Meanwhile, these remnants are the perfect size for my first Craft Room makeover project -- DIY supply holders. The goal of this craft room is to buy as few things as possible, reuse as many household items as I can while making it beautiful and welcoming.
We recycle in my house, but I always fill guilty tossing that piles of cans from soups, green beans (the kids will only eat the canned kind) and other things. I started saving them and decided they would make the perfect containers to tame my office supply addiction.
Below, you'll see the supplies needed for this VERY simply project. The hotglue gun isn't pictured here. It was heating up in the background.
(Tin or aluminum can - washed and dried, craft scissors, measuring tape, hotglue gun and oilcloth remnant):
Measure the height and circumference of the can. Choose a section of your oilcloth remnant that you'd like to use. In this case, I choose the one below because it had a large section of the hibiscus design intact. Cut a rectangle that is 3/4 taller than the height of your can and 1/2 inch longer than your can's circumference.
You can use the craft scissors to make one edge look more decorative. In this case, I used the Fiskars Wave patterned scissors. You could just as easily use pinking shears or leave the top a straight edge. This takes about 1/4 inch off - leaving the swatch 1/2 inch taller than your can.
Run a line of hot glue down one of the short ends of your rectangle. Secure this from the top to the bottom on your can. Position the oilcloth so that your scallops (or other design) sit slightly above the top edge of the can (~1/8 inch). Wrap the remaining fabric around the can's circumference - using the hotglue gun to secure the fabric as you go. I run a thin line of glue around the top of the can and use that to secure the oilcloth. You'll secure the remainder of the oilcloth to the bottom of the can, so you don't really need much glue on the sides of the can. Once the can is completely wrapped, you should have 1/2 inch of oilcloth that overlaps your starting end. Run a thin line of hot glue down this end of the oilcloth and secure from the top to the bottom of the can.
When you're finished, your product should look like this. You'll have roughly 1/2 inch of oilcloth hanging below the bottom of the can. Take a pair of sharp scissors and make straight cuts in the oilcloth from the bottom of the overhanging piece to the bottom of the can. These should be spaced every 1/4-inch (or so) around the overhanging fabric. This will create small tabs of oilcloth that will fold more easily under the bottom of the can. Fold these tabs under one at a time securing with hot glue as you go. See results below:
Make sure when you are cutting your tabs that you only trim to within 1/8 inch of the bottom of the can, but not all the way to the bottom or above it. If you cut too far, you will be able to see the cuts marks after the tabs are secured and you flip the can over.
At this point, you could be finished, but I like to cover the remaining portion of the can on the bottom. Measure the diameter of the "circle" of can left uncovered on the bottom. In this case, it was 2.25"x2.25". I cut a square out of craft paper to these dimesions. You can easily use your scissors to trim the square's corners to create a circle pattern. Use this pattern to measure the circle of oilcloth. Trace and trim.
Secure the circle to the bottom of the can with hot glue, and allow your project to dry.
Here are the finished products. These are currently filled with paper clips and rubber bands. I have 2 more soup cans waiting to be covered for holding staples and binder clips of various sizes.
Note: Some people don't like to see the raw edge of the can on the inside of the top. You could easily cut your oilcloth larger and fold it over the top of the can to create a finished look. I don't mind being able to see the little bit of can that peeks out of the masses of rubber bands, etc.
Another thing to keep in mind is the sharp edge left on the can when you remove the top with a can opener. If the can wasn't opened with a clean cut, the metal can leave jagged edges which can poke little fingers (or your own). I use a pair of needle nosed pliers to cafefully pinch down the sharp lip that can be left inside the can.