Creating harmony, simplicity and peace in the landscape......

"Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help.

Gardening is an instrument of grace. " - May Sarton


Monday, November 19, 2012

Make a Tin Can Man in Your Garden

There is no more fun than using something you've retrieved, found, saved or salvaged in a garden.

 It is especially fun if you make a tin can man from these items...


Its an old custom to reuse items wherever you can. Some call it Art, others call it Necessity.

Artists do this naturally. To them, any item is potentially art. Garden Art. Landscape Art.

And the can is so plentiful..and it rusts to a nice patina outdoors in the garden. 

Did you know that  British merchant Peter Durand invented and patented the tin can in 1810 and three years later the UK’s first commercial canning factory was opened - but the can opener was not invented until 50 years later?!  how did they open all those cans?


A tin Can Man can have such personality too....look at this one above : looks like Woody Allen in Sleeper:

 Richard E, made this sweet metal man below in Albany, NY....Richard explains, “I have been a Wizard of Oz fan since childhood, never missing the yearly showing on TV. The Tin Man is my favorite character.” Richard’s love for the movie inspired him to build a life-size Tin Man with “a moving heart that is activated by opening the door on his chest.”

of course - that is somewhat elaborate. You may want to try somethign a little less daunting...

and how do you connect these cans you ask? make a hole with scissors and use some wire and other items:

You can also add some gardener touches and grow hair out of his head:

My fave is the mix of cans and plastic:

This one is from the book by DK Kindersley  'Ready Set Grow!' - great instructions for making a tin can man....