Thursday, June 14, 2012

DIY Chic Studio/Office Organizers!

Happy Thursday to you!

I told you there would be at least one
tutorial a week, and this is the first one!


Lovely tin can and cardboard storage containers!!

These are the first few of mine, but they were
inspired by these beauties...

Viola, from Shabby Chic Inspired made these, and as soon as I saw them, I knew I had to make some for storage in my new studio!!


  You heard me right!  You marry off two
daughters within 7 weeks of each other,
throw your life into craziness for 
over half a year and you get a spare room,

Now that's some icing
on the cake of life,
isn't it??

These tin can storage containers
are so easy and fun to make!

I so hope you will give them a go!

Yours don't have to be neutral if
you love color!!  Just go for it!!

OK...let's get started!

Step One

Save as many cans as you want for containers.
If you don't use canned foods, ask friends to
save some for you.

Step Two

Gather your supplies!
I also kept one of the small cardboard canisters from a box of grits, and a tin from canned chicken breast.  I'll make the small can on another day!

This tutorial is for the can
with the vintage graphic on it, pictured below

You will need:
~Saved cans and containers
~Warm White acrylic paint
~1" foam brush
~birdy graphic {from Graphics Fairy printed on cream card stock
{or whatever graphic you would like to use}
trimmed to 2 3/8 x 2.5"

{I printed out 4 to a page in 3.5" x 5" size}

~hot glue gun and sticks
~spray adhesive
~{3} 1/2vintage buttons

~cotton twine from Michael's(in the beading supplies)
~Fabric scrap {3 1/8" x 3.25"} to back graphic
~Tim Holtz Distress Ink "Antique Linen"
{also at Michael's...use your coupon!!}
~sponge applicator {I use plain old cosmetic
~piece of cardboard {for adhesive over spray} 8x10" or larger

There are a good little bunch of supplies, 
but trust will want to make more than one!!

Step 3
~Paint the can

Wash and dry can.  Don't even be concerned if there is a little gummy stuff left.  It will be on the back and or be covered up!

Paint can filling in all the lines.
It will take two coats, and you will
still see some of the metal peeking through...
we love that, so that's fine!  Oh and paint the inside lip of the can.  I didn't and will need to go back and do that for a more finished look!

Step 4

When can is completely dry, with seam
side to the back, place fabric scrap and
graphic on top to make sure it's a good fit.  Trim if it isn't.

Lay fabric scrap right side down on cardboard.
Spray lightly with adhesive until covered.
Quickly center and press fabric onto can.
{I ruffled the side edges of my linen scrap to
give it a little dimension.}

Step 5

To distress the graphic a bit, take it and gently crumple it until it is in a little wad like this:

 Uncrumple the wad, and gently press it until it is somewhat flat again.

It's a bit too pristine looking, so to age it a bit, take your sponge applicator, holding the wide end, dab it onto the Distress Ink pad, and holding it at a slight angle using a downward stroke, lightly ink the entire edge of the graphic.  Then just randomly lightly blot it on the printed area until it looks a little old.

Now that is much better isn't it??  ;o)

Take the graphic, and place it right side down
on the cardboard {being careful not to put it where there is already tackiness} and spray lightly.

Quickly center graphic on fabric and press down, securing it completely to fabric.

Step 6
Heat up the glue gun.

Take one button, thread the holes with the
twine and tie it once on the underside...don't knot...too much bulk.  Trim the excess.
Apply a glue dot about the size of a large pea or a bit larger and quickly press button onto lower right edge of graphic.  Repeat with other two buttons, slightly overlapping as shown.

Step 7

Next, cut a 20.5" length of the cotton
twine.  Wrap around the back of the can
pull to the front and tie a bow!!

TA DA!!!

Your new storage can is complete
and beautiful!!  Not only that...
it's GREEN!!  Upcycling a tin can
into something absolutely lovely
and usable!!

This one is made with a piece of tea stained
cheesecloth, vintage lace, escutcheon and key

This one is made with more of the cheesecloth
just wrap around and glued, with a vintage lace and netting flower, and fabulous vintage earring piece.  I painted the cardboard container with Gesso {a canvas primer that covers well and isn't absorbed by the cardboard}and sanded it to distress it a bit.

Just have fun with this and try to use
some of what you have on hand.

I can't wait to get these and more that I will make
into my NEW STUDIO!!!

I am picking a paint color now!

I am linking to 

White Wednesday at Faded Charm
Timetravel Thursday at Brambleberry Cottage
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
DIY Project Parade

Vintage Inspiration Friday at Common Ground

Have a wonderful day and splash some
joy around, ok?



Nellie's Cozy place said...

Morning Becky,
These cans are simply adorable. You did such a great job, and I love that you are recycling.......I love to make something out of something you would typically just throw away, and
to make it so pretty too!
Am so excited for you that you are gonna finally have a nice studio to work in.....can't wait to see what color and how it comes out.
Talk to you in a bit,
Love ya, Nellie

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Very pretty storage, Becky! A great recycle of the cans, too. I did a couple once but just wrapped them with scrapbook paper. They work great to hold things like my colored pencils and all my scissors. Thanks for the book page image. I just love them and save them whenever I find them.

NanaNor's said...

Hi sweetie, Love these Beck and especially the little sign that says Grace is Enough. You are so talented; you must share some pics of your studio when you get it all done. Wanna come organize my sewing room with me? I could use you.
Have a wonderful day!
Love you!

daisypetals said...

This is I love these! They are just beautiful! I am your newest follower!

Laurel Stephens said...

Your cans are gorgeous, and you wrote a great tutorial. This looks like such a fun and inexpensive project with a big impact.

