My Crafty Craft-Table Cachepot – Trash to Treasure Tin Can

Tin Can Recycling Projects

What can you do with a soup can, curtain hooks, those pesky advertising inserts from magazines, and a few beads? You will soon find out. I call it my Trash to Treasure Tin Can.

Trash to Treasure Tin Can Craft room organzing ideas

One of my favorite blogs is Claire writes for a newspaper and was asked to write a column about how you could take stuff you would normally throw out and make something desirable from it.  Her blog was inspired by her newspaper column.

Her tag line – a crafty recycling blog. Her posts are presented in such a simple effective format – only a few photos and text. Before is “Blah” and after “TADA”. 

This is my attempt at creating a “Blah-to-TADA” post. 

How to Make a Decorative Cache Post Using a Tin Can

Craft room organizing ideas made using recycled items
  1. Cut advertising insert to the height of the can.  Roll tightly around a pencil and hot glue edge down.  Remove pencil.
Craft room organzing ideas made using recycled items

Make a bunch so you have a pile like this.

Organizers for holding craft supplies

2. Put a line of hot glue on the seam edge of each rolled tube and attach to the can, making sure to keep each roll straight.

Recycled material project ideas

3. Put a bead on each curtain hook.

Trash to Treasure Tin Can DIY craft supply organizers

4. Push each hook between two tubes along the top edge of the can.

Craft room organizing ideas

5. I also hot glued big beads to the bottom as decorative feet.  For the bigger can I used an old calendar to make the tubes.


For more DIY Organizing tips check out my Organization Gallery.

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  1. Darling! I love this!!

  2. Renee & Rustic Crafts & Chic Decor says:

    I LalalaLOVE this!! This is a perfect project to share at my themed link party -
    I hope you do :)

  3. erin @ tinytwistcreative says:

    I love this, such a great repurposing idea!

  4. Small Burst says:

    Cool. Clearly I’d want you in my blog tribe!

  5. Nicole Renee says:

    Very cool! Thanks for stopping by my blog, glad to meet you! Love your catch all so much!

  6. Me, Myself & Pie says:

    I love it! I especially love how you used those pesky inserts. Soooo cute.

    Happy sits saturday sharefest!

  7. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says:

    That is great! I love it! Who would think you could do that with inserts?

  8. Morning T says:

    Those are just great! I love finding ways to repurpose things. Fun post and great blog. Thanks for visiting me today.
    Have a great weekend.

  9. thedoodlegirl says:

    FANTASTIC!!! They look so cool!!

  10. Leslie Limon says:

    That is awesome! I use tons of cans for each of my 4 kiddies things. This is going to be our weekend project. Thank you so much for sharing.

    (p.s.) Stopping by from SITS!

  11. Carmie of The Single Nester says:

    Who would have thunk it. Fun project.

  12. Erin Bassett says:

    Totally great!! I love green crafts…I make them too.

  13. Very creative. How do you come up with it??? Very, very cute!

  14. Diane @ InMyOwnStyle says:

    My favorite part of this project is that you can hang things on the hooks- making things easy to find and reach.

  15. ooooh, I like this. I love how you can hang the scissors and stuff on the side hooks too!

  16. Sarah @ Mum In Bloom says:

    The can looks so pretty! Good job! I’ll have to check out the blog Blah to TADA as well – such a great concept. Thanks for the inspiration :)

  17. Diane @ InMyOwnStyle says:

    Hi Megan – My mom was very creative and always coming up with clever ideas when I was growing up. I remember going to crafts shows and church bazzaars with her all the time to see what people had made. It fascinated me and still does. Coming up with ideas is is just how my brain is wired.

    Thanks everyone for all the nice comments.

  18. Hi Diane! I LOVE your blog :) Thanks for featuring me on your blog…I’m honored(blush)! This project is totally TADA! Happy crafting!

  19. Oh, these are fantastic! I am always looking for cute (nearly free!) storage ideas!!!
    We have a friday fun finds party- if you’re interested, we’d love if you’d link up tomorrow! :)

  20. Pure genious! it’s like your on Survivor …for crafters!

  21. Kristen D. says:

    SHUT. UP.!!!!!!!!!!! I loooooooove that!!!!!!

  22. How creative and adorable!!!

  23. WHAT????
    This is awesome! I love it!

  24. This is so cool! I would have never thought of it. How cute is that?!