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
Medina at Grillo Designs
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Frequently asked questions
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  • Shirley Shirley on Jun 20, 2019

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

  • Gene Gene on Aug 10, 2019

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

  • Sharon Sharon on Aug 10, 2019

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

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  • Jeanette S 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!

  • Patricia Mcneilly Patricia Mcneilly on Oct 31, 2021

    i make these to raise my cats food and water dishes. Some dishes fit in the open end and some on the closed end. The commercial raised pet food dishes are quite expensive. I’ve also put planters on them. And made emergency candles. There’s so many uses besides waste. Thanks.