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Picture of Tin Can Art Supply Caddy

Being a collector of hobbies, I've bought a lot of art supplies along the years. I have so many markers and pencils and pens and paintbrushes and pairs of scissors -- I was thinking it would be nice to have them all in one place. This simple art supply caddy did the trick. I also recycled some tin cans in the process!

Step 1: Gather your materials

Picture of Gather your materials

You're going to need seven cans total: one tall can -- like the 9.90 oz wasabi peas can I used, and six normal-sized cans -- 14 oz cans of green beans, corn, soup, etc. You want to make sure your smaller cans don't have sharp lips on the inside of them. This is just because fabric is going to be glued in that spot and, especially if you're expecting children to use this art supply caddy, you don't want anyone accidentally getting their fingers sliced. Make sure your cans are washed and dried. Take the labels off and throw them away. The wasabi peas label was printed onto the can, so I didn't have to worry about that one.

Other supplies include:

  • Fabric. I used three fat quarters in various patterns and had about half of each fat quarter left over.
  • Hot glue gun + hot glue sticks.
  • Ruler/measuring tape.
  • Scissors.
Lijohn Lagi1 month ago
very nice project
ellygibson (author)  Lijohn Lagi1 month ago
Thank you!
I loved this project! I thought of something you could add if you complete this project another time! Place the completed project on a Lazy Susan so the children are able to turn it around for certian items.
Great idea! Or a handle could even be added somehow so it can be easily carried around if need be.
BigBoy10101 month ago
I love the fabrics you chose for this DIY Caddy! Using fabric makes for such an easy way to customize it for the theme of your classroom or craft space. :)
ellygibson (author)  WeTeachThemSTEM1 month ago
Thank you!