January 28, 2013

DIY Tin Can Organizers

Look what I found on Pinterest the other day.  Isn't this the cutest thing you've ever seen?  I instantly fell in love with the quote, the lettering, design, and especially the coloring.  You can find it and purchase it at Red Autumn.  



After seeing it, I wanted to start adding greens, oranges, and pale blues everywhere!  Then I decided everywhere probably wasn't a very practical scale, so I settled on something small.  

I've had tin can organizers sitting by our computer for quite some time now, and they were in need of a facelift.  They were the perfect place to start!


My Tips for Covering Tin Cans 
1.  Use cans with a rim on the top and bottom.  I like the look of the rim on top and bottom because it gives the can a finished look.
2.  Cover the outside of the cans with fun scrapbook paper, but don't forget the inside.  I usually just use a plain color to line the inside of the can.
3.  Measure your scrapbook paper, cut it, then just tape it in back (I even tape the ribbon).  I use tape because I change my cans so often, and tape is really easy to get off.  I'm not too fussy what the back of my cans look like, because no one sees them.  The tape does actually give a nice clean, clear finish however.
4.  Embellish, embellish, embellish!  Add ribbons to the tops, bottoms, middles, add flowers, letters, words, whatever fits your fancy.  It's fun to see the transformations!






I store pens, pencils, keys, headphones, small sticky notes, a tiny stapler, and anything else that needs a cute place to stay. 


You may be wondering why I have a picture of white beans in my collage.  Well, they're the perfect tool for keeping your pens and pencils standing up nice and pretty.  I dump a bunch of them in the bottom of the can, and then nestle the pens and pencils inside.


And what are cute color coordinating cans without matching pens and pencils?  I may have a bit of a problem when it comes to cute writing tools.  I've been that way ever since I can remember.  Michaels is the BEST place for cute, inexpensive pens and pencils.  I found all of mine at Michaels in their 2/$3 bins.  I think I buy at least two packs every time I go to Michaels, but it does pay off.  I had enough of every color that I didn't have to buy a single new pen or pencil for my cans.  I had blues, greens, and oranges just waiting to be used.  
Now I need to find another place to add these fun colors.  I think pillows might be next.

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88 comments:

  1. What a great project! I love the saying, too - wonderful! Your cans are pretty, but the green flower can is especially beautiful! Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving kind words earlier. ♥

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  2. This is so cute! Great upcycle job!
    xo

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    1. Thanks girls! The picture of you two on your profile just makes me smile! Lucky girls! I'm so glad you stopped by.

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  3. I love these. I try to do most of my crafts from recycled material. I have done a few of these but I want to do more after seeing your post. Clever idea with the beans. I think I'll use some cheap coffee beans so it smells pretty too. I'll be sure to linkback when I post a future feature on crafted office supplies.

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    1. Stephanie,
      Thanks so much for your kind comments and for linking back soon. I love your ideas with the beans!! Thanks for sharing! Have a great day!

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  4. very cute ... I used lots of decorated cans for my twin sons graduation open house last May.

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    1. Did you post your cans? I'll head over and check out your site. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! Have a wonderful day!

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    1. Thanks, Barb! I love your last name! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  6. I love these so much! I have covered a few for my craft room. Great tips! I hope you'll link up at Off the Hook!

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    1. Lauren, I'll be there! Thanks so much for your comment and the invite! I'm glad you found some useful tips.

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  7. Thanks so much for posting this idea. I love stripes and polkadots, and i'm inspired to use those cans now:) New follower. Follow me back at
    http://www.sewsweetvintage.com/2013/01/his-and-her-pillows.html
    or
    http://www.sewsweetvintage.com/2013/01/valentine-tie-dye.html
    When i first created my blog i almost named it vintage bliss:)

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    1. Bliss is a great word, isn't it? Thanks a million for being a new follower! I'm on my way over to check out your blog. Thanks again!

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  8. New follower here! You should link up with my Organization linky party. I love your organizers on a dime here AND great photos!

    http://shorthistoryofnow.blogspot.com/2013/01/ill-breathe-again-shame-files.html

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    1. Thank you new follower! So sweet of you! I'd be thrilled to link up to your party. I'm on my way over. Thanks so much for stopping by and your nice words!

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  9. Lovely! I may have to try this. Your turned out so beautiful! By the way, you took great photos. :)

    Julie

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    1. Thanks, Julie! Thanks for the comment on my photos. I'm very amateur and still have a lot to learn. You're so kind! Have a great day!

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  10. These are too cute! And I love funky pens -- those you bought from Michaels are super cool.

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    1. I bought more today! I may have a problem. It's a good problem though, right? Thanks so much for visiting!

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    1. Sandi, Thanks so much! I'm glad you like them. Have a wonderful day!

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  12. These are ADORABLE! I love the color you used!

    Jenna @ http://rainonatinroof.com

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    1. Thanks, Jenna! I'm always glad for fun color inspirations! I'm loving the colors too! Thanks for stopping by!

