Tin Craft Challenge: Upcycled Soda Cans

DIY upcycled soda cans

This month’s craft challenge is tin… which means that I struggled to think of something fun because so many crafters upcycle soup and tuna cans. Don’t get me wrong, those upcycles are amazing. Don’t believe me? Check them out. Bird feeders, candle holders, garden accessories… the list is endless.

But I wanted something a little more original. I chose to upcycle some coconut water cans, but you can do it with soda cans, carbonated water cans, beer cans… whatever you want. The cans I used are sturdier than the typical drinking can. It takes a lot more effort to smash them, so I’m confident that they will last for a while.

 

A lot of people drink soda. As a result, many of the cans get tossed in the garbage, or maybe the recycling bin. Regardless of your method of disposal, we can still find ways to reuse them instead of throwing them out.

Want to give it a shot? Grab your soda cans and keep reading.

 

upcycled tin can materials

Upcycled Tin Can Materials

  • tin cans
  • lace ribbon
  • spray paint
  • hot glue and gun

 

tin can upcycling

Step 1: cut off the top of the can

Using the can opener, slice off the top of the can like you would a can of vegetables.

 

spray paint prep

Step 2: spray paint

Take your cans outside, or to a well-ventilated area.

Flip your cans upside down. (I laid down paper towns to avoid coloring the pavement, but that’s optional.)

let the cans dry for 1 minute between layers. When they’re completely covered, wait 10 minutes for them to dry.

If you’re using a spray paint besides Krylon, follow the instructions on the can.

 

lace ribbon

Step 3: glue on the lace

Cut the lace to the appropriate size and hot glue it around your cans.

 

DIY upcycled soda cans

When you’re finished, you’ll have some super cute cans. You can use them for storage, as a vase or put them on your desk at work to hold pens and other office supplies. Oooorrrrr you could put them in your bathroom to hold your makeup brushes! So many options.

I can’t wait to hear your thoughts! Leave your feedback in the comments.

Happy crafting.

 

The Craft Challenge

This is a craft made for The Craft Challenge. Don’t forget to check out Emily’s tin craft over at A Pop of Red.

 

 

DIY Scrapbook Paper Gift Box

diy scrapbook paper gift box
Scrapbook paper has become a love of mine in the past few years. It’s so versatile when it comes to crafting. I’m sure you’ve seen a few examples on the many craft blogs out there. Decoupage, origami, decorations… You name it. You can even make gift boxes with it, which is what I’m going to show you how to do today.

It’s really easy and only take about 15 mins. It’s great for holding little trinkets, candy, notes or whatever small objects you might want to gift.

Keep reading to learn how to make your own.
materials needed for scrapbook paper gift boxesDIY Gift Box Materials

  • Scissors
  • Template
  • Glue stick
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Embroidery thread

You can ignore the hole punch. I’m not sure what I was thinking there.

 

scrapbook paper gift box template


Step 1: print the template above

Click on the image of the template above to expand it to size. Then print it.

If you’re using regular light-weight scrapbook paper, you can print it directly onto the paper.

paper gift box template
Step 2: copy the template onto the scrapbook paper

I used cardstock scrapbook paper (thick paper) so I can’t print the template directly onto it. If you’re in the same boat, use your cut-out template to trace the template onto the scrapbook paper. Then, cut it out.

 

folded scrapbook paper
Step 3: fold your scrapbook paper

Use the dotted lines on the template as a reference for where to fold. Make those folds on your scrapbook paper like in the image above.

DIY gift box out of paper
Step 4: glue the tabs to form the box

The sections you folded have created tabs. Fold both sides inward and glue the tabs to the inside of the box. As you can see, the largest sections have become the top and bottom of the box.

DIY scrapbook paper gift box
Step 5: tie it together

To keep the box closed, tie some embroidery thread or ribbon around it and fasten with a bow.

Now you have a uniquely patterned gift box to hold gifts or for storage. So cute!

Please leave your thoughts in the comments! I’d love to hear your feedback.

Happy crafting!

 

DIY Beer Magnets

DIY Beer Bottle Magnets

I don’t know about you, but I like beer. Craft beer in particular. I also like upcycling so, I save my beer caps to use for DIY crafts. This time around, I’m making beer cap magnets.

