Easy DIY Spray Paint Stash Can - 20 Minute (or Less!)

Introduction: Easy DIY Spray Paint Stash Can - 20 Minute (or Less!)

Create a hidden stash spot out of a regular spray paint can with a can opener, shirt cardboard, and hot glue.


CAN OPENER that makes a CUT on the SIDE of the can. << This is the most important part.
EMPTY spray paint (or similar_ can
Hot glue gun
Shirt cardboard
Exacto knife
and some squishy foam helps to insulate rattle noise.

***Sorry about the out of focus/ blurry pics, I was young and dumb back in the day. Now as an art student they make me cringe.***

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Step 1: Prep Your Can

1. Empty your can fully. Put duct tape over the nozzle and let sit outside away from sun/ heat etc for a while. You will be surprised at how much gas is inside an EMPTY can.

2. Using our special can opener, probably found at your local super market or online cut the bottom of the can off and save.

3. Clean out your can with mineral spirits/ paint thinner.

Step 2: Create Our False Bottom.

1. measure shirt cardboard to about 3.5" tall and about 3" past the circumference of the bottom of the can.

2. Insert this rolled cardboard into the bottom of the can and glue at a tight fit.

3. Wipe excess glue from the outside.

Step 3: Finnish Our False Bottom.

Our false bottom should fit perfectly with the saved bottom of our paint can.

1. Test for fit on the bottom of the paint can and dab a few dots on the inside of the can, be careful not to let any squish through to the outside, this will create an improper fit.

2. Once you have checked fit, add a lot more glue. Do this in stages, you do not want the new glue to re-heat the first glue, this will cause the position to shift.

3. trace and cut some foam circles to stop any stashed items from rattling. add to the top and bottom.

4. Cut a slit as shown in the picture to make it a bit easier to insert the false bottom. Expirement with this step, depending on your own fit a slit as long as mine may not be necessary.

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    6 Discussions


    4 years ago

    What's up bro. I'm trying to get the can opener that you used to cut the Spray can

    Robo Redneck
    Robo Redneck

    7 years ago on Step 2

    awesome instructable its also a smart place to put money.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Tnx for good idea!
    I look long time for how to made this stuff. Now you give me great solution. Tnx!


    9 years ago on Step 3

    wow its gooooooooooooooooooooooood 


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    so you use a CAN?????? to hide OFFICE SUPPLIES???????? id have a different use for it