DIY Tin Fabric Pencil Holder

2 Materials
1 Hour

Rather than throw away empty tin cans, why not recycle them? You can turn them into a stylish pen or pencil holder for your kids – it’s the perfect craft idea for the kiddos. All you really need is a little fabric . Click here to see more of my craft ideas


  • Empty Tin can
  • Fabric Fat Quarter – I bought my fabric from eBay. Herringbone fabric:
  • PVA glue
  • foam brush
  • Scissors


First remove the paper wrapping from the tin cans. I soaked my cans in the sink for half an hour to remove the sticky residue.

Next measure and cut your fabric. Use the height of the tin as a guide line

Once you’re satisfied with your fabric sizing, apply glue to one side of the can using your brush start wrapping the fabric around the can, pressing down hard to ensure it sticks well.

Neaten up the edges with a knife or fold over once dried

And there you have it.

Ive included a really clever renter friendly way to hook these tins to the wall, see my blog post for all the details

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Suggested materials:

  • Fabric
  • Glue

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Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!


Have a question about this project?

3 questions
  • Shirley
    on Jun 20, 2019

    What is the best kind of glue to use for this project?

    • Sylvia Picone
      on Aug 10, 2019

      Her list of materials needed stated PVA glue. You can do an internet search to see where to purchase it.

  • Gene
    on Aug 10, 2019

    How do you keep the kiddos from cutting their fingers on the edge of the can.

  • Sharon
    on Aug 10, 2019

    What can I make with a lot of glass jars??

    • Kim 'Kiewatt' Waknitz
      on Aug 11, 2019

      I would use the glass jars instead of cans. You would get a smooth look, not be able to tell it’s veggie cans.

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2 of 17 comments
  • L
    on Aug 12, 2019

    I love using wasabi tape too

  • Jeanette S
    on Aug 12, 2019

    I LOVE TIN CAN PROJECTS...everything from pencil holders to candle lights for the tin can wreaths!

    My mind is racing for upcoming holidays!

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