DIY: Tin Can Phone Favors

Remember how fun and simple so many of your childhood favorites were? Kick-the-Can, paper dolls, marbles, cardboard box forts, and tin can phones.

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Those were the best! Long before cell phones, a couple of old cans and a piece of string were all you needed to communicate. So why not embrace that feeling and create some cute tin can phones for the littlest guests at your wedding (and maybe do them for the big guests, too. Hey, natural icebreaker!).


  • 2 old cans (like the kind that beans or veggies come in)
  • can opener (a smooth-edge one is best)
  • spray paint (and a spray paint holder, if desired)
  • a nail
  • a hammer
  • a piece of string or twine
  • a wide satin ribbon (for decoration)
  • a tag (for decoration)
  • stamps and ink (for decoration)

Step One: Open cans using can opener and store or use contents. If using a regular can opener, use a metal file to file down any rough edges.

Step Two: Wash cans. Remove labels using hot water (or olive oil for really stubborn labels).

Step Three: Spray cans in a well-ventilated area. For best results, turn cans upside-down (so that they are resting on the opening) and use a spray can holder (I got mine at the Dollar General and it was great!). Do several coats and wait for each coat to dry before applying a new one.

Step Four: Flip cans over and lightly spray the rims and insides.

Step Five: Use a hammer and nail to poke a hole in the center bottom of each can.

Step Six: Connect the two cans with some string. Tie a knot on the ends of the string inside the cans.

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To Decorate:

Step One: Stamp a cute tag with the initials of each guest (that way, there are no ownership agruments – plus, these favors work as placecards, too!).

Step Two: String the ribbon through the tag's hole.

Step Three: Secure the ribbon (and tag) around the cans and tie a bow.


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