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Tin-Can Caddy

Repurpose tin cans to hold colored pencils, crayons, paintbrushes, and other arts and crafts supplies. Attached to smooth plywood, this organizer makes it easy to transport art supplies anywhere.


To connect a piece of plywood with screws, always drill a small hole prior to inserting a screw. These are called "pilot holes" and prevent the wood from splitting, reinforces the screw, and eases the work of the larger drill. As a general rule of thumb, your pilot hole should be slightly smaller than the diameter of your screw.


For more expert advice, check out Essential Tools and Safety Tips.


  • Tin cans

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

  • Drill

  • 1-inch screws

  • Sandpaper

  • Standard handle


  1. If needed, cut plywood to the same length of tin cans, lined up. (Tip: Ask your local hardware store or lumberyard for assistance.)

  2. Sand edges of plywood to remove splinters. Crimp rough edges of tin cans if necessary.

  3. Using a 1/8 inch drill bit, drill a small hole in the side of each can, measuring 1/2 inch from the top.

  4. Screw 1-inch screws from the insides of cans into wood on an angle, aligning the tops of cans as shown.
  5. To attach the handle, drill small holes and screw into the top center of wood.

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