1. Outdoor candle holder. Remove the label from an empty can,
punch holes in the sides, place a candle in the bottom] and light.
To help control bugs, use citronella candles.
2. Floor patch. Nail can
lids to a wooden floor to plug knotholes and thwart rodent entry.
3. Plant protector.
Remove both ends and push the can into the earth as a collar to
protect young garden plants from cutworms.
4. Pans. Different-size
cans will nestle together compactly to provide cheap, disposable
pans when camping; handle with pliers when hot.
5. Amplifier. There’s no
need to open the door of the baby’s room repeatedly to check on him.
Hold the open end of an empty can against the door to amplify any
noises from inside.
6. Table lock. For large dinner par ties, lock card tables
together by set ting adjacent pairs of legs into cans.
7. Egg poacher. Remove
the top and bottom of a tuna can; place in a skillet of simmering
water and crack an egg into it.
8. Bird feeder. Wedge a small
can filled with suet between tree branches or posts.
9. Seeder. Perforate the
bottom of a can] fill it with grass seed] and shake over the lawn.
10. Rain gauge. Set open
coffee cans around the garden. Al-inch accumulation means an inch of
water fell onto the soil.
11. Reflectors. Remove
the bottom of an empty can; with tin
snips, cut the can in half lengthwise. You’ve just made two
reflectors for campsite or backyard lights.
12. Pedestal. Fill
several wide cans with rocks or sand, glue together, then screw a
piece of wood into the bottom of the
top can before attaching
it to the others. Place a plant, lamp, or statue on top.
13. Miniature golf markers.
Arrange cans with both ends removed so
that the ball must go through them, go up a ramp into them, or
ricochet off a 2 x4 through them.
14. “Basket tennis.”
Play basketball with a tennis ball. Nail a coffee can above the
garage door, bottom open and top flipped up as a backboard.
15. Bread pan. Bake or
steam bread in clean coffee cans.
16. Ash spreader. Punch
holes in the bottom of a coffee can. Fill with wood ashes and shake
over garden soil.
17. Pigeonholes. Glue
half a dozen or more cans together, paint them with bright enamel,
and store silver ware, office supplies, nails, or other odds and
ends in them.