So it’s coming up on the two year mark since we moved from Utah to San Diego; I figured I’ve run out of excuses as to why the garage is a wasteland of stuff [mostly MY crafting, decorating stuff]. One of many eyesores has been a large cardboard box stuffed with all my wrapping paper. I decided to use what I have on hand and make something simple to store the rolls of paper I had.
- soup cans
- scrap wood
- all purpose glue
- spray paint [optional]
- picture hangers
- Dremmel or metal snips
- fine grit sandpaper [not pictured]
Before I begin, let me tell you about a recent find that I’m so psyched about! If you’re a lover of the whole reclaimed wood look but don’t want to spend the $$$ or know where in the hell to find it [like moi], use fence pickets!!! Yep, I said fence pickets. I was wandering mindlessly [as I often do] through the lumber aisles at Home Depot and spotted a pile of gnarly, raw looking fence pickets. They look old and have such a beautiful distressed appeal. That isn’t even the best part!!! Know what one of these pickets costs? $2.49!!!! I know, right? Crazy. Each picket is 6 feet long x 6″ wide. Ooooh the possibilities!
Lovely, isn’t she??
Anyhoo, back to the tutorial…
First thing you’ll want to do is clean up your soup cans for obvious reasons. [As I was doing this project I still caught a subtle smell of chicken noodle soup].
Then remove the bottom of each can. Some soup cans have a molded bottom where the entire can is one piece of metal. Other cans have a separate bottom that you can easily remove with a can opener. For those stubborn cans that are one molded piece, I had to break out the Dremmel. If you do not have a Dremmel, then you can always use a pair of all-purpose snips.
Be sure to sand the bottom of the can. Yes, you can use regular sandpaper on metal. Be sure all the metal shards are off.
Here is a cool tip to help you cut a completely straight line on a soup can. You can put that on your resume. Grab a piece of paper and wrap it around the can. Line up the edge and trace a line on your soup can. This will guarantee you a straight line every time.
While the paint was drying I cut my piece of wood down to 40″.
I attached two picture hangers to the back so this could easily be hung on the wall.
Attach your soup cans to your piece of wood with glue. I placed a rock in each can to keep it in place while drying.
STEP SEVEN [optional]:
This step is totally optional, but I added a few cup hooks to the side to hold my washi tape.
I simply pre drilled a few holes, then screwed each cup hook in place.
I hung my newest creation on the wall in our coat closet at 30″ from the floor.
Add your wrapping paper and you’re done!
I love these soup can projects and love the thought that I’m the soup lady around our neighborhood. I even have my daughter’s teacher collecting them for me at school!
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