DIY Kitchen Storage Solution Using Oatmeal Canisters

8 Materials
1 Hour

If you are someone who loves to create on a budget, this is the project for you. Best of all this project is easy to make, inexpensive and only requires 4 main materials.
Check out the video if you'd rather see the step by step instructions in real time or read the step by step guide below. (FYI: this container is DIY #3 in the video)
Step 1: Cut the oatmeal canister to your desired length. You can skip this step if you're okay with the length of the canister.
Step 2: With your hot glue gun, begin adding the rope to the canister. Because the glue dries quickly, I've found that the hot glue gun is the best option when adding rope to the canister.
Switch to another rope and glue to canister if that's the look you're going for.
Step 3: Once you get to the top of the canister, burn the ends of the rope. Be extremely cautious when doing this step to prevent the entire rope from burning.
paint, paint, paint!
Step 4: Paint the insides of the canister to give it a more polished look and let dry (the drying time is about 20-30 minutes).
Voila! You're Done. These canisters are 100% customizable and simple to create.

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  • R198480589
    on Jul 19, 2017

    You mentioned in the video that you could come up with storage solutions for other items. How would you organize many cat toys on a stick? (most of them have feathers, balls or strings hanging for the cats to chase). Putting them together creates a tangled mess. They have to stand alone-not too, too close. Maybe something on the wall, perhaps with clips on a wooden board to hold them individually or something with pvc pipes glued together. I would very much appreciate your ideas, as no one has come up with anything and you are extraordinarily talented. Thank you, Sondra, Richmond VA
    • Natascha VanPelt
      Natascha VanPelt
      on Jul 21, 2018

      Take a piece of wood like a 2X4 then drill holes but not all the way through at regular intervals! like those crayon holders.

  • Marinete Baklizky-sinclair
    Marinete Baklizky-sinclair
    on Jul 22, 2017

    Where do I find stickers like those you pit on the bottom of the canisters?
    • Judi
      on Jul 22, 2017

      Hello. Those are actually fabric labels I had made for a former business of mine.
  • Marsha Hartsfield Hendricks
    Marsha Hartsfield Hendricks
    on Sep 12, 2017

    How do you make oatmeal canisters?
    • Shirley
      on Aug 17, 2019

      You buy oatmeal and use it up, then rinse out the oat dust. Voila! an oatmeal canister!

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