Recycled tin cans are the perfect size to contain pens, pencils, markers and other office supplies. There are so many ways to design a recycled tin can into holders. I’ve made a lot of woven ribbon items lately and thought, why not try it on a tin can. I have too many pens and other writing and drawing instruments and really need something to store them in instead of my usual ziplock bags.
You don’t need much to make one – a clean tin can, ribbon, scissors, hot glue, pencil and a candle or lighter to seal the ribbon ends and fabric or cardstock to cover the bottom. That’s it!
First, measure the height of the can with a strip of ribbon and cut. Begin by placing the strip edge around the rim of can , marking with a pencil on rim to determine the number of strips needed. Cut out as many as you need using the first strip as a guide.
Take another ribbon and measure the circumference of the can by wrapping it around and cut. Place strip on can from top inside rim to bottom rim to determine the number of strips needed and cut out.
Seal the ribbon ends with flame of candle to prevent fraying.
Next, attach each vertical ribbon strip along the can rim with hot glue.
Once all of the vertical ribbons are attached, take a horizontal ribbon strip and place the edge right next to the inside rim and glue on. Begin by weaving over and under the vertical strips as you wrap the horizontal ribbon around the can. The wrapped horizontal woven ribbon should end at the place where you began. Glue ends in place. Continue adding and gluing horizontal strips on, alternating and weaving over and under until reaching the bottom rim. Straighten and adjust the ribbon by putting down the strips.
Once finished weaving, wrap vertical ends over rim onto bottom of can and glue down. Cut out a circle of fabric or cardstock slightly smaller than the rim of can and glue on to cover ribbon edges.
For another tin can, I used wired burlap ribbon, removing the wire before cutting and weaving..