Elena said...

That was an awesome tutorial Becky! Thank you!

Blessed Serendipity said...

Becky these are super cute! Love them.


marylou said...

Hey kiddo,
I love these, gonna make some and use them, don't laugh, in my powder room for cotton balls, q-tips, and makeup brushes....thanks for the FANTABULOUS tutorial...Take care!

blushing rose said...

Great ideas! & even I could do this. TY for sharing.
Have a wonderful day, my friend

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

I used to do this back in the 70s and 80s with coffee cans, decorate them and add cookies inside for gifts :)

I had forgotten all about that until I saw your post!!

Great way to recycle!!


Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

So nice you get a room of your own! This is a darling project. I love the neutrals myself. They just look precious all together!

Walking on Sunshine... said...

WOW! Those are great! Great instructions and pictures also Becky! Enjoy your day!

vesna said...

Very pretty!!

Donna said...

Love it! Now this is an idea I may actually use. I really adore the one with the floret and gems on the front! So many times we see all of these wonderful ideas, but this one I can actually see in my craft room.

Nice to have the empty nest and room, yes!? I know we love it! We love going to visit their little birdie homes!

The picture with the saying was so perfect for you, with the birds leaving the nest - was that a mistake or did you pick it because your girls just left?

Blessings for a wonderful weekend!

Renee said...

These are so pretty!!! I love them. And definitely will make some for my studio!

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Debbie said...

Love this! These are super cute Becky! And a wonderful step by step tutorial as well. I just might give this a whirl. Hope you had a good day!

La Doña said...

I Love these! I'm gonna borrow this idea ok? Thank you for your tutorial. Take care.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Adorable cans and I cannot wait to see what color you picked!!!!


Kasia said...

Hey Becky! Oh what a lovely tutorial!!!! Thank you for the ideas!!! Youve made amazing things here! Not many people can make something out of nothing like that !


imsteelefullofscrap said...

Your recycled cans are beautiful

imsteelefullofscrap said...

Ok I am in love with your blog where can I sign up so I do not miss any of your posts?

Dorthe said...

Dear Becky,
I also love dear Viola`s idea of using old cans for such a beautiful collections of rooms for all kind of tools.
You made some wonderful decorated ones , I love what you did, thankyou for showing.

French and Sparrow said...

What a great tutorial, your so clever, they are really beautiful.
Enjoy making your own studio space, looking forward to hearing all about it! Wishing you a wonderful weekend, x Kerry

Patty said...

Your new blog look is so inviting. I'm looking forward to dropping in for your tutorials. Have a great weekend.

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Oh my goooooness, my sweet Becky. :-)

Those little tins are totally delish. I think I'm going to have to start saving myself some cans. I have quite a few (read: a boatload) tuna tins that I've saved for paint... they come in might handy.... so I have a little start. And, I love the idea of saving bits of lace for a project like this. Sometimes the condition just isn't good enough for a sewing project, but wouldn't get use like a project like that would get, so it would work just fine. I have a boatload of that stuff too. I can't bear to waste ANYthing. I think I'm going to be contacted for an episode of Hoarders. :-) That whole comment really didn't make any sense, did it???

I'm so thrilled for you that you're getting to stretch out a little bit. I know how hard it is to have your girls gone, but at least there is a little bit of a bright side. I have a "studio", but it's so full I can't work in there. Shhh... don't tell anybody. It's so embarrassing. I have too many projects and not enough room. I can't even contribute to the Where Bloggers Create party this year. Dang it all.

Have a wonderful weekend Dear One...


Jamie said...

Becky, I love this whole project! All of the decorated cans turned out to be so pretty. I love all the white and cream colors too!! Your tutorial is really great. Have a wonderful day! ~ Jamie

Ms Bingles Vintage Christmas said...

Oh my goodness....I am in "Awe" over your cans! Thank you soooo much for the tutorial! Cant wait to try some!

Kathryn said...

These ARE adorable. I love the embellishements you chose as well! Thanks for checking out my pots too!

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

Now that's what I call a GENUINE trash-to-treasure transformation! Everyone has cans ready to be made over into beautiful storage containers, right?! I love it!

Thanks for linking to Time Travel Thursday, Becky. Be sure to stop in tonight to see yourself featured. And tonight is the last night to enter my "French-inspired" giveaway. Hurry on over to enter. ;)

Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

Liz - Imageremix said...

Individually the cans are each unique and worth pausing to enjoy and the grouping is really wonderful together. Thanks for the tutorial. I will be keeping this idea in mind and collecting my supplies so I can give it a try. Thanks. Found your post at Brambleberry Cottage. Hope you'll stop and see me at Quirky Vistas.

Viola said...

Your tin cans are so beautiful, Becky! Love them!! :) said...

I so need one of these! LOVELY!
xo Rae

Barbara Jean said...

Thank you Becky.
I have been saving those shaker containers from games to do this very thing... (I've been using the tiles from games and throwing those shakers away!!!) What was wrong with me!!

love your blog
barbara jean

Unknown said...

I just discovered your blog and I love all your ideas. I'm going to start saving my tin cans for this project. Wonderful and thank you for sharing. Kathy (no blog)

Mom E. said...

Becky, I love these beautiful containers you have shared here. I married off two daughters in 11 weeks.......I got 2 great son-in-laws out of it, but not a new studio/workroom! I was able to add some cupboards to mine, however, a few years ago, and I am still trying to get it organzied. I am thrilled with the ideas of using things I have and decorating them. This is something I CAN do! Thanks for the inspiration!

Patty said...

Love this idea for my crafting space. I recently spray painted large juice cans. Thanks for the idea. Yours are fabulous!

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