Coffee Can Caddy

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Total Time afternoon or evening Ages all-ages

Store everything from colored pencils and crayons to a deck of cards in this handy carryall.

What you'll need

  • 6 coffee cans
  • Fine-grain sandpaper
  • 12- by 10-inch pine board
  • Scroll saw
  • Hot glue gun
  • Drill with a 1/4-inch bit
  • Six 1/2-inch round-head screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Metal spray paint

How to make it

  1. To paint the cans, first rough up the outsides a bit with the sandpaper. Then, spray the cans in a well-ventilated area, according to the directions on the paint can. Let the paint dry completely.

  2. Next, position the board so that the long edges are at the top and bottom. Use the scroll saw to cut a handhold 1 inch down from the top and to shape the upper corners of the board, if desired. Lightly sand the cut edges.

  3. With the glue gun, attach the cans to the wood, three on each side, as shown. Drill a hole through each can (the side against the wood) about 1/2 inch down from the rim and screw the cans to the board.

  4. Load 'er up with craft supplies or stashes of little toys.

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