It doesn’t have to beer caps though. It can be any bottle cap. I’m sure you drink soda, flavored water or specialty beverages that come in glass bottles, right? You can save those and make your own! It’s really easy. Seriously, it takes longer for the glue to dry than it takes to finish the magnets.

Want to try it? Keep reading.

 

beer magnet materials

Beer cap magnet materials

  • magnets
  • beer caps
  • super glue

You can find all of these items at the craft store. You can even buy blank beer caps there.

Super glued magnets and beer bottle cap

Step 1 (and only): Glue the magnets to the bottle cap

Glue one magnet to the back of the bottle cap and glue the second magnet on top of the first one.

Let it dry. My super glue requires 24 hours.

 

DIY Beer Bottle Magnets

It’s a quick and fun craft. These make the best quirky gifts too. If there’s a beer (or soda) lover in your life, collect the caps from their favorite brands and get to work. They’ll love it, I promise.

Let me know what you think! Which brands would you choose?

DIY Upcycled Travel-Sized Pencil Case

DIY duck tape pencil case

Upcycling is a wonderful thing! It prevents your old stuff from getting thrown away and it gives me more craft projects to work on. Everybody wins.

As you can see from the title, this pencil case is upcycled. A week or so ago I bought a new makeup brush and it came in that plastic holder. I figured I’d be able to use it for something, so I kept it. Turns out, it makes a pretty sweet travel case for my drawing pens and pencils.

I’ve been drawing for a very long time and have accumulated quite a few tools. A few months ago I made an organizer for all of them (image below). I have a small obsession. Don’t judge.

DIY upcycled artist travel case

It’s great and I love it… when I’m at home. But when I’m traveling (I always take my sketchbook with me) I need something more compact. I can’t drag this thing all over creation.

I decided to use the makeup brush holder as a pencil case. But it needed some flare. Some Duck Tape. It’s cute, durable and quick. Perfect.

Want to make one? Keep reading!

 

diy pencil case materials

Pencil Case Materials

  • Scissors
  • Duck Tape
  • Makeup brush holder

 

Step 1: cover the flap and strip with Duck Tape

I know it’s hard to see in the first picture because the material is clear, but I lifted the flap of the brush holder and stuck the Duck Tape to the back of it.

Then, fold it over the other side.

Cut off the excess tape.

Do the same thing with the strip across the case that the flap folds under to close the case.

 

duck tape design

Step 2: tape the remainder of the case

Pull out a nice long strip of Duck Tape and stick it to the back of the case. Try to get it as straight as you can. I have no secrets for success here. You really just have to eyeball it.

Then, fold it around the front and under the strip.

 

DIY duck tape pencil case

Look at that! A travel pen/pencil case with some flare. It fits about 4 regular sized pens (the ones pictured above are pretty skinny). That’s plenty for me. I love it and I will use it every time I travel.

Let me know what you think! Leave your thoughts in the comments. I look forward to hearing from you.

Happy 4th to my American followers!

DIY Decor: Mason Jar Bathroom Storage Jars

DIY Bathroom Storage Jars

I’ve needed some storage jars in my bathroom for quite some time. The original packaging of beauty products is so bulky, so they get thrown under the sink.

Mason Jars to the rescue! Actually, I did this with a few jars and they weren’t all branded. I upcycled a few old jam and pickle jars too.

It was an easy decor craft and only took about 20 mins in total.

 

DIY bathroom storage jar materials

DIY Storage Jar Materials

  • jars
  • pencil
  • scissors
  • adhesive fabric paper
  • scrapbooking flowers
  • hot melt glue (not pictured)

 

polka dot fabric tape

Step  1: cut out fabric strip detail

Cut a piece of your adhesive fabric paper into a strip long enough to wrap around your jar of choice.

Adhere it to the jar.

 

polka dot fabic mason jar lid cover

Step  2: cut topper for lids

Measure the top of the lid (I traced mine onto the back of the paper) and cut out a circle the size of the top of your lid.

Adhere it to the lid.

 

mason jar lid decor

Step  3: glue on the flower

Glue your scrapbooking flower only the jar lid.

 

DIY storage jar idea

Now, you should have a beautifully polka-dotted (if that’s the pattern you chose) jar that will look fantastic in your bathroom.

Repeat the process until you have all the storage you need.

Let me know what you think!

The Craft Challenge

This blog post is part of The Craft Challenge.

