Monday, April 5, 2010

Soup Can Facelift

If you saw my guest blog over at 733 during her Creativity Week back in February, you've seen this project already - but if not, here's a great new project, and I (almost) guarantee you've got all these supplies in your home right now.

Quick and Easy Pencil Holders

What You’ll Need
An empty aluminum can
Scrapbooking paper
2-inch punch of your choice
Initials printed on cardstock

What You’ll Do
Wash out and dry your can. Then remove the paper label.

Pick a scrapbooking paper or decorative paper of your choice. Measure the can’s height from just under the thick lip at the top of the can to the bottom.

Mark the length on the back of the paper and draw a line with your ruler and pencil where you’ll cut. Then cut the paper at that line.

Glue the paper to the can and wrap the paper around, gluing in a few places as you go. You’ll have a point in the back where the paper meets. On smaller cans, you might have to cut a little of the length off. On larger cans, you might have to add a patch.

I printed off my initial in a few different colors and styles.

Then, using a paper punch in any style or size, (I used a 2-inch square punch and a 2-inch circle punch, both with scalloped edges.) punch out the initial. On the opposite side of where the paper ends meet, glue the letter on.

And voila – you’re finished! A great (inexpensive and super easy) pencil holder – or marker holder, or pen holder, or anything-you-can-think-of holder!

I use the larger one beside my Cricut to throw away little shreds.

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Kristen @ Miss Prissy Paige said...

Cute idea, and you're right I've got some empty cans waiting to be recycled. I might do this for my pens at work, spice up my desk a little!

douglass said...

So cute!! I saw this project awhile ago, but you reminded me I need to try it :) I found you at the Girl Creative and now I'm following!

Kaysi said...

Those are super cute!! I love the paper that you chose, it's so fun!

Tammy@ Not Just Paper and Glue said...

How cute! I love creating from stuff that others might normally discard! Here from DIY

Sandra said...

I'm visiting from get your Craft on. This is a really cute idea. TFS

Shaunna said...

Very cute!! So many ways to use these! Passed through from diy nice to meet you! -shaunna :)

LuckyStarHeather said...

I love these! They totally fit with our Green theme this month too! Great repurposing :)

Thanks for linking at Lucky Star Lane!

jenjen said...

Cute! I love that idea. I need to do that!



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