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.