Sunday, January 29, 2012

Upcycled Tin Can Organizer

I'm almost sure I saw this on Pinterest, but now I can't find it among my boards.  I know I've seen it other places on the Internet, too.


  • Lazy susan
  • Cans in different sizes and shapes
  • Paint or scrapbook paper
  • Mod Podge
  • Hot glue
  • Ribbon or stickers to decorate as needed
  1. Paint lazy susan with plastic paint.  I found mine in my Mom's pile of things to donate, and it was pretty stained.  A fresh coat of paint, and it looks new again.
  2. Remove labels from clean cans.  I had hubby remove the sharp edge from the can opener.  
  3. Apply scrapbook paper with mod podge or paint cans.  Decorate with stickers and ribbons.  I used Tacky Glue to attach the ribbon.
  4. Arrange cans on lazy susan and hot glue in place.  Be generous with the hot glue.  Even though the cans won't have a lot of stress on them, mine had a small gap on the bottom, so I needed a big pile of glue.  

  • You can still see the ridges on the cans through the paper.  This doesn't bother me, but if it will bother you, you may want to look for smooth cans.
  • I wanted a bigger can for the center, so I used a cardboard container from peanuts.  
  • I saved about 20 cans and picked the ones that work best.  
  • You can paint the inside of the cans and use paper on the outside.  Totally up to you.

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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Upcycled Bird Cage

I can post again!  Got a new laptop, so I'm back.  Yay!  

Here's just one project I worked on while I was gone.  I picked up this wood bird cage at a thrift store for $4! Squeeee!  I'm sure no one saw the potential in this baby!

Cell phone pic -- I was too excited to get a good pic!

This thing had been painted multiple times, and quite a few coats stuck together on the wires.  I sanded it and used a wire brush to remove the big chunks.  Then I primed and painted.  That took forever to get both sides of the wires and the inside.  Just when I thought I was done, I'd pick it up and find more white.  

After I got it all black, I realized it needed something.  I used fishing line to attach my Amy Butler chickadees  die cuts inside and lined the bottom with coordinating Amy Butler paper.  

This is it now!  I am absolutely in love.  I hung it in my foyer, so it's the first thing you see when you walk in.  Oddly, no one seems to be as in love with it as I am.  They just aren't as cool as me, I guess.  
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