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How to Make a DIY Craft Caddy with Soda Cans

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A unique craft caddy, made by recycling Coke cans!

DIY craft caddy
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My kids are each unique, and I've often amazed at their differences! While my boys are awesome, there is just something so special about raising a daughter, a girl who loves to craft and DIY and make things pretty...just like me! This DIY craft caddy was a fun project for her bedroom.

My daughter (Little DIY) loves to organize her bedroom and her large supply of craft items, and I'm always on the lookout for cute storage bins and thrifty ways for her to organize.

When shopping at Kroger recently, I spotted the new "It's Mine" Diet Coke bottles and cans. Coca-Cola has created these bottles in a riot of color and no two bottles are the same (kinda like our kids).

The bright colors caught my eye and I decided to incorporate their fun design in Little DIY's room and up-cycle the items into something functional and as unique as she is.

"It's Mine" coke cans and bottles

One of the things Little DIY has an overflow of is markers, colored pencils, scissors and other writing implements that take up a lot of space in her room. Three Diet Coke cans came together to make a sweet craft caddy. Here's how I made it.

craft caddy from soda cans

I purchased a 3/4" dowel rod, which Mr DIY cut down to size for me (10 inches) and added a small drawer knob to the top of the dowel for a handle.
process
The dowel and knob got a couple light coats of blue spray paint (see Step 1). While the paint was drying, I removed the lids of my Diet Coke cans using a cheap can opener. It made a clean cut and left no sharp edges. I drank the Diet Coke with my favorite additions...a maraschino cherry, some of the cherry juice and ice! Yum! Then I rinsed out the cans and let them air dry.

Next, I added a line of E-6000 glue to each can and attached it to the painted dowel at even intervals (see Step 2).

This glue is strong enough that the cans immediately stuck to the dowel. However, to ensure they would dry where I wanted them, I tied some twine around the cans to hold them in place until the glue was completely dry (see Step 3).

Perfectly spaced!

drawer pull for handle

While the glue dried, I grabbed some chalkboard tags that were left-over from my 5-minute Thanksgiving banner. I sharpened my chalk to a point and wet the tip so it would dry bright white on my chalkboard tags.

chalkboard wood tabs

I wrote the words 'Markers', 'Pencils' and 'Scissors' on them and attached them to the soda cans.

label tags

Everything is cuter with a chalkboard tag, right? Plus it's easier to put things away when the storage container is labeled!

Little DIY loves her new craft caddy made from Diet Coke "It's Mine" cans! The bright colors are a perfect match for her room, and the caddy corrals her craft supplies without taking up much space. Plus, it's unique (just like her) and looks adorable on her shelf!

craft caddy

DIY craft caddy

I didn't stop there however. The Diet Coke "It's Mine" bottles I purchased are beautiful and I thought they'd make ideal vases. It really couldn't be simpler.

Coke bottle vase

Every girl likes to have real flowers in her room. It makes her feel special and it's a very small way to say, "I love you"!

Coke bottle vases

The pretty bottles with their vibrant colors add energy and fun to Little DIY's dresser, and they coordinate with her collection of accessories and crafts.

colorful accessories

To learn  more about the Diet Coke launch of the limited time "It's Mine" bottles and cans, click here. Have you ever up-cycled soda cans or bottles? I'd love to know if you try this project, please drop me a note in the comments below.

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In just a few days I'll be sharing a painted furniture project with you, so be watching for that.

Happy weekend!


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8 comments:

  1. Genius idea! I love it!
    Great upcycle!

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  2. There is something just SO special about being blessed with a little "mini-me" daughter (I have one, too!!) I love your daughter's space, it's beautiful and I love what you did with the gorgeous "It's Mine" products! They fit in so perfectly with her fun space! ~ Client

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    1. Thank you Nicole! I am blessed and I appreciate your kind words!

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  3. I made pin cushions out of the Pepsi Joy soda cans a couple of years ago for my mom, Joy!

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    1. That's such a great idea Misty! Thanks for sharing :)

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  4. Thank you for a great explanation. I was looking online for a similar idea and really appreciate it

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