SwingOut Catchall

2 Materials
2 Hours

My goal for my Craft Rehab category on Birdz of a Feather is to encourage sustainable crafting by providing inspirational upcycles using unexpected materials. It’s all about the 3 R’s – reduce, reuse and recycle! If you’re a fan of Craft Rehab, you’ve seen this time and time again through projects such as my Valentine’s Day Paint Stick Pallet, Plastic Clamshell Shrink Art, Soda Bottle Vertical Garden, Paint Bucket Water Feature and Blue Jean Planter, to name a few!

You may be a little doubtful that you can turn a tuna can into something you’d want to put on full display in the bedroom, kitchen or office, but the end result is both attractive and useful – in an industrial sort of way 🙂

Here's a brief look at the steps involved:

Ensure the pieces are glued straight up and down. If you get them off-kilter it could interfere with the swing-out action – and will show uneven gaps.

I made my own labels for the cans, cut them out and glued them on with white glue.

Stack 'em up with spacers in between:

Cap it off:

Make a Stand

To make a stand, I used a 3″ length of 3/4″ black iron pipe leftover from another project and screwed it onto a flange. This allows you to attach the stand to give it some height as shown below.

Load it Up and Swing into Action

Here is one option in the kitchen being used as a hot drink station.

Watch the video above this post to see how easy it comes together (and subscribe to our YouTube Channel while you're at it)! For the full Step-by-step tutorial, visit the link at the end of this post.

I can’t wait to show you the newest upcycle project I have planned! It all starts with I found on garbage day.

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Suggested materials:

  • Tuna cans   (Recycling bin)
  • Smoothie straws   (Dollar store)

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

Frequently asked questions

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  • Norma Norma on Sep 24, 2018

    How can the straws be strong enough to support it???

  • Nancy Nancy on Apr 03, 2020

    Went to your blog, but still some info missing.

    Am I correct that you used 2 different size straws?

    How did you attach it to the bottom of the stand?

  • Tara Austin Tara Austin on May 04, 2021

    Stack em up with spacers in between??? Cute, lacks so much information. What spacers? How is everything attached?


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