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 a pen and pencil holder - just google tin can pen and pencil holder and you'll see literally hundreds. I've done a lot of woven ribbon items lately and thought why not try it on a tin can. Besides, I needed to make some pen holders anyway. I have too many pens and other writing and drawing instruments and really need a place to store them instead of my usual ziplock bags.
First, gather the following items:
- Ribbon - your choice (I used 2 DollarTree - 5/8" rolls)
- Clean tin can
- Hot glue gun/glue
- Candle or lighter to seal ribbon ends
- Burlap, fabric or cardstock to cover bottom of can
Next,1. Measure the height of the can with a strip of ribbon and cut length. Begin by placing strip edge around the rim of can, marking with a pencil on rim to determine the number of strips needed. Cut out using the first strip as a guide. For this can I cut 17 strips.
2. Take the second 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 using the length of the first strip as a guide. I needed 7 strips for this.
4. Attach each vertical ribbon strip along the can rim with hot glue. At first, I put the glue on the rim but hot glue can be messy so I added the glue to the ribbon edge and applied the ribbon to the rim for a neater look.
5. 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.
6. Continue adding and gluing horizontal strips on, alternating and weaving over and under until reaching the bottom rim. Straighten and adjust the ribbon by pulling down the strips.
7. Once finished weaving, wrap vertical ends over rim onto bottom of can and glue down.
8. And finally, cut out a circle of burlap or fabric or cardstock slightly smaller than round rim of can and glue on to cover ribbon edges.
These woven ribbon tin cans really turned out easy to make and definitely has a one of a kind look.
For another can, I used left over wired burlap ribbon that I removed the wire from the ribbon before using.
Remember, when making a woven ribbon tin can, keep in mind that a decorated pen or pencil holder should reflect the personality of where you plan on putting it. Be it in a craft room or office . . . whether it's a fun place, creative, serious or even cluttered.
Have fun with weaving the cans in complimentary ribbon colors and prints!
It's really so easy!
Take a little time to enjoy