Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Recycled Storage Solution: Tall Paper Holder


Hey everyone, welcome to the Bombshell Stamps  blog hop. The theme is 'Pretty in Pink' and we are making projects that are pink, spring themed or 80's style. 


 I've been making a lot of home made paper lately and finding a safe place to put it has been a real challenge. This idea was born from that need. It would also work great for wrapping paper storage or even a few umbrellas.

You'll need some large cans - these are gigantic apple sauce cans from Costco - duct tape and something to cover the cans with. The rest is up to you.




Cut the bottom from one of the cans and tape the cans together. Don't worry too much about wrinkles, they won't show too much.



I'm paranoid about rough edges so I covered the top rim with tape so it was smooth and safe.



Tape the inside seam to cover any rough edges as well. This works best with several short pieces of tape instead of one long one. Where you start opening a can, there can be a rough snag; hit it gently with a hammer and it will lie flat under the tape.



Cover with fabric or scrapbook paper. I used linen and attached it with spray adhesive. I tucked the top edge down into the can and secured it. 



Embellish however you prefer, taking care to disguise the seam. 


I used butterflies from Bombshell Stamps Butterfly Queen Set, flowers made from paper towels (tutorial here) and miscellaneous embellishments left over from other projects.





Be sure to stop by the other Bombshell's blogs:


KasMeredithKatieErikaSyAngieBoHoRose
KelliStempelientjeCherylKathijheuserAlisonShazDanielle

Technorati tags: recycle, craft, storage, decor, flowers, paper

34 comments:

Danielle said...

Hello my GA sister! YOU are so eco friendly!! AND THAT is the most beautiful thing I've ever seen made from tin cans!! You HAVE to tell me how you made those beautiful flowers out of paper towels!! Please?????
Really stunning project!

Shaz Wall said...

This is very Pretty! You could your this any where in a home. Great flowers too, they are wonderful. I may need to borrow this idea I have 2 good reason to make flowers and a million selfish reasons too!

Carol said...

Absolutely beautiful! Bookmarking as a project I MUST try soon!

Eileen Bergen said...

This is really clever - the way you joined two cans together. Very pretty as well. Thanks for the inspiration.

MaryC said...

I don't know where you come up with these things but boy am I impressed. Totally cute! It feels vintage to me. I can imagine a plethora of things you could do with this idea.
Kudos, my friend.

Alison said...

Crazy-amazing! What a brilliant idea! I love that you put two cans together! It looks fantastic! Those flowers are gor-juss!!!

Alyssa S said...

Very cool! Love the paper towel flowers...I was thinking they were crepe paper. Glad to know I can use some items already here in my home to recreate those beauties! Stunnning work, as always!

Kas said...

I always know we will see something beautiful from you. BURLAP my fav!!

Amy said...

Ha! This is so fun! And I could mod the size for scrapbook paper storage... it's such a funny size I've never quite figured out what to do with it. Thx!

Kathi said...

I so love gorgeous projects that are also useful!

Great tutorial, great project. I totally love the flowers. The butterflies are so beautiful and add a perfect whimsical, yet realistic, touch.

Chrissy @ Home.Kids.Life. said...

What a great way to recycle and reuse. That's awesome! Love it!

Cheryl Valadez said...

Nicole, another stunning project! I would never in a million years have come up with this. You are constantly amazing me with your beautiful and innovative projects. I hope you are submitting these projects to publications. I can totally see this making it into Green Crafts or Somerset Home ;D

madebymegs said...

It is so refreshing to see that you are using tin cans. I am starting to become very green myself and this is one project I am sure I will make. Thanks for the great post :)

Heather said...

Love it!!!So cute!!!

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

What a great idea!! I love it!!! Thanks so much for linking up!!!

Jennifer Richardson said...

What a GREAT Green idea. I want to go to SAMS right now lol. I just dont know how we will eat all of that apple sauce lol but you have me thinking...hmmmnnn coffee cans perhaps for the boarder strips....OH the possibilites are ENDLESSS. I have just bookmarked you as a fav. SO glad I came across the Bombshell hop today. Love those stamps and love your blog!

Princess Hairstyles said...

What a great idea! So so beautiful and unique!!

Jodie said...

Gorgeous, simply gorgeous!

Jenn said...

You are a genius! I am obviously in love with the papertowel flowers because I made a copycat project of your wreath!
Thanks for commenting on my blog and letting me know what your Mother's Day gifts are! My mom used to be a Librarian {a cool one} and since she has been home from her mission, she was wanting to catch up on reading. I actually have the Potato Peel Society book, I haven't read it yet because I loaned it out. :)
Have a wonderful day!

Michelle said...

I hope you don't mind, but I am going to link this to the CAN Categorically Crafting show I hosted on Friday. Thanks!

PeaceLoveApplesauce said...

This is fabulous!
Thanks for sharing! :)

Yolanda said...

I love it! I have tons of #10 cans that I recycle all the time. No more - I will recycle them for use in my home. So happy to see all the ideas out there - thanks!

Joyce said...

the tippy-top fave flower is the rolled one{heart it!}.
Way to go Nicole.

Bombshell Stamps said...

Wow, so clever & gorgeous Nicole! I adore the little butterflies and think they add a perfect touch!

christy mack said...

oh man, makes me wish folgers coffee still came in cans! great idea :O) your flowers are FAB!

Tonya said...

What a pretty little project! When I saw the first picture I thought where did she find a can the big...DUH! Love how you just taped two together! I have a few that I covered with paper but this looks so pretty I'm going to spruce mine up! Thanks for sharing this!

Bec said...

So pretty! I have a HUGE chicken broth can that I could bear to throw out because I knew it could be something neat. Now I know what to do with it.

Mima said...

Really love your flowers, they work so well on this!

Megan @ Megity's Handmade said...

Love it! A true artist can take some ordinary and make it extraordinary. It looks amazing!

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Modern Distaff said...

This is incredibly cute and an awesome way to reuse.

I love this doubly as much because I just happened to score some burlap at a yardsale and my daughter and I are cleaning out the pantry and cooking today. And now I will have something super cute to make with the left over cans and the burlap. You're so creative!

Modern Distaff said...

This is incredibly cute and an awesome way to reuse.

I love this doubly as much because I just happened to score some burlap at a yardsale and my daughter and I are cleaning out the pantry and cooking today. And now I will have something super cute to make with the left over cans and the burlap. You're so creative!

La-Dee-da crafter said...

love the flowers and how you just put together 2 cans. Did you make the flowers out of paper and then color them?
Just wondering because I love them.
ladeedacreations.com

Prairie Patch said...

This is so cute! I'm making some of my canisters into cute storage contains, and you're giving me more ideas now.

Cheers,
Tracy All Thumbs Crafts