DIY Tin Can Pincushion

We always have plenty of empty cat food tins and I hate to toss them out. I’m always thrilled when I can find a way to reuse stuff instead, so I was super happy to realize these cat food tins would make the perfect tin can pincushion! Not only did I not have to get rid of this cat food tin, but I turned it into something functional and useful, because it’s always nice to have your pins handy when you’re in the middle of a sewing project!

Recycle an old tin can into a pincushion in just a few minutes!

This project is quick and easy, and it can be perfectly customized to fit your style and personality!

DIY Tin Can Pincushion

Here’s what you need:

  • an empty, short tin can
  • colored paper
  • polyfill (or cotton balls)
  • a scrap of fabric
  • scissors
  • a hot glue gun

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Start by cleaning out your tin can and removing any labels. Then cut a long, thing strip of colored paper to size and wrap it around the outside of the can, securing with hot glue.

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Next cut a square of fabric about 2 inches larger than the opening of the tin can on all four sides. Lay the fabric upside down and put a handful of polyfill in the center of it. Add a bit of polyfill to the can as well.

Wrap the fabric around the ball of polyfill, turn it over, and place it inside the can, making sure all the loose edges are tucked into the can. Next you need to hot glue the fabric to the inside of the can. Carefully pull the fabric away from the edges of the can and add a small bead of hot glue inside the rim of the can. Push the fabric into the hot glue to hold it in place, rotate the can slightly, and repeat until the fabric is attached to the inside rim of the can all the way around. Make sure to keep the polyfill bundled up inside the fabric as you glue so none of it escapes!

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And you’re done! Add a few pins, and start using your new, adorable tin can pincushion!

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Recycle an old tin can into a pincushion in just a few minutes!

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If you liked this project, check out these other simple recycled crafts!


Jessi Wohlwend

I believe that anyone can do crafts and DIY projects, regardless of skill or experience. I love sharing simple craft ideas, step by step DIY project tutorials, cleaning hacks, and other tips and tricks all with one goal in mind: giving you the tools you need to “do it yourself”, complete fun projects, and make awesome things!

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