What do you think of when you see leftover cans? An old paint pot? Or that cool bottle of wine that you can’t bring yourself to throw away? They belong in the trash, or maybe the recycling bin, but why not do a little smart and recycle them instead! Check out these three great ideas.

Turn tin cans into a desktop organizer. (Copyright 2021 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit – All rights reserved.)

1) turn leftover tin cans into a desktop organizer


  • 3-5 Leftovers from cans or containers

  • A small wooden board to serve as a base

  • Liquid Nails

  • Gold spray paint that works on both wood and metal


  • Clean all remaining containers

  • Prepare your workspace by putting down a piece of cardboard or newspaper

  • Plan your organizer by arranging the boxes on the wooden board

  • Follow the directions on the liquid nails and glue the boxes to the wooden board as you planned.

  • Let them dry for about 20 minutes, then carefully take them outside to spray paint

  • While you are spray painting, protect the floor with something you don’t mind applying paint and protect your hands with gloves. Spray downwind and wear a mask to protect yourself from inhalation. Make sure to completely cover the organizer with paint.

  • Let the paint and liquid nails dry. (usually 24 hours) and then it is ready for the office.

Upcycle paint can in a cool ice bucket (Copyright 2021 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit – All rights reserved.)

2) turn an old paint can into a cool ice bucket


  • Old paint bucket

  • Self-adhesive contact paper (look for waterproof paper)

  • Spray paint

  • Fabric tape measure.


  • Clean the paint bucket thoroughly. It doesn’t matter if there is paper still stuck on the outside, as it will be covered.

  • Take a few measurements of the paint bucket with the fabric tape measure so you know how to cut the contact paper to wrap it around the outside. You will need the circumference, height and starting point of each of the handles (their width, height and location on the bucket). I find it best to make a diagram of what the shape will look like and then write down the appropriate measurements (see diagram below). I also used a quarter to be the cut out template for the handles.

Diagram for crafts of paint bucket (Copyright 2021 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit – All rights reserved.)
  • Spray paint on the can. Make sure you really have the edges, the handle, and the inside. Let it dry.

  • Using the measurements from the paint can, extract its shape from the contact paper.

  • Carefully remove the protective backing and place the contact paper on the outside of the paint bucket. Make sure it adheres firmly.

  • Then add ice and it’s ready to use!

Turn old bottles into tiki torches (Copyright 2021 by WDIV ClickOnDetroit – All rights reserved.)

3) turn a precious bottle of wine into a tiki torch


  • Bottle of wine

  • Tiki Torch Wine Bottle Kit (includes replacement tiki torch wick, metal stopper, and tiki cover)

  • Funnel

  • Fuel for Tiki torch

* If you don’t want to buy the kit, you can buy it separately and make the metal plug using copper fitting and washer. Follow the signs here.


  • Dip the tiki torch wicks in the tiki torch fuel for at least 20 minutes. Make sure they are completely submerged.

  • Using a funnel, fill the wine bottle with tiki torch fuel. Leave about 1 to 2 inches of space at the top so it doesn’t overflow when you put on the bit.

  • If you did not purchase the kit, place the metal cap over the bit, leaving about 1 to 2 inches of the bit on one side.

  • Place the wick in the bottle. The metal plug should snap into place. If you made your own cap, hot glue it to the top of the bottle.

  • Attach the tiki torch topper to the bottle.

  • Light the wick and watch it keep the bugs away.