4 easy steps to making Storage Canisters

Coffee Canisters Covered

Why buy mainstream

when you can create a handmade gift?

Everyone needs extra storage but it usually comes at a high price

 You can customise them, as imaginative or quirky as you like


  • Cans* – with or without lids depending on their new use
  • Coloured paper, thick Plastic, Fabric, Corrugated Cardboard or anything else you want to repurpose
  • Bread bag, thick Plastic bag other than a thin supermarket bag &/or coloured ribbon
  • Stick Glue
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler

* If you are going to be storing edibles in your new Canisters, ensure that you use human food-grade cans which you, yourself, have previously purchased.

Raw material

My raw material


Step 1:

  • Measure the circumference of your Can
  • Add about 25mm [ 1 inch ] to this measurement to allow for a overlap.  You will need a little more than this if you use fabric, to allow for folding over the ragged edge before glueing a hem, to prevent fraying

Step 2:

  • Apply glue to the Can as well as to your covering medium.  Stay within the edges for a neater look.
  • Allow the glue to dry before reattaching the lid otherwise the covering medium will be pushed from its place
Step 3

Step 3

Step 3:

Now, for the Lid, if you so desire.  You can match, complement or contrast the lid with your canister or just keep it plain;  your call.

  • I laid this red thick plastic faced down on the top of the lid so that I could draw on outline straight onto the plastic
  • Cut this shape out and glue both the thick plastic and the lid

Step 4:

Add on any decorative touches.   Here are a few ideas to inspire you:

  • Craft Hole-punch to add shapes – see how easy this is on a previous post  ” How to Save Money by making your own Gift Boxes
  • Decoupage on the cheap – see how easy this is on a previous post ” How to Decoupage with Junkmail
  • On my blue canister, the  ‘ TEA ‘ sign is chalk on a piece of paper from a 80 gsm letterhead.  So no need to purchase blackboard paint


  • Repurpose Toilet Roll cores to divide items into sections e.g., pens, pencils, crayons, chalk or cables
  • You can also store your new Canisters horizontally to use like pigeonholes
  • Use them to store your craft or colour-code them  e.g. for each family member or housemate

What will you store?

Insert Toilet Roll cores as dividers

Insert Toilet Roll cores as dividers


Pigeon-hole Canisters

Until next week – Thank you for dropping by



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