Tin-Can Caddy

Use old tin cans as a caddy for pens, colored pencils, and other arts supplies. Attached to painted plywood, this organizer makes it easy to transport art supplies anywhere.

Tin-Can Caddy


  • Tin cans

  • 13-by-6-inch piece of 3/4-inch-thick plywood

  • Drill

  • 1/2 inch screws

  • Sandpaper


  1. To make the handle, have a parent drill 3 overlapping 1-inch holes in the top center of a 13-by-6-inch piece of 3/4-inch-thick plywood.

  2. Sand edges of plywood and paint with latex paint. Crimp rough edges of tin cans if necessary.

  3. Drill a small hole in the side of each can, 3/4 inch from the top; screw 1/2-inch screws from the insides of cans into wood on an angle, aligning tops of cans as shown.


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