DIY Can Pen Holder

11 Apr

So every good craft room needs storage… but it’s not just storage that’s needed, it’s pretty storage that I needed. And I wanted to add a little color as well. So what’s a girl to do? Use old cans of course!

Here’s what you need:

  • Mod Podge, cans, container to mix glue and water, sponge brush, craft paper, and craft paint. (Ignor the grey and red container. I was going to use chalkboard paint on the cans and then changed my mind)


  1. Clean cans and remove any pointy spots with pliers.
  2. Cut paper the right height of each can with a paper cutter.
  3. Paint bottom of cans with white craft paint. This will take a couple layers. Spray paint might have been easier/faster. I didn’t end up painting the tops because I kind of liked the way metal looked.
  4. Mix up glue and some water. Then spread evenly on the can and place paper on top. This takes a little bit of coordination and speed because the glue starts drying pretty quickly. One of the cans I painted another layer of glue on top to seal it a little better, but honestly, I couldn’t tell the difference so I only did the one.

I also had an old Pringles can that I wrapped up too for the longer items that needed storage like paint stirrers.

It’s a little silly and SUPER simple, but I liked the affect it had on my room. Any other ways to store brushes, markers and the like? Have fun!


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