Pretty Tin Can Organizers

3 Materials
10 Minutes

These DIY tin can organizers are inexpensive to make yet add a pop of color and style to your desk for stress-free organizing.

I love being organized, how about you? It just makes things so much easier. But I like my organization ideas to be pretty.

I'm all for saving money, too! Which is why these homemade tin can organizers from leftover food cans are the perfect idea for keeping my desk tidy and clean!


  • Tin cans in assorted sizes (cleaned and dried)
  • Decorative scrapbook paper, 12” x 12” size in coordinating colors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors or Paper Cutter 
  • Double sided tape or hot glue gun with clear glue sticks
  • Metal file (as needed)

If the opening edges of the cans are sharp to the touch, use a metal file to smooth out the sharp edges.

Measure the height of the can. 

Using scissors or a paper trimmer, cut the paper to the size of the height of the can. 

Place one short end of the cut paper on to the tin can and glue (or tape) it in place. Once secure, wrap the paper around the can and glue or tape the other end in place.

If the circumference of the can is longer than the sheet of paper, cut two identical sized sheets of paper to wrap around the can overlapping the gap with the second sheet of paper. 

You can also make these organizers even prettier by layering paper on top of each other. Just start with the first layer as the instructions above. Then cut a smaller piece and layer over the first piece.

I think these are beautiful for my desk!

I also have upcycled a piece of cardboard and foam into a beautiful DIY jewelry organizer.

And here's some great ideas to keep your jewelry and accessories organized.

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  • LanieSue LanieSue on Jan 10, 2021

    Years ago, I made small tin cans covered with fabric, then added a coat of clear contact paper to be able to wipe them clean. I'm still using one of those. I also found that Q-tips can be the same height as some cans, and I glued them vertically around the can for a cute Xmas holder. Hadn't thought of using scrapbook paper back then. I also have three wallpaper sample books. Those would make good can cover, too. The ideas are endless. The problem right now is that I rarely use anything canned when it's just me to feed. When I grew up, there was not the availability of frozen foods, and I continued to use canned veggies and soup for my family as the kids were growing up. I do occasionally use canned soup now, and have been thinking of getting some of the small cans of veggies for a trip back to the past. I won't throw them away any more.

  • Dl.5660408 Dl.5660408 on Jan 10, 2021

    I love tin can ideas! I glued 3 together after spray painting them and use them as “silverware” holders on a buffet table