Recycle Your Tin Cans into Simple, Stylish Craft Storage!comments (5) January 18th, 2009
Before you take the recycling bin out to the curb this week, why not snag a plain aluminum can for an instant upcycling craft project? I saved some large and small cans and converted them to easy, pretty storage solutions for my work table—this one corrals all my scissors, while others hold my covered-button kits, fabric markers, and other crafty essentials. There are a thousand ways to decorate your cans, but I like this simple beaded "necklace" that adds a horizontal stripe of color!
For one beaded can, you'll need:
- A clean, empty can (make sure it doesn't have sharp or jagged edges)
- Assorted beads of your choice
- Elastic and a beading needle
- Hot-glue gun
1. Cut a piece of elastic about twice as long as the circumference of your can. Thread it with a beading needle (I like to use the twisted wire style with a collapsible eye) and add a piece of doubled clear tape or another stopper at the other end.
2. Randomly string beads onto your elastic (or follow a repeating pattern if you prefer) until the length of the strand is approximately the same as the can circumference, which you can quickly check by winding the strand around the base of the can. Once it's comparable, lace the strand around the can and tie a tight knot (pulling the elastic sharply so it grabs the can tightly), doubling it for security.
3. Snip the knot's tail ends and slip the knot into a bead if it fits. Adjust the beaded strand to the part of the can you want to embellish. If you like, secure it in place with a few small dabs of hot glue under the beads (especially if they are heavy).
4. Repeat to create a second (or third, or fourth, or however many-th) strand to decorate your can with!
Variations: How about using different beads or colors for each strand? Or adding charms along the way to dangle on the beaded stripe?
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