Upcycled Utensil Caddy From A Plant Stand and Tin Cans


In celebration of upcoming Earth Day on April 22nd, I thought it would be fun to challenge myself to upcycle a project out of things I only have in the house. I decided to not just use things in the house but things that were also on the way out of my house. For instance, tin cans and an old plant stand.
upcycled utensil caddy from a plant stand and tin cans, cleaning tips, crafts, repurposing upcycling
A plant stand + tin cans = an upcycled utensil caddy!
upcycled utensil caddy from a plant stand and tin cans, cleaning tips, crafts, repurposing upcycling
I am a huge fan of soup (all year round no less) so I have plenty of used cans hanging out in the recycle container. These were the basis of my project.
upcycled utensil caddy from a plant stand and tin cans, cleaning tips, crafts, repurposing upcycling
I knew I wanted to make the cans into a utensil caddy for the sun room so I started looking around for something to make a base. I was thinking I was going to have to break out the tools and scrap wood until my eyes landed on this old plant stand in the yard sale pile.
upcycled utensil caddy from a plant stand and tin cans, cleaning tips, crafts, repurposing upcycling
I immediately started unscrewing the smallest stand from the rest of the stand. Once I had it off, I turned it upside down. I was thrilled with this new use! I had found the base of my utensil caddy.
upcycled utensil caddy from a plant stand and tin cans, cleaning tips, crafts, repurposing upcycling
Now it was time to make it pretty! I decided to sand down the wood and restain it Dark Walnut.
upcycled utensil caddy from a plant stand and tin cans, cleaning tips, crafts, repurposing upcycling
Then I spray painted the cans a pretty gold.
upcycled utensil caddy from a plant stand and tin cans, cleaning tips, crafts, repurposing upcycling
I used putty to stick the cans to the stand.
upcycled utensil caddy from a plant stand and tin cans, cleaning tips, crafts, repurposing upcycling
To disguise the look of the cans a bit more I used scrap paper to cover the ridges. I seem to keep eeking projects out of scraps of paper most people would have tossed by now.
upcycled utensil caddy from a plant stand and tin cans, cleaning tips, crafts, repurposing upcycling
upcycled utensil caddy from a plant stand and tin cans, cleaning tips, crafts, repurposing upcycling
Fill it with forks, knives, spoons, and napkins and bring it outdoors for your next cookout!
upcycled utensil caddy from a plant stand and tin cans, cleaning tips, crafts, repurposing upcycling
upcycled utensil caddy from a plant stand and tin cans, cleaning tips, crafts, repurposing upcycling
upcycled utensil caddy from a plant stand and tin cans, cleaning tips, crafts, repurposing upcycling
Megan Aubrey

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  • Kathy Mulshine
    on Aug 31, 2016

    Hi cute idea...what glue did you use to put paper on the can? Thanks :)

    • Megan Aubrey
      on Aug 31, 2016

      Honestly, I didn't use glue! I used tape and just taped them together at the edges tightly and they stayed!

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  • Janine Ernst
    on Feb 10, 2017

    I am going to try this and out my sewing/quilting supplies in them. It is very frustrating to always be looking for my scissors, rotary cutter, pencil, rulers etc. Thanks for the inspiration. I might cover min in fabric or some cool wallpaper I have!

  • Sandra L.Smith
    on Feb 6, 2018

    cute project... Turn your utensils upside down to prevent passing along germs.

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