Upcycle Cans for Desk Storage/Organization

4 Materials
10 Minutes
Upcycle your cans for desk organization and storage. A great gift idea for teacher appreciation! Included are 2 ways to make this project.

You'll need:

A regular can and a large tuna or chicken can
Mod Podge or second option includes a hot glue gun
Paint Brush

Cut your fabric to fit your cans.
Mod Podge the can.
Place the fabric around the can on the Mod Podge.
It will look like this when your done.
Add another layer of Mod Podge on top of the fabric. This will seal your fabric, and stop fraying.
Let your can dry completely.
Another option would be to use hot glue instead.
Place a line of hot glue on your can and stick the fabric end to it.
Wrap the fabric around the can, place another line of glue on the end of the fabric and seal it to the can.
Fill your cans with supplies and place on your desk, work station, etc.

Teacher Appreciation is this week - this makes a great gift for that or an end of the year gift.

Kids can have fun with this too - pick out their own fabric and help glue it to the can.
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Suggested materials:

  • Regular can and large tuna/chicken can
  • Mod Podge or Hot glue/hot glue gun   (Craft Store - Michaels/Hobby Lobby)
  • Paint Brush   (Craft - Michaels/Hobby Lobby)
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  • Glenna Glenna on Sep 27, 2019

    Instead of fabric, I've used scrapbook paper cut to size and regular Elmer's glue. Works fine, however, I came across this problem. There's always a sharp edge right inside the upper rim that cuts your finger when you lift out the pencils/pens, etc. How do you "get rid" of that small sharp edge?


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  • Tracey Tracey on May 17, 2021

    Just an idea - I use clothes I no longer want or are too small with holes and I’m going to throw put I fit them up and repurpose them. Material

    in Australia is so expensive esp fat quarters so I always reuse old clothes and ask friends to do same and give to me. It then takes a weekend to cut up into useful pieces. It saves ALOT of money. And it’s recycling at its best. No landfill from my home! I even reuse avocado packaging like the orange bags these green ones avocado es come in I repurpose them too! On cards scrapbooking. I was brought up by grandparents that recycled EVERYTHING as they lived thru the war rationing etc and frugality was key to living and enjoying life. Good luck hope you do same. Even knickers old undies I reuse too. I mean not like we can donate used underwear lol so I cut gusset out and reuse the material, in many ways. But that’s just me, single mum for the longest time. Saves money and saves buying junk from China too.