Make Tin Can Picture Frames

Make a clever desk display using tin cans (try pet food or tuna cans) as picture frames

make simple frames out of tuna cans

Upcycle shallow cans into a modern, nifty way to show off treasured photos on a desk, a shelf, or a side table.


  • ​3 shallow cans such as tuna or cat food cans (we used 3 ounce verions; you can use any size)
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • 3 Photos
  • Pencil
  • Paintbrush 
  • Hot glue gun


Step 1: Remove labels and thoroughly wash and dry empty cans.

Step 2: Measure depth and circumference of cans. Using those dimensions, cut three strips of scrapbook paper.

Step 3: Place bottom of 1 can on top of a photo, framing the part of the image you want to display, and trace around; cut out. Repeat with other photos. Press a photo into each can to see if it fits; trim if necessary. Remove photos. 

Step 4: Brush inside bottom of a can with Mod Podge, then press photo into can, smoothing out any air bubbles. Repeat for each can. Brush Mod Podge on exterior of can and wrap paper around it, smoothing as you work. Let dry. Apply a coat of Mod Podge over photo and paper-covered exterior to seal. Let dry.

Step 5: Using hot-glue gun, attach 2 cans together, side to side, photos facing out. Let glue cool. Set third can above other 2, photo facing out, and adhere with glue. Let cool.