Handmade Valentines Craft Using Tin Cans

by Suzanne on January 10, 2011

Handmade Valentines Using Tin Cans

I know, Valentine’s Day crafts already?  I figured the way time is flying it’s really just around the corner!  I wanted to share a fun Valentine I made for my kids that re-purposes tin cans.  I love to make my kids a handmade Valentine every year because it gives me a chance to personalize it to whatever it is they are into at the time.  My boy is totally into monopoly at the moment, and my girl is obsessed with black, white, and red.  Using their interests makes them feel special, and that is what the day is all about.   This would be a great craft for the kids to make too.  Perfect for friends, teachers and grandparents.  All it takes is a few tin cans from your cooking, some craft paper and left over crafting materials.

Personalized Tin Can Valentines


soup cans or something like them, make sure there are no sharp edges
ribbon, paper, stickers…you know, fun stuff
double sided tape
glue gun
pipe cleaners or wire
basket filling paper

  • First gather supplies
  • Drill hole in can using a small bit first, use larger drill bit to make a hole about the size of a hole punch.

Steps For Making Tin Can Valentine

  • measure your paper and cut to the size of your can
  • wrap paper around the can and with a pen mark the holes where the handle will be
  • punch the holes out with a hole punch
  • with double sides tape, tape on the paper matching the holes up
  • I chose to put two different ribbons around the middle so I measured and used double sided tape to apply

Steps For Making Tin Can Valentine

  • For the handle get one or two pieces of pipe cleaners in matching colors and put together and wrap around a pencil or dowel rod.
  • Pull dowel out and you have a curly handle
  • secure the handles in the holes and wrap around itself.
  • decorate the outside of your can with whatever you like

  • Fill your can with paper basket filler and candy and your done.

Homemade Valentine's Day Craft With Tin Can

The second can I did was for my son.  He loves monopoly and for Christmas he got this chocolate monopoly game so I saved the paper and cut it up for his Valentine can, which I know he will love.  I just used a simple wire for his handle for a more “man-ly” look.

Handmade Valentines Using Tin Cans

I hope you enjoy making this easy craft with your loved ones :)

Suzanne is a regular contributor on TMH and can also be found on You Made That? Where she shares her adventures in the kitchen.  For instance, her Oatmeal Peach Roll-ups are all the rage in the roll-up food world…yum!

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Destri January 10, 2011 at 9:14 am

love love the monopoly idea! love it!

Woot woot for a snow day!

Suzanne January 10, 2011 at 5:02 pm

thanks, I’m glad I didn’t throw it out like I was about to.

Linda Miller January 10, 2011 at 10:46 am

Wow! What a cute idea! I’m going to use this with my Young Women. This is going to go over great with them, I can already tell!

Suzanne January 10, 2011 at 5:01 pm

glad to help with new ideas.

Wendy January 10, 2011 at 11:57 am

Love those! So cute… I don’t even have young kids and I want to make some!

Suzanne January 10, 2011 at 4:59 pm

thanks, you can make them for anyone one and when the holiday is over it can be a pencil holder.

Aubrey January 10, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Way cute idea Suzanne! Your pictures look awesome!

Suzanne January 10, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Thanks Aub!

Kim January 10, 2011 at 7:33 pm

Those are so cute! I am going to make some for my kids. I think I will use ribbon for the handle instead of pipe cleaners, though. My kids would tear it apart just to get to play with the pipe cleaners. :)
Great idea. I love it!

Tammy @ Not Just Paper and Glue January 11, 2011 at 6:54 am

This is such a cute idea! Fabulous!

P K Glitz, Inc January 11, 2011 at 6:55 am

This is a great way to recycle something that would normally be thrown away, into a really nice gift.

Alicia January 17, 2011 at 8:59 am

What a cute idea! I saved a couple of tin cans to do “something” for Valentine’s Day and I love this idea! I have 3 boys and I love seeing something masculine to try out!

pink and green mama January 30, 2011 at 11:21 am

Genius!! I love this and it could be made for so many different fun occasions!! Thank you!

Bikram Miami May 3, 2011 at 2:54 pm

this is really cute. this is perfect for valentines day.

Ana January 16, 2012 at 12:46 pm

So fun!

Michelle Paige January 16, 2012 at 5:59 pm

These turned out so cute! I love how you made them specifically for each child. Would you be willing to post up this link at my Valentine Link Party going on now? I’d love to have your creativity! Thanks. http://michellepaige.blogspot.com/2012/01/rockin-valentine-valentine-link-party.html

shaunda January 17, 2012 at 8:10 pm

What a great idea! Love it! The more I blog about Valentines, the more I get the itch to make something.

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