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How To Recycle a Tin Can – Simple Desk Organizer

If you ask me, the ability to make just about any craft an opportunity to do some upcycling is one of the best parts of being a DIY enthusiast. There’s just something so magical and satisfying about being able to turn something that might otherwise be thrown out or not get used into something that might actually have some potential! That’s why, when I saw how scattered my kids colouring pencils were across their playroom table, I decided that it was time to do a bit of upcycling in order to give them a new place to keep their pencils and clean the place up a little bit. There’s never any harm in de-cluttering, right? That’s how my kids and I found ourselves making these cute tin can containers covered in wooden flowers, which were a crafting store embellishment I happened to find in a drawer and wanted to use creatively.

Tin can container with wooden flowers

Tin can container with wooden flowers simple

As I always do, I decided to document the process of making one of our pencil tins (we made one for each child and one to keep by the phone in the hall) because I love seeing what other parents make with their kids as well, so I like returning the favour with tutorials of my own sometimes. Check out these step by step instructions complete with photos! If you’d rather follow along with a video tutorial instead of written words, scroll to the bottom of this post to find just what you’re looking for.

For this project, you’ll need:

  • An empty tin can
  • PVC sticker for furniture
  • Jute twine
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue
  • Wooden flowers

Tin can container with wooden flowers project

Step 1:

Gather your materials!

Tin can container with wooden flowers materials

Step 2:

Cut a piece of jute twine that’s just less than double the height of your tin can. You’ll fold this in half and let the ends dangle down, so you want them to be long but not long enough to drag on the table. String one of your wooden flowers onto the jute twine through the hole in the middle and tie the end in a knot several times until it’s big enough to stop the flower from sliding off. Then string the other end through the hole in the middle of a second flower and repeat the knotting technique. Now fold the jute twin in half do you have a loop at the top and a flower hanging against the knot at each end. Tie a knot in the top halfway point to anchor the loop and keep the flowers apart. Set this piece aside for the moment while you cover your can.

Tin can container with wooden flowers prepare rope

Tin can container with wooden flowers step 1

Tin can container with wooden flowers step 1a