My mom gives me her castoff magazines, and one of my favorite things in the whole world is coming away from a family visit with a bag full of Country Living, Cooking Light, Martha Stewart Living, and the newest addition, ReadyMade.
What a cool magazine. It's grown-up crafting and home decor stuff with a heavy emphasis on reusing and repurposing. My cup of tea!
The latest issue to come my way (thanks again, Mom!) had this really cool idea for giving empty Pringles cans new life. Here they talk about it at ShelterPop. Basically, you take a bunch of Pringles cans, cover them with woodgrain print contact paper, put them together, and you have a really cool looking storage idea!
So I took this idea and decided to start small – one container to hold some of my small stuff, as I work on uber-organizing the craft office. I ended up with a fancy-schmancy pipe cleaner holder that I think is pretty darn cool.
Here's how I made it, and how you can make one yourself:
Cute Pringles Can Container
Time to complete: 10 minutes, if that.
First, and most importantly, I bought a can of Sour Cream and Onion Pringles, brought them home, tore the guys' attention for a moment from Sunday football, and asked them to do me a very very important favor. "I beg of you: Eat ALL of these." They managed. They're great guys. (Okay, I helped.)
Here are the ingredients:
- An empty Pringles can
- A 12x12 piece of scrapbooking paper (I picked up this book of Amy Butler paper in the Lotus design – love, love, love. You'll be seeing more of this stuff)
- Spray adhesive
- Straight edge thingy (if you have one, I'm jealous of you)
- A bottle of Pyramid Hefeweizen*
*beer optional, and only for the 21 and over crowd – but very refreshing, especially after eating all those Pringles
First, you want to make sure the paper is the right height for wrapping around the can. I'm now realizing I should have measured and shared the measurements, but I didn't – next time.
Lay the Pringles can down on the backside of the paper, and mark the amount you'll need to trim off. Make sure it's exactly the right size so the metal rims of the can still show. If you've got a straightedge type thing, you're way ahead of me. I just had to wing it. I cut off about an inch and a half – so your piece of paper is now about 10 1/2 inches tall, and 12 inches wide.
Now, spray the back of the paper with the spray adhesive. This paper is two-sided, so I'm defacing the pretty pattern on the other side. I won't deny it, it did hurt a little.
Now wrap the paper around the Pringles can. You'll go around the can about 1.5 times, so the paper will overlap onto itself as you wrap it around. No biggie. It's good because it's going to stick to itself. You may want to touch the edges of the paper where it ends with a little glue just to make sure it's super stuck to the can.
And then put stuff in it! I opted for pipe cleaners, but I thought it would be a great place to store knitting needles. Or paintbrushes. Or taper candles.Or whatever!
Very cute, super easy, and an excellent excuse to eat Pringles. Win win!