Paint Brush Holder Made Out of Beer Cans

4 Materials
35 Minutes

I love beer. After a working-day, I love sitting on the sofa with a cold one. But what to do with all the beer cans after drinking? Obviously, I recycle them. Even doing so, it feels like such a waist to through it all to the recycle bin. I had to think about a creative idea... so I transformed it to paint brush holders, divided by height and size.

Drinking a beer

Firstly, I enjoyed an american-cold beer. This is a pale ale beer; I think I love this beer just becuase I like both the outside of the can, the decor, and the inside- the beer.

If you prefer to drink bottled beer, check out my tutorial for re-using a bottled beer in the following link:

Washing the beer can

Then, I set it a side with water and dish soap for an hour. Once the smell was gone, I washed the outside too, and dried it with a towel.

Opening the can

Using a can opener I opened the top part of the can. I placed the knife side, the sharp side, inside the can. This method will allow the can to be smoother on the outside.

I had to slow-down towards the end of the circle cut in order not to break it and create a sharp edge.

Then, I carefully removed the top cover,

Eliminating sharp edges

Using a kitchen knife handle, I smoothen the can from inside. Any sharp edges were "pushed" against the side. As extra precaution, I additionally used a sandpaper, just to be sure it won't damage my hand or my brushes.

This step was done with care, to not harm the decor of the can.

Using with a smile

I followed the same steps on several cans in different heights and sizes. It allows me to enough space and divide my brushes by size.

I think I really enjoy the can because the top acts as a place to dry the brush too. To extend the life expectancy of the brush, it is important not dry a wet brush standing. This way, the brush stays with a cured edge and shape.

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  • Michelle Michelle on Oct 10, 2020

    How did you get that can opener to do the job? Are the cans pretty sturdy? The ones I have are very thin. I tried to open before seeing this and the sides got cut up

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  • Magi Tomasic Magi Tomasic on May 13, 2020

    I do like this idea. I was thinking that putting something heavy (like a bit of concrete or even sand or marbles) in the bottom would help keep it upright. It would decrease the depth, however. Thank you for the idea!

  • Michelle Michelle on Oct 10, 2020

    This is the project that I have been looking for. I brought back some colorful beer cans from Europe.