Organizing Caddy: You “Can” DIY
I found this old drink caddy, you guessed it, at a yard sale and I knew I wanted to use it to organize supplies: picnic, art, or anything else that needed a home.
After searching for (cheap) glasses to fit it and coming up empty handed, I ended up popping can goods into the slots and found a perfect fit.
The only thing, the cans needed a little sprucing up! I gathered up supplies to do the job and began the make over.
Empty (& clean) cans (lids removed with a Pampered Chef can opener – No Sharp Edges!)
Twine (or yarn will do)
Old keys (embellishments)
Glue (fabric, tacky or elmer’s)
Heading outside for their new coats!
Spray paint is awesome to use for a quick fix. This White Blosom I bought during a clearance at AC Moore gives great coverage on metal and I love the creamy matte tone of it. It’s a-maz-ing what a coat of paint will do!
Next, I took some jute twine and tied it around one of the metal cans.
I wrapped it around the can 4 times and then tied it in a knot.
I used a some jute string to secure an old key (a rummage sale find) to the can. I repeated this process using two more cans and keys.
I love it! Simple and charming!
The other three, I made little pennant strings and tied them around the cans.
I measured how long my pennants strings needed to be by wrapping the jute string around the can and then tied a knot where the two ends would meet.
I cut a small triangle shape from a manilla folder and used that as my guide to cut the pennant/flag out of the material. I placed the flat edge against the fold and then cut out my flag shape.
At first, I started cutting them out one by one, but then I got smart 🙂 and folded my material so I could cut out three pennants shapes at once.
I laid the pennant/flag cutouts along my string to see how many it would take. With this size, I was able to get eight on each string.
I added a small amount of tacky glue on the material and spread that out to evenly coat the material. I placed the center (at the fold) over my jute string and matched up the two points and then pressed the two sides to secure them together.
I continued to attach each flag to the string in the same fashion until I reached the other knot.
Then, I tied the pennant strings on each can and instant success. A sweet decorative home for supplies.
Loving the combination of the two designs!
I hope this sparks some ideas to brighten your home and add a little happy to your day! 🙂
Happy art is good medicine!