Upcycled Tuna Cans

IMG-20151207-WA008Get the kids involved to make these upcycled tuna cans as gifts for all the teachers, etc. you need to thank at the end of a school year.

Gifts don’t have to be expensive, they should just be meaningful and this wonderful craft would make a lovely feature for any windowsill and can be made very quickly which is always a bonus!

These are for some of our teachers but they can be used as gifts for neighbors or anyone else that you need to gift. It only uses materials that you can repurpose and upcycle as you would probably already have most of these items around your home (or in your rubbish bin).


How to make an upcycled tuna can gift

Materials used:

  • A short, flat can like a tuna can
  • Some moist soil from your garden
  • Succulents (a fat plant)
  • Some craft paint
  • A cookie cutter
  • Stones & pebbles for decoration

Let’s get crafting:

Step 1:

Paint an empty tuna can with craft paint. Hopefully you have brighter paint on hand than on my cans!

Step 2:

Fill it with soil and add your succulent. The nice thing about succulent plants is that it will grow from just one leaf and it is very low maintenance.

Step 3:

Press your cookie cutter into the soil.

Step 4:

Add some pebbles or gem stones on top of the soil for decoration.

Done! How easy!?


I find myself stocking up on tuna so I can make plenty more of these pretty little gifts for Christmas. There are many variations you can try to jazz it up a bit like this wooden handmade box…


It’s really so simple and it looks absolutely sweet… don’t you think so?



Anthea O'Neill is a wife and proud mom of three. She is front-end web developer, blogger and a self-proclaimed glitter & yarn addict. Anthea's Project Life is a blog for the modern mom.

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  1. pamela says:

    I love your creativity & your vision. I find that I’m excellent as a copycat and can do magical things but am sorely lacking in creativity, so thanks a million for the DIY ideas #creativelychallenged

    1. Anthea says:

      Aw thank you Mommy! Please share the post! 😀

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