Tin Can Telephone

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Take two tin cans, some felt, glue and string and you can create this retro craft.

By Amanda Formaro

What You Need:

  • 2 empty aluminum cans
  • 1 large nail
  • hammer
  • 2 small washers (or nuts)
  • cotton string
  • scissors
  • felt, colors of your choice
  • instant grab glue

What You Do:

Using nail and hammer poke a hole in the bottom of each can.

Make a tin can telephone.

Thread string through the hole in the can. Tie ends of string around the washers. This will keep the string from coming back through the hole.

Make a tin can telephone.

Cover cans in felt using instant grab glue. Trim the excess from the top of the can, leaving about ½” to fold inside the can. This will protect mouths and ears from any sharp edges on the cans.

Make a tin can telephone.

Decorate the outside with strips of different colored felt.

Tip: If you don’t have washers, wrap the end of the string around a small rock and secure it with glue. We experimented with the age-old toy, the tin can telephone. We wondered if covering them in felt would make the voices harder to hear. After experimenting, we’ve discovered that it didn’t make a big difference, and makes them look much better!


Make a tin can telephone. Make a tin can telephone.