Hey folks I promised a magic trick so here it is!!! HAHAAHA no magic trick here just a simple girl with an imaginative mind. So today we are going to make a coke can into a pencil holder just as promised!
- You will need a soda can or any type of can really. A can opener (preferably ones that cut the tops off) or if you’re like me a pair of scissors (will suffice with a soda can).
- Some material. I used a cut out of an old t-shirt. I also used some old sparkle scrap material I had for extra décor on the can.
- You will need a hot glue gun.
- Some construction paper and/or paint
- You will also need a hand sand paper.
- And last but least a paper clip.
So, lets begin, after collecting your items together you will want to start by cutting the lid off your can either by your can opener or scissors. If you use scissors, make sure you sand the edges off when your done to prevent being cut. If you are cutting your soda can with scissors, make sure you cut as close to the top as possible. The taller the sturdier it will be when sitting.
As we begin our next step think about your decorating, how you want it to be. Due to lack of paint on my part I used construction paper to fill my inside of my can. With this step you can either paint the whole can or just outside if you like the silver coating inside. If you use construction paper, follow the next step. **Take a piece of construction paper of any color you want for inside your can. I used purple as you can tell in the picture. Take your construction paper lay it flat. Then take your can and roll the construction paper around it. This will help guide your measurement for inside of the can. Cut just a small bit over lapping the can. Take your construction paper and now put it down into your can. It will overlap a little, this is ok. Make sure your construction paper is even. As you can tell in the picture mine wasn’t at first. If this happens just restraighten the paper and hold it with that paper clip. Take your glue gun after it is ready and line the inside of the overlap of your construction paper inside the can. After allowing that to dry, take your glue again once again and make a couple strikes down in the can behind the construction paper to keep it held. Then glue the top or in my case around the edges of the can and paper. Let this sit and dry for 3-5 minutes before moving to the next step.
Now here is where it gets fun and complicated. When moving to your next step go back to the beginning on how you want it to look. DO you want it blue, purple, flower power, sparkle? Gather some material. If you don’t have any actual material gather an old shirt or clothes bottoms. This can I used an old brown kid’s shirt I had. Make sure your material is one layered and completely flat. So, I cut the seam down one side of the shirt and made it flat. Take your can and scissors and repeat the wrap like instructed using the construction paper. While cutting the material cut just enough of material to go over the top of the can. Stretch the material tight around the can. If you need to you can use the paper clip to hold the material on top of the can. You will want to make sure the material touches the bottom edge of the can.
Take your hot glue gun and while holding the material tight make a line of glue from the top to the bottom of the can and fold the material over onto it. Then repeat that over on top of the material and lay the other side of the material on top of that. Let that dry before moving forward. If you want to make your can more decorative find lace or some other crafty stuff to wrap, bow or just stick onto it. To finish my can I wanted it to sparkle so I took some old scrap material I had and repeated the glue wrap over the material. Then after allowing that to dry its all done!
Congrats on making your first can pen holder!
Now for an extra tip on decor. You can just paint the can and use stickers or any other crafty material you like to create a masterpiece! These make great gifts, help organize your teens makeup brushes or even for your office. Make more and put them together, you can even stack them to make a layered pen shelf. Which an example will be posted at a later date.
Thanks for hanging out with me and learning a new way to make use of those pesky cans! If you have any questions or even some of your own tips don’t be shy and just comment! Stay tuned and don’t miss another post by liking and subscribing down below. Till next time ❤