Typically when we empty out the contents of a tin can, we promptly bring it to the recycling bin. From there, the can will go to a processing facility where it will be melted down, poured into a mold, and reused. 
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According to Waste Management, Americans will use about 100 million tin cans each day, equating to some 30 billion cans each year. Roughly 70% of those tin cans are recycled, meaning the rest are disposed of improperly. This, of course, will have adverse affects on the environment.

We can't overstate the importance of recycling, but it's worth mentioning that there a number of great DIY craft projects that incorporate tin cans. Check out some examples below.

If you get lots of winged visitors in your backyard, consider the addition of a tin can bird feeder. It's a cheaper alternative to something you'd buy at the store, and it doesn't take up much space.

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For those of you who like to keep your living space smelling fresh, try wrapping a tin can in fabric and sticking a candle inside. You can use any pattern you'd like for the exterior.

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Similarly, stick a candle or LED light into a tin can and call it a lantern. To expand on this, poke holes in the can in the form of your favorite design to add a bit of character. 

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Have a cluttered desk? Organize your pens, pencils, and paper clips into tin cans. You know what they say, a cluttered desk means a cluttered mind.

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For fans of picnics and outdoor dining, consider converting a few tin cans into a silverware caddy. 

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Turn your old tin cans into hairbrush holders. Now you'll no longer be rummaging through cabinets looking for your brush at the last minute.

Here's a great option for those of you looking to add some character to your desk or bedside table. Sand down your tin can, apply adhesive, and add on some pictures or magazine cutouts of your choosing. Fill it up with miscellaneous items or leave it empty.

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Next time you're looking for a craft project to keep you or your children busy, dig a tin can out of the recycling bin and try out one of the above projects.