Be sure to check out Emily’s tutorial on A Pop of Red, also part of the challenge.

DIY Upcycled Grocery Bag Storage Container

DIY upcycled grocery bag storage container

Like many Americans, I drink too much coffee. I used to buy it all from Trader Joe’s so I had a lot of cardboard containers left over. I try to avoid throwing them away so I upcycle them. Grocery bag storage seemed like a great way to recycle.

This was my grocery bag situation:

grocery bags

I know, it’s rough. I’m ashamed of myself. That junk needed concealed somehow.

Enter, the Trader Joe’s coffee container.

materials used to make DIY upcycled grocery bag storage

Materials needed for homemade grocery bag storage

  • pen
  • scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • paint brush
  • old container
  • scrapbook paper

 

scrapbook paper sized for grocery bag storage container

Step 1: measure and cut

Measure your container and cut your scrapbook paper to comfortably wrap around it.

 

grocery bag storage idea

Step 2: Glue the paper to the container

Using your Mod Podge, glue your appropriately-sized paper around the container.

Tip: Don’t use too much glue or the paper will warp.

 

diy paper pabels

Step 3: create your label

Use a piece of excess scrapbook paper to make a label. Fold it in half and cut a shape similar to the one in the image above.

I freehanded mine, but you can use one of these printable label templates if you prefer.

 

homemade storage label

Step 4: label it

Write out your label for the storage container.

 

grocery bag label

Step 5: glue on the label

Glue your label to the container.

Tip: If you used a pen or marker to write on your label, give it a few minutes to dry or the ink might smear.

 

DIY upcycled grocery bag storage container

When you’re finished, you’ll have a much nicer storage option than I did when I started. Now that it’s not such an eyesore, I feel better about leaving the bags out in the open. It’s amazing how many grocery bags can fit in that little thing.

you can even cut a little slit in the lid (like a bank) if you want to have easy access. I’m going to stick with lid removal.

I’d love to hear what you think. What do you like about it? What would you change? Leave your thoughts in the comments.

Happy crafting!

 

 

DIY Scrapbook Paper Envelope

DIY scrapbook paper envelop

Envelopes are so boring aren’t they? White and lifeless.

Sometimes you just want a fun one. Maybe to go with a wedding or birthday gift. Or maybe just for fun. I’m certainly not going to waste them on bills. (Does anyone even send they’re bills by snail mail anymore?) Sometimes I want to send a card with an envelop that’s just as exciting.

 

My boyfriend and I were at a wedding out of state this weekend and I wanted a pretty envelop to go with the card. I hate store cards and accessories. They’re all the same.

So, I made my own.

I found some elegant scrapbook paper and started folding.

If you want to make one yourself, follow the tutorial below.

**I apologize for the crappy lighting in the photos. Hotel lighting does not do us any favors.

scrapbook paper envelope materials

Materials needed for the DIY paper envelope

  • scissors
  • paint brush
  • Mod Podge
  • Scrapbook paper (12×12)

 

scrapbook paper folded in half

Step 1: Fold the paper in half

Fold your scrapbook paper evenly in half.

 

scrapbook paper edges folded inward

Step 2: Fold down the edges

Unfold the paper.

Fold the top and the bottom edges toward the center. My newest folds are about an inch.

 

folded scrabook paper

Step 3: Fold down the sides

Unfold the paper.

 

Fold the right and left edges of the paper inward about half an inch.

The image only shows one side folded. Make sure you fold both sides.

 

folds and cuts to make a paper envelope

Step 4: begin cutting

 

This is going to come in a few steps.

  1. Cut off the top fold of the left half of the paper.
  2. Cut off the small rectangle created by the folds at the bottom corner of the left half of the paper.
  3. Cut off the bottom fold of the right half of the paper.
  4. Cut off the half an inch fold on the right side of the paper.
  5. Round your edges with the scissors if you’d like to.

When you’re finished, your paper should look something like the image above. Notice the pieces you didn’t cut off have formed tabs.

 

glue tabs to paper to make envelope

Step 5: glue the tabs

fold the left side over top of the left side and glue your tabs down.

 

DIY scrapbook paper envelop

Now you should have a beautiful envelope to send to friends, family or whoever you think might enjoy it.

Again, I apologize for the horrible lighting.

Happy crafting!