Recycled Can Supply Organizer

If you have some clean cans and some strong bulldog clips, you can have a catch all to keep handy. Just put the clip everywhere the tins meet, and fill evenly with things like I did. I put in office, tool, and craft supplies.

But, since this was just for show, you could use like things. Camping utensils, napkins, and plastic silverware. Stationary supplies like pens, markers, and such. Art brushes, scissors and paint tubes. Craft hooks and needles, a small skein of yarn or pattern books. Beauty supplies like emery boards, tubes of creams or items for skin and bug protection. Screwdrivers, pliers, and small tools.

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The nice thing about this is you can throw it together for a special project or event, then put things away when you finish or get home. Keep the cans together or separate for later. If you find the right box or tub, you can do this without the clips, by just setting them inside. I can tell you that a 6.5 in. by 6.5 in. inch box is perfect for four cans, so you can plan accordingly.

Got a big picnic? Set this, as big as you need it, on one end of the table for all your utensils. Fixing the house up? Set this up in the center of the project area and keep all Phillips in one, flat heads in another, and so on.

Art project in the future? How handy would this be for all the same colored markers, florescent and crayons, art brushes, foam brushes and more to stay organized? You can leave them uncovered for the "unfancy" event, or decorate or paint them for picnics, parties, or BBQ, etc.

If you have smaller things to put in them, but don't want to have to dig, just put the smaller things in a yogurt cup and it will set in the top just about perfect. N-JOY!

By Poor But Proud from Salem OR

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August 20, 20090 found this helpful

Great idea and you can fancy them up with fabric or contact paper, too :-)

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August 20, 20090 found this helpful

What a fantastic idea. Good job, Zig

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August 20, 20090 found this helpful

I really hate to show my ignorance, but what is a bulldog clip?

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December 21, 20150 found this helpful

They are also usually called binder clips, because they are used to "bind" bunches of paper together, as though they were gathered in a binder. I use them to close snack bags & frozen veggie bags, hold tablecloths down (especially outdoors, clip them to the edge of the table), clip plastic bags here & there for use as temporary garbage bags, etc. They are incredibly useful all over the house for many things. I've also seen them clipped to the back of a desk or table to hold computer wires in line, and prevent them from dropping to the floor when unplugged from the computer.

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August 20, 20090 found this helpful

No worries, they are the black metal heavy duty clips that you find in any dollar tree or office place. If you look close at the cans, you can see them with their clips down. Glad everyone can use the idea. I have another one coming soon!

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March 6, 20110 found this helpful

This is what I did with some cans; I took a wooden lazy susan a gallon size can, assorted size smaller cans, wall paper border, spray paint, E-6000 craft glue and tape and made a craft center for my craft class. I put the border on the cans and taped the ends,sanded the lazy susan then spray painted that. Then arrange cans around lazy susan and use the craft glue to bond the cans to the wood. You can set it in the middle of the table and everyone can get what they need. I put my glues in the gallon can and put crayons, pencils, markers, scissors, brushes, rulers and colored pens, my class loves it!

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