Top 10 Best and Most Creative Canstruction Designs

This blog post is all about “Canstruction” a charity event that tries to raise awareness about the sheer amount of people who are relying more and more on food banks just to survive. Now all these amazing designs ( that are all just tins of food and not much more) are made by architects, designers, general trades-people and students are just a chance to show what a tin of food can be seen as something happy to some people. Normally these builds are taken from their designers own happy memories, so I bring you…


Top 10 Best and Most Creative Canstruction Designs

BONUS CONTENT: Top 10 Facts About Canstruction


Etch A Sketch made with tins of food
Etch A Sketch made with tins of food

10 – But how do you shake it to start again?!?

FACT: Canned tuna is the number one most used building material among the Canstruction sculptures, in fact, it makes up a very fishy 11% of all cans used! Why? Because of the compact design of the tins.

The Simpsons made with tins of food
The Simpsons made with tins of food

9 – We all have great memories of watching “The Simpsons!”

FACT: Although most of the designs seem to be random there are competition rules about the size of them! Constructions are not allowed to be larger than 10 feet wide, 10 feet long
and 10 feet tall!

octopus made with tins of food
octopus made with tins of food

8 – 40,000 tins under the sea.

FACT: 8% of people who get food from food banks filled with the Canstruction earned tins are working full-time, but still can’t afford to feed their family’s.

Big Bird and Oscar the grouch made with tins of food
Big Bird and Oscar the grouch made with tins of food

7 – ‘C’ is for Canstruction!

FACT: Canstruction teams take the competitions very seriously and the team often consist of a designer, architecture, engineer and a construction specialist!

Piano made with tins of food
Piano made with tins of food

6 – Feed me again Sam!

FACT: Since January 2009 the requests for food assistance from the charity has more than doubled! Some say that this is because people are more aware of food banks, but I think that is rubbish and it is just a sign of more and more people struggling.

Hello Kitty made with tins of food
Hello Kitty made with tins of food

5 – I would like to think that is all tins of cat food and sardines. But it probably isn’t.

FACT: 55,000 volunteer hours are spent each year sorting, packing, and distribution of the food raised by the events.

Battleships game made with tins of food
Battleships game made with tins of food

4 – “Soup to B4″……..” you sunk my meatballs!”

FACT: 90% of all the food raised by Canstruction goes to vulnerable seniors! A sad sign of the times indeed.

Angry Birds made with tins of food
Angry Birds made with tins of food

3 – The Angry Birds smash it again!

FACT: In 2012 alone Canstruction raise over 3,401,951 lbs of tinned food! Which is about 5 million dollars in value!

R2-D2 made with tins of food
R2-D2 made with tins of food

2 – Welcome to the tin side!

FACT: Since it began the Canstruction charity events have given out 2,517,443 meals! And all of them consisting of 1.4 cans per meal.

Super Mario Bros made with tins of food
Super Mario Bros made with tins of food

1 – Super Mario would be proud, and so would Nintendo.

FACT: Canstruction has been running every year for the last 20 years! A lot longer than most people think.

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  8. Well I have to say that it is a real honor to have a comment from you, and I have updated the into to include the video. You are a great person to give up your time for such a great cause and I can only hope I have inspired others to do the same.

  9. But did you know R2-CAN2 was the first CANstruction to have movement…

    That should put it at #1, but since I built it I guess I’m a little biased. 🙂

  10. I love the concept of Canstruction, mixing design with charity. I seen them get built before in New York and New Jersey, and it is ALOT of work. Seems like tis well worth it, though.

  11. Ha ha. Things would be different for you, you’re not a 14 year old “young lady”. Glad you’re happy.

  12. Of course I do 🙂 Both my elder brothers play, we three play violin as well. Callum and Hadleigh have given me lessons in both since I was adopted. It’s a non-negotiable to be in this family and not play well (except Mum, who neither plays nor reads music).

  13. In England we had a Steinway grand, and Callum got the same for his house here in America, but he got the concert version (basically the biggest).

  14. Lego for adults? The fish tin piano caught my eye. My husband’s been wanting a grand piano. Do you think this one would have a tinny sound? Jo @ Let’s Face the Music

  15. I think this post is so amazing! You picked a nice topic that is unique. I loved looking at all the cool ‘canstructions’ (Hello Kitty is my fav) and its admirable as its all for a good cause. Well done! 🙂

  16. Amazing what people can do with so little! But also sad to think of so many relying on food banks to survive.

  17. I have always loved what they made in Canstruction. It is amazing and it’s for a great cause! I’ve been following them for several years. It’s sad that so many people rely on the food banks, I did for a while way back when, so I can relate. Most people need temporary help like I did. But we are forever grateful for their help! Great list Russell. My favorite I think is the piano! Who knew one could build it out of cans of food??

  18. No they are all full cans of food and soups and fruit and all fresh, after these works of art are photographed they are broken down and given to food bank charity’s.

  19. A three way tie today for my favorites. I can’t decide between the piano, the battleship game or R2D2. Very creative indeed. People can be such amazing artists when given the chance.

Which one did you like?