How to Change a Plain Soup Can Into a Gorgeous DIY Pencil Holder

8 Materials
6 Hours

I had another can ready to go for another soup can upcycling project! I usually have a few pens on my desk. So, I decided to create a pen/pencil holder to keep upright and not hidden under my planner. See how I created this fun, quick, and easy project!

Here's the before can. I remove labels and sand down any rough spots.

First, paint the can with at least a few coats. I let it dry completely and made sure that there weren't a lot of streaks in the shown areas where the rope wasn't covering.

Then, using the Mod Podge, a paintbrush, and the twine, add the Mod Podge to the painted can and wrap it tightly around the can as you go.

Now, you can cut the flowers off the step and set them aside. 

I picked a flat flower from a wedding gift I received years ago. I kept it for years and thought this would work beautifully for an accent.

With a hot glue gun and the flowers, add a drop of glue to the can and attach the flower to the can. Be careful; it is very hot.

I had to work very quickly to hot gun the gold rope at the bottom. Then, after it dried I peeled off excuses glue that came out to level the can's bottom.

Here is the final transformed pencil holder can. I love it. It's so cute.

And, here is the can on my desk. =)

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Suggested materials:
  • 1 Soup can   (grocery store)
  • 1 bottle FolkArt by Plaid Patina 2951 Multi-Surface Acrylic Paint   (Michael's)
  • Paintbrush   (Michael's)
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