Soup Can Storage

Tricia from Craft Addict emailed me when I posted about the pegboard project that I did in my studio. She had mentioned she used tin cans as storage on her board. Why didn’t I think of that?? I used to make these all the time but I never thought to punch a hole in it and hang it on the board. They are fairly simple (glue paper on cans). But for those of you who want it step by step here’s a short tute…

1. Clean a soup can inside and out making sure to remove as much of the gunky glue residue as you can.

2. Take an awl and a hammer and punch a hole in the can. Then I pushed the awl in it to open up the hole even wider to accommodate the pegboard hook.

3. Next find some pretty tissue paper. I have never used regular scrapbook paper but I am sure that would work also. I got this fabulous stuff from a baby gift from Dee. As soon as I saw it I fell in love with it. I heart DAMASK.

4. Now I am sure Modge Podge would work but whenever I have done this project I used Napkin Applique because it is thinner and works well with tissue paper. But it is the same process as decoupaging…slap some glue down, put your paper on, and smooth it out with your fingers. I cut my tissue paper 3 3/4″ x 8 1/2″ and that fit my cream of mushroom soup can perfectly.

5. I did little sections at a time gluing down and smoothing with my finger as I went.

6. Then seal it with a topcoat of your medium of choice and let it dry. After it is dry stick the awl through your hole again.

7. Hang’em on your pegboard and fill’em.

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  1. That’s really cute and would work well for a work bench area too.

  2. Very VERY cute!! What a great idea for storage!!

    I have seen them bent into an oval shape and a wire handle so that they look like Easter baskets too!

  3. cute, cute, cute!

  4. Hey honey! I could use a couple of these to put in my car coffee holders for pens and extra little stuff.

    How about for Momma’s Day? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I wuv U,

  5. says:

    What a fantastic idea! I love how you kept the original grooves in the can, that looks so cool! I’ll be linking to this in tomorrow’s Daily DIY, thanks so much for the clever idea!

  6. lfhcreative says:

    I use cans to stash all my crafty goods too, but it never occurred to me to decorate the cans or hang them! thanks for the idea! I love your blog both as a fellow mom to 2 and crafter.

  7. Yours turned out adorable! I รขโ„ขยฅ that tissue paper you used! It makes me want to repaint my desk and redo the drawer fronts with that instead of the zebra stripe I used. I need to check out that glue you used, too. ๐Ÿ™‚ I just used some left over scrapbook papers and mod podge on mine. Great tute…now I can just link to yours and not have to make one myself! ๐Ÿ™‚ Love it!

  8. Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick says:

    Those are ADORABLE and FREE!! I love them. How did the little container work for the peg board? And the car vacuum — any good? ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. DomesticDivasFancy says:

    Stopping over from Sarahs blog, Thrifty Decor Chick! Glad I did, this is an awesome idea! I am going to check out the rest of your blog. LOVE IT!

  10. ilovemy5kids says:

    I could do this – thanks for sharing! How fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. so cute, love your blog!

    You always have such great ideas.
    Thanks much for always sharing!

  13. Super cute and free…the best part!!

  14. Laurel @ Ducks in a Row says:

    Just stopped by from Thrifty Decor Chick. This is great – looks great and has the right price!

  15. Valarie Lea says:

    That is awesome!

  16. Kimm at Reinvented says:

    Such a cute idea, I’m the opposite of you, I usually use scrapbook paper, and have never tried tissue paper, but I love how it fits the grooves on the can!

  17. Journey on! by Kelleye says:

    Wow I just found you over at thrifty decor chic- how cute is that! Love your blog!

  18. oooh, those turned out super cute!

  19. Lovely idea and tutorial! Thanks for sharing your ideas!

  20. Cassandra says:

    I love the tutorial, I have actually made quite a few for family and am going to be adding some to my selling blog soon. Thank you for the tutorial!

  21. Anonymous says:

    Just wanted to say, if you have never tried it, a "Crop-a-dile" will punch holes in tin cans! It really is a fun new option. Think embellishing with wire, beads etc. Thank you for your tutorials. I found your blog recently and love all your creative ideas!


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