Decorated Tin Cans for Office or Craft Storage

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Tin Can Craft Supply Organizer - finished organizer with lids to tilt it back a bitI have been washing and saving veggie and fruit cans for about a week. The time came last night to finally do something with them. This was what came of it.


Total Time: 30 Minutes

Yield: 1


  • 22 matching cans
  • 48 mini binder clips ($3.00)
  • 6 craft lids - caps


  1. I laid my cans down like a pyramid, with 7 at the base, then 6, and so on. You could go with a larger base, or all the way to one can on top. But I had a to fit mine under the shelf unit, so I stopped at 4.
  2. This is just a fun project to do with the kids, too. Nothing that can cut or burn them. So now you open all the mini binder clips and begin connecting the cans. Once the first row is done, start with the second. Keep going till they are all connected.
  3. Tin Can Craft Supply Organizer - start clipping the cans together
  4. Close all the clips so the little clamps don't impede your supplies.
  5. Fill with whatever you like. Because I used some paint brushes and glue sticks, I didn't want mine to fall out. I raised the unit up, once it was filled, on 6 craft lids to tilt it back just a bit.
  6. Tin Can Craft Supply Organizer - configuration completely clipped together

  7. If you need more height, You can use taller lids, small blocks, etc. The nice thing about the clips is, the back of the cans is pretty secure. Also, you don't have to set these up like a pyramid. You can set them down, and make a longer row, like a "base 4, then 3, then 4 then 3" square...kinda!! I am going to do more with this idea in my pantry.
  8. Tin Can Craft Supply Organizer - filled with supplies, can lids placed under bottom row to tilt it back a bit, see final photo
  9. NOTE: Don't use the soup or fruit cans that have the pull top lid. The ring inside is not only a cutting hazard, but would not allow you to use such a small binder clip. Anything larger and the clip would be too wide. N-JOY!!
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February 10, 2017

This project is super easy! With recycled cans, craft paper, fabric, and ribbon you can create something decorative and functional for your home, office, and craft room.

Decorate Food Cans For Office/ or Craft Storage - can decorated with scrapbook paper and wide ribbon holding pencils and a note half on with a clip

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November 30, 2020

My daughter went another way with her pantry recently, and gave me three of these. I hoped they would have worked in my pantry but when one door closes...

A can organizer being used for craft supplies.

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