Every once in a while, I get in the mood to craft for myself rather than just making things that I think my kids would get a kick out of. That doesn’t mean, however, that you can’t still find me using the same supplies and techniques that I might use when I’m making children’s projects. For example, I recently decided, after losing what felt like the 800th pen I’d set by the phone for taking down messages, that I need something next to the handset that I can keep a few pens and pencils in without them scattering across the floor and disappearing quite so easily in the clutches of kids or cats. I might have made this holder for myself, in a style that’s more me than my kids, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t do a bit of upcycling or dip into their usual crafting supplies, since that’s what we’ve always got on hand!
That’s how I found myself making the most elegant looking container I could muster out of a tin cat and some popsicle sticks. Naturally, I documented the whole process just in case it came out the way I was picturing and made me want to share my work, which it totally did! 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:
- Popsicle sticks
- Ribbon (blue, white, and lace)
- Hot glue
- A tin can
Gather your materials!
Cover the entire outside surface of your tin can with popsicle sticks! Use your hot glue gun to make apply dots of glue in a straight line at the bottom, middle, and top of the can’s height. Then press a popsicle stick down vertically and straight. Repeat this process all the way around the can, lining the sticks up side by side so their edges sit flush against the sticks in their right and left. If your sticks and can are sized such that you have to choose between having a small sliver of can showing between two or having an overlap because the circumference isn’t easily divisible by the width of the sticks, then choose to have a little bit of overlap for complete coverage and just treat that as the back of your project that won’t be seen when you set it on display. Make sure the bottom ends of your sticks line up evenly with the bottom edge of the can so they cover the metal there well but the can still sits flat on whatever surface you place it on.