Monday, July 11, 2011

10 ways to recycle tin cans
Get a Free Ticket to the Circus in SLC!

Yes! FREE!...and it only requires 10 non-perishable food items and missing out on a little bit of sleep...

The public is invited to come to the EnergySolutions Arena Plaza Door Six Monday, August 8th. The FIRST 200 people to come to front doors at the arena on the Plaza and donate 10 cans of food at 6:00 a.m., the FIRST 200 people to come to front doors at the arena on the Plaza and donate 10 cans of food at 7:00 a.m. and the FIRST 200 people to come to front doors at the arena on the Plaza and donate 10 cans of food at 8:00 a.m. will receive a free pass to the opening night performance of Fully Charged, the all-new surge of circus entertainment from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey where megawatts of thrills explode off of the arena floor with breathtaking dare-devilry, superhuman stunts and never-before-seen performances that energize Children Of All Ages, playing at the EnergySolutions Arena Thursday, September 22nd through Sunday, September 25th.

I'll be there bright and early trying to collect the MOST food in a friendly competition between bloggers.  Come donate, get a free ticket per person, and help the Utah Food Bank! (and help me win:)!

That got me thinking about canned goods-what to do with all those cans?  Of course, you can toss them in your blue recycling bins and bags...or you can get a little creative!
10 ways to re-use a Tin Can:
1) Discard the paper label, rinse out the can and punch a design through the sides of the can.  Place a candle inside and you can arrange a beautifully striking tin can votive display.
2) Cut the top and bottom off of a tuna or chicken/ham meat can.  Rinse and lay it down in the skillet to keep your poached and fried eggs perfectly round.
3) Spray paint a large coffee can with acrylic spray paint and finish off with a clear acrylic spray paint sealer.  Tie a ribbon around the center and stuff with tissue paper= lovely gift box.
4) Cut the top and bottom off of a tuna can, rinse.  Use the can to cut dough for bisquit rounds.
5) Set up a10 cans in a triangular formation and let your child bowl them down.
6) Make a "phone".  Poke a hole through the bottom of two rinsed cans.  In each can, push each end of a piece of string through and tie a knot.  Listen in one end as someone speaks in the other end.
7) Decorate the outside of a tin can with paint or paper.  Make a pencil holder.
8) Set up a row of tin cans on the edge of a table and try to knock them over with a sling shot or rubber bands.
9) Clothespin Game.  Set a can down on the ground, place a clothespin or a penny between your knees and walk over to the can.  Try to drop the clothespin into the can.
10) Poke drainage holes in the bottom, fill with potting soil and use the cans to grow herbs.

Be sure to cover those sharp can edges with duct tape and have fun creating!

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