Out of chips? Don't throw away the cans - they make super handy storage for lots of things! This tutorial covers how to turn the cans into storage for your knitting needles and crochet hooks.
Step 1: Gather Your Materials
Gather your materials. For this project, you'll need:
- Pringles can
- Small piece of sandpaper
- Foam craft brush or small paintbrush
- Paper, decorative paper, or fabric
- Scissors or cutting blade
- Ruler or yardstick
- Embellishments of your choice
- Kitchen disinfecting wipes
Step 2: Clean the Can
Wipe out all crumbs and flavor residue as best as possible.
Kitchen cleaning wipes are the fast and easy option, and do a good of a job getting rid of the residue. Alternatively, you can use a bottle brush and a little soap and water to wash it out - just don't leave the can to soak since it's only cardboard. If you use the wash option, be sure to let the can air until it's completely dry before moving on to the next step.
Step 3: Sand Your Can
When your chip can is clean and dry, sand the outside *very* lightly with sandpaper. The goal here is just to create tiny micro-scratches on the slick cardboard coating, not to take off the surface.
The micro-scratches will help the first coat of ModPodge adhere in the next step.
Step 4: Measure Your First Layer
Measure your first layer of paper or fabric. A piece of paper 10 1/2" x 9 3/4" will completely cover a chip can with just a little overlap at the back for a seam. My first layer just uses a piece of colorful printer paper, so I had to cut an extra piece from another sheet to make it fit.
Step 5: ModPodge - Coat 1
Apply a thin coat of ModPodge to the can, and gently lay your paper around the can. Try to avoid wrinkles and air bubbles. I find it easier sometimes to paint wide stripes of ModPodge and lay the paper down in sections to avoid the ModPodge drying too quickly.
Step 6: ModPodge - Coat 2
Once you have the whole layer of paper or fabric applied to the can, apply a liberal coat of ModPodge to completely cover the paper.
Step 7: Prepare Your Embellishments
If using a sheet of die-cut, decorative paper like I used, cut to fit the can in the same manner you did your first piece of paper or fabric. I went with 10 1/2" x 9 3/4" again.
Since the die-cut paper I used is rather elaborate, I took some extra time to trim around the flower designs, rather than keeping the straight line.
If not using die-cut paper as your embellishment, take this time to prepare whatever you've decided to use for decoration.
Step 8: Attach Your Embellishments
If using die-cut paper as your decoration, apply in exactly the same way you applied the first layer of paper or fabric, by applying a layer of ModPodge to the can, then laying the paper around the can. Apply a second layer of ModPodge liberally over the decorative paper.
If using other decorations, attach with your favorite method.
Step 9: Let Dry and Enjoy!
Let all of your ModPodge / glue / etc. dry completely, and enjoy your new storage can! Perfect for knitting needles and crochet hooks, or if you saved the lid, your storage possibilities are even greater.