Thursday, May 26, 2011

Quilled Tin Furniture

I'm slipping in an extra post today because I had an interesting email from reader, Mary Anne Enriquez, who often shares cool finds with me.

After yesterday's post about aluminum can quilling, Mary Anne, who creates all sorts of artistic things from recycled goods, thought quillers who enjoy making 3-D objects might be interested in hearing about quilling that was done with tin cans, back in the days of the Great Depression.

Mary Anne (urbanwoodswalker on Etsy and Flickr) even started a group called The Fan.TAB.ulous Aluminum & Tin Can ART. She found these fantastic examples of tin can art doll furniture at Etsy's VintageBeadShop, and received permission to upload the pictures to Fan.TABulous.

Mary Anne says, "It's just about the best example of tin can art I have ever seen. Rocking chairs and round tables are very common, but this set has such quality and craftsmanship with the unique nursery pieces, doilies, bows, and pretty pink fabric."

I wish we knew who made the pieces in order to give credit.

One thing is for certain - with the advent of aluminum cans, the technique of quilling with metal became easier on the hands!

Mary Anne has a craft book from the 70s that shows how to make furniture similar to this, and says that there are still a lot of vintage scrolled furniture and frames available from places like Etsy and eBay, as well as flea markets and auctions... because... you know how it is.... if you're into collecting, Mary Anne and I may have just started you down a new path - sorry!


  1. I can hardly believe my eyes what a brilliant feat
    beautiful again!
    Greetings Baukje

  2. These are amazing! I'll look at tin cans differently now.

  3. NO! Again I say NO! I will NOT go down this path...even tho' it's absolutely beautiful and I would love to try it!!!!! No! No! NO!
    But thanks for sharing it - hope I don't dream about it! LOL!

  4. Thanks for sharing.
    I have seen an example of this in Australia - a dolls house in a museum in Wagga Wagga NSW

  5. That is awsome, I remember when I was alot younger, my Aunt use to make furniture with coke cans, didnt relize it was called quilling. Thanks for sharing!

  6. How charming. I still haven't gotten over your last post. This is fantastic.

  7. Thanks everyone, I'm glad you enjoyed seeing these pieces.

    Jan, you're too funny. :)

    Bronwyn - thanks for letting us know.

  8. Wow! Who knew a tuna can could do that?!?!? Super cool and I'm so glad you got to share those with us.

  9. Adorable! I love the tiny high chair!

  10. ..could be very tempting; how special the little ornaments using tin but I'm thinking of all the cuts on your fingers from the sharp edges while working with aluminium strips? Thanks for sharing.

  11. Seriously ... talented! I can't imagine how the patience to assemble this artwork!

  12. You,r work is great!

  13. I found this example while searching for information on a vintage tin can Christmas Tree I picked up 10 years ago. It is a beautiful example of the quilling. My table top tree stands just over 17 inches and is made from at least 7 different sizes of cans. I have searched high & low for another like it. I would love to learn more about the art, are then any sites out there?

  14. Elizabeth, not that I know of, but did you also see this post? You might contact Carol via her Etsy shop. She might know more about the tree you have. I would love to see a picture of it if you'd like to email one to me. ann.b.martin at


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