This project will keep the kids busy and help the environment! Upcycle your empty food cans into containers for various storage and use buttons to create a fresh, fun look. You can create any kind of pattern or look with just a few easy-to-find materials. I created a pencil holder out of a spaghetti sauce can.
First, I covered it with some fabric. Then I embellished the top edge with a swag design of pink and purple buttons. (Optionally, you can line the inside of the can as well.) I’ve created a number of different pencil and school supply containers using fabric or paper, so whichever you like best will work great!
Materials you need to upcycle the can:
- Craft glue (such as PPA Matte or Beacon Tacky Glue)
- Buttons: Sugar Plum Grab Bag & Strawberry Cheesecake
- Twine (purple and white)
Steps to make your own button embellished upcycled can pencil holder:
- Measure and cut fabric to fit the outside of the can.
- Cover the can with your choice of fabric & adhere with glue.
- Add a swag pattern to the top of the outside edge of the can using glue and twine.
- Adhere buttons in place, alternating colors.
- Make small bows of twine and glue at the top of each swag.
The best part about upcycling empty cans is that they are small. This allows you to use your left over craft scraps to make some neat, decorative containers. Mix and match your scraps with your favorite button colors to create a whole collection of pretty pencil holders and other organizing containers. Plus these are easy enough that your kids can make their own too!