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  13. Very cute! I LOVE your embellishments and the tip about the beans. These are the best looking cans I've seen. So cute. I have some pom pom trim like yours, too. Never thought of using it that way. Cute, cute, cute!
    KC

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    1. Thank you! You're too kind! I've been by your blog a lot lately! I loved your double-sided table runner! Thanks for taking the time to comment!!

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  14. those are adorable! Love all the extra little touches. Might be what I need to do with some scrapbook paper pieces I have leftover from another project....

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    1. This project is perfect for scrapbook pieces! It's fun to put different combinations together and see what you can come up with. Thanks so much!

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  15. Adorable... Such a cute idea! I hope you'll come share at Super Saturday Show & Tell party today!! http://www.whatscookingwithruthie.com

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    1. Ruthie, I've linked up! Thanks so much for the invite and for stopping by!! I LOVE your blog and wonderful recipes!

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    1. Diana, thanks so much for visiting! I love your cute picture with your kiddos! Have a great day!

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  17. They are darling. I like the one with the rose. I pinned it also. Linda

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    1. Hi, Linda! Thanks so much for the comment and pin! I love the flower one too. I'm always on the look out for cute flowers at the craft store. It's nice to buy a bunch and then cut one off to use for a project!

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  18. So cute and I love the bean idea! I'm visiting from It's Overflowing.

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    1. Christy, thanks for visiting and commenting! The beans were my lifesaver because I always hated having my pens and pencils falling to one side. Simple tricks are the best! Thanks again!

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  19. Love the quote and the darling cans. Need some of those for my desk. I'd love for you to come over and share at Finding the Pretty & Delicious Linky Party.
    http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/finding-the-pretty-delicious-linky-party-3/

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  20. This is an absolutely adorable idea! Thanks so much for sharing this.

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    1. You're welcome, ,Carol! Thanks so much for taking the time to visit and stay a bit! I sure appreciate it!

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  21. These are cute! Especially the pompom ribbon...simply darling!

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    1. Pom pom ribbon is my absolute favorite! Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words!

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  22. What a fantastically great idea!! I am going to do this in my husband's office. I simply love it!!
    I will definitely be following along with you to see what other great ideas you have - you can also check me out at anythingbetween.blogspot.com
    Thanks!

    Sarah

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    1. Sarah, I'd love to see what you come up with for your husband's office! Let me know. It seems so easy to make girly cans, but boy ones take a bit more effort. I'm on my way over to visit you now. Thanks so much for your kindness and time!

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  23. Thanks for sharing at A Crafty Soiree! Your containers are such a lovely way to control supplies! I've featured your project in this week's party. Please come by to see it and join us with more of your crafty skills!

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    1. Katie, thanks for stopping by and for the feature! So kind of you! I'm at A Crafty Soiree every week!! Great place to link up! Thanks for hosting always!

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  24. I love this idea! Thanks for sharing!
    Selene from restorationbeauty.com

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    1. Oh and I just followed your blog :)

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    2. Hey, Selena (new follower!). Thank you so much for visiting! I love your darling picture with your little one! So CUTE! Have a great day!

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  25. Thanks for sharing! They are so pretty. I have these pinned in my TO Make list. I've been hoarding saving cans with no idea what I was going to do with them. I'm going to put them on the kitchen counter that tends to be a junk pile zone. I have various sizes so they can hold the odds and ends and it can still look cute. I once used my colored pencils as a pretty desk ornament and used coffee beans to hold them upright...the smell was amazing (if you like coffee of course)! Never would have thought about lining the inside. Great idea! Thanks again for posting.

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    1. I have a crazy collection of cans as well. Not only cans, but tons of other containers I can't stand to throw away! I'm so glad you liked them. Let me know what you come up with. I'd love to see them!

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  26. Brooke, these are adorable!! Thanks for linking them up to the party, I'm totally featuring them...and was tickled to see that they were made by YOU! Hello, my awesome contributor. :)

    Mariel @ Or so she says...

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    1. Hey, Mariel! Thanks so much for you sweet comment, and for the feature! I'm at your link party every weekend! Thanks for hosting! I've got my guest post ready to send to you later today. Have a great weekend! Thanks again!

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    1. Thank you, Katie! They make me smile every time I see them! Thanks for your kinds words!

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  28. Very nice idea...thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you, Sew and the City (such a clever name)! So glad you would stop!

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    2. Me again...I had to make some myself...not as gorgeous as yours though...thanks for the inspiration! Used double sided tape on the back instead.

      http://sewandthecity.blogspot.de/2013/02/paper-covered-cans.html

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  29. Such a fun idea! I am featuring it today, here is the link: http://www.somewhatsimple.com/5-creative-organization-ideas/ Thanks for linking it to my link party!
    xoxo,
    Stephanie

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  30. These are just the cutest! What a creative way to decorate! Kari

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  31. Wow.. I also have same pen as that big orange pen right there. but mine is a blue-green colored one with a christmas themed print on it..

    -Sher, from Philippines :)

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