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Level: Junior, Middle School
Grades: 3-8 | Age: 8-14yrs | Written by: Patti Beckman
[Patti is an art educator from Seven Oaks Elementary in Eagle, ID]

Punched tin, also called pierced tin, is an artisan technique originating in central Europe for creating housewares that are both functional and decorative.

What You Need:
What You Do:

  1. Place the picture you've chosen on top of the tin tart pan.

  2. Punch with push pin around the lines of the picture.

  3. Remove the paper and you have a tin punch ornament or suncatcher.

  4. To add a little color, use indelible markers.

  5. Older children may enjoy trying designs freehand.

Notes: You can make this project more complex by using metal flashing instead of old tin tart pans and by punching holes with hammer and nails. Just be sure you tape the edges so they aren't sharp!

You can make a wonderful candle holder by filling an empty aluminum can with water and freezing it (this makes it easier to punch.) Then, can use a nail and hammer and punch holes into the can. When it's finished, remove the water and set a candle inside.

For more detailed information on punched tin, visit:

Recommended Books/Products:

Country Tart Pans  (pack of 12)

Country Tart Pans (pack of 12)

Tin punch hang-ups created with a common nail. 4-1/2". Pack of 12 blank tart pans.

Recycled Crafts Box
Earth friendly projects and activities.

Recycled Re-Seen : Folk Art from the Global Scrap Heap
Whether it is a dustpan made out of a license plate, a bowl fashioned from a bent vinyl record, a pair of sandals with soles made of Goodyear tire treads, or a tin-can lantern, folk artists all over the world are turning trash into treasure.

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