Tuna Fish Can Jewelry Box and Paper Beads




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Introduction: Tuna Fish Can Jewelry Box and Paper Beads

About: I have been sewing and crafting for several years, my children are grown so now I have lots of time to be creative. I enjoy photography, cooking, cake decorating, painting and sharing my projects with others.

This is the perfect travel size jewelry box. It also works well for ponytail holders. The supplies you need for the little box are: 1 tuna can, (5 oz,) hot glue gun and glue sticks, cereal box, needle and thread, scissors, fabric scraps (I cut up a pretty vest I found at the thrift shop) measuring tape and pencil, scraps of denim and ribbon. For the paper beads, you will need an old magazine with colorful pictures, mod podge or decopauge glue, a toothpick and Q-tip.

Step 1:

The first step is to cut 4 circles out of the cereal box. Turn the tuna can upside down and trace around it to get the 3-1/4" circle. The other 3 need to be 3" across. Cut these out. From the denim cut a circle 3-1/4" and a rectangle 1-1/8" x 11". Out of the fabric cut 4 circles that are 4" and one that is 4-1/2". also from the fabric cut a rectangle 4" x 14". Heat up the glue gun and glue the circle of denim onto the 3-1/4" cardboard circle then place this onto the wrong side of the 4-1/2" fabric circle, denim side down. glue the denim rectangle onto the outside of the can. cover the 3" cardboard circles with fabric. make a yo-yo out of the remaining 4" fabric circle by turning the edge under about 1/4" and gathering all the way around with needle and thread, pull tight and flatten out. 

Step 2:

On one of the short ends of the fabric rectangle, turn under and glue down 1/2". Cover the outside of the can with 3/4" extending past the bottom of the tuna can. Wrap all the way around and glue down the end that was glued under. glue down the fabric to the bottom of the can. Glue one of the 3" circles to the bottom of the can. Place some hot glue down into the inside of the can where the bottom meets the side. quickly and carefully fold the excess fabric over and into the inside of the can, pressing as you go. Glue a 3" fabric covered circle to the inside bottom of the tuna can.

Step 3: Constructing the Lid

Cut a 12" length of 1/2" wide ribbon and glue this to the underside of the lid (3-1/4" circle) with 1-1/4" extending on one side. Glue the remaining 3" circle on top of this wrong sides together, sandwiching the ribbon in between. Glue the 1-1/4" piece of ribbon that is extending from the lid to the inside of the can where the seam is. This becomes the hinge for the lid and the back of the jewelry box. Cut another length of ribbon 9" and glue one end to the inside of the front of the can. Tie these two ribbons in a bow and fasten shut. Glue the yo-yo to the top of the can and glue a button in the center of this.

Step 4: Making a Paper Bead Necklace

Tear out a few pages from a magazine. Cut into strips 10-1/2" long that are 1/2" wide at one end and 1/4" wide at the opposite end. Start with the 1/2" wide end and begin wrapping it around a toothpick.  when you get about 1/3 of the strip wrapped, apply a small amount of glue with a Q-tip onto the rest of the strip and continue wrapping until it is all around the toothpick. It takes a couple before you get the hang of it. Be careful to not get any glue on the toothpick. Slide the bead off the toothpick and set down on wax paper and allow to dry. I made about 65-70 beads for my necklace, string it onto dental floss until you have it the length you want. tie the ends in a knot. I like to make these while I'm watching TV. 



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    I collected these tins, and didn't know what to do with the as I recycle. now I know, Thanx

    I do soak the tuna cans overnight in soapy water. I've made several of these and each one is different.

    Very cute! I've always wanted to make paper beads and have yet to do it. Thanks for sharing how you make them! Also, how do you get the tuna can to not smell like tuna, because, for me, the smell never goes away?