Tin Can Robot Craft

October 15, 2018 9 Comments
Tin Can Robot Craft


Who doesn’t love a robot, and how cute is this one? Using items that you probably have lying around the house (if you have kids that is!), this simple Tin Can Robot Craft can be easily recreated with your little ones.

As part of our role as a Bostik Blogger each month we are sent a box of crafty goodies to inspire us, and this month’s topic was ‘Robots’.




I was totally inspired and guided by what was in our craft box this month, and with just the addition of a tin can we made this cute litte fella which the kids absolutely adore.  He just needs a name!



So if you’d like to see how we made our Tin Can Robot craft, read on, or pin it for later!


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Tin Can Robot Craft


What You Will Need

  • Cardboard Tube
  • Tin Foil
  • Empty clean tin can with the label removed
  • Paper or polysterene cup
  • Holographic foil (optional)
  • Yellow pipe cleaners x3
  • Small yellow pom poms x4
  • Small green pom poms x2
  • Rectangle of patterned card
  • Foam shapes
  • Bostik White Glu
  • Bostik Glu Dots
  • Bostik Microdots



How to Make Your Tin Can Robot Craft


  1. First take a cardboard tube (an empty toilet roll would do!), and wrap in tin foil, bending the ends into the tube.Tin Can Robot Craft
  2. Stick the covered cardboard tube to the tin can using Bostik White Glu.  You need to be quite generous with the glue and allow it plenty of time to dry to make it stable.Tin Can Robot Craft
  3. The next step is to make his head. I used this fab holographic film, but you could also use tin foil again. To cover the cup I used the Bostik White Glu on my cup and then rolled the cup in the film.  When it was dry I trimmed the edges of the film and used the Bostik Glu Dots to secreure the edges at the top and under the rim of the cup. Tin Can Robot Craft
  4. Then fold a yellow pipe cleaner in half and flatten an inch at the middle. At each end wrap the pipe cleaner around a small yellow pom pom. Attach to the top of your cup using more Bostik Glu Dots.Tin Can Robot Craft
  5. Stick on some googley eyes and pom poms at the side of your cup, and your little robot’s face is starting to take shape.
  6. Cut a rectangle from a patterened piece of card, and attach it to the cup with some more Bostik Glu Dots.  If you don’t have any patterend card you could draw your own design on some plan card and stick it on.Tin Can Robot Craft
  7. Now it’s time to make the circuit boards! I used 3 foam shapes and attached them using Bostik Microdots.  They are super simple to use, and turn any shape into an intstantly adhesive one, which is great for irregular objects such as these.Tin Can Robot Craft
  8. Then he just needs some ‘arms’. I shaped two yellow pipe cleaners into ‘hands’, and wound the middle sections of each pipe cleaner around some more small yellow pom poms for the ‘elbow joints’.  I attached the arms to the tin can again using the Bostik Glu Dots.
  9. The last step was popping the head onto the foil covered cardboard tube.  I didn’t stick the head, allowing it to ‘wobble’ and be moveable for the kids to play with.Tin Can Robot Craft

That’s it, that’s our little Tin Can Robot! what do you think of him? Now we just need to think of a suitable name for the little man.


Tin Can Robot Craft


Is it something your little ones would enjoy doing, or playing with? I’d love to hear what you think in the comments.

If you need some more inspiration for ‘Robot Crafts’ then check out and follow our Pinterest board.



Kerry xx


Disclaimer: We were sent a box of craft goodies for the purpose of this post as part of our role as  a #BostikBloggers.

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  • Naomi October 20, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    I mean that robot is dead cute, but this has totally inspired me to give stop motion a go! Love it!!!

    • Kerry November 1, 2018 at 7:33 pm

      It’s quite easy really, theres an app called stop motion on the iPhone that I used. I will defintely be doing more, so watch this space!

  • Carla@ouramanahsourfutures October 21, 2018 at 7:42 am

    We love robots to. You are so creative. I feel like I need to go through my recycling box.

    • Kerry November 1, 2018 at 7:36 pm

      I’m such a hoarder! It drives my husband mad, but it’s great for a bit of junk modelling!

  • Debbie Denyer - Squidgydoodle October 24, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    How cute is the robot? I love the stop motion animation! We do a lot of junk modelling as it’s fantastic for encouraging children’s imaginations. #KidsandKreativity

    • Kerry November 1, 2018 at 7:38 pm

      Exactly, I let the kids go mad with the left overs and they produced their own robots. They also loved the stop motion video, and thought he was alive! Great for their imaginations

  • Malin - Sensational Learning with Penguin November 1, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    Such a fab little robot! And I love the holographic film, I could spend hours just looking at it tbh! X #KidsandKreativity

    • Kerry November 1, 2018 at 7:39 pm

      Ah thank you. The kids love him, but we still need a good name for him, any ideas?

  • Nelofar Shaik August 26, 2019 at 7:38 am

    junk modeling is so fun. My kiddo has a project on the same at school. I hope we will enjoy making this. Thank you for the idea.

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    Hi I'm Kerry, Wife to James, Step Mum to one, Mum to two and more fur, feather and winged babies than I can count. I have a passion for crafts, encouraging creativity and inspiring imagination especially in children. So if you are looking for some inspiration, ideas and resources to inject a little creativity into your family life, then you've come to the right place. Read More


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