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Tin Can Pencil Holder

By: Alyice Edrich for The Dabbling Mum

Decorate a Tin Can Pencil Holder with your favorite characters or celebrities, like this one from Alyice Edrich.  Tin can crafts are great for kids, too.  Teachers can also use these pencil holders as recycle crafts for kids in the classroom.

Tin Can Pencil Holder


  •  Tin can
  • Old book or magazine
  • Spray paint
  • Acrylic paints
  • Decoupage glue
  • Paint brush
  • Acrylic Sealer
  • Face mask



  1. Remove the label from a can of vegetables, then wash and dry the empty can.
  2. Put on a mask, then spray the inside and outside of the can and let dry for at least 3 hours.
  3. Rip your favorite picture or text out of an old book or magazine.
  4. Paint the outside of the can by dry-brushing various colors onto the can, allowing the base color to show through and let dry.
  5. Decoupage the torn paper onto the can and let dry.
  6. Put on a mask, then spray the inside and outside of the can with Acrylic sealer and let dry overnight.
  7. Repeat step six.
  8. Repeat the above steps to cover bookends, staplers, catch alls, and other various desktop organizers.



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I like to use cans to make outdoor candle holders for the holidays. use a drill to make designs that let the light shine out. One Halloween I cut out cats, pumpkins and witch shapes, spray painted the cans black and orange, and gave them to the kids who came by. Use cheap votive candles. They can be used as pencil holders too or put candy in little baggies into the holders.

In step #2 what are you suppose to spray the inside and outside of the can with?

It's my understanding that the inside and outside of the can is spray painted with your base coat color

When you open a can of vegetables, or anything, it leaves a sharp metal edge along the top, what do you do with this so no one gets cut?

I've been making these for years. When I cut the top off and there is an edge, (which my can opener doesn't let that happen) however I've used a regular hand held one lately, I use a file or a round file to file the edge down. It might take a while but safety is important to me when I sell these at craft shows or give as a gift with pens and pencils included.


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