank you so much for sharing.
You are welcome and thanks for your comment!
This is really beautiful. About this flexall stuff. I have a persistent crack in a plaster wall. Will this fill it and not crack out in the future? I have tried many products and nothing has worked. Deb
Hi deb, Used an outdoor polyfilla ---it's in powder form. (a South African product,--- there must be a similar type product available everywhere.) Then added lightly beaten egg white with some of the required water and used it in the plaster cracks in my walls. It worked like a charm and was super strong and never cracked. Found this hint in a magazine somewhere, long time ago. Sure it will work for you. Try it anyway and see what happens.Good luck
Thanks Deb...re the flexall. they claim it will, you can google it and see all of it's uses. sounds like you might have a foundation problem. here in calif., I have been patching the same cracks for 35 years! they seem to always come back, and I heard it was due to &quot;expansive soil&quot;...I dunno...if the house settles a hair, then cracks develop....you might ask an expert, good luck.
OOOOOOOOHHH !!!! just LOVE this idea. Will look around for things to use to &quot;stick &quot; onto cans etc.,-- Thanks for sharing, sweetie.
beautiful vases! but I have a question. On the cans you have used wire, why not on the plastic jar ?
Thanks breumer. I wanted to make a thicker walled vase and thought the best way to do that is with the wire as shown. It worked, but took a couple of days to dry, and may not be the best way, if simplicity is necessary, to do this. the other methods work as well, just don't have the thickness.
I really liked it. This is a very nice and simple <br>
Thank you!
do you prime the tin..so it can be pasted on? <br>i generally use wall filler. <br>What did adhesive did you use for the pebbles? I like the look of it. <br>I've done the rest...after i saw the same article you did... :-)
shazni, thanks...I have primed some cans but think it doesn't matter; the tile adhesive was used, see step 4.
Nicely done, I'm impressed that you can make this from plastic containers.
Thanks Chrys, it was a fun project.
Amazing, so simple and the effects are so professional looking, when I get a second or too I am going to do this. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks Ninzerbean! They are a simple and effective project for sure.

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