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{DIY} Tin can pencil holder

I needed some pencil holders to organize my desk.  I had some tin cans (from canned corn) in our recycling bin.  So, I thought I could use the tin cans to make pencil holders.  This is what I came up with!


  • recycled tin cans, washed and cleaned
  • canvas fabric, cut to size 9.5″ x 4.375″ (you may have adjust the size if tin cans are larger or smaller)
  • ribbon
  • white glue
  • letter stamps
  • pencil (with eraser on the back)
  • ink pad (Archival ink pads by Ranger, it’s permanent on fabric)
  • scissor



1. Use letter stamps to stamp words on the canvas fabric to label the holders.  Then, use a pencil to randomly stamp tiny circles as decorations.

2. Glue the decorated canvas fabric pieces to tin cans using white glue.

3. Embellish the edges with ribbons.  Use white glue to attach the ribbons.

4. All done!  I think they look pretty good!

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October 17, 2012 DIY No Comments