If you are looking for a simple organizational craft, you'll love this rustic craft stick tin can organizer. It's so easy to make, and a great addition to any room. Using inexpensive supplies, this organizer is a great way to upcycle cans instead of throwing them away. Get creative and make these easy organizers for every room in the house, office, or to use as gifts!
Craft Stick Tin Can Organizer
You've probably already noticed my obsessions with a few specific things in crafting. Included on that list are tin cans, craft sticks, and flowers. This little upcycled idea grabs all of those and puts them into one fun craft. I love how easy this is to throw together, and that it is so kid-friendly.
This is like a blank canvas. Those are the best type of crafts, in my opinion. Ones you can put your own personality into and even have your kids help you make are always better than any old craft kit you might buy at a store. Plus, this one is super versatile. It can be used for tons of different things around your home and in your life.
If you like making things more organized in your home, make sure to check out my lists of methods. I have tons of ideas for stuffed animal organizers for kids rooms, desk organizers for your office space, and even shoe racks and organizers. But, my favorite of all of them is this list of mason jar organizers.
What is This Organizer Good For?
These simple organizers can be used in the kitchen, living room, bedrooms and bathrooms. You can store everything from pens and pencils to kitchen utensils. I've used them to hold makeup brushes and even toothbrushes in the bathroom.
Since you can decorate the craft sticks any way you like, you can match the color schemes for any room. That makes these great for putting on the table filled with flowers, or on a kids desk with pens or markers.
The tin can is great for planting flowers and is easy to poke holes through to allow for drainage. Paint the craft sticks different colors for each flower then plant herbs, succulents, or even the beautiful African violet in them. Sit in your windowsill and have a lovely homemade pot for your favorite plants!
Can I Paint The Craft Sticks?
You can absolutely paint the craft sticks. I prefer using acrylic craft paints, but you can also use watercolors or even dyes to color the sticks. For some designs, you can water some of the paint down so that it is like a colored stain instead of a paint. I've also used wood stain to give a more natural look to the project
If the kids are making these tin can organizers, you can also have the kids draw pictures on the sticks. I've even been known to grab markers and color the sticks or draw a pretty scene on the can.
Get creative and make the decoration what you want it to be, with any supplies you have on hand. There is no right or wrong way to decorate this project.
How do I Add Extra Decorations to The Can?
I used just a bit of lace and wrapped around the can with craft glue to add a simple decoration. That isn't the only way to decorate this. You can use anything you want!
Since you may want to paint the craft sticks like mentioned above, you can match any decorations you want to the can. I love the idea of adding beads, rhinestones, glitter, or even different burlap or ribbon. Get creative and add what you like to the can. For my guest bathroom, some seashells are a perfect addition!
How do I Make Sure the Tin Can Edges Aren't Sharp?
When working on a project like this with kids, I always make sure we practice safety first. That means I recommend using something to prevent the edges on the top of the tin can from being a sharp hazard.
My two most commonly used methods include using sandpaper to grind down any rough edges and adding a bit of hot glue around the edge to coat it to prevent cuts. Both of these are easy methods, and typically something you can do in seconds with supplies already on hand.
How to Make a Craft Stick Tin Can Organizer
Start gluing craft sticks to a clean tin can so that the bottom is even with the bottom of the can, but the tops may be taller.
Continue gluing sticks in place until the entire can is surrounded.
Now, cut a length of lace, and glue around the center of the craft sticks.
I added two pieces of lace to mine.
Now, your tin can vase or organizer can is ready to use.
If you want more ideas for little organizers or vases, I've made tons of different ones over the years. My most recent project was this rainbow paper straw organizer. It is stunning when on a desk and perfect for kid's rooms.
Others include, upcycled milk carton organizer, and this rustic clothespin tin can organizer. I've truly made something for everyone! There are even tips for making a wall organizer out of an old CD! This isn't to be outdone by this fun upcycled jeans pocket organizer. Seriously, if you need one, I have a tutorial to fit your needs!
If you want to have colored craft sticks but don't like painting or staining them, just grab this jumbo pack of colored craft sticks on Etsy. I love how convenient they are! So much less mess, especially when working with kids.
- Start gluing craft sticks to the outside of the tin can so that the bottom of the craft stick is at the bottom of the can, there may be extra stick at the top of the can, and that is fine;
- Continue gluing craft sticks around the outside until it is completely covered;
- If you want to paint your craft sticks or add decorations, now is the time to do that;
- Cut 2 lengths of lace and attach them with glue around the middle;
- I did one about 1" from the bottom, and another about 3" from the bottom;
- Once the ribbon, lace, or other embellishment is in place, you are ready to use your tin can organizer!
Feel free to paint or add embellishments to your tin can to create a look you prefer!
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