diy {scrap fabric canisters}


I have incredible friends. Thankfully, most of my friends have kids the same ages as my own kids…so my kids have incredible friends. Yesterday we got to have my friend’s four kids over for a bit. She also has three boys and one girl…but her girl is the oldest. All the boys have someone their age, so “A” (the older girl) and I got to hang out. She’s 9. I haven’t been 9 for a long time and quite frankly I really don’t know what 9 year old girls are in to these days. However, I’ve got a bunch of crafting stuff so I figured maybe she’d like that.

I just spread out random ‘girly’ items I had on hand and gave her a few ideas. She decorated a clipboard and a big monogram. Then I found two old cans I had been saving. She and I each decorated one to use for organizing random stuff…pencils, small markers, paintbrushes, etc.

Eventually a few of the boys wanted to make a craft. I had a few more chipboard letters (that did not match their names) and they were happy decorating those.

For my can, here are the steps I used:

1. Cut scrapbooking paper to lengths that would wrap around the can.

2. Hot glued the paper to the cans in layers.

3. I originally stopped at the paper, but “A” had randomly added a bunch of fabric tape to her can and it added some texture…so then I did the same. I used various tapes, at various lengths and wrapped them diagonally over the paper. I also hot glued a small clothespin to the can to hold a label for the contents the can would store. Finally, I added a bit of crochet trim just wrapped around it.

Super easy. Super fast. Super simple. Now I need to make about 10 more.

Supply sources:

Most of the paper ~ American Crafts

Clothes pin ~ American Crafts

White label tag ~ Hobby Lobby

Off white trip ~ flea market find

Repurposed can ~ Aldi

Fabric tape – a gift from a blog reader in China, I think she found it at a local craft store there


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  • Andy - looks like you will need to eat a lot more fudge wafer rolls. πŸ™‚ awesome job on the can. would love to see “A” creation. πŸ™‚

  • Kimberly Troth - Very cool! I was so hoping to see TA…..praying you hear something soon!!! Before you know if your family will be all together πŸ™‚

  • sarah - super cute! i’ll have to copy this idea to hold all of little man’s art supplies! have a great weekend. praying you get the go ahead on travel today!

  • Chantel - I love how simple this is -I’m really going to have to make a few of these to help organize my craft space.

  • colleen from alabama - Curious, you left out the source for the fabric tape. Did you make it with your xyron? I have one but haven’t used it yet. If not, i’d love your source!

  • AshleyAnn - Colleen – I just added that info on the tape, I had just forgotten to mention it πŸ™‚

  • meghan - Ashley this is great! I’ve got several cans I need to convert to storage and was wondering how i’d design them. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Amy @ Fig Milkshakes - Oh, I love it! What a unique idea to couple the small clothespin with the tag for the label! You are always inspiring me, Ashley – thanks!

  • Amy - Cute project! I looked up fabric tape online and found this site,
    They have tons of cute tape!

  • Jessie - What a pretty project!!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Oh, you have perfect timing! I am going to have a house full for the entire weekend, so I am needing some ideas for young ladies and keeping them busy! Love this.

  • Kelly - Ashley, here is the thing that inspires me. You are not stingy with your supplies. You put out all of these really “good” supplies for the kiddos to use instead of saving them for yourself. Wow, typing this comment I feel selfish. I bet I am not the only one who struggles with this though. I’d love to hear your thoughts about it in a post sometime if you feel like it.

    Have a super day! Hope you’re traveling really soon! love that you pretended the Lowe’s cart was luggage! Our new thrift store has that type of cart and I’ve found it to be a good occupier for small hands too.


  • Jenny B. - Super cute! I will be making something similar and filling it with multi-colored Sharpie pens for a first day teacher gift. I have a couple of glass jars I was thinking of using, but I kept thinking that wouldn’t be so great since glass is breakable… well, duh! I can use a can! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the inspiration.

  • Jenny B. - Oh, also… I see the fabric tape was a gift, but where do you buy washi tape? I trekked across town today going to Hobby Lobby (I asked 3 people, none of them had ever heard of it, and one lady said the only colored tape they have is blue painter’s tape… um… okay…). I found some “printed paper tape” at Target. It’s OK, and it’ll do, but… I really want something more colorful. Anyway, if you have a good source (in a store or online), I would love to know! Thanks again! πŸ™‚

  • amber - So great that your fabric tape is from China. πŸ™‚ Also…I really hoped when I clicked over here it would say you’re headed to China. Praying for patience in endurance. It’ll bring such amazing things!! Can’t wait:):)…for you guys, that is…lol

  • Will @ Bright.Bazaar - This is so sweet and fun! πŸ™‚ Cheers from London!

  • betty - great pictures and crafts!! I’m curious about the source for your box of various solid colored tapes! they look like painters tape but maybe its washi tape?! its in the picture with your son working on the big H. suuuuuuper cuuuute! thanks!

  • Lila Smyth - Great idea. I’m tempting to do this with my students to create pencil holders for their desks.

  • Maria @ All Things Luxurious - Wow, that turned out lovely! What a fun little craft! πŸ™‚

  • nancy - Land’s Sake those are adorable! Now if only I had all those cute scrap laying around!

  • Jen - What a neat idea! My girls would love to do something like that. I’m always on the lookout for some useful crafts πŸ™‚

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  • Kori - Omigosh.

    I have that same fabric tape…


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